Sunday, April 10, 2016

Midtown Burgers

There have always been a variety of burger options in the midtown area.  They come, they go, they stay; they open, they close, they relaunch, etc., etc.  Here, we take a look at what’s new in that world, and what burger lovers in the midtown area can expect to enjoy in the near future.

First off we have Andrew Zurica opening a burger stand at the UrbanSpace food hall.  There, hungry burger-seekers will be able to enjoy “griddle-smashed burgers and bacon-wrapped hot dogs.”  Until now these have only been sold from a truck, at a very inconvenient location.  It might not be the top quality meat but the added cheese and swaddle style that creates a melt-in-the-mouth sensation with its super soft white-floured bun, is quite the culinary delight.

For something a little fancier, there is a fantastic burger option at House Man Restaurant.  It has been deliciously described as follows:

“It involves two thin, crisp-edged patties with a faint line of pink running through each center, fused together with melted swiss cheese and a sweet, delicious black mass of deeply caramelized onion and mushroom. This is all contained in a Martin’s potato roll, the ideal vehicle for a burger because while it’s pleasingly squishy, it knows how to hold itself together under the duress of dripping cheese and beef juice.”

So that’s a good start.  Midtowners certainly won’t go hungry with a lack of burger options.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

4 Great Ways to Adjust to a Nursing Home

Moving to a nursing home facility in New York, or anywhere else for that matter, is a big adjustment. Most of us want to feel independent and to enjoy the lives that we already have. But the move can be seen through quite a positive lens if the people around you have a positive attitude and a few creative ideas up their sleeves. Here are some ways that love ones can make the transition easier for the person moving.

          * Books on tape: Many people start to lose their eye sight as they get older. One great idea is to rent books on tape for your older relative. This allows them to continue reading, assuming this is something they enjoy. It also has another added benefit. If they are moving alone, it allows for another voice to be heard during quiet times in their new apartment. This can really help them to feel like they aren’t alone all the time.

      * Take your loved one to the barber shop or boutique as soon as they move in. Schedule a regular visit for them (if they are female, of course) to get their hair done each week. If they have a manicurist on the grounds, schedule this as well. Having your hair done and taking care of yourself can really boost your energy level and make you feel better.

      * Check out the social activities at the center, like the Dry Harbor Nursing Home, and see what’s on tap each week. Do they have a bridge club where your relative can play cards? Do they have lectures each day or jewelry making workshops? Help the person to familiarize themselves with the weekly activities and get them involved immediately so that they won’t feel isolated.

         *  See, as well, if they have an on-the-town program. Many assisted living facilities and nursing homes have programs where they take residence to the mall or to shopping in a van. These can also really help the resident to feel like he can get out and about at times.

These ideas should all help with a smoother transition to the nursing home facility like Dry Harbor Nursing Home. While every transition has its difficulties, there are ways to make the transition more successful and smoother for the resident.