Opengate Respite Care Program

RespiteCare

Opengate is pleased to announce a new Respite Program at its Skyline Drive location in Hawthorne.  This program will serve individuals living at home with their family and needing extra care at the end of their day services. The Respite Care Program is managed by Director of Day Services, Deborah Mayo.

The Respite Care Program is available from 3-6pm.  It will provide individuals with additional time to socialize by playing games, participating in arts and crafts projects and physical fitness activities. With a 1:3 ratio of staff members to participants, each individual in the program will be able to receive more personal encouragement and attention.

Respite programs provide a positive experience for the individuals enrolled, as well as giving family and care givers additional support. Many of our families take great joy in providing care for their loved ones in the home and we are delighted to offer a time when they may take a short break from their overwhelming duties.

Studies show that even a short respite period sustains the family member or caregiver and enriches their own health and well-being. It also reduces or delays the likelihood of out-of-home placement when care givers are supported.

We feel that by offering the Respite Care Program we are able to enhance our mission as well as continue engaging our individuals and assisting them to meet their personal outcome goals.

Participants in Opengate’s Respite Program are approved through the Home and Community based Waiver program which may be pre-approved with the help of their Medicaid Service Coordinator.

For more information on the Respite Program, or to enroll your loved one, please contact Debbie Mayo at Deborahm@opengateinc.org (914) 372-3014 x 1308 or Caroline Shenefield at Carolines@opengateinc.org (914)277-5350 x1235

 

Hawthorne location for Respite Care

Hawthorne location for Respite Care


OG logo 2018

To stay apprised of the activities taking place at Opengate we invite you to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn, as well as subscribe to our Newsletter and Blog.

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Blog

Employee of the Month, April 2018

Employee of the Month (4)

Congratulations to Victor Kargbo for being voted the Employee of the Month!

 

Since 2003, Victor Kargbo makes what may seem is the impossible, possible.

Recognized by Opengate staff members as the point person to call when assistance is needed, Victor always tries his best. For example, Victor is helpful within the Opengate community IRAs, the Maintenance Department, as well as outside agencies including Cardinal McCloskey Services and the Hudson Valley DDSO.

Victor

Victor Kargbo, Employee of the Month

Victor’s fellow employees describe him as a great team player, especially during times with staffing issues. If help is needed, such as medical appointments, Victor will be sure to make it happen.

During the past 15 years Victor has worked in the Opengate Day Habilitation Program as a Direct Support Professional for 4 years, a Lead Counselor for 6 years, and in his current position as Program Manager for 5 years.

In 2014 Victor was elected by his peers as the Employee of the Year and it is nice to see that his dedication to Opengate remains consistently strong.

Also nominated by peers for Employee of the Month were Winslow Pink for his leadership, knowledge, & dedication and John Smith for going above and beyond his regular duties and making individuals comfortable.


logo-figure-greyback

To stay apprised of the activities taking place at Opengate we invite you to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn, as well as subscribe to our Newsletter and Blog.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Blog

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

 

Mental Health Awareness Month

 

 

Since 1949 May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month to reach the public with information about the many facets of mental health.

According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) “one in five adults experiences a mental health condition every year, including one in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to the person directly experiencing the mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.”

Living with a complicated condition, either physical or mental, presents challenges for individuals and their families. Many illnesses that are considered “physical” have outward symptoms, while mental illnesses can not always be easily detected and may be under diagnosed or misdiagnosed.  This was historically true for many individuals with disabilities and, as a result, their specific treatment needs were subsequently overlooked.

By recognizing changing attitudes towards the stigma attached to mental illness, positive changes have been made for those who are diagnosed. We now see a healthier outlook of understanding and more ways to assimilate those affected within society through treatment programs and modern approaches.

Opengate’s programs are designed to assist with the transition for adults with developmental disabilities.  In addition to an intellectual or developmental disability, many individuals served also experience a co-occurring significant behavioral health issue or have intensive behavioral support needs related to their disability.

Through specialized and seamless therapeutic and clinical services, the individuals are recognized with dignity and respect while making informed choices about their specific circumstances (particularly if there are existing behavioral health issues.)

“Opengate acknowledges that each person has the right to be treated with respect and fairness.”  says Brian Hulten, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer. “Family members and caregivers play a large role in the support of those with a mental health condition. Opengate and our direct service providers strive to offer the support, assistance and information necessary to help better understand the issues they face,” he adds.

In observing Mental Health Awareness Month there is a united effort throughout the US to call attention to all of the strategies available to help achieve balance and overall wellness.

Opengate has been designated as an emerging Compass agency by New York State. To learn how we excel, click on About Us.

logo-figure-greyback

 

To stay apprised of the activities taking place at Opengate we invite you to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn, as well as subscribe to our Newsletter and Blog.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Blog

Employee of the Month, March 2018

Employee of the Month (3)

Congratulations to Elizabeth Silva for being voted the Employee of the Month!

Elizabeth Silva is currently the Senior Behavioral Intervention Specialist overseeing behavioral concerns throughout the agency. She came to Opengate six years ago from Anderson Center for Autism where she was employed as a Behavioral Analyst.

Elizabeth Silva, Employee of the Month

Elizabeth Silva, Employee of the Month

Presently, she is the sole Behavior Intervention Specialist at Opengate and performs all duties in that capacity, including behavior reports for the community IRAs in addition to her caseload.

Elizabeth has been in the Human Services field for over 20 years and served as a DSP and MSC early in her career. She received both her Masters and Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The Opengate staff and individuals are grateful for her dedication and devotion to the agency and those she serves.

 

The Employee of the Month is nominated and voted by fellow employees. Other nominees for March were Elijah Reid and Sarah Louise Smith.

Congratulations Elizabeth Silva!


logo-figure-greyback

 

To stay apprised of the activities taking place at Opengate we invite you to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn, as well as subscribe to our Newsletter and Blog.

Posted in Blog

The Winter of Storms

 

Snowstorm 2018

Snowstorm 2018

This was a winter for the record books! Back to back snowstorms were a huge challenge with bad weather and hazardous traveling conditions. But, Opengate staff members rose to the challenge with positive attitudes and provided extra care and comfort for our residents.

One of the risks with snow and wind from these storms is power outages. When we lost power in several of our ICF homes, we needed to relocate 32 residents to our Day Habilitation facility in Hawthorne. Staff members not only transported the residents to Hawthorne, but also made sure that each resident had everything they would need for an extended stay.

Our emergency plan was implemented with precision, assuring that food and other needed supplies were available for each individual. Behind the scenes, phone calls were made to families, laundry was done and meals were prepared. When an emergency situation occurs, it’s amazing how our staff moves forward with confidence through each step.

Residents at Hawthorne House

Residents tucked in safely in Hawthorne 

 

We are proud to acknowledge everyone who worked extra hours, many staying for several days, to attend to all possible details to ensure the safety of our residents, from Direct Support Professionals to Managers, Nurses and Administrator.  It was a team effort that really showed the level of commitment to the individuals Opengate serves.

We can’t forget our wonderful Maintenance staff who did an outstanding job making sure generators were fueled, and our roadways and walkways were cleared of snow. THANK YOU!

When the storms subsided, power was restored and the individuals were returned to their homes, we realized that positive attitudes, flexibility and encouragement went a long way. Many thanks to all for the dedication, hard work, and commitment to our individuals.


logo-figure-greyback

 

To stay apprised of the activities taking place at Opengate we invite you to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn, as well as subscribe to our Newsletter and Blog.

 

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Blog
Subscribe to receive our email newsletter
Sign Up Now

Proud Member

logo

Striving for excellence…recognized by New York State as an emerging Compass Agency

Follow Opengate via Email

Enter your email address to follow our site and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 211 other subscribers

Archives
Categories
Follow us on Twitter
%d bloggers like this: