At Sprain Brook Manor, we provide personalized service and do our best to keep life at Sprain as engaging and interesting as possible. That includes our activities program. JC, our Director of Recreation, and his team, provide a rich program that differs from floor to floor. Our 121 bed facility is filled with a diverse population who hail from various cultures, religions and backgrounds, therefore we offer programs that have a wide range of appeal. JC and his team put together a different calendar of activities for each of our patient and resident floors. Our second floor, which offers 40 beds, is for our short-term rehab patients. Many of these activities take place in our main dining room on the first floor of the facility but will sometimes take place in the 2nd floor day room. Our third floor, which holds 41 beds, is a locked unit for our dementia and Alzheimers patients. This calendar is specifically designed for memory impaired adults. Our 4th floor is our long-term, nursing care population and these full-time residents call Sprain Brook Manor home.
This week as part of our Getting-to-Know-You-series we would like to introduce you to our new Resident Council President, Joan McCarthy. Joan is a NYC girl, born and raised. After she graduated high school, Joan went to work for Con Edison and spent the majority of her 42 years there as a computer operator. Her extended family, a network of nieces and nephews, keeps her spirit young. Joan is 87 years old and this feisty woman has been resident of Sprain Brook Manor for almost fourteen years. She initially served as Vice President and when the top spot opened up, Joan stepped into the challenge. The Resident Council plays an important role here at Sprain Brook Manor and advocates for our patients and residents. Over the past several years, she’s seen many people come and go and has witnessed multiple changes. One of the benefits of serving on the council is that she can assure that her voice is heard. “I have a very good life here. I don’t have to worry about the doctor, dentist or the foot doc. Everything is here that I need. If it’s not here…I get very good help to get out there.” We love you, Joan and look forward to the next 14 years!
In addition to being Gold Sponsors for the walk, the teams from Sprain and Adira are hoping to raise at least $1000 per team. We have a friendly competition going with #TEAMADIRA to see which facility can fundraise the most.
I am a very hands on Rehab Director and participate in every aspect of our residents care. I love what I do and take pride in my Rehab Department. I am active in the interview process of each therapist and make sure that they have qualities that I feel are vital for this profession and population: compassion, empathy, drive, sense of humor, respect, trust, accountability, integrity, are team players, and are here for the right reasons. I even do my best to match the resident to a therapist who I think they would work well with.
A funny thing some may not know about me is that I was hired in 1997, by the Director of Rehab…and little did I know that 13 years later, he would become my husband☺
This week in our Getting to Know You series, we would like you to meet our Director of Nursing, Amy Mendizabal.
Amy graduated “Cum Laude “ with a B.SN. from the University of Aquinas College of Nursing in the Philippines (now University of St. Thomas ). Soon after, she immigrated to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She has had a long distinguished career in healthcare and her diverse experience makes her a valuable member of our team. Amy started as a Clinical Instructor and then went on to serve as a Charge Nurse, an RN Supervisor, an In-service Coordinator, Rehab Nursing Director and now Director of Nursing.
Amy has been with Sprain Brook Manor Rehab for eight years, which shows just how much she loves this facility and the staff she works with. While her daily commute is long, Amy is happy to make the trip and credits the management/ownership for their consistent support.
When I asked Amy to describe Sprain Brook Manor in three words, she said, “Resident’s best place.”
Next time you’re at Sprain Brook, swing by the second floor and say hello to Amy.
1. Hi Molly! We are so excited to have you on the Sprain Brook Manor team! Can you tell us a bit about your background and education?
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition major in Dietetics, at Mount Saint Vincent University. I completed my internship at a rural hospital in Canada, where I gained experience in various settings of the hospital. Some of these clinical specialties included adolescent medicine, surgery, oncology, diabetes, nephrology, critical care, and long-term care. Once I finished my internship, I went on to work as a community-based Registered Dietitian, where I worked with chronic disease prevention groups, to increase their knowledge and understanding of basic nutrition theories. In addition to this, I provided nutrition counselling to clients with various health conditions. Although I loved working on the preventative and promotional side of dietetics, I was missing the clinical and interdisciplinary aspect. That is why I decided to pursue this role!
2. Why did you choose to work as a nutritionist and with seniors?
I have always loved working with the older aged population. I had the opportunity to complete one of my dietetic rotations in a long term care facility a few years back. Working as a team member of the inter-professional health-care team, and getting to interact with the residents on a daily basis, made my job enjoyable and meaningful. That is why I returned to this field of work!
3. What are you most excited about with your new position?
My colleagues here have been absolutely wonderful. Since starting my position a week ago, people have been supportive, kind, and more than willing to help me with anything that I have needed. It is evident that everyone here views one another as family.
4. What do you like best about this facility compared to others you’ve worked with?
I like how everyone working here gets the job done, and can smile while doing it. Other long-term care facilities that I’ve worked at in the past, did not have the same warm and welcoming feeling that Sprainbrook has. It sure makes coming to work that much more enjoyable.
5. What three words would you use to describe Sprain?
Collaborative, empowering, and compassionate
6. Can you give us your best “healthy choice” tip for nutrition?
A healthy diet should not be about deprivation; it should be about eating healthy foods that nourish your body. Instead of labelling foods as BAD or GOOD, or thinking about what foods we should cut out of our diet, let’s focus more on increasing our consumption of foods that are going to be beneficial to our health! I am not a vegetarian nor vegan, but consuming a plant-based diet the majority of the time has been linked to lowering a person’s risk of developing chronic disease later in life. EAT YOUR VEGGIES!
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