Braemar Senior Living

Former Mets All-Star pitcher answers residents’ questions, lifts spirits

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (August 6, 2020) — Residents of Braemar at Wallkill, one of the region’s newest assisted-living facilities, received a special treat on Thursday, August 6: A Zoom visit from former Mets pitcher and World Series Champion Dwight Gooden. The “visit,” which was part of the Mets Amazin’ Alumni Series, was moderated by Jay Horwitz, Vice President of Alumni Public Relations and Team Historian for the New York Mets, and Erica Wells, Assistant, External Affairs & Community Engagement for the New York Mets.

Wells and Horwitz kicked off the Q&A session with Gooden, and then opened it up to the residents.

After a warm round of applause and cheers of “Let’s Go Mets,” residents eagerly got down to business, asking Gooden a wide variety of questions, including who his favorite catcher is (Gary Carter); how he feels about the new baseball rules; how he thinks COVID-19 will affect baseball; what his toughest out was; his favorite pitch; his experience winning the 1986 playoffs and World Series, and more. Residents were delighted by the opportunity to interact with the former All-Star, and Gooden more than happily obliged, sharing his personal thoughts, memories, standout moments and even one of his favorite restaurants to frequent while on the road.

“What a privilege it is to meet you!” exclaimed one of the residents. “You are such a wonderful man, and humble, too.”

Gooden, who in addition to taking part in the Mets Amazin’ Alumni Series, previously donated his time to visiting pediatric cancer patients at Hackensack University Medical Center and visiting schools to provide children with direction and advice. He explained that his father had a saying that always inspired him to give back: “What good is having a life if you can’t impact another’s life.”

Virtual Visit-Dwight Gooden

The virtual visit was a welcome surprise to the residents, who, due to new restrictions and guidelines during COVID-19, haven’t been able to see any family members or visitors in person.

“This has been absolutely wonderful,” said Maryann Crenny, Director of Operations for the FilBen Group, the organization that owns and manages Braemar Living. “I know it’s been very difficult for our residents over the last four months to have limited access to the outside world, so to have the Mets organization reach out to us and for Dwight Gooden to share his time with us, it is truly appreciated.”

“This opportunity has been amazing for our residents, and we’re so grateful to the Mets,” said Jennifer Hovnanian, Administrator of Braemar at Wallkill. “Having Dwight speak with us today has been a real rainbow.”

“Thank you for having me,” said Gooden. “You guys were always pulling for me and made my career what it was, so it’s my turn to return the favor, and I’m definitely pulling for you guys. You are not alone. I’m here with you.”

To learn more about Braemar at Wallkill, visit BraemarLiving.com or call 845-695-5600.

About Braemar Living
Braemar Living offers the latest and best in senior care by providing the highest standard of assisted living at an affordable price. Owned and managed by the FilBen Group, Braemar offers seniors a place to call home by taking innovative approaches to create the best possible resident experience. Braemar at Wallkill, the second property to open under the brand, welcomed its first residents in early 2015. To learn more, visit BraemarLiving.com.

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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (October 28, 2019) — Braemar at Wallkill, one of the region’s newest assisted living facilities, has announced its series of November Open Houses, featuring refreshments and guided tours. The events, which provide community members with the opportunity to see Braemar’s luxurious amenities, full scope of health services and modern residences, are all located at 21 Riverside Drive in Middletown, N.Y., and are scheduled for:

• Tuesday, November 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Wednesday, November 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Thursday, November 21, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Braemar at Wallkill offers seniors resort-like activities and amenities, along with high quality healthcare and fun events. The facility offers on-site specialty healthcare services, including rehabilitation; robust on- and off-site daily activities, with transportation provided; major attractions nearby, including a casino and world-class shopping; a specialized Memory Care Unit; and close proximity to an award-winning hospital. Its four-story, 135,000-square-foot property features Adirondack-style accents and one- and two-bedroom apartments, situated on six acres. Braemar at Wallkill accommodates 200 residents and offers multiple dining areas and several recreational lounges.

“Braemar at Wallkill provides its residents with luxury assisted living along with resort-like amenities and dozens of activities so they can fully enjoy a dynamic lifestyle,” said Danielle DiBenedetto, Director of Sales for FilBen Group, the owners of Braemar at Wallkill. “Family members also take comfort in knowing our high-quality healthcare services are conveniently available right on site.”

To learn more about Braemar at Wallkill or to arrange an appointment see the residence, visit www.BraemarLiving.com or call 845-695-5600.

About Braemar Living
Braemar Living offers the latest and best in senior care by providing the highest standard of assisted living at an affordable price. Owned and managed by the FilBen Group, Braemar offers seniors a place to call home by taking innovative approaches to create the best possible resident experience. Braemar at Wallkill, the second property to open under the brand, welcomed its first residents in early 2015. To learn more, visit www.BraemarLiving.com.

