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Hye Doun A Publication of the Armenian Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Emerson, NJ April/May/June 2010 ANRC Board Members Presenting Check to the New Building Architect Standing L to R John Vanishkian, Board Member; Dave Rowan,Treasurer; Annette Tamalian-Almond, Corresponding Secetary; Craig Froonjian,DMD, Ombudsman; Khoren Naldandian, Secretary; Matt Russo,LNHA, ANRC Administrator; Sitting Vatche Baghdikian, Vice President; Bob Cozzarelli,AIA ,Architect; Andy Torigian,President and
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  A Publication of the Armenian Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Emerson, NJ April/May/June 2010   Hye Doun  ANRC Board Members Presenting Check to the New Building Architect Standing L to R John Vanishkian, Board Member; Dave Rowan,Treasurer; Annette Tamalian-Almond, CorrespondingSecetary; Craig Froonjian,DMD, Ombudsman; Khoren Naldandian, Secretary; Matt Russo,LNHA, ANRC Administrator;Sitting Vatche Baghdikian, Vice President; Bob Cozzarelli,AIA ,Architect; Andy Tsrcian,President and Chairman of theBoard.Missing are Berge Talanian, Assistant Treasurer; and Ted Takvorian.Esq.;Board Member.  Full Speed Aheadfor a New ANRC Building 2 HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2010 Andrew Tsrcian The Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center sits on three spacious acresnestled in wooded, suburban Emerson, Bergen County, NJ.Our Address is:  Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center70 Main Street, Emerson NJ 07630Phone: 201.261.6662 Fax: 201.261.5509 You are invited to call and make an appointment to discuss the individual needs of yourloved one. Directions:By Bus: Port Authority: Bus #165 to Emerson By Car: Exit #165 on Garden State Parkway. Right turn onto Oradell Ave. Left turn ontoKinderkamack Rd. Turn right onto Main St. Follow contours of road. Home on left. From GWB: Take Route 4 to Kinderkamack Rd. Right turn onto Main St. Follow contours ofroad. Home on left. Board OfTrustees ANDREW TORIGIAN President of the Home and Chairman of the Board of Trustees  VATCHE BAGHDIKIAN Vice President  DAVID ROWAN Treasurer  BERGE TALANIAN Assistant Treasurer  KHOREN NALBANDIAN Recording Secretary  ANNETTE TAMALIAN-ALMOND Corresponding Secretary  H. CRAIG FROONJIAN, DMDTED TAKVORIAN, Esq. JOHN VANISKHIAN Board Members  MATTHEW RUSSO, LNHA Administrator  JAN MRANI, M.D. Medical Director  Hye DounEditorial Board Andrew Tsrcian Chief Editor  Louisa Janbazian Editor  Matthew Russo Advisor  Howard Torossian Photographs and Ads  Layout & Design by Caspian Seal Caspianseal.comPrinted by PRINTSOLUTIONS Englewood, NJ201.567.9622 The President’s Message W e did it. At the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center(ANRC) Board meeting in May, a check and a signed contractwas given to Bertone Cozzarelli Healthcare Architects, LLC tobegin Phase 1;Parts 2.1 and 2.2.for the new building (See Front Cover). Thisphase includes the completion of Programming & Schematic Design basedon the preliminary planning municipal approval given by the Town of Emer- son Planning Board and the nal Agency approvals. To put this in layman’s language, for the new ANRC building the Architect will incorporate the specic design changes developed during the planning process and approved by the ANRC Board. The types of patient rooms and specic care programs will be nalized along with the types of  amenities and ancillary facilities and special needs area within the building.The new building will be using the latest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)rating in sustainable design, water conservation, energy and atmosphere conservation, as well as ma-terials and resource conservation and indoor environmental quality. The building can also be called a“Green” Building. Upon completion of Phase 1 we will be able to get a budget cost estimate.While we work towards the new building our excellence in service to our residents continues. TheANRC still maintains its 4 star rating thanks to our great Staff. A letter was recently received which prob-ably summarizes our efforts.The following is an excerpt of the letter with the exact words: “To the Staff of the ANRC, . . . .Although putting my mother in a care facility has been one of the hardest things I ever had to do, it haseased my anxiety knowing she is at the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Indeed she is withpeople who care about her and give her personalized attention. Upon entering the ANRC, you are greetedby each level of staff in a warm and caring manner, as I have gotten information about my mother thatmakes me aware that every employee, regardless of status, is involved in her daily life. The patients arenot only well groomed and clean but treated with respect, dignity and kindness. I