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I’m not even sure how to begin this post…

This new partnership is so outside of the box and so creative, I’m floored myself.

I shouldn’t be, because our Regency Founder and President has a longstanding and industry wide reputation for his  forward thinking and creative genius.

This idea takes his MO to a whole new level, though (and I love it)!

Regency has always been about:

Consummate and Quintessential perfection!

Timeless appeal!

Innovation!

Singularity!

Dedication!

Customer Service!

Exclusivity!

We are also the envy of the rehabilitation and long term care industry.

Enter Tesla Motors!

Can the aforementioned attributes not be similarly applied to this one of a kind motor car?

Of course it can!

In fact, anyone who appreciates Regency, appreciates Tesla!

So here is the idea.

From now until October 31st, If you or someone you know, purchases a Tesla automobile, Regency will provide you with an exclusive $1000 discount towards the purchase price of your car!!!

But wait a second, we are not done!

You don’t have to purchase a car altogether.

Simply provide us with a legitimate referral for anyone you know who is seriously inclined to purchase a Tesla car and we will provide you with a unique and beautiful gift and the purchaser with a $1000 discount towards the purchase price of the car!

To access and redeem the $1000 discount, please click on this link.

To access our Regency-Tesla Referral Program, please respond to this posting using the comment feature below and we will be in touch with you.

This morning I attended a seminar at the Sunrise Assisted Living center in Madison NJ.

The topic was regarding the financial transition of a resident from an Assisted Living community (AL) to a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF).

The presenter was Laurie Hauptman, ESQ.

Laurie is a friend of Regency and has worked with me (and did a marvelous job) on a Medicaid application for one of our residents at Regency Park in Hazlet, NJ.

The discussion revolved around the nuances of how to "spend down" available and cumulative assets before one can achieve financial eligibility under the Medicaid guidelines in the State of NJ.

Laurie mentioned the potential pitfalls when residents divest themselves of all of their monies at the AL and then have no money to pay privately at the SNF, much less to invest with a lawyer to help secure Medicaid for them.

Worse yet, is when these residents run out of money before they become medically needy (under SNF classifications). Laurie, discussed this and commented,  "I can help you secure Medicaid financial eligibility, but I cannot magically ensure that you qualify under the 'medically needy' guidelines."

There was some further discussion about creative strategies and the "use it or lose it" phenomenon, especially as it relates to private insurances and the like.

Laurie ended the seminar by outlining the differences between Medicaid 'specialists' and Elder Attorneys and promoted the enhanced value in engaging with the latter in favor of the former.

I was very proud when she singled out Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers for praise and was happy to accept her kind words on behalf of our organization.

I took a picture with Laurie after the seminar, as well as a few photos of the facility.

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Acute Rehabilitation

At Regency Nursing Centers in NJ, we are often contacted by families who are looking for subacute rehab in NJ, for their loved one. When I actually speak with folks, however, they will sometimes intermingle the words post-acute rehab, acute rehab and sub-acute rehab.

These are not all the same thing.

Acute rehabilitation is for individuals who need an intensive, multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. Patients who have had traumatic injuries, stroke, or suffer a debilitating disease will most certainly benefit from acute rehabilitation. In an acute rehabilitation program, patients receive physical, occupational and speech therapy as needed. At Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, patients benefit from a robust program of all 3 therapy disciplines and we are considered to be the very best short term rehabilitation centers in New Jersey. . A physician, who is trained in rehabilitation, manages each patient’s care. Patients are seen by their attending physician every day.

In an acute rehabilitation setting, a patient is expected to make significant functional gains and medical improvement within a reasonable time frame. Patients receive at least three hours of therapy per day, for up to five days a week. One-to-one therapy and group therapy sessions are concurrently provided, depending on the needs of the individual. Additional services such as respiratory therapy are available for patients as well.

Subacute / Post-acute Rehabilitation

Subacute rehabilitation is less intensive than acute rehabilitation. Patients in a subacute rehab facility generally only receive one or two hours of therapy per day, and it is usually a combination of physical, occupational and speech therapy. Patients are seen by their attending physician on a monthly basis.

The average length of stay at a subacute facility is also generally longer than at an acute rehabilitation center.

For the very best subacute care and sub-acute rehab in NJ, contact us at http://www.regencynursing.com/

 

 

 

From The Desk Of Marie Barnes, Corporate Marketing Director, Regency Nursing Centers:

 

Regency Jewish Heritage Post-Acute, Rehab and Nursing Center, 380 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ presented a fashion show, with alot of fun, for their patients and residents on July 22, 2015. 

