Dear Mr. Reingold,
I would like to thank you for your lovely letter of August 5th expressing your condolence on the death of my sister Mildred Sandezer. I offer my apology for not replying sooner, however I was overwhelmed with paperwork and things that had to be taken care of.
I can't begin to tell you how comforting it was to know that my sister was cared for by the most loving, most professional team of people I have ever encountered. My special thanks to the nursing staff for their efficiency and compassion.
My thanks to everyone for always letting me know what was going on and involving me in all decisions.
For the kindness and compassion shown to me and my entire family I will always be grateful.
Dear Mr. Reingold:
I have been a resident of the Hebrew Home for more than one year, and I would like to take this opportunity to express some of my thoughts and gratitude for the treatment I have received during that period of time.
First and foremost, I would like to personally thank you for your vision as it relates to the overall mission of The Hebrew Home. This vision, as I have come to understand it, was fashioned with the belief that we are truly our brothers’ (and sisters’) keepers, and that each human being is entitled to a full measure of love, respect, and good will each day of our lives. This vision, which you so nobly created, is best exemplified by your dedicated, caring and professional staff, who carry out the mission of providing the very best care to its many residents, and does so in a way that reinforces the idea that mankind, at its best, is a mirror image of God in all His glory….
I take this opportunity as well to commend your nursing, maintenance, occupational health, art studies and dinner staffs for the wonderful service they render with such professionalism, grace and dedication. Their collective efforts should be the standard by which other facilities in the industry should be measured.
"My family wishes to thank you and your staff for the wonderful care my father received at The Hebrew Home. My father came to the home four years ago after living alone for ten years. He had never wanted to live in a nursing home. However, from the moment he arrived, he was treated with dignity and welcomed. The residents and the staff became his extended family and he participated in the many programs the home offered. My dad attended lectures, musical programs and movies. He played bingo and cards and was involved in “Matters of the Mind.” My father’s life was extended not only by the excellent physical care he received but the mental stimulation the home provided. I can still remember how happy he was to see a baseball game again. He was an avid fan and had not been to a game in 15 years. He was always grateful for the people who attended to his needs and for the facilities of the home. My sister, brother and I were able to go on with our lives knowing how happy and well cared for he was.
No family could have been more blessed than us. … We are so very thankful for all that you have done and for what your staff continues to do to make the Hebrew Home such a special place."
–– Ellen R., Woodbury, NY ––
“The Hebrew Home does not fit most people’s perceptions of a nursing home. The facilities are clean, colorful and beautiful – it looks more like a resort than a nursing home. I was very impressed by how well cared for and content the residents seem to be.”
“What I want for my mother is a place that will not only see to her physical needs, but will also offer her mental stimulation and challenges, along with educational and entertainment activities. The Hebrew Home seems to be that place that will fulfill these needs.”
–– Carol G. Gray New York, NY ––
"Thank you very much for sending the happy photograph of [my wife] enjoying an evening's entertainment. It was extremely comforting to see her engaged and comfortable and having a good time... You are certainly doing a wonderful job and your nighttime custodial program has eased life for me and seems to be having a positive effect on her. Many thanks."
–– George Soter New York, NY ––
The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale has garnered multiple national and state awards including:
NYAHSA (New York Association of Homes and Services
for the Aging) Trustee of the Year Award to Jeffrey Maurer, Chairman
of The Hebrew Home at Riverdale
AAHSA (American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) 2009 Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award for Project Hope
AJAS (Association of Jewish Aging Services) 2009 Programming Award for Generation2Generation
NYAHSA (New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) Innovation of the Year Award for The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention
Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services Golden Harvest Jim Curran Leadership Award to Joy Solomon, Director and Managing Attorney at The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, 2007 Rosalie Wolf Award to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home
Lower Hudson Conference 2007 Award Towards Excellence for the brochure “The Art Collection at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale”
American Society on Aging, 2007 Healthcare and Aging Award
for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention
AAHSA (American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging)
Leading-Edge Care and Services Award for the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention and for Project H.O.P.E. (Healthcare Opportunities Providing Employment)
Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services Golden Harvest Distinguished Service Award to Daniel Reingold, President & CEO of The Hebrew Home at Riverdale
Association of Jewish Aging Services of North America’s Jewish Programming Award for “Special Services for Special People”
National Mature Media Awards Bronx Award for Marketing for The Hebrew Home’s “It’s Where I Live” video
Gilbert Guide Recognition of Excellence Award for Providing Outstanding Long-Term Care
Lower Hudson Valley Conference “Historical Services Award Towards Excellence” for community documentation, along with Congregation Ohav Sholaum of Inwood, New York, to promote and return to individuals cultural property brought to the U.S. prior to World War II
NYAHSA (New York Association of homes & Services for the Aging) Innovation of the Year Award for “The Chutzpah Mission” resident and
staff trip to Israel
Association of Jewish Aging Services of North America’s Jewish
Programming Award for “The Chutzpah Mission” resident and staff trip
New York Construction ‘05 Best Awards: Award of Merit for Assisted Living Facilities for the Jacob Reingold Pavilion
Lower Hudson Valley Conference Award for The Judaica Museum of The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale and the Harlem Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services in recognition of The Colored Orphan Asylum Project, a collaboration to document and interpret the first charitable institution in the United States dedicated to children of color
National Mature Media Awards honoring the best in advertising, marketing and educational materials for older adults for the Home’s “With Heartfelt Thanks Video”
National Mature Media Awards honoring the best in advertising, marketingand educational materials for older adults for “Freedom of Sexual Expression”
NYAHSA (New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging) Innovation of the Year Award for “Hebrew Home University”
AAHSA (American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) Excellence in Practice Award for “Sexual Expressions Among Residents: Staff Training Program”
NYAHSA Trustee of the Year Award to Bernard Goldberg
AAHSA Innovation of the Year Award for “Celebrating Longevity through the Centenarian Calendar”
AAHSA Community Service Award for “Educating the community about how to Prevent Elder Abuse”
NYAHSA Innovation of the Year Award for “The Faces of Time, A Centenarian Program”
NYAHSA Professional of the Year Award to David Pomeranz, Administrator of ElderServe
NYSADSA (New York State Adult Day Services Association, Inc.) Pioneer Achievement Award to Ann Marie Levine, Associate Administrator, ElderServe
Riverdale Community Board 8 - Community Service Award
AAHSA Innovation of the Year Award for “ElderServe at Night”
AAHSA Trustee of the Year Award to Milton A. Gilbert, President of The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale
NYAHSA Innovation of the Year Award for “ElderServe at Night”
American Jewish Congress Metropolitan Region - Leadership Award
NYAHSA Innovation of the Year Award for “You Should Live So Long,” The Hebrew Home’s cable television program
B’nai B’rith Humanitarian Award to Daniel A. Reingold for outstanding and innovative leadership in the field of geriatric care
AAHSA Community Service Award for Project H.O.P.E. ((Heathcare offers Permanent Employment, a student program conducted through a partnership with the Bronx Department of Education).
Note: In 1999 NBC TV’s “Today Show” received the AAHSA Excellence in Media Award for its segment on art at The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale.