Collaborations & Partnerships
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The Kensington has pioneered a powerful collaboration and partnership program between our community and several outside organizations. When it comes to the health and well-being of our residents, we believe in the idea of prevention of disease processes versus reaction to decline. Through the many relationships we have developed, our residents benefit from innovative wellness programs, the latest industry research, and advanced supportive services.
Maple Medical, LLP
Maple Medical, a multi-specialty group medical practice and our senior living community has teamed up to provide on-site board certified physicians providing medical services for Kensington residents. These doctors are available for the convenience of our residents –they do not have to leave our building in order to be seen by qualified experts. Some of these Maple Medical physicians include:
- Richard B Frimer, MD, Internist/Pulmonologist
- Joseph Scott, DO, Internist
- Silvia Gres, MSN, FNP, CCRN, Family Nurse Practitioner
- Joshua Latzman, MD, Cardiologist
- Jennifer Rosen, MD, Neurologist
- Ruchi Jain, MD, Rheumatologist/Internist
Hudson Pharmacy & Surgical, Inc.
Hudson Pharmacy & Surgical provides comprehensive pharmaceutical services for the Kensington residents including filling prescription orders, delivery of all medications and supply items, and monthly reviews of The Kensington’s Medication Administration Records.
Memory Helpers Psychological Services, PLLC
Carrie Hymowitz, Psy.D. and Judi Markowitz, Psy. D., licensed psychologists, and their associates work one-on-one with our residents in the area of memory enhancement. Dr’s Hymowitz and Markowitz use a variety of techniques to ‘exercise” the brain, providing cognitive training activities to improve and maintain memory functioning. Individuals enrolled in this Program receive cognitive training twice per week. To date, there has been a 90% improvement in the area of immediate memory for residents on this Program. And, depression decreased in approximately 60% of these residents. Impressive numbers!
Graduate students from the Communication Disorders Department at Mercy College engage Kensington residents in one-hour, weekly communication groups. The students use reminiscence therapy, topical discussions, and cognitive stimulation to promote social communication among our cognitively impaired residents. The students are supervised by a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist, who oversees the group and guides the students in their understanding of dementia and the skills required to work successfully with this population as speech pathologists in training.
The Music Conservatory of Westchester
Conservatory instructors are responsible for engaging our residents in mini-music therapy programs, thus enriching the lives of our cognitively impaired residents through music.
MUSIC & MEMORY℠
The Kensington has partnered with MUSIC & MEMORY℠ to provide a Music and Memory Program for our residents. MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the older adults through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. The Kensington caregivers have been trained by MUSIC & MEMORY℠ and the caregivers will set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for our residents. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants “back to life”, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present. In other words, enjoy life through music.
As per MUSIC & MEMORY℠ the ongoing research and evaluation of Music & Memory’s work in care organizations shows consistent results:
- Participants are happier and more social.
- Relationships among staff, participants and family deepen.
- Everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment.
National Post-Acute Care Continuum – Greater New York / Fairfield County Chapter
A fast-changing post-acute landscape offers opportunities to shift the paradigm. In the wake of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare mandates, forward-thinking organizations and practitioners are learning to embrace change, ask better questions, and explore new possibilities. The demand for more and better quality care at lower cost demands new thinking, and NPACC is committed to building a network of like-minded people and organizations and learning across the community of acute- and post-acute care providers working to make a measurably positive impact.
We are committed to amplifying the vision of professionals and organizations working together to improve practices in person-centered care, and to sharing knowledge and resources via local and national furthering educational/learning opportunities that further this purpose.
Pace University Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information System
Pace University Information Technology students and our residents work together in this intergenerational computing program. Our residents brush up on computer skills or learn to use the computer for the first time; students in turn fulfill curriculum requirements.
Rivet Revolution was created by three women including a family member of a resident living at one of our Kensington communities who felt she wanted to do something to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s disease. The idea of folks purchasing the Rivet Revolution bracelets was born to bring awareness and form connections between those affected by Alzheimer’s and their families.
Kensington Senior Living has formed a partnership with Rivet Revolution to help wipe out this disease through the purchase of Rivet bracelets where $10 from every purchase will be donated to the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Special Kensington bracelets have been created too to assist in this endeavor.
If you would like to purchase a Kensington bracelet, please visit us at The Kensington in White Plains. For more information on Rivet Revolution or to purchase Rivet bracelets online, please visit www.rivetrevolution.com and use Partner Code KSL.
Robo-Pet Therapy Program
The introduction of robotic animals brings a decrease in anxiety, increase in interaction with others, decreased behaviors, and more smiles emanating from our cognitively impaired residents. A study from Griffith University in Australia has found that interacting with a therapeutic robot companion made people with mid-to-late stage dementia less anxious and also had a positive influence on their quality of life increasing their social behavior and verbal interaction and decreasing feelings of loneliness.
With realistic fur, pet-like sounds and sensors that respond to petting and hugs with familiar pet-like actions. As per Hasbro, the company that built them, “companion pets deliver a soothing, joyful experience that inspire smiles, laughter and fond memories for people of all ages.” See “Robo-Pets: A Touch of Joy at The Kensington”…
Specialty Portable X-Ray & Exceptional Imaging
These portable imaging (X-ray, ultrasound, etc.) providers come to The Kensington and perform diagnostic testing, preserving our resident’s comfort and safety.
Still Significant Program
Early in 2015, The Kensington launched our Still Significant Program and experienced first-hand the outpouring of love from eager residents ready to share their significance to society and their community, by packing Blessing Bags and making sandwiches for individuals who are homeless and/or in some transitional time of need. With a genuine heart and passion to serve, our residents join together to assemble Blessing Bags and sandwiches for Hope’s Door Women’s Shelter, Coachman Family Center, St. Bartholomew’s Soup Kitchen and more. Blessing Bags contain daily essentials like body wash, combs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shave cream, etc. into small/single-use toiletry bags.
For anyone that would like to donate or join us in packing items, please contact The Kensington’s Assisted Living Activity Coordinator, Krystianne Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-390-0080.
White Plains Hospital’s Medical Labs of Westchester
In-house laboratory services are delivered providing optimum speed and testing control for our residents.