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RiverSpring Living’s innovative programs and services have transformed the lives of thousands of older adults we serve, and reflects a commitment and dedication to our mission of care.  Check out how RiverSpring Living is sparking conversation and changing perceptions about what it means to grow older in this recent news coverage.

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100,000th Covid-19 Swab Administered at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale

October 12, 2021 | News 12

We are thrilled to share the Hebrew Home at Riverdale has administered our 100,000th Covid-19 Swab! Margaret Burton, a CNA here at the Hebrew Home, unknowingly walked into our swabbing center for a sweet surprise. We celebrate and appreciate our dedicated staff for keeping our community safe everyday!

 

Hebrew Home Administers Booster Shots

September 29, 2021 | News 12

Ensuring the safety of our residents and staff is a priority at RiverSpring Living. With the Covid booster shots being administered at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale to residents and staff, we are one step closer to normalcy.

 

Hebrew Home Residents and Staff Roll Up Their Sleeves for the Covid Booster Shot

September 29, 2021 | WNBC

Covid booster shots are now available for eligible New Yorkers and we are proud to share that the residents and staff at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale are one of the first to receive them.

 

John Lembo – RiverSpring Living

August 30, 2021 | BluePrint Magazine

At RiverSpring Living, Lembo is stewarding two major capital projects designed to provide residents new levels of comfort and security–work that’s gone on while keeping residents, staff and visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Asked & Answered: Daniel Reingold Interview

August 23, 2021 |Crain’s New York Business

CEO Daniel Reingold is embarking on a long-term transformation plan that will remake what it looks like to care for the elderly.

 

Fox Business: Retirement Costs Soar Amid Rising Inflation

June 24, 2021 | Fox Business

“Older adults who we would consider to be middle income, may find that their economic bracket has decreased” says Daniel Reingold, CEO of RiverSpring Living.

 

Bob Manley of RiverSpring Health Plans featured on News 12 the Bronx

June 7, 2021 | News 12

Bob Manley of RiverSpring Health Plans shares important tips for seniors to keep cool this summer on News 12 the Bronx.

 

At Last: Hugs

June 7, 2021 | NY Times

Imagine the moment you embrace your loved one for the first time in over a year. That incredible moment was captured by The New York Times at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and at RiverSpring Health Plans member Josephine Melecio’s home.

 

RiverSpring Health Plans Member Celebrates 110th Birthday

March 27, 2021 | NY1

RiverSpring Health Plans member Josephine Melecio is celebrating a huge milestone–her 110th birthday! Originally from Puerto Rico, she came to America as a young woman and worked for many years in a factory making shoes and handbags. She then worked the overnight shift at a nursing home until she retired at the age of 90. She currently lives with her daughter Shirley on the Upper West Side with support from a home health aide provided through RiverSpring Health Plans.

 

Hebrew Home Family Visitation Resumes

March 26, 2021 | WCBS

Hebrew Home resident Harriet Krakowsky shares what got her through the pandemic and her excitement to finally see her family again in person.

 

Symbol of Strength at the Hebrew Home

March 12, 2021 | WNBC

Frontline workers at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale raised their vaccinated arms in solidarity, marking the first anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Hebrew Home at Riverdale Marks COVID Anniversary

March 12, 2021 | WCBS

Front-line workers at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale showed the need to continue to stay apart, but united until the fight is over, CBS2’s John Dias reports. Hebrew Home LPN Delevita Graham joined in with her colleagues in raising their vaccinated arms as a symbol of resilience, optimism and solidarity.

 

Hebrew Home at Riverdale Marks One Year of the COVID Pandemic

March 12, 2021 | WABC

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale marked the one-year anniversary of the pandemic by saluting employees for their courage, perseverance and optimism. Front-line workers gathered on the front lawn as a sign of unity. President and CEO Daniel Reingold said his gratitude runs deep and asked them to raise their vaccinated arms as a sign of their continued commitment.

