Elant at Brandywine Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center Welcomes New Resident Activities Director

Brandywine welcomes new employee charged with activites at Briarcliff Manor nursing home

Online PR News – 10-May-2010 – – Briarcliff Manor – The Elant at Brandywine Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Briarcliff Manor is pleased to welcome Colleen Arevalo to its staff as its new director of Resident Activities.

Through her work at several assisted living and nursing homes throughout the region, Colleen has a decade of experience in providing recreation to the elderly, including those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Several of her plans for future recreational development at Elant at Brandywine include community outreach and the expansion of several existing programs, including horticultural, art, and music therapies.

“I am focused on providing programming that is beneficial on social, physical, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive levels,” Colleen said. “I am carefully planning and structuring each activity based on what interests our residents most. It is always a real pleasure to know we can help improve the lives of others.”

Colleen, who often visited her grandfather in a nursing home as a child, has always had a special affinity for the elderly. Her interest led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Mercy College and a certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

“I’m very impressed so far with the plans that Colleen has made for resident activities thus far,” said Maura Brennan, administrator of Elant at Brandywine Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center. “She has a calm pleasant demeanor that I think will go a long way with our residents.”

Elant, Inc., a community-based, not-for-profit organization, has been a part of the Hudson Valley healthcare landscape for the past 25 years. Its seven campuses, located across five counties, serve an estimated 3,500 people daily and provide sub-acute care and rehabilitation services, nursing home care, assisted living, adult day care, retirement community living, home health care, and a managed long-term care plan. Elant’s mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care and lifestyle options to persons of diverse generations, cultures, means, and needs.