Life Essential Programs
Therapeutic Arts and Enrichment Programs
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale’s Therapeutic Arts and Enrichment Programs delivers innovative programs and services designed to enrich the quality of life of our residents and the growth of our vibrant and supportive resident community empowering our residents to live life fully. Through the shared cultural experiences of dance, art and drama therapy residents discover a wide range of hidden talents, forge new friendships and find an invigorated zest for life.
Pets by Your Side Program
Whether strolling the grounds or walking through the hallways of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, you are bound to come across Kida, Marley, Redwood or Zeus. No, this is not a bridge foursome. These are a few of the stars participating in the Hebrew Home’s pet therapy program.
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale’s “Pets By Your Side” program brings the unconditional love and compassion of pets, fosters companionship, sparks memories and adds joy to the lives of our residents and their families.
Studies have found that pet therapy can reduce depression and stress, lower blood pressure, and calm agitated patients with severe dementia. “Pets By Your Side” creates a home-like environment for residents and staff and helps create a sense of community. The program enhances the well-being of the Home’s short-and long-term residents, and entertains their family members.
“Pets By Your Side” is not just limited to dogs. On any given day you will find residents and family members admiring and comparing notes about tropical fish featured in our natural and salt-water tanks. Or, you might notice the sing-song chirps of birds entertaining residents in the birdcages located throughout the Hebrew Home.
Derfner Judaica Museum + Art Collection
Founded with the mission of bringing art and culture into the lives of our residents who could no longer visit cultural institutions on their own, our Museum and Art Collection is unique in the universe of long term care organizations. The Art Collection continues to grow and be maintained through the generosity of donors.
Our permanent collection includes work by such renowned artists as Marc Chagall, Alex Katz, Robert Mangold, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Ben Shahn, and Andy Warhol. A rarity in New York City, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale has a sculpture garden that overlooks the magnificent Hudson River and Palisades. It includes works by such sculptors as Herbert Ferber, Menashe Kadishman, Reuben Nakian, Marsha Pels, and Joel Perlman, among others.
As a proud member of the American Alliance of Museums and the Bronx Arts Alliance, RiverSpring Living is proud to possess a world-class collection of thousands of sculptures, drawings, photographs, and prints, as well as decorative arts and objects from world cultures.
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale continues to engage in capital projects that keep current and cutting edge the facilities, public spaces, our Hudson River Campus, our rehabilitation, research and medical centers, infrastructure investments and the neighborhood communities of our residents. Your gifts to support capital project funding opportunities are integral to the excellence of our care and services of our more than 18,000 older adults at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Living.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, the national model for elder abuse prevention, provides a safe haven for victims of elder abuse to receive comprehensive medical care, intensive therapeutic support and high quality direct legal services. The Weinberg Center has provided over 172,000 days of shelter and healing to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Each Spring, the Weinberg Center for Elder Justice holds an awards breakfast honoring both a distinguished public servant and a respected professional whose work has profoundly impacted the cause of elder justice and elder abuse prevention. The breakfast, which supports the Weinberg Center’s legal work, serves as a call to action aimed at galvanizing distinguished attorneys throughout New York to lend their influence, knowledge and resources to combat this complex and rampant problem.