My Second Home Director’s Corner

My Second Home Director Karen Bisignano

Karen Bisignano, Director of My Second Home

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”
~ Rachel Carlson

I was very fortunate to have grown up in a fairly large Italian American family. I knew all four of my grandparents. I would listen with wonder as my paternal grandfather told stories of his youth. He was born in 1900 and worked as a cab driver … of a horse and buggy! His stories were rich and filled with love and warmth, which he shared with a twinkle in his eye and a smirk on his lips.

My maternal grandmother was my pied piper, my Auntie Mame. She shared her stories of the boardwalk in Long Branch, New Jersey where she grew up, of swimming in the bitter cold of the Atlantic, of strolling along the boardwalk and doing the Charleston at the dance casino at Rye Beach.

My childhood was full of family — great aunts and uncles, cousins, and moms and dads. All of my elders had a story. All of my families’ homes felt like my home.

My Second Home in Mount Kisco is a place to continue that feeling of home; to feel safe, to feel welcomed, to feel respected, and to feel loved.

At My Second Home in Mount Kisco we offer that constant companionship, a place where there is still something to learn and where joy is shared. We recognize and respect the lives lived by each and every one of our participants and we acknowledge the wisdom each has to share.

Keeping the spirit alive is more important than keeping the memory alive. Here at My Second Home Mount Kisco, our most important philosophy is to give our participants a sense of independence, dignity and respect in a structured environment that feels like home.

Our older adults can engage in whatever activity they choose, or they can just sit and socialize. Socialization is a key component to our activities and homelike setting, which helps to keep our adult participants vital, healthy, happy and less prone to depression.

As an Intergenerational Adult Day Program, I am proud and grateful every day that we are able to model the family dynamic I knew well as a child: stories, wonder, comfort, love and home.

I hope you choose My Second Home in Mount Kisco as your extended family. Our door is always open for a visit and we’re always here when you or your loved ones need us.