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (October 17, 2019) — Braemar at Wallkill, one of the region’s newest assisted living facilities, has announced it will hold a Home Health Aide (HHA) Training Class conducted by Hudson Valley Home Health Care LLC from October 28 through November 15 at 21 Riverside Drive in Middletown.

Home Health Aide
Home Health Aide Training

Hudson Valley Home Health Care’s HHA Training Class is designed to help those interested in becoming an HHA prepare for the everyday realities that the job entails. HHAs primarily provide personal, hands-on care to assist elderly or disabled individuals with basic daily tasks – such as assisting with bathing, medication reminders, brushing teeth, etc. – in their homes, and work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN). HHAs also help monitor the health of their patients and ensure their safety.

Anyone interested in completing the class must fill out an application and have an interview with the RN Instructor. To fill out an application, or for more information, contact Denise Howard, RN, at 845-695-5600.

To learn more about Braemar at Wallkill or to arrange an appointment see the residence, visit www.BraemarLiving.com or call 845-695-5600.

About Braemar Living
Braemar Living offers the latest and best in senior care by providing the highest standard of assisted living at an affordable price. Owned and managed by the FilBen Group, Braemar offers seniors a place to call home by taking innovative approaches to create the best possible resident experience. Braemar at Wallkill, the first property to open under the new brand, welcomed its first residents in early 2015. To learn more, visit www.BraemarLiving.com.

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (October 14, 2019) — Braemar Living, which provides high-quality care in assisted living facilities that combine luxurious residential environments, engaging and robust social activities, and premium on-site health and wellness services, has appointed Harold Hildred as Assistant Administrator at Braemar at Wallkill.

Harold Hildred
Harold Hidred

Hildred will assist the Administrator with the management of operations and daily functions of Braemar at Wallkill. He will work to assure that the highest degree of quality care is provided to residents, and will oversee the planning and implementation of all on- and off-site activities.

Hildred was promoted from the position of Director of Recreation at Braemar at Wallkill where he specialized in the development of forward-thinking activities that balance health and wellness. In the position he organized more than 60 innovative programs each week for residents to continue to have active, engaging and healthy lifestyles. He has more than 25 years of experience organizing recreational programs for adolescents, adults and seniors, and has worked in the human services field since 1988. Hildred holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

“Harold is committed to the enrichment of our residents’ lives through his hard work and his exceptional level of kindness and compassion,” said Danielle DiBenedetto, Director of Sales for FilBen Group, the owners and operators of Braemar Living. “We are excited to have promoted Harold, as he will bring his talents, skills and values to his new role as Assistant Administrator.”

“I am grateful for this opportunity to expand into a new leadership role with Braemar at Wallkill, working with our great staff and wonderful residents,” said Hildred. “I enjoy making a difference in our residents’ lives and look forward to continuing to provide them with an engaging lifestyle and quality healthcare services.”

To learn more about Braemar at Wallkill or to arrange an appointment tour the community, visit www.BraemarLiving.com or call 845-695-5600.

About Braemar Living
Braemar Living offers the latest and best in senior care by providing the highest standard of assisted living at an affordable price. Owned and managed by the FilBen Group, Braemar offers seniors a place to call home by taking innovative approaches to create the best possible resident experience. Braemar at Wallkill, the first property to open under the new brand, welcomed its first residents in early 2015. To learn more, visit www.BraemarLiving.com.

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (October 7, 2019) — Braemar at Wallkill, one of the region’s newest assisted living facilities, has announced its series of October Open Houses, featuring refreshments and guided tours. The events, which provide community members with the opportunity to see Braemar’s luxurious amenities, full scope of health services and modern residences, are all located at 21 Riverside Drive in Middletown, N.Y., and are scheduled for:

• Tuesday, October 15, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
• Thursday, October 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Wednesday, October 30, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Open House

Additionally, the Open House on October 30 will feature a special fall theme, complete with apple cider and donut refreshments.

Braemar at Wallkill offers seniors resort-like activities and amenities, along with high quality healthcare and fun events. The facility offers on-site specialty healthcare services, including rehabilitation; robust on- and off-site daily activities, with transportation provided; major attractions nearby, including a casino and world-class shopping; a specialized Memory Care Unit; and close proximity to an award-winning hospital. Its four-story, 135,000-square-foot property features Adirondack-style accents and one- and two-bedroom apartments, situated on six acres. Braemar at Wallkill accommodates 200 residents and offers multiple dining areas and several recreational lounges.

“Braemar at Wallkill has so much to offer prospective residents and their families,” said Danielle DiBenedetto, Director of Sales for FilBen Group, the owners of Braemar at Wallkill. “Residents enjoy luxury assisted living with resort-like amenities and dozens of activities, and their family members can have peace of mind knowing that high quality healthcare services are available right on site. It’s a win-win.”

