2017 EMS Team of the Year

EMS Team of the Year

Livingston Hills Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Recognition Ceremony
for the EMS Team of the Year

Livingston, NY, December 20, 2017– Livingston Hills Nursing & Rehabilitation Center are recognizing two candidates for their outstanding teamwork while providing services to a patient in need, on December 20th, 2017 with a small ceremony.

“We are excited to have our first annual recognition ceremony for the EMS team of the year. We have observed their teamwork as they enter the facility during and emergency and it was outstanding, thus we want to recognize them for what they have done and are still doing.”

We are very excited to host a small ceremony for Kasey Simmons and Susan Baker who have shown outstanding performance of teamwork, professionalism, and compassion. We have worked closely with these two professionals on a few occasions. Each and every time has been a success of two entities working together for one common goal without bravado or hesitation.

 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Noemi Kapusi at 518-851-3041
or email at nkapusi@livingstonhills.com.

Getting Ready for Halloween with National Pumpkin Day

Yesterday on National Pumpkin Day, and with the help of our Activities Department, Livingston Hills residents decorated a number of pumpkins to prepare for Halloween. Some residents used stickers to create faces while our Director of Activities, Chris, helped to hallow out and carve the larger pumpkins.

Now we’re all ready for Halloween and our upcoming party!

Livingston Hills Staff Walk to End Breast Cancer

In continuing a new tradition that has begun at Livingston Hills, members of our staff, along with family members and other supporters, participated in this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk which took place on Oct. 15th in Washington Park in Albany.

Team members sported Livingston Hills’ custom made pink sweatshirts and are continuing to do their part to raise awareness. So far, Team Livingston has raised $500 and is still working to raise funds throughout the month. As part of their fundraiser, they are selling shirts seen here. If you’re interested in purchasing one or making a donation, please contact Livingston Hills today.

Residents Celebrate Octoberfest

Livingston Hills residents welcomed Fall with their annual Octoberfest celebration. Our activities room was filled with residents and staff enjoying a selection of beverages, including nonalcoholic beer, and pretzels and apple strudel. Everyone had fun and enjoyed the day.

Music was also provided by Bobby Val, a long-time favorite of Livingston Hills.

Bill and Rico Return

Yesterday, our monthly entertainers Bill and Rico performed at Livingston Hills to the delight of our residents and staff.

They enjoyed the song selection and danced along to their favorites.

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Livingston Hills Holds 3rd Annual Community Day Event

On Sept. 10, the staff at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center hosted its 3rd Annual Community Day event, attracting approximately 300 people. The event was held outside of the skilled nursing facility at 2781 Route 9 and was free for all members of the community, residents, and their family members.

We were happy to have with us this year Lisa Wood from About Face for face painting, Two by Two Zoo, DJ Jack Bogarski, Jackie Reynolds as Bee Bee the Clown, Bindelestiff Family Cirkus, and all our vendors.

A selection of food and beverages were available for free at the barbecue along with a pie roast, popcorn and snow cones. We like to give a thank you as well to Kodi Stack Closson who was our photographer and to SMS Rentals for the bounce houses, dunk tank, and other supplies.

Thank you to everyone who came out and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event on September 9, 2017.

Monthly Musicians at Livingston Hills

At Livingston Hills we are thrilled to constantly be bringing new and innovative activities to our residents. However, we also enjoy seeing facility favorites return each month to entertain residents and play a combination of old, familiar songs with something new. Bill and Rico are among our most popular entertainers at the rehab center along with Valinda who all come once a month to play, sing, and speak with our residents.

Livingston Hills Goes to the Columbia County Fair

Recently, a group of residents from Livingston Hills went to spend the day at the Columbia County Fair. While there, they stopped by our booth to say hello and take a few pictures. They also saw a tractor pull, and enjoyed pizza and lemonade. There were plenty of games as well and one luck resident won two gold fish who have now found a new home with the rest of our fish at the Livingston Hills tank.

When they came back from the fair, they were just in time for the Tribal Drum Circle, which has started to become a regular treat at Livingston Hills. It was a great way to end a fun-filled day.

This Livingston Resident Knows How to Rock

Did you know one of our residents is a professional guitarist?