 

Hebrew Home Healthcare Heroes Show Sign of Optimism

March 12, 2021 | NY1

One year into the pandemic, staff at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale showed off their vaccinated arms. President and CEO Daniel Reingold lauded employees’ commitment and dedication to the care and safety of residents.

 

Hebrew Home at Riverdale Commemorates Pandemic One-Year Anniversary

March 12, 2021 | N12BX

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale commemorated the one-year anniversary of the pandemic with a show of solidarity. Front-line workers gathered on the front lawn and raised their vaccinated arms to show that New Yorkers are resilient and remain optimistic.

 

NY1 features Healthcare Hero and RiverSpring Health Plans Member

February 25, 2021 | NY1

Home health aide Marie Deolall has cared for her 101-year-old RiverSpring Health Plans member Suzette Marcelin throughout the pandemic. Marie makes sure everything is sanitized and takes every precaution for herself as well as Suzette, whom she has come to care for like a member of her own family.

 

Romance Blossoms for Seniors During Quarantine

February 25, 2021 | NY Times

At Hebrew Home, Gloria Duncan and Al Cappiello, both 71, who’ve been together for about four years, said the pandemic and quarantining has changed their relationship “for the better.”

 

Pet Therapy Dogs Bring Joy to Hebrew Home Residents

January 8, 2021 | Inside Edition

Inside Edition features the impact of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale’s pet therapy program. Residents missing in-person interaction with their families find comfort in visits from affectionate four-legged friends.

 

Dogs provide much-needed love and affection at this nursing home during the pandemic

January 7, 2021 | Good Morning America

“There’s limited touch for them. So with the dogs… they can have that tactile sensation which they’re longing for and missing,” shared Catherine Farrell, head of Hebrew Home Therapeutic Activities.

 

Pet Therapy at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

December 22, 2020 | WAGA Fox 5 News

Jackie Ibanez of Fox news reports about the benefits of pet therapy programs like the one at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, especially during a time when human-to-human interaction is limited.

 

Four-legged Therapists Visit Hebrew Home Residents

December 22, 2020 | KDFW Fox 4 News

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale pet therapy program allows residents to enjoy face-to-face interaction and tactile sensation — both of which bring comfort and smiles during a time when they’re missing in-person family visits.

 

Pet Therapy Dogs Bring Smiles to Hebrew Home Residents

December 22, 2020 | WSVN

Dogs bring emotional support through therapy sessions at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. While residents are unable to visit with their families, dogs provide much-needed face-to-face interaction and tactile sensation, as Catherine Farrell, Director of Therapeutic Arts and Enrichment Programs, explains.

 

Hebrew Home Residents and Staff Receive Vaccinations

December 21, 2020 | CNN Live

CNN Correspondent Jean Casarez reports live from the Hebrew Home as nursing home residents and staff begin to receive their vaccines.

 

Nursing Home Residents Get First Shot of Vaccine

December 21, 2020 | NY Times

Harriet Krakowsky, 85, had two great-grandchildren born this year but has not yet seen them in person. “My goal is to live long enough to meet them,” she told me.

On Monday, she was one of the first people in her nursing home to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

 

Residents and Staff at Hebrew Home to Receive COVID Vaccines

December 21, 2020 | WNYW

Fox 5 NY talks to RiverSpring Living President and CEO Daniel Reingold about the historic coronavirus vaccine rollout at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

 

Hebrew Home One of the First Nursing Homes in the State to Begin Vaccinating

December 21, 2020 | WNBC

Of the 600 doses of coronavirus vaccine that will be distributed at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale over the next couple of days, resident Kelley Dixon was the first to receive it.

 

Resident Kelley Dixon First to Receive Vaccine at Hebrew Home

December 21, 2020 | WCBS

“I’m going to Yonkers to see my grandkids.” Kelley Dixon, a 78-year-old resident is the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and tells CBS New York what he plans to do first once the pandemic restrictions are lifted.

 

Nursing Home Residents Begin to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

December 21, 2020 | NY1

NY1 broadcasts livestream of first vaccines given at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

 

Vaccine at the Hebrew Home

December 21, 2020 | News12BX

On December 21, 2020 the Hebrew Home at Riverdale became one of the first nursing homes in the nation to begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Hebrew Home Ready to Receive Covid Vaccine

December 18, 2020 | FNC Bill Hemmer Reports

Fox News National Correspondent Bryan Llenas interviews Hebrew Home residents and staff ready to receive the Covid vaccine.

 

Vaccine Can’t Come Soon Enough for Hebrew Home Residents

December 18, 2020 | FBN Cavuto Coast to Coast

FOX NEWS National Correspondent Bryan Llenas reports live from the Hebrew Home at Riverdale with COVID-19 preparation details and reactions from residents and staff.

 

Hebrew Home Prepares to Receive Covid-19 Vaccine

December 11, 2020 | WNBC

With COVID-19 vaccine distribution just days away, plans and preparations are well underway at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

WNBC-TV broadcast an exclusive look into how the Hebrew Home continues to Lead the Way Safely.

 

Hebrew Home Residents Show Gratitude for Staff with Thanksgiving Parade

November 30, 2020 | WABC

The residents of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale held a unique Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Parade  for the incredible care team  who has kept them safe throughout the year.

 

Korean War Veteran Raises POW Flag

November 11, 2020 | FOX 5 News

FOX 5 highlights Korean War veteran, Irving Liebowitz as he pays tribute to his fellow vets raising a POW flag on our Riverdale campus.

90-Year-Old Veteran to Raise POW Flag in Riverdale for First Time

November 11, 2020 | Bronx New 12

On this Veterans Day, we salute all the men and women who serve our country past, present and future.
A local vet in the Bronx is making sure veterans are honored in his community.

NYC Honors Our Veterans

November 11, 2020 | Spectrum News NY1

Spectrum News highlights Korean War veteran, Irving Liebowitz for raising a POW flag on our Riverdale campus.

What to Expect as Nursing Homes Ease COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

August 13, 2020 | U.S. News

As COVID-19 restrictions ease in parts of the country, window visits, patio visits and even drive-thru visits are reuniting residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with their family members. Unlike visits to nursing homes before the pandemic, however, these are carefully controlled encounters.

Crain’s NY Business Honors RiverSpring Health’s David V. Pomeranz

August 11, 2020 | Crain’s

Pomeranz made headlines by championing a new program that uses a drive-in movie model to allow residents to visit with family from a safe distance.

Visitors stay in their parked cars and communicate through a wireless speaker with loved ones visible in an enclosed vestibule.

RiverSpring Living Plans Aide of the Year Shaneequa Creighton

July 13, 2020 | News12BK

Shaneequa Creighton of Brooklyn was honored by RiverSpring Living Plans as Aide of the Year for keeping her 90-year-old patient safe while the daughter the patient lived with was sick with COVID-19.

Nursing Home Lessons from COVID-19: From Family Webinars to Zoom Staff Meetings

July 7, 2020 | McKnight’s

There is an expression used in economics: Never waste a crisis. It’s a concept that has a particular meaning for nursing home operators as a result of COVID-19.

From bolstering communications to supporting staff to stepping in to help residents in the absence of visitors, many providers around the country have used the pandemic not to merely maintain operations, but to improve them.

Hebrew Home “driving” for more visitors

June 30, 2020 | The Riverdale Press

Pomeranz and members of the Hebrew Home staff were determined to make in-person visits a reality once again. But with the virus still a concern, they had to get creative.

Pomeranz was inspired by the technologies used by drive-in movie theaters, and he conceptualized a way where Hebrew Home residents could stay safe but still see their loved ones in person.

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is Preparing for its Campus Opening Day!

June 23, 2020 | CBSN New York

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is hard at work, anticipating its “Opening Day” and looking forward to welcoming back families and visitors to its campus.

Hebrew Home at Riverdale Hosts Drive-In Father’s Day Visits

June 22, 2020 | WCBS2

Hebrew Home residents and their families had a unique Father’s Day celebration with drive-in visits to see each other safely in person for the first time in months.

Drive-In Visits Make Father’s Day Special for Hebrew Home Residents and their Families

June 22, 2020 | WABC7

The Philipson family has been FaceTiming and doing everything they can to stay close during the pandemic, but it was really special for all of them to safely reunite in person on Father’s Day thanks to the Hebrew Home’s new drive-in visitation program.

Hebrew Home Residents Reconnecting with Family

June 22, 2020 | CBS News

CBS News national correspondent Chip Reid reports how the Hebrew Home at Riverdale is helping residents reconnect with family members over FaceTime and in person with drive-in visits.

Drive-In Family Visits Introduced at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

June 12, 2020 | NY1

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale has introduced drive-in visits for family members to be able to see their loved ones safely in person. Residents sit in a glassed vestibule while family members drive up in their vehicles and can converse over an intercom system.

Innovative Drive-Through Visits Reunite Hebrew Home Residents and Families

June 11, 2020 | WNBC4

For the first time in months, families reunited in person with their loved ones living at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Thanks to a safe new drive-through visiting system, families could see their loved one through the window and talk over a speaker without getting out of the car.

Hebrew Home Offers Drive-In Family Visits

June 11, 2020 | News12 Bronx

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is giving families the opportunity to visit their loved ones in person for the first time since the pandemic began in March, thanks to a safe new drive-in set-up.

Hebrew Home at Riverdale Launches Massive Testing Effort

May 26, 2020 | Crain’s New York

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, part of RiverSpring Living, has begun testing its 1,000 employees for COVID-19 twice a week.

The effort closely follows Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s directive for the state’s nursing homes—particularly hard hit by the pandemic—to do so. But the feat is far from easy.

Hometown Heroes: Taylor O’Neill

May 21, 2020 | The Riverdale Press

These days, there are few places more dangerous than a floor full of patients who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

But each day, it is where nurse Taylor O’Neill goes to work.

For Seniors, a Silver Lining: “The FaceTime is really quite unbelievable to me”

April 13, 2020 | Washington Post

For Kimmelstiel and many other seniors, one of the unexpected silver linings of covid-19 has been discovering the untapped joy of video calling, especially at a time when in-person interaction is strictly off limits. In fact, Kimmelstiel says she’s communicating with her family much more frequently than she did before the pandemic.

The novelty of video calling wore off long ago for most people across the country, but for this group of seniors, isolating in their New York retirement community, it’s a small miracle.

Making Cannabis Medicine Available To The Isolated Elderly – Two Institutions Show It Can Be Done

March 24, 2020 | Forbes

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale also instituted a series of creative policies and procedures that enable residents to receive, store and administer their medical marijuana, without the direct involvement of staff. 

This way, the institution is protected in terms of its compliance with federal policy, while enabling residents to access cannabis medicine similarly to any other New York citizen.

75 Years Since Auschwitz Liberation

January 27, 2020 | NBC 4 New York

WNBC-TV commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with a two-part segment featuring survivors’ stories. One of these survivors is RiverWalk resident Jacqueline Kimmelsteil, who shared memories of her late husband Albert ‘s survival. Please take a moment to view both segments.

Bros for Life

January 24, 2020 | Spectrum News 1

NY1 spotlights an article in the NYPost about the camaraderie between five best buds at the Hebrew Home: Gil, Al, Irwin, Arnie and David. You’ll find them hanging out in the same spot everyday talking, bantering, and enjoying each other’s company.

Meet the ‘Golden Guys’ ruling the nursing home

January 22, 2020 | New York Post

For over 50 years, five wise-cracking seniors lived only a few miles apart from one another throughout New York City.

But they didn’t meet until last year, when they all moved onto the same floor of the Hebrew Home senior residences in Riverdale — and immediately became best buds.

The Hebrew Home’s Prayer for Peace Shines a Ray of Hope

November 19, 2019 |News 12 Bronx

On Friday, November 15th, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and religious leaders came together for an interfaith Prayer for Peace on the Jewish calendar one-year anniversary of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting.

During the prayer service, newly commissioned “Ray of Hope” artwork was unveiled, featuring eleven rays of sun, one for each of the eleven Tree of Life victims.

This special gathering of healing and hope was captured in the following news stories:

Click here to watch New York One News coverage

Click here to watch News 12 the Bronx

The Healing Power of Medical Cannabis at the Hebrew Home

November 4, 2019 |News 12

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale’s medical cannabis program continues to provide an effective alternative to prescription medication and reduce pain for our residents.

News 12 The Bronx recently interviewed Hebrew Home Medical Director Dr. Zachary Palace and Zelda Fassler, one of the Home’s residents enrolled in the medical cannabis program.

Click to watch News 12 The Bronx

RiverSpring Living CEO Dan Reingold is Keynote Speaker at Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Conference

October 24, 2019 |Hello Care

RiverSpring Living President and CEO Dan Reingold was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Elder Abuse Prevention Conference held in Sydney, Australia this week.

In his keynote address, Dan provided insights into the public health epidemic of elder abuse, our pioneering initiatives for elder justice, and how Australian and Southeast Asian colleagues can develop strategies to help end elder abuse.

Click to read the Hello Care Article

RiverSpring MLTC in the News

October 4, 2019 |NY Post and WNBX-TV

RiverSpring MLTC provides robotic pets as an innovative solution for members who suffer depression, anxiety and loneliness.

Check out this New York Post article about RiverSpring MLTC member Susan Garelick.

Click here to watch WNBC-TV

Weinberg Center Tips on Avoiding Financial Scams

September 26, 2019 | Reuters

 

Every year, older adults are scammed out of nearly $40 billion.

The Weinberg Center for Elder Justice sheds light on the financial vulnerability of older adults and what each of us can do to keep our loved ones safe from exploitation.

 

Click here for the Reuters article

 

CBS The Uplift Spotlights Jerry – a 92-year-old Hebrew Home Volunteer

September 19, 2019 | CBS The Uplift

Looking for a reason to smile?

Check out the CBS Uplift feature about Jerry Schneider, a 92-year-old volunteer at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale who spends quality time with our residents each week.

 

Click here to view The Uplift Segment

If you’d like to volunteer at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, contact our Volunteer Office at 718-581-1404 to learn more!

Sensory Cats Are The Purr-Fect Companions for Hebrew Home Residents!

August 29, 2019 |News 12 the Bronx and The Riverdale Press

Sensory cats are purr-fect companions for many Hebrew Home at Riverdale residents.

Please enjoy this recent media coverage about our feline friends and their positive impact  on the Hebrew Home community.

 

Click here for News 12 the Bronx segment

Click here to read the Riverdale Press article

From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx

July 22, 2019 |News 12 the Bronx

The latest Derfner Judaica Museum exhibition From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx:Early Acquisitions from the Art Collection is featured on News 12 The Bronx.

This exhibition tells the fascinating story of how the Hebrew Home came to possess a unique collection of paintings and works on paper from the 1950s and 60s by artists from Soviet Russia, Armenia, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

 

Click here to watch News 12 The Bronx

The Museum is now open on Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.  in addition to regular hours, Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Please visit us and check out this exciting exhibition before it ends on August 25th.

Hebrew Home volunteer Jerry Schneider is a “Beautiful Soul”

July 12, 2019 |Riverdale Press

Hebrew Home at Riverdale volunteer, Jerry Schneider, found connection, friendship and meaning by spending time with our residents as a weekly volunteer.

Read his story in thisRiverdale Press article.

 

If you would like to learn more about volunteering, contact our Volunteer Services office 718-581-1404.

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale Receives Highest 5-Star Rating

May 17, 2019 | Lo Hud

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is consistently top ranked with the highest 5-Star Rating among nursing homes.

We are proud to once again receive a 5-Star Rating.

Click here to read the Lo Hud Article

Vanity is not a deadly sin. It is one of life’s last vital signs

May 16, 2019 | The New York Times

Today’s New York Times shines the spotlight on older adults and how one’s appearance – at any age – is an integral part of good health.

Click here to read the New York Times article

Who Asks the Four Questions at the Hebrew Home?

Apr 21, 2019 | WCBS-TV

WCBS-TV goes behind the scenes for Passover at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, asking The Four Questions and more!

Click here for CBS-TV news segment

An inside look at Passover Preparations at the Hebrew Home

Apr 18, 2019 | The Wall Street Journal

When it comes to Passover, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale “answers to a Higher Authority!”

Check out this Wall Street Journal article about the meticulous  Passover preparations at the Hebrew Home

Click here for Wall Street Journal Article

The Hebrew Home’s HOPE Program Aces Its Senior Year

Apr 4, 2019 | CNN Great Big Story

Seniors and students learning together in the classroom and beyond.

Beautifully featured on CNN’s Great Big Story

Click here for CNN Great Big Story

The Hebrew Home Celebrates the 108th Birthday of its Oldest Resident

Mar 26, 2019 | ABC and Fox News

Hebrew Home at Riverdale resident Frances Lockwood makes a wish and blows out her birthday candle as she celebrates turning 108! Check out this wonderful media coverage of her birthday!

Click here for WABC-TV segment

Click here for WNYW-TV segment

Click here for NY 1 News

MEDICAL CANNABIS “STRIKES A CHORD” WITH OLDER ADULTS

Mar 13, 2019 | WFUV Radio

 

Medical Cannabis at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale has had a positive impact on reducing our residents’ dependency on prescription medications and opioids.WFUV Radio recently visited the campus and featured the Hebrew Home in its “Strike A Chord” series.Click here for WFUV Radio Segment

 

AGING WITH GRACE

Mar 7, 2019 | CNN Web Series

CNN’s popular web series, Great Big Story, features Thelma and Jacqueline, two RiverWalk residents who are “aging with grace” in this beautiful and touching video.Click here to watch Great Big Story

WAFFLE DAY CELEBRATION

Mar 4, 2019 | Riverdale Press

The sweet smells of homemade waffles wafted throughout the Hebrew Home last week during our annual Waffle Day celebration. Residents enjoyed homemade waffles topped with fresh fruit, chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Click here to read Riverdale Press Article

THE GREENING OF ARTHUR AVE

Mar 4, 2019 | Crain’s NY Business

Arthur Avenue just got a little greener with the groundbreaking of Arthur Avenue Apartments, the new affordable housing development with services for low-income older adults. This energy-efficient development fosters independence and features support services provided by the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, including activities that promote socialization, life skills training, education and fitness-based instruction groups, nutritional education, cooking, and music therapy. Click here to check out the Crain’s NY Business and News 12 Coverage

BLESSINGS OF AGING

Feb 28, 2019 | Atlantic

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale Dinner video, first picked up by The New Yorker, is now featured on The Atlantic website. Our humorous and very real look at aging has reached hundreds of thousands, helping to redefine what it means to grow older. Click here to watch the Blessings of Aging on The Atlantic websiteor The New Yorker video

PRESS INQUIRIES

For all press inquiries or to arrange a visit or interview, please contact
Director of Communications, Wendy Steinberg: 

EmailWendy.Steinberg@RiverSpringHealth.org

Phone: 718.581.1253