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LAKE PLACID, NY – Michelle Amato, RN, has been named Director of Nursing Services at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid, 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid. Ms. Amato was most recently the Director of Nursing at Essex Center in Elizabethtown. She began her nursing career as a level 1 trauma ER nurse, and grew in her career as she gained management positions in nursing at various skilled nursing communities around the state. Ms. Amato will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the nursing care team as well as working to improve the quality measure rating of the facility. "I am looking forward to working with the caring staff here at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid to ensure that all of our patients, residents and families receive the quality care and services they expect and deserve," Ms. Amato said. Elderwood provides skilled nursing care, specialized subacute and rehabilitation care, cardiac care, cardiac telemetry services, assisted living, independent living and memory care at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and independent living communities across New York State, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.elderwood.com. Contact: Courtney Gfroerer Communications Specialist (716) 633-3900, ext. 1279  ...

LOCKPORT, NY – Elderwood at Lockport, a subacute rehabilitation and long-term care community at 104 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, has earned a three-star rating from Medicare.gov. The 126 bed facility ranks first in multiple direct nursing categories. The number of LPN hours and Nurse Aide hours spent per resident, per day, are the highest of any skilled nursing facility in Niagara County. In less than three months, the facility’s star ranking increased to three stars since it was purchased by Elderwood in January. The rating is based on statistics compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that includes the facility’s internal reports, care plans, staffing and results of New York State health inspections, with a focus on quality of care. The increased ranking speaks to the investments being made into the facility and the high-quality level of care Elderwood brings to the community. "We’re very proud of our hard-working staff who have made every effort to improve the quality of care within our facility," said Administrator Shari Hutchison. "I know that our staff will continue working over the next year to increase the level of services we’re able to provide to residents." Elderwood at Lockport offers skilled nursing care, as well...

LANCASTER, PA – Kristin Levering, PCHA has been named administrator of Elderwood Senior Living at Lancaster, 120 Rider Avenue, Lancaster. Mrs. Levering’s appointment is followed by nearly seven years as director of admissions and marketing. She will lead the 76 bed personal care home, building on her relationships with staff, community connections and leadership experience. "I take pride in being a part of how far the building has come with regards to census, staffing, renovations and overall general feeling," said Mrs. Levering. Prior to her time at Elderwood, Mrs. Levering worked as the practice manager for Lititz Family Medicine, LG Health Express Quick Care. She held several similar positions in the health care field in parts of Delaware and Maryland. Born and raised in Lancaster, Mrs. Levering now lives in Lititz with her husband, son and daughter. The family enjoys spending summer weekends at the beach as well as on their boat. Elderwood provides skilled nursing care, specialized subacute and rehabilitation care, cardiac care, cardiac telemetry services, assisted living, independent living and memory care at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and independent living communities across New York State, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.elderwood.com. Contact: Courtney Gfroerer Communications Specialist (716) 633-3900 ext. 1279...

By Tracey Drury  – Reporter, Buffalo Business First Elderwood has filed applications with the state for two more business lines at Weinberg Campus as the company continues the process to take over operations at the Getzville campus. Elderwood’s owners announced last fall they would take over five nonprofit corporations that operate on the North Forest Road campus, but each must be approved separately by the state Department of Health. This week, applications were filed for the Menorah Campus Adult Home, a licensed home care services agency; and for Dosberg Manor Adult Home & Assisted Living, a 96-bed adult home with 30-bed assisted living program. When complete, the agency will become known as Elderwood Home Care at Getzville. They follow the application filed in February for the 180-bed Rosa Coplon site. The buyer is a limited liability company controlled by Warren Cole and Dr. Jeffrey Rubin, who operate a network of skilled nursing and assisted living sites across the state. The duo last fall signed an asset purchase agreement with Weinberg to purchase the Rosa Coplon Jewish Home nursing facility, Dosberg Manor; Forest Creek Independent Living Facility; Garden House Assisted Living; Meadows Assisted Living; the Town Square for Aging facility and a certified home health agency...

PROGRAM: Seasons Memory Care program helps people with dementia find balance. WHEATFIELD – The elderly lady in the pink housedress smiles contentedly at the baby in her arms as she visits in the lounge of her nursing home. “Sweet little girl,” she says. “She likes you." “Well I call her sweet little girl, that’s why,” she chuckles. “You’re a good girl. Sweetheart. Precious, yes,” she croons to the baby. “Who does she belong to?” “One of the nurses,” someone responds. Her attention refocuses on the baby as she softly clucks and coos to it. “Sweetheart,” she repeats. The exchange is not uncommon in a nursing home. But in this case, the woman in the housedress has later-stage dementia and is typically very withdrawn. Only when holding the “baby” — which is actually a therapy doll the size and weight of an infant — does she perk up and begin to interact with the doll and with those around her. Therapy dolls have been used for years to help comfort and relax residents with memory impairments. Although it may look odd to see an elderly person treating a doll like a real baby, doll therapy has noticeable benefits for many dementia patients, according to Sandra Burrows. As Elderwood’s Director of Memory...