Lifespire Holds “Elections” to Encourage Teamwork and Positive Behavior for Individuals with Developmental DisabilitiesNovember 10, 2014
Unlike the recent midterm election, with its derisive ads and low voter participation, the election process is run on a more positive note—and producing impressive results–for the individuals of Lifespire’s Manhattan South Comprehensive Services Center (CSC). Twice a year, the individuals of Manhattan South’s Day Habilitation program hold campaigns to elect a president and vice president from among their peers.…
Mr. Larry Hirsch, a beloved founding member and a long term Board member of Lifespire received a surprising but heartwarming 89th birthday bash at the Jib Lanes on Sunday November 2nd, 2014 during the bowling league gathering. Individuals and staff from the Bellerose, Friedman, Kaye and Rappaport houses joined with Larry in wishing him many more years to come. Larry has been the coordinator of the bowling event for decades ever since its start until retiring earlier this year. A beloved parent, an ardent supporter and well wisher of services for people with developmental disabilities and a strong voice for Lifespire for over half a century, Mr. Larry Hirsch undoubtedly deserved the love showered upon him by everyone gathered at the event. Thank you Larry for everything you have done and the Lifespire family salutes you for all your services. May you have many more happy returns of the day.
Lifespire is proud of our volunteers working for Habitat for Humanity. Our dedicated staff and individuals have joined hands for many noble purposes such as this that makes the Lifespire family feel proud of them. Thank you team Queens South CSC.
On September 19th, 2014 Manhattan North had the privilege of presenting our very own Miriam Gonzalez with NYSID’s 11th annual William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award. NYSID’s people-centric Award program celebrates Outstanding Performers nominated by NYSID member agencies. Ms. Gonzalez received this honor for her commitment to hard work, assisting co-workers and following supervisor instruction while participating in Lifespire’s Manhattan North CSC Prevocational program. Her devotion to hard work has made Miriam one of Manhattan North’s Top wage earners and a role model for fellow program participants. At a ceremony consisting of friends, family, Lifespire executive management, and NYSID representative Jim Ring, MS. Gonzalez was presented with a certificate of achievement and a $500.00 Check. Once again the Lifespire family congratulate Ms. Gonzalez on this well-deserved achievement.
Community Care Rx, a Queens-based pharmacy that serves long-term care facilities throughout New York and Long Island, has become the primary pharmacy services provider for the 40+ residences of Lifespire. “The fact that we provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities under the auspices of the OPWDD places us in a situation with unique pharmacy needs,” says Laura Hill, Lifespire’s Director of Nursing. “We are neither a skilled nursing facility nor a hospital, and our staff are not trained nurses. So it was very important that we have a pharmacy provider that can customize their services to meet our specific needs. And as a locally-based company, Community Care Rx can do that.” Some of the key benefits that Community Care Rx provides include: Choice of medication packaging options to ensure dosage accuracy and to prevent tampering. Specific medication delivery times to ensure that staff are on-hand to receive deliveries. Direct line to each pharmacy route driver to advise of delivery times and delays. Online ordering through the Community Care Rx website portal for faster refills. Electronic Medication Administration Record capability, with automatic date- and time-stamping
Congratulations to Juan Martinez from our Hylan Boulevard house who received the Robert Witkowsky Direct Support Staff Recognition Award on Friday 11/21/2014 from the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council. The DSP's exemplify the NADSP Code of Ethics by promoting Person-Centered Supports, Physical and Emotional Well-Being, Integrity and Responsibility, Confidentiality, Justice, Fairness and Equity, Respect, Relationships, Self-Determination, and Advocacy. They provide a broad range of supports to help keep individuals with disabilities connected to their families and live successfully in their communities, often putting the needs of others above their own. Juan was nominated for this prestigious honor by Residential Program Coordinator Carrie Nussbaum for the exceptional care he provides to a 52-year old individual with Down syndrome and the early dementia. “The close relationship Juan has with this individual is genuine and affectionate,” says Carrie. “While the individual can no longer participate in our Day Program, Juan makes a point of doing activities with him one-on-one, such as watching TV together on the couch or listening to rock and roll music from Juan’s cell phone. While the individual can at times be combative, he is constantly hugging and kissing Juan. Because of Juan, this individual can relate better to
It’s a good thing for Lifespire that Supported Employment Counselor Frank Avila is an avid newshound. He happened to be watching the WPIX-TV Channel 11 Morning News last August and heard that Chicken of the Sea was giving away $10,000 donations to 100 individuals and organizations who are doing great things for their communities, as part of the company’s 100th anniversary celebration. So Frank entered Lifespire into the contest but really didn’t think much of it. Well, much to his surprise and delight, Lifespire was selected to receive a “Great American Gratitude Award” and was sent a $10,000 check from Chicken of the Sea in November. Frank, who has been with Lifespire for more than 20 years, has specific ideas of how he’d like the money to be used. “Most Supported Employment individuals are not computer savvy,” he says. “If we can train them to use a smart phone and tablet, it would enhance their vocational skills and opportunities for job placement. In addition, these individuals are so happy to learn something new. You should see the sheer joy on their faces when they learn how to send and receive an email message. So I’d like to use the $10,000
What began more than two years ago as a discussion on new day service models with a goal of finding employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has resulted in the creation of a new business. Cleaning with Meaning is a new home and office cleaning business in the New York metropolitan area and Hudson Valley which was developed through the New York Integrated Network (NYIN). Cleaning with Meaning officially opened for business on Oct. 1. NYIN is a coalition of partner providers working to improve care for people with disabilities as the field moves to managed care. The majority of the cleaning technicians have disabilities. Cleaning with Meaning is providing many of them with their first job. All Cleaning with Meaning employees undergo weeks of rigorous training, not only to learn the appropriate cleaning and office skills, but also to develop and deliver outstanding customer service. Three working supervisors who have industry experience will be teamed with one or two cleaning technicians with disabilities. Cleaning with Meaning uses environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Most one-bedroom and studio apartments can be cleaned in three to four hours. Two- and three-bedroom apartments generally can be cleaned within four to eight