September 2020

Infectious Disease/Pandemic Emergency

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic surged around the world, healthcare policy makers, management and staff have had to recognize a risk that was talked about, but never really prepared for. Complicating the response further was that this pandemic was caused by a new pathogen, (novel virus), and to which there was no natural immunity or vaccination. We are still learning about how this disease is transmitted, which population is the most vulnerable and the best course of treatment. The most terrible aspect of the experience so far is that COVID-19 takes a terrible toll on the elderly and those sick with co-morbidities. As such, Skilled Nursing Facilities congregate care setting were especially at risk during this outbreak. As a result of this, the State and Federal governments have enacted additional requirements for the safe operation of a home.  This document lays out the required elements of new legal and regulatory responsibilities during a pandemic. 

 

Preparedness Tasks for all Infectious Disease Events

1. Staff Education on Infectious Diseases

  • The Facility Infection Preventionist (IP) in conjunction with Inservice Coordinator/Designee, must provide education on Infection Prevention and Management upon the hiring of new staff, as well as ongoing education on an annual basis and as needed should a facility experience the outbreak of an infectious disease.

  • The IP/ Designee will conduct annual competency-based education on hand hygiene and donning/doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all staff.

  • The IP in conjunction with the Inservice Coordinator will provide in-service training for all staff on Infection Prevention policies and procedures as needed for event of an infectious outbreak including all CDC and State updates/guidance.

 

2. Develop/Review/Revise and Enforce Existing Infection Prevention Control, and Reporting Policies

The facility will continue to review/revise and enforce existing infection prevention control and reporting policies. The Facility will update the Infection Control Manual, which is available in a digital and print form for all staff, annually or as may be required during an event. From time to time, the facility management will consult with local Epidemiologist to ensure that any new regulations and/or areas of concern as related to Infection Prevention and Control are incorporated into the Facilities Infection Control Prevention Plans.

3. Conduct Routine/Ongoing, Infectious Disease Surveillance

  • The Quality Assurance (QA) Committee will review all resident infections as well as the usage of antibiotics, on a monthly basis so as to identify any tends and areas for improvement.

  • At daily Morning Meeting, the IDT team will identify any issues regarding infection control and prevention.

  • As needed, the Director of Nursing (DON)/Designee will establish Quality Assurance Performance Projects (QAPI) to identify root cause(s) of infections and update the facility action plans, as appropriate. The results of this analysis will be reported to the QA committee.

  • All staff are to receive annual education as to the need to report any change in resident condition to supervisory staff for follow up.

  • Staff will identify the rate of infectious diseases and identify any significant increases in infection rates and will be addressed.

  • Facility acquired infections will be tracked/reported by the Infection Preventionist.

4. Develop/Review/Revise Plan for Staff Testing/Laboratory Services

  • The Facility will conduct staff testing, if indicated, in accordance with NYS regulations and Epidemiology recommendations for a given infectious agent.

  • The facility shall have prearranged agreements with laboratory services to accommodate any testing of residents and staff including consultants and agency staff. These arrangements shall be reviewed by administration not less than annually and are subject to renewal, replacement or additions as deemed necessary. All contacts for labs will be updated and maintained in the communication section of the Emergency Preparedness Manual.

  • Administrator/ DON/Designee will check daily for staff and resident testing results and take action in accordance with State and federal guidance.

5. Staff Access to Communicable Disease Reporting Tools

  • The facility has access to Health Commerce System (HCS), and all roles are assigned and updated as needed for reporting to NYSDOH. 

  • The following Staff Members have access to the NORA and HERDS surveys:   Administrator, Director of Nursing, Infection Preventionist, and Assistant Director of Nursing.  Should a change in staffing occur, the replacement staff member will be provided with log in access and Training for the NORA and HERDS Survey

  • The IP/designee will enter any data in NHSN as per CMS/CDC guidance

 

6. Develop/Review/Revise Internal Policies and Procedures for Stocking Needed Supplies

  • The Medical Director, Director of Nursing, Infection Control Practitioner, Safety Officer, and other appropriate personnel will review the Policies for stocking needed supplies.

  • The facility has contracted with Pharmacy Vendor to arrange for 4-6 weeks supply of resident medications to be delivered should there be a Pandemic Emergency.

