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Schulman & Schachne Institute

Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation  is a voluntary, non-profit, skilled nursing facility.  Its focus is on outcomes, restoring function, and returning individuals to an independent and productive life.

Our 448 beds consist of 120 HIV, 28 Ventilator Dependent, 40 Pulmonary Care, 88 Sub-Acute Rehabilitation, 44 Alzheimer's Dementia and 128 clinically complex long term care.  Our HIV unit is the only dedicated certified HIV unit for long term care in Brooklyn.  Our HIV physician staff is Infectious Disease trained and all our staff is required to participate in specific HIV training every 6 months.  Our Ventilator Dependent Unit was one of the first in Brooklyn, opening in 1994.  Our Pulmonary Care unit was developed to accommodate the residents we had sucessfully weaned from ventilators.  Our success rate for weaning YTD is 73%.  Our round the clock respiratory therapists and physician staff ensure quality care on every level throughout our facility.  Our ability to care for clinically complex residents includes blood transfusions, IV therapies, wound care and much more. 

Top Performance Resident Care
SSI has been rated a CMS 5-Star facility for the past five years.  They have been named Top National Nursing Homes by US News and World Report twice and have been deficiency free on CMS surveys two years in a row.  In 2014, SSI received the Baldrige National Bronze Quality Award.  In 2015, again, they received the Baldrige National Silver Quality Award and this year their application is in to receive the Baldrige National Gold Award.

"Leaders who don't listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say," Andy Stanley.  For two consecutive years, the American College of Health Care Administration (ACHCA) has honored our Vice President and Administrator, Genevieve Sorensen, with the prestigious ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.  The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.

Innovative Practice
Schulman and Schachne Institute (SSI) is the proud winner of the NYSHFA 2016 Innovative Practice Award for their intelligent risk taking the resident care innovative practice at their AIDS units.  NYSHFA honored SSI in recognition of the importance of innovation in improving the quality of long term care services in New York STte through their "Enrichment Program."

Quality Services
Our comprehensive array of services combines quality onsite medical care and state-of-the-art therapeutic techniques.  A creative approach to individual care is initiated through the development of personalized plans that focus on the unique qualities and needs of each resident.  A care team of professionals, working in collaboration with the residents and family, contributes to designing and comprehensive plan to maximize the physical, cognitive, psychological and social abilities of each resident.  Our goal at SSI is to support residents to function at their optimal level and to enhance their quality of life.

Medical Services & Specialty Care
Round-the-clock medical care is provided by on-staff physicians.  In addition to Dental, Psychiatry, Psychology, Podiatry and other medical services, consultants in all specialties are available.  Since the Institute is at The Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center campus, our residents have access to advanced medical services in an atmosphere that encourages excellence and innovative treatment initiatives.

In keeping with our determination to help residents function at their highest level, we have arranged for certain specialty services at the Schulman and Schachne Institute on a regular basis:
  • Audiology:  Audiologists are hearing specialists who can evaluate for hearing loss and can prescribe a hearing aid if necessary.
  • Ophthalmology:  Ophthalmologists are vision specialists who can provide regular testing and prescribe eyeglasses if necessary.
  • Dentistry:  Dentists will provide ongoing dental care, including fitting for dentures if needed.

Nursing Services
Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The nursing staff oversees the total care of residents and works with all other departments to assure each one's comfort.  In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the staff offers sound advice; support and education to help residents become acclimated to life at the Institute.

Rehabilitation Services
After a full evaluation, individual therapeutic programs are devised.  These may include:
  • Occupational Therapy to restore or improve strength, dexterity, range of motion and coordination.
  • Physical Therapy to restore optimal movement and function and to relieve pain.
  • Speech-Language and Audiology Services, including evaluation and therapy programs.

Social Services
The Social Services Department is an integral part of care from admissions to discharge.  A coordinator is assigned to each resident to familiarize him/her with the facility and its services, and assure the resident of comfort and involvement in community life at SSI.

After admission, a social worker, who is also a discharge planner, meets with residents and their families to begin planning for eventual discharge.  The social worker can help with paperwork and arrange for assistance, if needed, with returning to home and community.

Recognizing that family members are also affected by a resident's hospitalization, social work staff is available to counsel and provide information.

Families and friends are encouraged to participate in monthly discussion groups, led by staff to provide support and an opportunity to meet with people in similar circumstances.

Therapeutic Recreation
Therapeutic recreation activities can serve to satisfy the need for pleasure and relaxation, self-expression, creativity, well-being and comfort. Leisure activities are also a pleasant arena in which to work on building life skills and restoring function. Our therapeutic recreation program offers a variety of activities and recreation therapy interventions to meet each individual's interests, preferences and needs. At SSI, we offer a full range of therapeutic recreation services including:

    • Recreation Therapy Services, which use the pleasant medium of leisure activities to work with the individual resident in improving physical, cognitive, psychological or social abilities.
    • Leisure Education Services, which focus on development of leisure skills and interests, as well as wellness, health promotion, stress management and relaxation training. The Wellness Program offers group and individual training in a variety of relaxation and stress management techniques, including visualization, meditation, tai chi, qi gong and progressive relaxation techniques.
    • Leisure Participation Services, which focuses on enjoyment and leisure expression. We offer a broad range of activities including arts activities, music activities, exercise and sport, horticulture, games, discussion groups, social events, and spiritual activities. Group activities are an opportunity to become involved, explore leisure interests and spend time with friends and family. Group activities are also a time to practice the skills gained in recreation therapy and the other rehabilitative services. Activities are offered daily, on each residential floor and, in season, in the Schulman and Schachne Gardens, one in each pavilion.

Alternative Therapies
Clinical care at SSI is based on the highest standards of modern medical science. But medicine today also recognizes that, for many people, alternative therapies can be an important adjunct to traditional treatments. In addition to traditional medicine, we offer a wide range of alternative therapies such as acupressure, herbal medicine or aromatherapy.

Resident & Family Councils
Residents and Families are encouraged to participate in decision-making and advocacy at SSI by taking part in the Resident Council or the Family Council. Here residents and family can share ideas and concerns with any department representative that they choose.

Shared Services, Continuum of Care Services & Access:
There is a bridge between SSI and The Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center. It stands as both a real and symbolic connection between the residential healthcare environment of the nursing home and the hospital's acute medical setting. All residents at the Schulman and SSI benefit from this link, with their care backed by the vast experience of one of Brooklyn's largest voluntary nonprofit teaching hospitals.

Brookdale provides residents of the Schulman and Schachne Institute with a variety of shared services such as expert laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, dentistry, respiratory therapy, and food and nutrition services.

An Adult Day Health Care Program, Assisted Living Facility, and Senior Housing provide residents access for individuals in need or continuity of care beyond skilled nursing care.

Need more information?
For information about eligibility and admission to the Schulman and Schachne Institute, call (718) 240-6902.

Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation
555 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn , NY 11212
Phone: (718) 240-6902