 

The staff at Regency Jewish Heritage are always creating new and innovative activities and entertainment for the enjoyment of their patients and residents.  In collaboration with the youth volunteer group, Urban Mitzvah Corps volunteers, much work and energy was devoted to presenting a wonderful afternoon with a "twist on fashion" for those in attendance.  The Urban Mitzvah Corp is a grassroots group that connects with Jewish teens that are gathered from across North America, Central America and Israel dedicated to making the world a better place.  The young group of people volunteer for 2 weeks, Monday through Friday.  They can chose where they would like to volunteer.  It is a great experience and hands-on knowledge of what it is like to work with patients and residents at a Post-Acute, Rehab and Nursing Center.  It is a process to start a wonderfully rewarding career for caring for those who need rehabilitation and long term care.  Caroline Santiago, the Recreation Director, at Regency Jewish Heritage, began working with seniors volunteering at the facility when she was 12 years old.    

 

Pictured are the teen volunteers modeling a T-Shirt (tea shirt), and another volunteer in a sundress (sun).  For further information about Regency Jewish Heritage Post-Acute, Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, call 732-873-2000, or visit www.regencynursing.com.    

 

 

 

Monday, 27 July 2015 14:04

Protecting Our Seniors From Fraudulent Scammers

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I often hear horrible stories from families concerning an elderly loved one who was short-changed or downright scammed, financially or otherwise.

In many instances, the perpetrators were skilled nursing facilities where the loved one resided at some point in their past.

Typically, I try to stay away from participating in such conversations because I am intimately familiar with the competitor “facilities” who engage in these types of shenanigans. It is true that they tarnish our industry and cede to the basest behavior by taking advantage of families when they are most vulnerable.

Indeed, my parents always taught me that there are two ways to grow: one can climb a mountain, or dig a trench all around them. There are far too many people who dig trenches to further their own agenda.

A stellar nursing home will rest rest on its own merits and does not not need to engage in “digging trenches.”

At the same time, I am protective over the elderly and infirm, who are often placed in nursing facilities for long term care.

The Regency Alliance on Senior Healthcare has put together this excellent tutorial on the topic of con-artists and scammers of all stripes. The article is geared towards the elderly, but is no less germane and relevant to folks of all ages. I hope you derive much benefit from it!

Con Artists

Safeguarding your money, your assets and your identity from theft and fraud

Con-artists come in different shapes and disguises, but the objective is always the same!

This clever actor charms elderly victims by phone with an affable “nice guy” approach. Deceptive and dishonest, this tele-trickster is the last person you would want to invite into your home! You’re right if you guessed… he’s a con artist!

According to the U.S. Congress, Americans lose an estimated $40 billion each year due to the unethical activities of fraudulent “salespeople.” Con artists will try to take money as well as property and other valuable assets. Sweepstakes tend to be the most prevalent of all con artist scams but they might also be disguised as home improvement deals, real estate investments, inventions, or even false charities. Knowing how to spot these scams will help you identify a con artist and may someday save you from heartache and financial disaster.

What’s the deal?

Most people are not likely to fall for a scam if it actually sounds like one, so these phony deals are usually disguised as something else:

•          Something for nothing

•          A legitimate sweepstakes

•          A free gift

•          A great vacation

•          A new you (youth and/or beauty)

•          A sure cure

•          High profits at a low risk

•          A chance to make a quick buck

Watch the pitch

Most con artists use key words and phrases to make you feel important or to pressure you to act quickly. For example:

“You have been selected as one of ten finalists for our sweepstakes offer.”

 “As a senior citizen, you have already been pre-approved.”

 “This is not for every one, so keep it a secret.”

 “Cash or credit card only, no checks.”

 “You must decide now. If you hang up, you will lose this opportunity.”

Common scams and frauds

The object of any con game is to get you to part with your money. Most of these scams are initiated by people who approach you on the street or call you at home. Be suspicious of ANY plan, idea, scheme, or so-called business deal that requires you to give money – or access to your money – to a stranger. Here are some of the more common scams:

The Bank Examiner

Someone calls you claiming to be a bank examiner or police investigator who needs your help to catch a “dishonest” bank employee. He usually asks for your account number and account balance. He may tell you that the bank records show a much smaller balance and that he suspects a teller must be stealing the money. He asks you to withdraw a large sum of money from your account and give it to him so he can do an audit or check serial numbers, after which the money will be re-deposited. Of course, you never see him or your money again.

Door-To-Door Sales

Often times con artists will try to get you to subscribe to a magazine or offer a cure for a medical condition. They may also offer a free inspection of your home for problems with your furnace, hot water tank, appliance, or garage door. Whatever the con artist has to offer, simply say no and report them to your local police. More than likely they need to have a solicitor or business license of some type from your local city hall in order to conduct such door-to-door business. The con may even have an I.D. that appears to have been issued by your local government office. Check it carefully.

