A New York long-term care and nursing facility is expanding its offerings for residents looking to learn more about Indian customs and traditions.  

The Indian Cultural Unit at the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, in New Hyde Park, NY, received a donation of 19 religious and poetry books in late December. 

The donated books are designed to provide a “sense of spiritual wellness” to residents and patients. The facility hopes the books will allow residents to further connect with their customs and traditions of the Indian culture. 

Unit staff members are working to wire bind the books in order to make them easier for residents to handle.

“These remarkable donations truly make a difference for residents and patients on their path to wellness at Parker’s Indian Cultural Unit,” Michael N. Rosenblut, the facility’s President and CEO, said. “The library of books is just one example of how the unit meets the growing needs of the local South Asian community.”

The unit, which is staffed by Indian physicians, nurses and other employees, provides specialized care to East and West Indian residents. It also offers culturally sensitive artwork and décor and  traditional Indian vegetarian cuisine to meet the dietary needs and preferences for residents. 

“The new library of books is a welcomed addition to the unit,” Parker Jewish Institute stated.