Seniors prom: Cobble Hill nursing home celebrates 40 years at annual gala

Wise words: Cobble Hill Health Center head Olga Lipschitz delivers remarks at the senior home’s annual gala.
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Cobble Hill Health Center cheered 40 years of providing care to seniors at its “Rock of Aging” gala on Nov. 17, and the nursing home’s head said it was particularly great to be celebrating the center’s long life when so many others across the city are shutting.

“It was a special celebration because many of the facilities have closed their doors but we’re still expanding and growing,” said Tony Lewis, the chief executive officer of the home.

More than 200 people turned out for the shindig, which also honored First Presbyterian Church’s Rev. Dr. Paul Smith for his work with the home’s residents.

The gala raised $275,000 for the health center’s “life enrichment” program, which provides fun activities for seniors such as trekking to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for ice cream and listening to music.

Guests enjoyed music at the shindig, too — showing off their best moves on the dance floor after indulging in cocktails and dinner, making for an all-around good time, said Lewis.

“It was a very good, successful event,” he said.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Helene from Bay Ridge says:
My brother had to call the police as well as an ambulance for my dad who was unfortunately in this place. Dad was aspirating and the staff were not responding. As i was trying to get help a staffer said maybe we will take him (dad was turning purple) for an xray tomorrow... Sadly, not an uncommon scenario in these places. Dads first night there I was assured dad would be given a bed with full side rails. An alarm attached to the bed and mats on the floor around the bed since he was a known fall risk. Very early the next morning i got a call from the head nurse that Dad was found on the floor and appeared fine When i got there, dad had no memory of the fall AND there was no 72 neuro watch (normal procedure for an unwitnessed fall) on dad. Dad was there 3 days and what a nitemare! So, as far as this article, it's all smoke and mirrors. It's not easy caring for an ailing older person. Sadly, true, humane help is very very rare. Cobble Hill etc... Are all about the money. There's something very wrong with the way these places are run. Some people go to these places for physical therapy, recovering from hip replacement etc... If they're lucky they may get 1 hour of that, the other 23 are wasted time for them. Very sad. How the people who run these places can live with themselves is petrifying to me. So shake your greedy boodies at your gala, probably funded by the gobs of money medicare and out of pocket payers... Careful, you don't want to slip on that puddle of champagne on the dance floor, break your clavicle and need to recover in a facility where you are dependant on someone else to wipe your butt after you finally poop because you are so constipated from becoming so dehydrated since no one has brought you water or you can't reach it. Undoubtably you are given lots of laxative meds and all of a sudden can poop but can't get up without help so you poop in your gown on your bed and lay in that for who knows how long. Maybe you have some sundowner syndrome (google it) going on or dimentia and imagine you are wiping your butt like normal but you're not, you are in bed layong in it using your bare hands and getting it all over yourself and your bed and this is how your kids find you because they had to go to work or go home to walk the dog and pray that they left their loved one in a facility with people who are supposed to care for your loved one and keep them safe... Yea, enjoy your gala...
Nov. 23, 2016, 3:58 pm

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