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Schulman & Schachne Institute

 The Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation  is a voluntary, non-profit, residential healthcare facility dedicated to providing the highest quality of clinical care in a homelike environment.  This supportive atmosphere is created by the Schulman and Schachne Institute's dedicated team of healthcare professionals, who are devoted to helping each individual regain health and strength while respecting individuality, dignity and autonomy. The Schulman and Schachne Institute has a Five Star CMS Rating, and has recently been named as one of the "Best United Sates Nursing Homes of 2013" By U.S. News and World Report.

A New Kind of Nursing Home
Think of the typical nursing home resident--a woman, perhaps, in her late 80's, who, because of complications of stroke and memory loss, can no longer live without skilled nursing care.  Such a patient will always feel at home at the Schulman and Schachne Institute.

But there's room for a new kind of resident, too.  Consider the average person with AIDS in New York City.  He or she is 33 years old.  When at the mid and end-stages of AIDS, he or she may need skilled nursing care to manage the effects of this disease.

Or, consider the ventilator-dependent individual.  Free of other acute medical problems, he or she may be looking for a residential program to improve the chances of being weaned from artificial ventilation.

All these individuals can find expert care here at the Schulman and Schachne Institute within its specialized care units designed to cater to their individual needs.

Who is Eligible?

The Schulman and Schachne Institute admits residents for special rehabilitation services and treatment when they are over the acute phase of their illness. It also admits residents for chronic, long-term geriatric care, dementia care and hospice care.  Residents can be referred by the hospital or by outside physicians.  Self-referrals are also accepted.  For information about eligibility and admission to the Schulman and Schachne Institute, call (718) 240-6903.

The Schulman and Schachne Institute provides a range of specialty services including a Dementia Special Care Unit, a Sub-Acute Care Unit, Geriatric Care Units, HIV/AIDS Units , a Ventilator-Dependent Care Unit and a Hospice Care program under the supervision of Hospice of New York.   Our comprehensive array of services combines quality on-site 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 a plan to maximize the physical, cognitive, psychological and social abilities of each resident.  Our goal at the Schulman and Schachne Institute is to support residents to function at their optimal level, and to enhance the quality of life of each individual we serve.

Medical Services

Round-the-clock medical care is provided by attending physicians.  Consultants in all specialties are available.  Since the Institute is on The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center campus, residents have access to advanced medical services in an atmosphere that encourages excellence and innovative treatment initiatives.

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.

On-Site Specialty Services

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 weekly 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.

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 admission 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 the Schulman and Schachne Institute.

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

Leisure 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 the Schulman and Schachne Institute, 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 the Schulman and Schachne Institute 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 acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine or aromatherapy.

Resident Council

Residents are encouraged to participate in decision-making and advocacy at the Schulman and Schachne Institute by taking part in the Resident Council.  Here residents can share ideas and concerns with the administrator and heads of departments.


Volunteers perform a wide variety of assignments vital to the quality of life experienced by our residents.  They assist in therapy programs, help the staff or just visit with residents.  To participate in this program, call the Director of Volunteers, at (718) 240-5277.

Shared Services Take Advantage of Experience

There is a bridge between the Schulman and Schachne Institute and The Brookdale University 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 Schachne Institute 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.

Daily Living
We want residents to feel comfortable and at home at the Schulman and Schachne Institute and to remain in charge of their lives.  To that end, we try to be as flexible as possible about daily routines, such as mealtimes or what time to get up or go to bed, within the guidelines for care mandated by the New York State Department of Health.  In fact, except to the extent that consideration for fellow residents requires, we want life here to be as close as possible to what it has always been.

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