Older Adults Take Refuge at The Allendale Community for Mature Living During Severe Weather and Snowstorms

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) September 25, 2010 - Come rain, come snow, come hail or sleet, The Atrium at The Allendale Community for Mature Living now offers emergency respite care services for older adults whose homes are threatened or damaged by severe weather, such as the latest tropical storms and tornadoes as well as last winter's record-breaking snowstorms. The urgent care service also is ideal for primary caregivers called out of town unexpectedly or those requiring temporary, short-term care for their elderly loved one.

    "The emergency respite care service is an extension of our existing Short-Term Stay Program, which has been in place for several years," said Mary Stampleman, ADC, Director of Therapeutic Recreation & Community Relations. "Originally designed to offer full-time caregivers of aging parents, grandparents and spouses, who are recovering from an illness or injury, the opportunity to take a family vacation or travel for business, we expanded the program due to the number of increased requests we receive when harsh weather is forecasted or a storm sweeps through the New York metropolitan area, leaving roads impassable and electrical service interrupted."

    Offering stays of a week or two, to lengthier stays of a month or longer, guests at The Atrium benefit from a safe, supportive environment that incorporates a full complement of recreational activities with fine restaurant-style dining and flexible healthcare and wellness options. Services include assistance with daily tasks such as dressing and bathing, medication management and wellness assessments. Therapeutic treatments, such as occupational, physical and speech therapy, can also be administered by professionals associated with The Allendale Community's onsite Rehabilitation Center.

    "Although the Short-Term Stay Program was developed to provide families with a temporary respite, many of our guests decide to relocate full-time to The Atrium because they like having everything they need in terms of nutrition, socialization and healthcare in one convenient location - regardless of the weather outside," added Stampleman.

    The Atrium's social, educational and cultural programs encourage residents and Short-Term Stay guests to rekindle their interest in former hobbies or pursue new interests. Daily events are held in The Atrium's various venues, including the Activities Center, Greenhouse, Internet Café, full-size Cinema, outdoor Putting Green, Game Room, Arcade and upstairs Lounge.

    The Emergency Respite and Short-Term Stay Programs offer customized lease rental options for fully furnished apartments on a weekly or monthly basis. Each apartment features a spacious living area and closet space as well as a private bathroom. Apartments also are equipped with 24-hour emergency response systems and are in close proximity to a health station, staffed by CNA nurse aides with registered nurse supervision.

    For information about arranging an emergency or planned short-term stay at The Atrium, call The Allendale Community for Mature Living at (201) 818-4499 or visit http://www.allendalecommunity.com/.

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