have witnessed the  patience and tolerance the staff has shown even in the most difcult situations. With the excellent care and love my mother has received from the entire staff of the Armenian Home, she has made great stridesin understanding and adjusting t her new life. From the bottom of my heart I thank you all for workingtogether and incorporating my mother and our family into your wonderful family. Sincerely, JoanneOgnibene(daughter of Rose Constanzo) “ A letter like this inspires all of us to do more, thank you Joanne. q  made his success by believing that what he was doinghe was “up there.” After working as a barber by day and nancial services representative at night he worked his way up in the business world. Annually for many years, hiscorporation would send him to its Top Producers conventionfor attaining that status among his peers throughout thecountry. He always brought the motivational speakinghome with him. I never took seriously what he said thosedays, but I still hear him today. I learned a lot from him,more than he ever knew and was able to give him creditfor. Many did not know it inside and out, but ve short years ago the ANRC was too suffering from the “downthere” syndrome. Working in Bergen County for manyyears as an outsider at that time, I knew when taking thisposition that the home was also viewed as a “down there”nursing home even when the nursing care provided insideproved otherwise. The principal reasons being viewed as“down there” was poor and/or careless leadership at myposition as well as other positions within the company. Inorder to rid the home of the negative feelings efforts werefocused in areas of weakness that went unaddressed inthe past. New alliances had to be formed while lasting relationships were fortied. If you’ve read my columnthroughout the years, you’ll have read about the years of  change that took place to get here.Having a positive reputation and respect in all communities is critical. If you’re in a dormant state and not willing to make the necessary hard choices while creating and maintaining forward change you’ll remain stuck in neutral, if not decline even further.Today our home continues to provide professionalservices that are not just expected but part of our “upthere” belief system. Our standing within all communitiestoday is brighter than it was in 2005 and I am proud to bepart of better times. Though we are doing well, it is notthe time to be complacent. We must to always continueto demonstrate this attained status. To all of you whohave supported the home in the past and present, I thankyou for your dedication. We will continue to maintain thispositive curve forward in our bright and strongly presentfuture. Be well. q From the Administrator’s Desk HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2010 3 Matthew L. Russo, LNHA  Administrator    YouBetter  Believe   It! O   ur hard work and dedica-tion to the ANRC contin-ues to pay off as we an-ticipate our groundbreaking for thefuture home in what appears to beless than one year. Never beforehas our organization been this closeand involved in making the new “HyeDoun” come true! When I arrived ve years ago in 2005, the talk of our new home was evi -dent but the foundation on which it stood was tremulous.Employee morale was ornery and a good number of folks involved with the home appeared deated when the more- than-decade long topic of the skilled nursing replacementfacility took place. Income to the home was scarce and monthly nancial returns just barely made the grade; thehome’s long term future on paper was uncertain. That was then and this is now.While the ANRC had been saving for its future home,the reason for its coffers was not to provide a backbone for its nancial instability, it was needed to add to its legacy.“If you mentally believe you’re down here, you’ll act likeyou’re down here. But if you believe you’re up here, andreally truly believe it, you automatically go there! It doesn’thappen over time. Money cannot do it for you. It’s gottabe in your brain! It’s instantaneous so long as you believe it!” These simple words were spoken from my father ashe would smack the back of his hand to the underside ofthe other. The animated talks were on routine display formany years before as he comically put it, “left the planet.”As an Italian he would use his hands often when tryingto get a point across. He certainly got his point acrossmy bottom when I grew up as a child! But as I becameolder during those age 20-30 years where young peopleusually spend short blocks of time from one employerto the next, he was quite the motivational leader. Theson of a machine die-cast operator without any collegeeducation he became a very successful businessman. A barber in his early days for “Pasadena Pete’s” on Main Street in Paterson, he supported the family by workingthree different jobs. In relying on his personal beliefs, he I n the last edition of Hye Doun on Page 8,weincorrectly listed Hayr Vazken Karayan asbeing from Holy Martyrs Church. Hayr VazkenKarayan is pastor of Holy Cross Armenian Churchin Union City, NJ. We sincerely apologize for ourerror.  M o v i n g  O n  Up?    Health 4 HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2010 E Each year outbreaks ofrespiratory illness includ-ing pneumonia occur ininstitutional setting such as nurs-ing homes (LTCFs). Because oftheir underlying health status,residents in LTCFs are at highrisk for developing serious com- plications. Historically, specic emphasis has been placed on inuenza.Inuenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause substantial illness. In the United States, annual epi- demics of inuenza occur typically during late fall throughearly spring. Inuenza is associated with approximately 36,000 deaths and 226,000 hospitalizations each year. Inuenza vaccination of health care personnel and LTCF residents combined with basic infection control practices, can help prevent transmission of inuenza. Every effort shouldbe made to ensure compliance with inuenza vaccinationrecommendations each season. However, inuenza out -breaks can still occur even when vaccine coverage among LTCF residents is high. If inuenza is conrmed, appropriate use of anti-virals should be initiated. In addition to the burden of inuenza, other respiratory viruses that cause the “common cold” and bacterial patho-gens causing respiratory illness affect residents and staff of LTCFs each year. LTCFs are encouraged to take the ue vaccine, unless clinically contra indicated. Special in-ser-vice to control the spread of germs is given to the Staff as anextra precaution. Controlling inuenza is a combined effort of concern on the part of everyone. Good and effective hand washing isrecommended at all times. q RespiratoryOutbreaks InLTCF(Long TermCase Facilities) A s many adults can attest, it is often difcult to see a loved one in a nursing home and even more difcult to witness a deterioration of theirhealth. As we mature, we are of-fered an ability to understand such events as our loved one’s admis -sion to a nursing home or theneed for their increased care. Children, on the other hand,are unable to process information in the same way as adults,making a simple visit with a grandparent in the nursing homeconfusing or scary if left unexplained. In order to ensure apositive experience, adults must be sensitive to the needs ofchildren but how is this done? An important thing to keep inmind when speaking with children is honesty. Being honestand open while maintaining age appropriate discussion andexplanation will help to eliminate confusion. For example,when a child asks why their grandmother was placed in anursing home, one can explain that, as we get older, we re-quire more care. It is important to recognize that the youngerthe child, the more abstract his thinking is. Therefore, statingthat grandma now needs help taking a shower or brushingher teeth will make the situation more understandable for achild. In addition, allowing the child to ask questions as theyarise will help them feel in control of the information they re-ceive and determine what they do and do not want to know.When a question is asked, a concise, age appropriate an-swer is best. In other words, only give the information thatis asked for, nothing more. Preparation is another importantfactor in determining how a child will react during a visit tothe nursing home. Telling the child what they can expect tosee, smell, feel, etc. during their visit can drastically reduce a negative reaction. This should also include the loved one’s current mental state or cognition. For example, telling a childthat they can expect that their loved one with dementia maynot remember their name is important along with a short ex- planation on why this might happen; “sometimes Grandma’s brain forgets certain things that she used to remember all thetime”. Reassuring the child will help to eliminate any concernthat they are too afraid to mention. This child may be think- ing that his grandmother isn’t remembering his name becauseshe doesn’t love him. Telling him that grandma still loves him despite her brain not remembering can help to reassure him. A Child’s Mind: Preparing childrenfor a visit to thenursing home Beth Aymar MSW, LSWMaggy Petrosian, RN, Patient Care Coordinator Finally, allowing the child to actively participate in the visit canprovide a sense of ease or even excitement. This may include making a card to bring to grandma, picking out owers for her, sitting next to her during a meal, etc. A visit with a loved one in a nursing home can be difcult at any age; however, with good preparation, honesty, and reassurance, a child can havea positive experience. q
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