Choosing the right institution for the long term care and rehabilitation needs of your family can be both a burden and a challenge. You quite naturally want to be assured that your loved one will receive care that is delivered with both skill and compassion. In order to help you as you ponder your options, we summarize below the factors that we believe make Silvercrest an extraordinary place, and one that is truly, "Giving Quality to Life."
Despite its size and its level of medical sophistication, Silvercrest can rightly be said to have a home-like atmosphere. Activities developed by the division of Therapeutic Recreation are always designed to be as inclusive as possible, and bind the resident community together. Social Services division sees to individual resident social needs, and also addresses the broader needs of the Silvercrest "family" with regular "Resident Council" and "Family Council" meetings.
On making a trip to Silvercrest, one is quickly surrounded by an "upbeat" mood that is projected by both staff and residents alike. An outside doctor making a visit to see a patient at Silvercrest recently commented, "this is a place of support and care for the elderly, the disabled and the injured, and yet the positivity was palpable, and I couldn't help feeling uplifted by my visit."
Safety and Quality
All long term care facilities face challenges in providing safe environments for those with special limitations and needs. Because it is not selective in its admissions policies and accepts patients with high acuity of illness and complex medical conditions, Silvercrest employs extraordinary methods of practice and quality review to optimize outcomes for its residents and patients.
Silvercrest receives the NYS Dept. of Health Patient Safety Award
Special In-house Skills and Service
Silvercrest provides a synergy between long term care and rehabilitative and medical services. While ventilator-dependent patients will seek out Silvercrest for its ground-breaking ventilator care program, all residents benefit from the medical and respiratory care skills that reside here. Also, the therapy and rehabilitative needs of a long term care population can be no better served than by having an in-house sub-acute rehab program. Physical and occupational therapy, together with speech and swallowing therapies are as essential to the future of our permanent residents as to the success and "graduation" of our short term guests.
Silvercrest is sponsored by the New York Hospital Queens, and is the only long term care facility that is a member of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System. This relationship provides Silvercrest, its staff and its residents with access to the enormous resources of the largest and finest system of health care institutions in the greater New York area. Physicians who provide medical care here are among the finest in the region and hold academic positions at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The Geriatric Medicine fellowship co-sponsored by Silvercrest and New York Hospital Queens is at the forefront of a specialty whose importance grows ever greater as the number of aged in our society swells. Residents and patients at Silvercrest benefit from being within an academic environment where their special needs are the focus of the post-graduate medical training process.