  • The facility has established par Levels for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved environmental cleaning agents based on pandemic usage.  

  • The facility has established par Levels for PPE. 

7. Develop/Review/Revise Administrative Controls with regards to Visitation and Staff Wellness

  • All sick calls will be monitored by Department Heads to identify any staff pattern or cluster of symptoms associated with infectious agent. Each Dept will keep a line list of sick calls and report any issues to IP/DON during Morning Meeting. All staff members are screened on entrance to the facility to include symptom check and thermal screening. 

  • Visitors will be informed of any visiting restriction related to an Infection Pandemic and visitation restriction will be enforced/lifted as allowed by NYSDOH.

  • A contingency staffing plan is in place that identifies the minimum staffing needs and prioritizes critical and non-essential services, based on residents’ needs and essential facility operations. The staffing plan includes collaboration with local and regional DOH planning and CMS to address widespread healthcare staffing shortages during a crisis.

8. Develop/Review/Revise Environmental Controls related to Contaminated Waste

  • Areas for contaminated waste are clearly identified as per NYSDOH guidelines

  • The facility environmental coordinator shall follow all Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and DOH rules for the handling of contaminated waste. The onsite storage of waste shall be labeled and in accordance with all regulations. The handling policies are available in the Environmental Services Manual. Any staff involved in handling of contaminated product shall be trained in procedures prior to performing tasks and shall be given proper PPE.

  • The facility will amend the Policy and Procedure on Biohazardous wastes as needed related to any new infective agents.

9. Develop/Review/Revise Vendor Supply Plan for food, water, and medication

  • The facility currently has a 3-4 days’ supply of food and water available.  This is monitored on a quarterly basis to ensure that it is intact and safely stored.

  • The facility has adequate supply of stock medications for 4-6 weeks. 

  • The facility has access to a minimum of 2 weeks supply of needed cleaning/sanitizing agents in accordance with storage and NFPA/Local guidance. The supply will be checked each quarter and weekly as needed during a Pandemic. A log will be kept by the Department head responsible for monitoring the supply and reporting to Administrator any specific needs and shortages.

 

10. Develop Plans to Ensure Residents are Cohorted based on their Infectious Status

  • Residents are isolated/cohorted based on their infection status in accordance with applicable NYSDOH and Centers for Disease Control guidance.

  • The facility Administration maintains communication with Local Epidemiologist, NYS DOH, and CDC to ensure that all new guidelines and updates are being adhered to with respect to Infection Prevention.

  • The Cohort will be divided into three groups:  Unknown, Negative, and Positive as it relates to the infectious agent.

  • The resident will have a comprehensive care plan developed indicating their Cohort Group and specific interventions needed.

 

11. Develop a Plan for Cohorting residents using a part of a unit, dedicated floor or wing, or group of rooms

  • The Facility will dedicate a wing or group of rooms at the end of a unit in order to Cohort residents. This area will be clearly demarcated as isolation area.   

  • Appropriate transmission-based precautions will be adhered to for each of the Cohort Groups as stipulated by NYS DOH

  • Staff will be educated on the specific requirements for each Cohort Group.

  • Residents that require transfer to another Health Care Provider will have their Cohort status communicated to provider and transporter and clearly documented on the transfer paper work.

  • All attempts will be made to have dedicated caregivers assigned to each Cohort group and to minimize the number of different caregivers assigned.

 

12. Develop/Review/Revise a Plan to Ensure Social Distancing Measures

  • The facility will review/ revise the Policy on Communal Dining Guidelines and Recreational Activities during a Pandemic to ensure that Social Distancing is adhered to in accordance with State and CDC guidance.

  • The facility will review/revise the Policy on Recreational Activities during a Pandemic to ensure that Social Distancing is adhered to in accordance with State and CDC guidelines. Recreation Activities will be individualized for each resident.

  • The facility will ensure staff break rooms and locker rooms allow for social distancing of staff

  • All staff will be re-educated on these updates as needed  

13. Develop/Review/Revise a Plan to Recover/Return to Normal Operations

  • The facility will adhere to directives as specified by, State and CDC guidance at the time of each specific infectious disease or pandemic event e.g., regarding how, when, which activities/procedures/restrictions may be eliminated, restored and the timing of when those changes may be executed.

