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Health care leaders meet for a Martini Mingle

On Aug. 18, leaders from 10 of the most prestigious senior care providers met for a “Martini Mingle” to collaborate on current and future care plans for our Connecticut seniors. The group met outside (COVID-19 protocols in place) on a lovely late summer evening to share ideas and best practices for seniors in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Communities, Visiting Nursing Agencies, Senior Centers and Senior Housing Communities. The idea to come together and decompress was also on the top of the agenda for the evening.

Michelle Riley, Manager, Marketing and Community Outreach, Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Center remarked “This is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the work we do with seniors in our communities and to collaborate on future opportunities to work together to serve our aging senior population, the variety of agencies tonight shows the dedication and the willingness to work together in what we do every day.”

“It’s clear tonight that senior care is Hamden’s passion. It is so beneficial to gather as a community to discuss how important giving seniors the best quality of life matters. On a personal level my Grandfather is a resident at Hamden Rehab and has been for the last 2.5 years and it is so encouraging to see the care, collaboration, and growth firsthand”, stated Bianca Signore, Community Outreach Liaison, at VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice.

Bella Vista, New Haven’s largest senior living community’s Manager of Resident Services said “Coming together with other partners who care about the health and well-being of seniors in the Greater New Haven area is something I would not miss. We needed a place and opportunity to mingle and relax and hear from others what they are doing and how we are all coping with this ever-changing environment.”

Leanne Coppola, Director of Admissions at Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center stated “Tonight has been so beneficial for all of us to mingle and talk amongst our peers about the successes and the challenges we all have faced caring for seniors throughout the pandemic. This group of industry leaders and providers has been hit hard by Covid-19. It has changed the face of senior care. Being able to share and plan and decompress is so very important.”

“Nursing home and senior care staff described working under complex, evolving, and stressful circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges have added significant burden to an already strained and vulnerable workforce and are likely to contribute to increased burnout, turnover, and staff shortages in the long term and tonight is an amazing opportunity to bring together our partners and staff to say we know how you feel, we see you and we appreciate you” said Tammy Campanelli, Chief Operating Officer, Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, founded in 1980, is a 153-bed long term skilled nursing facility and short-term rehabilitation center. Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center offers a full continuum of care, from temporary respite stays, short-term rehabilitation, as well as long-term skilled nursing care, and a broad array of specialty programs and services.