He and his band recently performed for the rest of our Livingston Hills residents and played a selection of southern rock and classic country music.

They were a huge hit and we thank them for the amazing show!

Residents Enjoy a Raffle with Their Morning Coffee

During one of our morning coffee socials, Livingston Hills held a raffle for a giant stuffed money. Residents were able to use their “big bucks”, earned from attending previous events and activities, to get tickets to win the prize.

Balloon Smash!

Our Balloon Smash activity at Livingston Hills keeps growing in popularity.

Each time our residents get together for this event, the group gets bigger and bigger.

It’s wonderful exercise, and a lot of fun!

Watch Andrea’s Garden Grow

Earlier this April, residents at Livingston Hills planted flowers in small cups that were kept indoors. Now, they have grown tremendously and have been moved to our special outdoor garden which has been named Andrea’s Garden in memory of a resident who passed away. A plaque will be added to the wood frame of the garden later this year.

Art Gallery from Hudson City Schools

This month we are displaying artwork from Hudson City schools at Livingston Hills. Awards will be given out and announced in the near future. We thank these students for sharing their talents with us and allowing our residents to enjoy their work.

Kicking Off Summer with a Luau!

Yesterday, Livingston Hills celebrated the beginning of Summer with a luau at our rehabilitation center. With decorations, a tiki bar, and music featuring Bobby Val, residents and staff alike go in the summer mood and enjoyed the festivities. To go along with our tropical theme, we had roast pig along with a variety of side dishes and punch.

Everyone who attended had a wonderful time and it was a fantastic way to kick off the Summer.

Bingo at Livingston Hills

On Saturday, June 11, volunteers from a local church group came to Livingston Hills to be a part of our Bingo activity. They also brought along their children who helped with the event and played right alongside our residents.
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Thank you to these wonderful volunteers!

Happy Hour!

This afternoon we held a Happy Hour at Livingston Hills. Residents had their pick of a variety of beverages and snacks while they relaxed and socialized with one another.

Carnival Time!

Yesterday, Livingston Hills held a carnival for residents complete with cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, and games.

Staff got involved to keep the party going and everyone enjoyed this fun-filled event.

Bard College’s Talent Show

In April we were greeted once again by students from Bard College, this time from the music department. The students put on a talent show where they danced, sang, and played instruments much to everyone’s delight. We are so thankful they came out to spend time at Livingston Hills with our residents.

These talented individuals have a bright future ahead of them.

The Easter Bunny Came to Town

IMG_6032Livingston Hills held its Easter party for residents on March 24th with some special entertainment provided by the one and only Easter bunny. Turns out this bunny has some pretty slick dance moves. Take a look!

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Volleyball with the Bard College Men’s Team

On March 6, members of the Bard College Men’s Volleyball team came to spend the day with our residents at Livingston Hills. They brought the coach, freshman Josandra Gibbs from Student Affairs, and 10 players. They did a meet-and-greet with over 50 residents. Together they spoke about college life and what it takes to be a college athlete during this generation compared to when the residents were in college.

They also played a game called Balloon toss with a twist. Instead of simply hitting the balloon around, the students showed the proper way to bump, set and spike. The residents truly enjoyed it and we can’t wait for their next visit on April 17th. This will be by musically inclined students from Bard College.

We thank the men’s volleyball team and coach for their time along with the free tickets for games at Bard College. Best of luck to all the athletes at Bard College!

Wearable Art with Tie Dye Day

On March 3, residents at Livingston Hills rolled up their sleeves and got to work creating wearable art.
As they tie dyed T-shirts, residents enjoyed mixing colors together to turn a plain white shirt into a colorful masterpiece.

Karaoke Night!

Livingston Hills residents weren’t shy about exercising their vocal chords as we held another fun-filled Karaoke activity. We have some really talented individuals and it’s always a pleasure to hear them sing.

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Livingston Hills Administrator Appointed to Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children

(LIVINGSTON, NY)- When Christopher Roberts, administrator for Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was approached by the Shriners Hospitals for Children to join their Board of Directors, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Effective 2016, he will now be able to help children and their families at the Shiners hospital in Springfield, Mass. in addition to the Livingston Hills residents and those in our local community.