  • The facility will maintain communication with the local NYS DOH and CMS and follow guidelines for returning to normal operations. The decision for outside consultants will be made on a case by case basis taking into account medical necessity and infection levels in the community. During the recovery period residents and staff will continue to be monitored daily in order to identify any symptoms that could be related to the infectious agent.

 

                          

Additional Preparedness Planning Tasks for Pandemic Events

1. Develop/Review/Revise a Pandemic Communication Plan

  • The Administrator in conjunction with the Social Service Director will ensure that there is an accurate list of each resident’s Representative, and preference for type of communication.

  • Communication of a pandemic includes utilizing established Staff Contact List to notify all staff members in all departments.

  • The Facility will update website on the identification of any infectious disease outbreak of potential pandemic.

2. Develop/Review/Revise Plans for Protection of Staff, Residents, and Families Against Infection

  • Education of staff, residents, and representatives

  • Screening of residents

  • Screening of staff

  • Visitor Restriction as indicated and in accordance with NYSDOH and CDC

  • Proper use of PPE

  • Cohorting of Residents and Staff

Response Tasks for All Infectious Disease Events

1. Guidance, Signage, Advisories

  • The facility will obtain and maintain current guidance, signage advisories from the NYSDOH and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on disease-specific response actions.

  • The Infection Preventionist/Designee will ensure that appropriate signage is visible in designated areas for newly emergent infectious agents

  • The Infection Control Practitioner will be responsible to ensure that there are clearly posted signs for cough etiquette, hand washing, and other hygiene measures in high visibility areas.

  • The Infection Preventionist/Designee will ensure that appropriate signage is visible in designated areas to heighten awareness on cough etiquette, hand hygiene and other hygiene measures in high visible areas.

 

2. Reporting Requirements

  • The facility will assure it meets all reporting requirements for suspected or confirmed communicable diseases as mandated under the New York State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR 2.10 Part 2), as well as by 10 NYCRR 415.19 (see Annex K of the CEMP toolkit for reporting requirements).

  • The DON/Infection Preventionist will be responsible to report communicable diseases via the NORA reporting system on the HCS

  • The DON/Infection Preventionist will be responsible to report communicable diseases on NHSN as directed by CMS.

3. Signage

Facility will post on all bulletin boards throughout the facility any announcement or updates regarding the Pandemic to keep the concerned individuals abreast with new information.

4. Limit Exposure

  • The facility will implement the following procedures to limit exposure between infected and non-infected persons and consider segregation of ill persons, in accordance with any applicable NYSDOH and CDC guidance, as well as with facility infection control and prevention program policies.

  • Facility will Cohort residents according to their infection status

  • Facility will monitor all residents to identify symptoms associated with infectious agent.

  • Units will be quarantined in accordance with NYSDOH and CDC guidance and every effort will be made to cohort staff.  

  • Facility will follow all guidance from NYSDOH regarding visitation, communal dining, and activities and update policy and procedure and educate all staff.

  •  Facility will centralize and limit entryways to ensure all persons entering the building are screened and authorized.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available on entrance to facility, exit from elevators, and according to NYSDOH and CDC guidance

  • Daily Housekeeping staff will ensure adequate hand sanitizer and refill as needed.

 

5. Separate Staffing

The facility will implement procedures to ensure that as much as is possible, separate staffing is provided to care for each infection status cohort, including surge staffing strategies.

 

6. Conduct Cleaning/Decontamination

The facility will conduct cleaning/decontamination in response to the infectious disease utilizing cleaning and disinfection product/agent specific to infectious disease/organism in accordance with any applicable NYSDOH, EPA, and CDC guidance.

 

7. Educate Residents, Relatives, and Friends About the Disease and the Facility’s Response

  • The facility will implement procedures to provide residents, relatives, and friends with education about the disease and the facility’s response strategy at a level appropriate to their interests and need for information.

  • All residents will receive updated information on the infective agent, mode of transmission, requirements to minimize transmission, and all changes that will affect their daily routines.

8. Policy and Procedures for Minimizing Exposure Risk (Refer to section 4)

  • The facility will contact all staff including Agencies, vendors, other relevant stakeholders on the facility’s policies and procedures related to minimizing exposure risks to residents and staff.

  • Consultants that service the residents in the facility will be notified and arrangements made for telehealth, remote chart review, or evaluating medically necessary services until the recovery phase according to State and CDC guidelines.

9. Advise Vendors, Staff, and other stakeholders on facility policies to minimize exposure risks to residents

  • Subject to any superseding New York State Executive Orders and/or NYSDOH guidance that may otherwise temporarily prohibit visitors, the facility will advise visitors and vendors to limit/discontinue visits to reduce exposure risk to residents and staff.

  • Emergency staff including EMS will be informed of required PPE to enter facility

  • Vendors will be directed to drop off needed supplies and deliveries in a designated area to avoid entering the building.

  • The facility will implement closing the facility to new admissions in accordance with any NYSDOH directives relating to disease transmission

10. Limiting and Restriction of Visitation

  • The facility will limit and or restrict visitors as per the guidelines from the NYSDOH

  • Residents and Representatives will be notified as to visitation restrictions and/or limitations as regulatory changes are made.

 

 

Additional Response Tasks for Pandemic Events

1. Ensure Staff Are Using PPE Properly

  • The facility has an implemented Respiratory Protection Plan

  • Appropriate signage shall be posted at all entry points, and on each residents’, door indicating the type of transmission-based precautions that are needed.

  • Staff members will receive re-education and have competency done on the donning and doffing of PPE.

  • Infection Control rounds will be made by the DON, IP, and designee to monitor for compliance with proper use of PPE

  • The facility has a designated person to ensure adequate and available PPE is accessible on all shifts and staff are educated to report any PPE issues to their immediate Supervisor

 

2. Post a Copy of the Facility’s PEP

  • The facility will post a copy of the facility’s PEP in a form acceptable to the commissioner on the facility’s public website and make available immediately upon request.

  • The PEP plan will be available for review and kept in a designated area (in the Nursing Office)

 

3. The Facility Will Update Family Members and Guardians

  • The facility will communicate with Residents, Representatives as per their preference i.e. Email, text messaging, calls/robocalls and document all communication preference in the CCP/medical record.

  • During a pandemic Representatives of residents that are infected will be notified daily by Nursing staff as to the resident’s status.

  • Representatives will be notified when a resident experience a change in condition

  • Representatives will be notified weekly on the status of the pandemic at the facility including the number of pandemic infections.

  • The Hotline message will be updated within 24 hours indicating any newly confirmed cases and/or deaths related to the infectious agent.

  • Residents will be notified with regards to the number of cases and deaths in the facility unless they verbalize that they do not wish to be notified. This will be documented in the medical record/CCP

  • All residents will be provided with daily access to communicate with their representatives.  The type of communication will be as per the resident’s preference i.e. video conferencing/telephone calls, and/or email.

 

4. Implement Mechanisms for Videoconferencing

  • The facility will provide residents with no cost, daily access to remote videoconference or equivalent communication methods with Representatives

  • The Director of Recreation/Designee will arrange for the time for all videoconferencing

5. Implement Process/Procedures for Hospitalized Residents

  • The facility will implement the following process/procedures to assure hospitalized residents will be admitted or readmitted to such residential health care facility or alternate care site after treatment, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations including but not limited to 10 NYCRR 415.3(i)(3)(iii), 415.19, and 415(i); and 42 CFR 483.15(e).

  • Prior to Admission/readmission the DON/designee will review hospital records to determine resident needs and facility’s ability to provide care including cohorting and treatment needs.

6. Preserving a Resident’s Place

  • The facility will implement processes to preserve a resident’s place in a residential health care facility if such resident is hospitalized, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations including but not limited to 18 NYCRR 505.9(d)(6) and 42 CFR 483.15(e).

7. The Facility’s Plan to Maintain at least a two-month supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • The facility has implemented procedures to maintain at least a two-month (60 day) supply of PPE (including consideration of space for storage) or any superseding requirements under New York State Executive Orders and/or NYSDOH regulations governing PPE supply requirements executed during a specific disease outbreak or pandemic.