The Fake Lottery Ticket

Someone with a foreign accent approaches you on the street and tells you he has a winning lottery ticket, worth $100,000 or more, but he cannot cash it in because he is not a U.S. citizen. He even verifies the winning numbers by calling a number and letting you listen to a phony recording of winning lottery numbers. He offers to sell you the ticket for just a few thousand dollars. You jump at the chance to make such easy money and help someone out at the same time. Of course the lottery ticket is worthless and you have lost your money. (Someone close to me actually fell prey to a similar scheme.)

Home Improvement Scheme

A man drives up to your house in a commercial van or pickup truck, dressed in workman’s clothing. He tells you he has just finished a large roofing job (or driveway resurfacing, etc.) and has some materials left over.  He tells you he will use the leftover materials to repair your roof, driveway, or other repair work, at a large discount. If you agree, he will do a quick, shoddy job with cheap material.

The Phony C.O.D. Scam

The con artist will scout a neighborhood to find an unoccupied home, then check a city directory to find out the homeowner’s name. Armed with this information, he will fill out a phony shipping label and apply it to a box of rocks or other junk. Returning to the house dressed as a delivery man, he will knock or ring the bell, properly setting the stage for his next act. Getting no answer, he will go to a neighbor, you, and ask that you accept the package and pay the C.O.D. fee.

Credit Card Fraud and Stolen Identities   

These days you have to be especially diligent in safeguarding not just your credit cards, but your identity as well. It is very easy for a criminal to steal your good name and then proceed to destroy it, leaving you with a pile of debts and scores of angry creditors. Identity thieves often search through people’s garbage to find what they need to assume your identity. Even something as innocent as old discarded phone or utility bills can put you at risk. Con artists use these documents to obtain a phony ID with your name and their picture. Then, they can go all over town applying for credit cards in your name and running up big bills. Thieves also steal from mailboxes. New checks and credit cards are favorite targets. Also, if you leave bill payments out for the mailman to pick up, this mail can be stolen and your checks “washed” to remove dollar amounts and payee information. Your signature is left untouched. The crook then makes the check out to a phony name for a much higher amount and cashes it.

The Funeral Chaser

Shortly after a relative dies, someone delivers a product to your door that the deceased allegedly ordered before his or her death. You may even get a bill for an expensive item along with a request to make the final few payments. This scam artist uses newspaper obituaries to prey on bereaved families. Please understand that you are not responsible for anyone else’s purchases. If a claim is legitimate, the estate will settle the matter.

Medicare Number Theft

Since many seniors rely on their Medicare health insurance, it’s no surprise that many elder fraud scams originate from that source. Often, fraudulent medical equipment companies offer free supplies to unsuspecting seniors in return for their Medicare numbers. However, the patient’s doctor is required to order and sign for all equipment and products before Medicare will pay for them. The most important tips when it comes to spotting health insurance fraud include:

•          Never sign a blank insurance claim form

•          Never provide unchecked medical authorization for billing purposes

•          Always thoroughly review Medicare’s terms of payment

•          Never give out your Medicare number to a person you don’t trust

•          Confirm with your physician if you’re unsure of a product that’s been ordered

You do have choices

If the sweepstakes offer, deal or business opportunity sounds too good to be true, your instincts are probably correct. If you’re not interested, hang up the phone! However, if you believe an offer is legitimate, take steps to protect yourself and those close to you:

•          Be careful of all sweepstakes that attempt to lure you with words like “finalist” and “grand-prize.”

•          Don’t be swayed by a free gift or offer and make sure to always check references.

•          Take notes, including date and time of calls, callers’ names and any peculiar statements or conditions.

•          Don’t give out your credit card information unless you made the call.

•          Don’t give out checking account numbers or send money by messenger or overnight delivery.

•          Talk to someone – your lawyer, accountant or banker – before making a financial commitment.

•          Read before you sign.  Do not sign anything you have not read and understood.

•          Before agreeing to buy the latest healthcare cure, call your doctor or local medical society to check out the salesman and product.

•          Save all documentation, including letters, postcards, telephone bills, canceled checks, ATM cards, credit card statements and mailing envelopes. Should you discard anything, make sure to shred it first.

•          Avoid answering machine greetings like “We’re on vacation” or “We’re not home” and if you live alone, don’t volunteer the information. An ideal recorded greeting is “We are sorry we can’t get to the phone right now…”

Good Luck!

Mrs. Venny Pineda, whose husband is one of our beloved residents at Regency Heritage in Somerset, NJ,was in for a beautiful surprise this morning at 10am!

You will recall our recent Father's Day Contest  and $100 Giveaway.

Venny's daughter, Emily, posted a poignant piece, with an accompanying photo on our Regency Facebook page and got some great feedback.

Emily was subsequently declared the winner of the contest.

Venny is as devoted a spouse as ever there was, and she visits her husband almost every day.

Well, this morning, the Gross family dropped in for a surprise visit to present her with the $100 gift award for her daughter Emily!!

Their heartfelt expression of thanks to the family for entrusting Regency with the care of their loved one, and the palpable and hallmark warmth which they exuded, was deeply appreciated by Mrs. Pineda and there was nary a dry eye in the crowd!

I captured these few images!

 

Press Release:

From The Desk of Marie Barnes; Regency Nursing and Post-acute Rehabilitation Centers, Corporate Marketing Director:

 

Regency Jewish Heritage Post-Acute, Rehab and Nursing Center, 380 DeMott Lane, Somerset hosted our most recent AARP Safety Driving Course on July 14th and July 15th. The program was held from 5:30 to 8:30.  This time has proven a successful time of the day for those who are working.  A light dinner was provided by Regency.

 

The next course is scheduled for October 14th and 15h at 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  

 

The course offers current driving regulations, as well as several years of a discount on your car insurance premium. The cost for the cost for AARP is $15.00 for AARP members, and $20.00 for non-members.  For updated program information, contact Marie Barnes, Corporate Marking and Public Relations Director at Regency Centers, 732-995-3934, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

 

Pictured is Mr. David Gelfand, a volunteer instructor, who resides in Somerset.  For further information regarding Regency Jewish Heritage Post-Acute, Rehab and Nursing Center, call 732-873-2000, or visit www.regencynursing.com.

 

    

 

Monday, 20 July 2015 17:17

At Regency Subacute Care NJ, We Love What We Do!

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Sub-Acute Rehabilitation When you’re recovering from an illness or injury.

The right care is essential to achieving a safe, speedy and complete recovery. Regency's comprehensive subacute medical and physical rehabilitation in New Jersey —offered seven days a week, allows our patients to regain their highest level of functioning and health before returning home. And because we know that recovery continues after patients leave our care, Regency offers a targeted home preparation program. With assistance, education and support that begins on day one of admission and continues well after discharge, patients and their families are well-equipped to handle their care and ongoing recovery.

Conduct an online Google search for subacute care in NJ, and you will find Regency Nursing Centers at the top of the list. That's because we are the best in the business.

Contact us to schedule a tour

 

Our partners at http://www.Wellness.com are constantly updating and upgrading their fantastic website, which receives thousands of visitors each month!

This week, they revamped their entire homepage to include new features and tabs.

Guess what, we are now featured on their homepage!!!!

Our articles and content will now be visible to thousands of folks each time they hit the homepage of this website.

Regency continues to set the standards for our industry.

Thank you Mr. Gross for your tireless efforts and creative pursuit of excellence, here and elsewhere.

Check out the snapshots below.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:55

Role Of Social Media In Healthcare

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One of the enduring critiques of texting, instant messaging, e-mail and any other form of text-only online communication is that often is impossible to discern nuance and emotion. The same might be true in social media.

“Intention can create as much or more tension as the actual consequences” of online communication, Ryan Squire, senior director of social media at long-term care provider Kindred Healthcare, said Tuesday at a conference in Bethesda, Md. With some forms of social media, “We lose the ability to understand that intention,” he said.

Squire said that anyone engaging in social media should understand the “theory of reciprocity,” which he called “just normal human behavior.” He demonstrated this at the beginning of the half-hour “fireside chat” by telling MedCity News Editor Chris Seper to get up and walk around the meeting room with him, shortly after Seper joked that he wasn’t getting any exercise by hosting three consecutive sessions in the same chair at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda hotel.

This activity showed that he was listening and started the “cycle of reciprocity,” Squire explained. It also showed empathy, an important factor in any healthy relationship.

Squire also discussed public reviews of physicians and hospitals. While it may be a good idea in theory, it could be problematic and not representative of the wide range of patient experiences.

Only 3 percent of Internet users will ever write a review of their healthcare providers, Squire said, and more often than not, they will write a negative review because disgruntled consumers tend to be the ones seeking out ratings sites. The negative sentiment “becomes the reality,” Squire said.

My opinion and our position at Regency Nursing Centers, is simple:

Do right by the patient and family and they will do right by you

The role of Social Media in Healthcare, is a relatively new concept.

However, quality care and the relentless pursuit of excellence has stood the test of time and is ageless.

Regency Nursing Centers has stood at the forefront of Senior Healthcare well before Social Media was incorporated into the lexicon.

We were there first and we will be there in perpetuity.

 

 

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