Morris Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

OUTDOOR VISITATION COMING SOON

Subject to be removed at any time and the discretion of the facility or the DOH.

The health and safety of our residents and staff will always be our top priority. We are more than delighted when the Department of Health announced that OUTDOOR visitation, although limited can be resumed. As we gradually and cautiously open our grounds, we would like to ensure that we are in compliance with all of the requirements set forth by CMS and NYSDOH. In order to ensure ongoing access to visitation for each and every one of you, we have developed a process and created a schedule to ensure smooth and satisfying visit.

The details and specifics for scheduling visits at Morris Park includes the following:

Continue to call the front desk, unit nurse, social work department or use our concierge to schedule all in-person outdoor visits. We will be happy to help schedule your visit with your loved ones. Visits will be scheduled __7___days a week at the following times:

  • 9:00 am to 9:45 am; 11:15 to 12:00 noon,3:15 to 4:00pm; 4:15pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Please note that adjustments /cancellations to schedules may occur due to inclement weather, including temperatures above 90 degrees.
  • At this time visitation is strictly prohibited in resident rooms and resident care areas.
  • A tight schedule is critical so please make sure you arrive on time.
  • Window visits and video calls will continue as other means of communicating with your loved ones.
  • Residents may visit with up to 2 guests at a time. No children under 12 years of age or pets will be allowed. Above 12 y/o but under 18 y/o must be accompanied by an adult.
  • We are honored to schedule at least 1 visit per week as we begin visitation, our first goal is to make sure all residents have an opportunity to physically visit with loved ones.
  • You will have 45 minutes available for each visit. Please understand our staff also needs time to clean and disinfect chairs and all other equipment to be ready for the next scheduled visit.
  • You will be screened at the front desk for any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 which will include temperature checks and asking screening questions in order to access visitation.
  • You will be NOT be allowed to visit if you fail screening process.
  • The state Department of Health requests the following information for purposes of inspection and potential contact tracing:
  • First and Last name of visitor
  • Physical street address of visitor
  • Daytime and evening Phone number
  • Date and time of visit
  • Email address if available
  • A notation indicating that visitor is cleared from screen (both temperature & screen questions)
  • You are required to wear an acceptable face mask throughout your visit. Face mask must cover both nose and mouth. Face mask is also offered at the facility which you can avail at front desk.
  • Alcohol based hand rubs will be provided, we request that you use it before and after your visit. It is important that you follow the instructions for proper hand hygiene.
  • You will be seated at designated chairs for use during visit. It will be set up by us to ensure social distancing. Please do not move chairs to other sitting areas or get close to one another.
  • NO hugging, kissing or touching is permitted during your visit.
  • NO packages, gifts or food items are allowed to be given directly to our residents as they must be handed to staff to take into the building. Please make sure packages are clearly labeled with resident’s name.
  • Any visitor who FAILS to adhere to our procedures will be prohibited from visiting for the duration of the COVID-19 state declared public health emergency.
  • We will continue our safety protocols of monitoring our residents and addressing the mildest detection of signs/symptoms and test our residents.
  • We ask that you continue to keep best practices in mind knowing that when out in community there may be exposure to people who unknowingly carry the virus which can pose greater risk for our residents.
  • The weekly state mandated employee testing is ongoing, as always, we continue to update and inform you of changes in our facility website.
  • The state Department of Health can halt visitation at any time due to community or facility spread of infection or failure to comply with these requirements.

**** We look forward to seeing you back with the many smiles and happy faces behind face masks as you enjoy your time with your love ones. ****

SOMMER LEE ESPINO, RNC, DIRECTOR OF NURSING

MISSION: Lead, educate, and evaluate all nursing operations and collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to ensure efficient and compassionate delivery of resident care.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Oversee every detail of nursing to make sure you get the care you need.

 

BACKGROUND: Bachelor’s in Nursing with a postgraduate degree in Maternal & Child Health. Over 30 years of experience as a nurse (more than 20 years in long-term care!) Certified in PRI, MDS, ACLS/BCLS, and Infection Control.

 

I TAKE PRIDE IN: my leadership skills. An effective leader adapts to each person’s needs — directing, teaching, supporting, and delegating, depending on each staff member’s level of competence and commitment. Most importantly, an effective leader communicates, making sure the listener hears them by speaking in their language.

Working in this setting has made me realize this is where I belong. As a nurse, nothing is more fulfilling than seeing your patient heal and improve, day by day. In long-term care, residents come to us in their most vulnerable state and stay for a long time. This gives us a chance to build meaningful relationships with them so that when they’re ready to leave, they’ve become our family.

KRUNAL BHATT, PT, MS, DIRECTOR OF REHAB

MISSION: Manage all aspects of the rehabilitation department. Coordinate with all therapy disciplines to ensure superlative delivery of care.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Ensure every patient gets a customized, effective rehab plan that works.

 

BACKGROUND: Bachelor in Physical Therapy. Masters in Sports Science. 8 years experience in skilled nursing facilities, providing therapy to patients with a wide range of diagnoses.

 

I TAKE PRIDE IN: my ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Honestly, Morris Park feels like a second home. The staff is very close-knit, and we share a common goal: make the facility feel like home for our residents.

Jasmine Torres, DIRECTOR OF HOUSEKEEPING

MISSION: Assess proposed admissions for appropriate placement, consulting with nursing, administrative, and therapy personnel as needed. Provide facility tours for prospective clients and families.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Make your transition to Morris Park as smooth and comfortable as possible.

 

BACKGROUND: Extensive experience in concierge services for seniors.

 

I TAKE PRIDE IN: my professionalism and broad knowledge base in my department. I am always willing to go the extra mile.

It’s a pleasure being part of Morris Park’s success. Seeing our residents transition in such a positive way fills my heart with joy.

ANGELA VITACCO, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES & CORPORATE COMPLIANCE

MISSION: Hire & retain exceptional staff members, oversee their training and quality scores, and cultivate an overall culture of cooperation and respect.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Develop and implement smooth processes so all you notice is the harmony of a well-oiled (and completely compliant) team. Create and nurture an environment where staff, residents, and the community at large work to understand each other, despite our differences.

 

BACKGROUND: MS in Human Resources Management with 25+ years of human resources experience in a variety of industries (media & entertainment, healthcare and pharmaceutical).

 

I TAKE PRIDE IN: my ability to listen. Facts are important, but sometimes it’s more important to listen and try to understand what someone is feeling in order to help them find the best possible solution.

I love being a resource and safe space for employees. Knowing I can make a difference, provide comfort or simply put a smile on someone’s face makes it all worthwhile. It’s more than simply leading; it’s leading with heart. My door is always open. Stop by anytime!