  • This includes, but is not limited to:

    • N95 respirators

    • Face shield

    • Eye protection

    • Isolation gowns

    • Gloves

    • Masks

    • Sanitizer and disinfectants (meeting EPA Guidance current at the time of the pandemic)

    • Facility will calculate daily usage/burn rate to ensure adequate PPE 

 

Recovery of all Infectious Disease Events

1. Activities/Procedures/Restrictions to be Eliminated or Restored

  • The facility will maintain review of, and implement procedures provided in NYSDOH and CDC recovery guidance that is issued at the time of each specific infectious disease or pandemic event, regarding how, when, which activities/procedures/restrictions may be eliminated, restored and the timing of when those changes may be executed.

2. Recovery/Return to Normal Operations

  • The facility will communicate any relevant activities regarding recovery/return to normal operations, with staff, families/guardians and other relevant stakeholders.

  • The facility will ensure that during the recovery phase all residents and staff will be monitored and tested to identify any developing symptoms related to the infectious agent in accordance with State and CDC guidance.

  • The facility will screen and test outside consultants that re-enter the facility, as per the NYS DOH guidelines during the recovery phase.

 

 

December 2014

Beach Terrace Care Center proudly celebrates Human Rights Day. In 1950, the United Nations General Assembly declared December 10 as Human Rights Day. This holiday was created to raise international awareness about the undisputable rights and protection that all humans are entitled to. On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was accepted by the United Nations and is considered to be the first doctrine on the promotion for the preservation and maintenance of human rights. This declaration has pathed the way for future human right bills and laws.

“Promoting human rights is one of the core purposes of the United Nations, and the Organization has pursued this mission since its founding.  Then, as now, the key to success is the political will of Member States. It is States, in the first instance, that are obliged to protect human rights and prevent violations at a national level, and to stand up when other States fail to live up to their commitments.  This is not always easy, and over the past 20 years we have seen genocide and many other appalling and large-scale violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,” stated Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General in 2013.

“Here at Beach Terrace Care Center, we believe that human rights is one of the noblest causes. It is our duty, as denizens of this earth, to strive to establish and protect equals rights and protection to all of mankind,” Martin Zwick, administrator at Beach Terrace Care Center.

Recently named one of America's Best Nursing Homes of 2013 by U.S. News & World Report, Beach Terrace Care Center is a 182-bed premier skilled nursing facility, specializing in dedicated treatment options for residents from short-term rehabilitation to long-term care. Located at 640 W Broadway, Long Beach, NY, mere feet from the water, Beach Terrace Care Center provides personalized care for each resident. Beach Terrace offers a renowned Alzheimer's/Dementia program, hospice and behavioral unit. 

 

For more information on Beach Terrace Care Center, visiting hours, or general inquiries, call us at 516.431.4400 or email us at admissions@beach-terrace.com. Kindly visit our website at www.beach-terrace.com. Like us at Facebook.com/BeachTerraceCC. Follow us at Twitter.com/BeachTerraceCC. Connect with us at Gplus.to/BeachTerraceCC.

 

 

October 2014

This month Beach Terrace Care center helps promote awareness of breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the staff at Beach Terrace Care Center, educating the public on this important issue is a priority.

 

Many people want to know what impact National Breast Cancer Awareness Month can have on their lives. The truth is that Breast Cancer Awareness Month can make a huge difference in many people’s lives, regardless if they are diagnosed with breast cancer. This month offers the opportunity to spread important information about the steps women can take to help discover breast cancer in its early stages.

 

Here are a few ideas that anyone, regardless of age, gender, or diagnosis can do to help raise awareness:

-Ask doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to speak to women about the significance of getting tested for breast cancer.

-Organize a communal breast cancer awareness talk in your neighborhood for women to become educated on the dangers involved and the importance of stay up-to-date with breast cancer research and information.

“Here at Beach Terrace Care Center, we would like to emphasize on everyone, especially women above forty years old, the importance of staying current on your mammograms and other breast cancer screening tests.  Please talk to your medical provider about breast cancer and what you can do to detect it early,” says Martin Zwick, administrator at Beach Terrace Care Center.

September 2014

Beach Terrace Care Center provides you with important back to school tips.

 

Beach Terrace Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center shares back to school tips for this upcoming year with the community.

 

As this beautiful summer comes to an end it only means one thing, back to school. Since the school year is right around the corner, everyone is preparing for that first day of school. There are many objectives, such as traveling to and from school, bullying, food for school, before and after school child care and developing good homework and studying habits. Parents need to know how exactly to take care of them in a timely, organized and economical manner.

 

In order to be completely ready for this approaching school year, Beach Terrace Care Center would like to share some back to school tips for parents this year.

 

  • Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. This may be at any age. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.

  • Children should always board and exit the bus at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.

  • Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home and/or have them posted on the school's website. With this advance information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat.

  • If you choose a commercial after-school program, inquire about the training of the staff. There should be a high staff-to-child ratio, and the rooms and the playground should be safe.

  • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive.

 

"Back to school is one of the most important times of the year. We want to make sure parents and students are prepared for the upcoming year, giving young minds ample room to grow and develop into our future leaders,” said Martin Zwick, the Administrator at Beach Terrace Care Center.

 

Named one of America's Best Nursing Homes of 2014 by U.S. News & World Report, for the second year in a row, Beach Terrace Care Center is a 182-bed premier skilled nursing facility, specializing in dedicated treatment options for residents from short-term rehabilitation to long-term care. Located at 640 W Broadway, Long Beach, NY, mere feet from the water, Beach Terrace Care Center provides personalized care for each resident. Beach Terrace offers a renowned Alzheimer's/Dementia program, hospice and behavioral unit.

 

For more information on Beach Terrace Care Center, visiting hours, or general inquiries, call us at 516.431.4400 or email us at admissions@beach-terrace.com. Kindly visit our website at www.beach-terrace.com. Like us at Facebook.com/BeachTerraceCC. Follow us at Twitter.com/BeachTerraceCC. Connect with us at Gplus.to/BeachTerraceCC.  

 

August 2014

Long Beach, NY Nursing Home Beach Terrace Care Center Honors National Immunization Month This August

 

 

Long Island Nursing Home Beach Terrace Care Center, helps spread awareness about the importance of promoting vaccines and staying up to date with shots this summer and year round.

Long Beach, NY (August 2014) With August being National Immunization Month, Beach Terrace Care Center would like to remind the public how vital it is to stay current with the proper vaccines and shots as required by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This is even more critical for our nation’s seniors, who are unfortunately at a higher risk of receiving communicable diseases.

For this reason Beach Terrace Care Center, Long Beach's premier nursing home, recommends everyone receive the flu shot and other vaccines against serious diseases such as measles and tuberculosis.

It is important to talk to friends and family and spread the word about the importance of immunizations. Many assume that vaccines are only for kids, while nothing can be further from the truth. Adults 65 and older need to get a special shot to prevent pneumonia.

Named one of America's Best Nursing Homes of 2014 by U.S. News & World Report, for the second year in a row, Beach Terrace Care Center is a 182-bed premier skilled nursing facility, specializing in dedicated treatment options for residents from short-term rehabilitation to long-term care. Located at 640 W Broadway, Long Beach, NY, mere feet from the water, Beach Terrace Care Center provides personalized care for each resident. Beach Terrace offers a renowned Alzheimer's/Dementia program, hospice and behavioral unit.

For more information on Beach Terrace Care Center, visiting hours, or general inquiries, call us at 516.431.4400 or email us at admissions@beach-terrace.com. Kindly visit our website at www.beach-terrace.com. Like us at Facebook.com/BeachTerraceCC. Follow us at Twitter.com/BeachTerraceCC. Connect with us at Gplus.to/BeachTerraceCC.  

 

Long Beach, NY Nursing Home Beach Terrace Care Center Celebrates America's Freedom In Style

 

Long Island Nursing Home Beach Terrace Care Center rejoices with festivities as the country observes its independence.

 

Long Beach, NY (July 2014) On Friday, July 4th 2014 Beach Terrace Care Center celebrates the nation's Independence Day. It is a national holiday of happiness and festivities; the 238th year since the publication of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic festivals, barbecues and fireworks viewings are held across the country.   

 

Beach Terrace Care Center celebrates with decorations and a special event calendar packed with festivities throughout the day. Beach Terrace puts a special emphasis on honoring its resident veterans, who bravely risked their lives for freedom.

 

Beach Terrace urges the community to join the city of Long Beach as they host the Independence Day Family Festival 2014, with an amazing fireworks show, music and arts and crafts for the entire family. The event will take place on July 11, 2014, with a rain date of Saturday, July 12. It will be held at 8:00 pm with a concert on the beach off of Long Beach Boulevard, featuring The Story Tellers. The fireworks display will start at approximately 9:00 pm from a barge in the ocean and can be seen throughout the city. For more information visit http://www.longbeachny.gov.

 

“We at Beach Terrace are proud to show our patriotism and join the country in celebrating freedom. We urge family members and loved ones of our residents to come visit and take part in our celebrations," said Martin Zwick, Administrator at Beach Terrace Care Center.

 

Named one of America's Best Nursing Homes of 2014 by U.S. News & World Report, for the second year in a row, Beach Terrace Care Center is a 182-bed premier skilled nursing facility, specializing in dedicated treatment options for residents from short-term rehabilitation to long-term care. Located at 640 W Broadway, Long Beach, NY, mere feet from the water, Beach Terrace Care Center provides personalized care for each resident. Beach Terrace offers a renowned Alzheimer's/Dementia program, hospice and behavioral unit.


For more information on Beach Terrace Care Center, visiting hours, or general inquiries, call us at 516.431.4400 or email us at admissions@beach-terrace.com. Kindly visit our website at www.beach-terrace.com. Like us at Facebook.com/BeachTerraceCC. Follow us at Twitter.com/BeachTerraceCC. Connect with us at Gplus.to/BeachTerraceCC.  

 

Long Beach, NY Nursing Home Beach Terrace Care Center Supplies the Community with Senior Safety Tips For Summer

 

Long Beach, NY based Beach Terrace Care Center provides vital summer safety tips for senior citizens in Long Beach. 

 

Long Beach, NY (June 2014) - Beach Terrace Care Center encourages the community to raise awareness about crucial safety issues facing seniors in the summertime. Through education, Beach Terrace Care Center aims to reduce the risk of heat stroke and other injuries and illnesses among the senior citizen population in the hot summer weather.

 

With the sunny summer months approaching, many community seniors face the risk of heat-induced illness such as sunburn, dehydration and heat exhaustion/stroke. Keeping this in mind, Beach Terrace Care Center offers a list of important rules to always keep in mind to stay healthy in the heat.

 

·      If you need to go outdoors, always wear sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15.

 

·      Drink lots of cold water, clear juices and other liquids that don’t contain alcohol or caffeine as these two can easily dehydrate you.

 

·      Try to remain indoors with the air conditioning on. If the temperature is in the 90s or higher and you don’t have an air conditioner, go somewhere that has one, such as a shopping mall, library, senior center or movie theater. Fans can’t provide enough cooling in such heat.

 

·      Beware of heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke include an altered mental state, not sweating and nausea. If you see someone displaying these symptoms, seek medical care immediately.

 

·      Wear loose, light-colored clothes and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and face cool. This will also provide added protection from damaging sun exposure. A hat should protect the neck, face and ears, helping you both stay cool and avoid sunburn. Being sunburned can also make it harder for your body to cool off.

 

“With potentially extreme temperatures on the horizon it is very important to keep in mind these safety precautions. Here at Beach Terrace Care Center we take weather concerns very seriously as they are crucial to the well-being of our community", said Martin Zwick, administrator. 

 

Named one of America's Best Nursing Homes of 2014 by U.S. News & World Report, for the second year in a row, Beach Terrace Care Center is a 182-bed premier skilled nursing facility, specializing in dedicated treatment options for residents from short-term rehabilitation to long-term care. Located at 640 W Broadway, Long Beach, NY, mere feet from the water, Beach Terrace Care Center provides personalized care for each resident. Beach Terrace offers a renowned Alzheimer's/Dementia program, hospice and behavioral unit.


For more information on Beach Terrace Care Center, visiting hours, or general inquiries, call us at 516.431.4400 or email us at admissions@beach-terrace.com. Kindly visit our website at www.beach-terrace.com. Like us at Facebook.com/BeachTerraceCC. Follow us at Twitter.com/BeachTerraceCC. Connect with us at Gplus.to/BeachTerraceCC. 

516.431.4400

516.431.0320

BEACH TERRACE CARE CENTER
640 West Broadway
Long Beach, NY 11561

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