A former patient of the Shriners through one of their out-patient clinics, Roberts and his family received free treatment to cover medical care and leg braces to help straighten out his knees which were turned inward when he was a child. With 22 locations across the country, these hospitals are able to provide free medical care for children ranging from orthopedics, burn care, cleft lip and palate care, and spinal cord injury.

“This appointment gives me the ability to give back,” said Roberts. “To the Shriners for the care I received and a chance to give back to the local community, especially the children who would be helped by this world class care at no cost to them or their families.”

As a member of the Human Resources, Credentialing, and Donor Development committees on the Board of Directors, Roberts will be using his healthcare experience and expertise to oversee staffing and credentialing of the caregivers at the Springfield location. His goal for these committees is to modernize the process and make donating easier for those who want to contribute.

Outside of his professional experience, he also has over 15 years of nonprofit experience that will be used to help establish working relationships with other nonprofit charities. At 20, he helped raise over $800 for the Shriners hospitals while he was volunteering with the youth organization DeMolay International as the youth-elected leader of the NY jurisdiction. He later went on to become a Mason and joined his local Shrine in Utica where he grew up to continue supporting the hospitals and similar organizations.

shriners_logoWith this newly established relationship between Livingston, NY and Springfield, Mass., Livingston Hills can expand the services available to the local community. In addition to providing short-term rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing care, along with family programs like the annual Community Day festival in the fall and the Family Egg Hunt coming up March 12, the facility is hoping to work with local doctors to help direct qualified candidates to the Shriners children’s hospital for free medical care.

This appointment to the Board of Directors fulfills a life-long dream for Roberts. “I am thankful to the Board for the honor of this appointment and the Livingston Hills staff and management team for giving me the ability to serve the community in this way.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The residents at Livingston Hills recently celebrated Valentine’s Day with a party and live entertainment. Monthly regulars, Bobby Val and his wife came to perform a selection of songs for everyone who attended. However, the highlight of the day was when one of our own residents got up to sing “You Send Me” by Same Cooke with Bobby. He did a wonderful job and we look forward to hearing him sing again.

We wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to all our residents, their family members, and our staff who put their heart and soul into providing quality care at Livingston Hills.

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Welcome to Mardi Gras!

On Feb. 10, residents at Livingston Hills got together to celebrate Mardi Gras in style. With the dining hall decked out in the traditional gold, green and purple colors, residents enjoyed delicious Jambalaya made by the Activities Department. It was a wonderful treat and everyone loved it.
Both residents and staff got in the spirit and had fun wearing their Mardi Gras masks, beads, and feather boas. A great time was had by all and we thank our Activities team for making it extra special.

Superbowl Sunday at Livingston Hills

Football fans at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center enjoyed watching Super Bowl 50 during the rehab center’s party earlier this week. The dining room was decorated in blue and orange, the team colors of the Panthers and Broncos respectively. Residents could choose which side to sit on as they cheered for their team throughout the game.

A selection of food and beverages were available and a few games were played as well, including a ring toss game. In the end, the Broncos won and while no New York teams made the Super Bowl this year, everyone who came to the Livingston Hills Super Bowl party had a great time.

Music at Livingston Hills

On Jan. 12, Livingston Hills welcomed resident favorites Bill and Rico to come perform for residents. As usual they did a wonderful job and got our residents out of their seats to dance.

On Jan. 21, we had another favorite, Bobby Val come to play music for the residents of Livingston Hills. Both Bobby and Bill and Rico come to the rehab center once a month and have become regular performers who we look forward to seeing.

Karaoke Jam
Residents at Livingston Hills don’t just enjoy listening to music, they like to make it as well. During our Karaoke Jam on Jan. 27 we had a number of residents show us just how talented they are as they sang their favorite songs for us. They all did a wonderful job!

Jack’s Big Bingo Night!

On January 4, Livingston Hills held its first Jack’s Big Bingo Night of 2016. The monthly event continues to bring in members of our community to play and win prizes. Congratulations to all our winners. We look forward to seeing everyone again in February.

Wine and Cheese

On Dec. 10, Livingston Hills held a Wine and Cheese party for residents. It was a wonderful time and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to socialize.

Jack's Big Bingo Night

Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, recently gave out over $800 in cash prizes during their recent monthly Bingo event last week, making it most successful event since the program started over the summer.

These activities, affectionately called ‘Jack’s Big Bingo Night’ after Director of Special Projects Jack Weinberg, have become a regular occurrence at Livingston Hills with each month’s event bringing more members of the community out than the last. On Nov. 9, the newly renovated dining hall welcomed over 50 community members and a number of residents of the facility.

The night included four games of regular Bingo, four special games of Bingo, one midway jackpot of $150 and one final jackpot of $231 with Ellie K. and Tiffany B. as our two jackpot winners. A 50/50 was also drawn with Mary S. winning $102.

Other winners include:

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  • Pam J.
  • Renee L.
  • Hope S.
  • John U.
  • Nakia M.
  • Kathy C.
  • Yvonne D.

    Special Games

  • Gail S.
  • Emma R.
  • Joe Q.
  • Kathy C.
  • Ann W.

Throughout the night’s activities, bingo participants had the opportunity to see the skilled nursing facility and play alongside the residents of Livingston Hills, enjoying the assortment of food and beverages and the playful, but competitive, commaraderie. With these monthly events, residents get the chance to meet new people, share stories about their own experiences, and most importantly, an opportunity to be included in community activities. The staff work hard each month to ensure residents have a full calendar of activities to participate in, but it’s more enjoyable when visitors join in.


The next Jack’s Big Bingo Night will be held Dec. 7 at 7 P.M. in the skilled nursing facility’s main dining room. Admission is $10 each and includes one booklet with additional sheets available for purchase. Additional upcoming events can be seen at livingstonhills.com/news/upcoming-events.

Halloween 2015

Our residents at Livingston Hills sure got into the Halloween spirit. With lots of costumes, decorations, and entertainment everyone enjoyed spending the spooky holiday together.
Residents even got to vote on which staff member had the best costume.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Oktoberfest at Livingston Hills

On October 22nd, Livingston Hills residents celebrated Oktoberfest with a selection of snacks and beverages.
Everyone got in the festive spirit and had a wonderful time.

Livingston Hills in the Community

Our staff at Livingston Hills enjoys the time spent with our residents, but we also look forward to opportunities to go out into the community and meet our neighbors. Recently, we had two chances to meet the public, share information about Livingston Hills, and provide free blood pressure screenings.

The first was at Senator Kathy Marchione’s annual Golden Gatherings event at Columbia Green Community College in Greenport, which we attended on October 17th. The second was the Senior Expo at the Crossgates Mall on October 23rd.

If you see our booth in the future, be sure to stop by and speak with us about our services and programs.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!

Throughout the month of October, the staff at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been collecting donations to support breast cancer research. This weekend on Oct. 18, they took their efforts a step further and participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Washington Park.
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Through their joint efforts, the Livingston Hills raised $1000 and had 24 staff members participate in the 3.1 mile walk. Despite the chilly weather, and snow, everyone had a great time and were proud to show their support for a great cause. Those wishing to make a donation can still do so through the American Cancer Society or the Making Strides website at www.makingstrideswalk.org.

Jack's Big Bingo Night

On October 5th, Livingston Hills held their monthly Jack’s Big Bingo Night.
The newly renovated dining room was filled with members of our community who came out to play.

Take a look at our Upcoming Events page for opportunities to join us in November and December.

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Community Day at Livingston Hills

Livingston Hills Holds 2nd Annual Community Day Event

(Livingston, NY)- This Saturday, Sept. 19, the staff at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be holding its 2nd Annual Community Day event which will be open to the public 1PM to 4PM. The event, which takes place outside of the skilled nursing facility at 2781 Route 9, is free for all members of the community, residents, and their family members.

This year’s event is already looking to be bigger and better than last year when the skilled nursing facility first kicked off the event. Last year, with 20 private vendors, a free barbeque, activities for kids, and raffles, approximately 300 people were in attendance. This year’s event promises to have an increased 30 vendors and even more activities.

Among the vendors guests can expect to see are Pink Zebra and Usborne Books, along with booths for Tupperware, jewelry, and more. Hannaford is also providing an ice cream booth as a donation to the event. Livingston Hills is bringing back the bounce house and dunk tank from SMS Rentals and Two by Two Zoo where families can see animals such as goats, ducks, rabbits, pigs, and a bearded dragon.

A selection of food and beverages will also be available free of charge at the barbeque along with popcorn and snow cones.

Throughout the event, community members can expect to see a variety of entertainers such as DJ Johnny Bo, Keith Nelson from Blindlestiff Family Cirkus, and dance company Roz’s Dance Works who will be performing as well. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Prizes will also be given out at Livingston Hills through a silent auction and a 50/50.

“We’re happy to put together an event like this where families can come together and have a great time,” said Livingston Hills Administrator Chris Roberts. “Our staff has been working on this event for months and we’re excited to be bringing a new tradition to the community.”

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Independence Day 2015 at Livingston Hills

On July 2, 2015, as an early kick-off to the 4th of July weekend, Livingston Hills held a Red, White,a and Blue social outdoors for residents. Staff and residents were proud to show off their patriotic colors and enjoyed the afternoon. Thank you to everyone for attending and happy 4th of July from Livingston Hills!
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Livingston Hills Makes a Difference!

On Thursday, June 11, Livingston Hills made a donation of 5 wheelchairs to Saint Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church located in Hudson, NY. The wheelchairs will be given to those who have been injured in the Ukraine. As a thank you, we received the following letter from the Reverend.

Livingston Hills is always happy to help those in our community and are grateful for this opportunity to make a difference around the world. We know the wheelchairs will be put to good use.

National Nursing Home Week at Livingston Hills: Tuesday

On Tuesday, Nursing Home Week continued with two activities for staff. They were the Wheel Chair Races and Crazy Hat Day. Those who chose to sign up were able to compete in a race to see who could get across the room the fastest via a wheel chair. All staff were also encouraged to bring crazy hats to work and they sure did find some unique ones.

Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our wheelchair race winners.  Enjoy your prizes!

National Nursing Home Week at Livingston Hills: Monday

This week, Livingston Hills is observing National Nursing Home Week. Each day this week, we’ll have different activities scheduled to show our appreciation for just how hard our staff work and how caring they are toward our residents.

On Monday, we raffled off an iPad Mini which went to Tina Corston, Unit Assistant. Congratulations!

Bill and Rico: Live at Livingston Hills

On March 24, residents at Livingston Hills gathered together to listen to entertainers Bill and Rico play music, but they did more than that. Along with members of our energetic and caring staff, residents took to the floor to show us their dance moves while they enjoyed the music. A good time was had by all, and as you can see there were many in attendance.

Thank you to Bill and Rico for taking the time to play for us at Livingston Hills and to the staff for their energy and enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next event.

Livingston Hills Holds a Community Spaghetti Dinner

In February, the facility held a Spaghetti Dinner to help raise funds to the Livingston Hills Family Memorial Park. Members of the community joined us as they were able to dine in or take their pasta dishes to go. Our friendly and caring staff, combined with our Valentine’s themed decorations, provided a very loving atmosphere and our guests felt right at home.

 

Thankfulness at our Thankful Luncheon

For the past 3 years, Livingston Hills has a “Thankful Luncheon”.  This year. 42 residents signed up to attend.

Everyone in the room went around and mentioned what they were “Thankful For”.

This event is done a week before Thanksgiving.

Please Join our Holiday Donation Projects

This holiday season, the staff at Livingston Hills is working to collect donations for the following individuals. If you would like to join in our efforts, please contact our Admissions Department by calling 518-851-3041.

Eighteen year old Emily Keffner, who lives right here in Columbia County, has been through about 30 reconstructive surgeries in her life as she was born with a cleft lip and palate deformity. She will now be undergoing yet another surgery to prevent her jaw from collapsing. Donations are now being collected to help defray the cost of the surgery and other expenses.

We will also be collecting donated items for a local woman who lost her house to a fire on the Adventists property. We are looking for clothing, food, and a number of household items.

If you have any questions about donations for either individual, please also e-mail info@livingstonhills.com.