Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Dedicates Unit to Memory Care
60-bed specialized unit promotes quality of life care
for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients
Commack, NY – Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has announced the opening of its Memory Care Unit, a secured, 60-bed first floor unit located in the facility’s Schachne Pavilion. According to Herbert H. Friedman, Executive Vice President/CEO, “We have created a designated Memory Care Unit at Gurwin to further enhance the care provided to our residents with memory loss. It is a secured unit, with staff that has been specially trained to care for this population.”
Friedman said the unit was created in response to a growing need in both the community and also among current residents at the Center. “We receive requests daily in Admissions for patients who need a secured unit, and now we have an opportunity to accommodate that need. In addition, we have residents already in our care who will benefit from the secure environment as well as the structured setting on the unit, which caters to their specialized needs, making them feel safe, secure and oriented in their environment. He noted that although the unit only officially opened in late summer, it is already full, with a waiting list.
The Memory Care Unit at Gurwin boasts an enclosed outdoor garden courtyard, perfect for guided activities as well as wandering tendencies. In addition, two dedicated Recreation Leaders are on the unit, providing direction for small group or individual activities designed to keep the residents active and engaged. Dietary needs are addressed appropriately, offering finger foods and access to food throughout the day, rather than expecting participation in a traditional meal setting.
“We are pleased with the response to the unit so far,” said Dorian Froelich, LMSW, Director of Social Work and Admissions. “With enhanced staffing, innovative programming and a comprehensive security system, our specialized unit accommodates the needs of our residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in a way that manages their cognitive impairments while also offering a better quality of life.”
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Founded in 1988 in Commack, NY as a skilled nursing care facility, Gurwin has expanded to include a full range of available care options, such as long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, ventilator-dependent care, hospice and palliative care, memory care, on-site dialysis, an adult day health program, two home care programs, an assisted living community and a proposed independent living community. For more information, visit www.gurwin.org.