To learn more about Braemar at Wallkill or to arrange an appointment see the residence, visit www.BraemarLiving.com or call 845-695-5600.

About Braemar Living
Braemar Living offers the latest and best in senior care by providing the highest standard of assisted living at an affordable price. Owned and managed by the FilBen Group, Braemar offers seniors a place to call home by taking innovative approaches to create the best possible resident experience. Braemar at Wallkill, the second property to open under the brand, welcomed its first residents in early 2015. To learn more, visit www.BraemarLiving.com.

About FilBen Group
For more than 40 years, the Filaski and Benenson families have been leaders in senior care. Together, they’ve worked to build, own and operate senior housing and health care facilities in the New York metropolitan area. The FilBen Group is committed to growing its services and market areas by leveraging its knowledge of both the health-care continuum and real estate development. FilBen provides the full spectrum of development and management services, which may include site selection and development, construction and project management, as well as health-care program development and operation. To learn more, visit FilBenGroup.com.

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (October 2, 2019) — FilBen Group, which builds, owns and operates senior housing and health care facilities in the New York metropolitan area that combine luxurious residential environments, engaging and robust social activities, and premium on-site health and wellness services, has appointed Danielle DiBenedetto as its Director of Sales.

Danielle DiBenedetto
Danielle DiBenedetto

DiBenedetto is responsible for overseeing and implementing strategic marketing plans, managing the sales process and planning unique events to bring leads into the Braemar Living communities.

She has been working in administrative roles at senior homes and home healthcare providers since 2013, and has served as Director of Residential Operations at Sunshine Senior Residences in Stamford, Conn,; Administrator of Crestview Manor Adult Home/ALP in Hawthorne, N.Y.; and Staffing Director of BrightStar Care in White Plains, N.Y. She has also served in both public and private professional educational and administrative roles since 2000.

“Danielle’s deep experience working in assisted living facilities and her professional background make her a great addition to the FilBen team,” said Joshua Benenson, Managing Director of FilBen Group. “Her leadership will be invaluable as we continue to spread awareness of our Braemar Living facilities and the excellent programs and services we provide.”

“I enjoy telling the great story of how FilBen Group creates ideal places for seniors in need of assisted living,” said DiBenedetto. “FilBen, through its Braemar Living facilities, provides a high-quality, engaging lifestyle while also providing quality healthcare services to residents.”

About FilBen Group
For more than 40 years, the Filaski and Benenson families have been leaders in senior care. Together, they’ve worked to build, own and operate senior housing and health care facilities in the New York metropolitan area. The FilBen Group is committed to growing its services and market areas by leveraging its knowledge of both the health-care continuum and real estate development. FilBen provides the full spectrum of development and management services, which may include site selection and development, construction and project management, as well as health-care program development and operation. To learn more, visit FilBenGroup.com.

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (August 28, 2019) — Braemar at Wallkill, one of the region’s newest assisted living facilities, has announced its series of September Open Houses, featuring refreshments and guided tours. The events, which provide community members with the opportunity to see Braemar’s luxurious amenities, full scope of health services and modern residences, are all located at 21 Riverside Drive in Middletown, N.Y., and are scheduled for:

• Thursday, September 5, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• Saturday, September 14, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• Thursday, September 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Wednesday, September 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Additionally, the Open House on September 14 will feature a family carnival from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The carnival will include games, food and music and will culminate the week of celebration scheduled at Braemar at Wallkill to mark Assisted Living Week (September 8 through September 14).

Braemar at Wallkill offers seniors resort-like activities and amenities, along with high quality healthcare and fun events. The facility offers on-site specialty healthcare services, including rehabilitation; robust on- and off-site daily activities, with transportation provided; major attractions nearby, including a casino and world-class shopping; a specialized Memory Care Unit; and close proximity to an award-winning hospital. Its four-story, 135,000-square-foot property features Adirondack-style accents and one- and two-bedroom apartments, situated on six acres. Braemar at Wallkill accommodates 200 residents and offers multiple dining areas and several recreational lounges.

“We want to provide interested individuals with a taste of the Braemar at Wallkill experience, and there’s no better way to do that than by inviting everyone see it for themselves,” said Danielle DiBenedetto, Director of Sales for Braemar Living. “Braemar is the ideal place for seniors in need of assisted living who want to enjoy a high-quality, engaged lifestyle in an active community that includes healthcare services.”

To learn more about Braemar at Wallkill or to arrange an appointment see the residence, visit www.BraemarLiving.com or call 845-695-5600.

About Braemar Living
Braemar Living offers the latest and best in senior care by providing the highest standard of assisted living at an affordable price. Owned and managed by the FilBen Group, Braemar offers seniors a place to call home by taking innovative approaches to create the best possible resident experience. Braemar at Wallkill, the first property to open under the new brand, welcomed its first residents in early 2015. To learn more, visit www.BraemarLiving.com.

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