CLINTON — Lutheran Home of Central New York unveiled its new Lutheran Home Cottages project geared toward specialized care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to members of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.
The approximately $2.3 million project, which was about two years in the making, is scheduled to open in September. The cottages feature 13 bedrooms, but overall, the facility has the capacity to house 14 residents.
It’s a state Health Department certified Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR) and Enhanced Assisted Living Residence (EALR) facility, designed for those suffering from various stages of dementia.
Community Wellness Partners President and CEO Michael Sweeney said the cottages will be part of the campus’ Memory Support unit/Age in Place model. Right now there is no waiting list to get into the facility, he said.
Cottages will offer activities and interactions designed to provide a sense of community and enhance the quality of resident life; 24-hour a day/seven-days a week on-site staffing; an enclosed courtyard for residents to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment; and a dining area to promote pleasant meal times and socialization. The goal of the cottages project will be to “bridge the gap” in Lutheran Home’s continuum of care and provide more appropriate and cost-effective care for individuals living with dementia, Sweeney said.
Recently Lutheran Home of Central New York was awarded a $500,000 grant from the state DOH to expand its caregiver support programs over the next five years for rural communities with limited access to services.
Caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments throughout rural areas of Northern Oneida, Herkimer, Lewis and Madison counties may qualify to participate in the Caregiver Support Program. The program is a training intervention/support group designed to enhance the quality of life for both the caregiver and the individual with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Caregivers who participate in the program will be offered free companion service for their loved one through the existing Helping Hands Home Companions and Active Day Social Model Adult Day Program while they attend the support group.
Lutheran Home also offers the Active Day Social Model Adult Day program, which is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program is designed to promote independence through a variety of activities, socialization, personal enrichment and specialized attention. Caregivers of senior loved ones are encouraged to utilize the program as a respite solution.
The program includes: daily exercise and activities; continental breakfast, lunch and a nutritious snack daily; group outings, shopping trips and scenic excursions; door-to-door transportation; hair salon services by appointment; and case management services.
Sweeney said staff have been specifically trained for working with those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or different forms of dementia and memory impairment. Lutheran Home will even come pick up a senior to be dropped off for activities right at the door.
There is also the LutheranCare Helping Hands Home Companions service, whose goal is to keep seniors in their homes for as long as possible. For $21 per hour, with a two-hour minimum, Helping Hands staff are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. They provide light housekeeping services, laundry services and cooking; go grocery shopping and run errands for customers when needed; provide transportation as part of the Companion Service to medical appointments, shopping, recreational activities, etc.; provide companionship and respite services; perform tasks as requested with the exception of direct patient care, heavy lifting or use of ladders; and provide one-on-one support in nursing homes and hospitals.
For steady customers, Helping Hands pairs the same “companion” with a senior for each visit, as well as one who lives within their community. Seniors are served in Oneida and Herkimer counties, as well as parts of Madison and Lewis counties.
The goal of Helping Hands is to promote independent living with assistance in meal preparation, transportation and other tasks so seniors may stay in their homes for as long as they wish.
For more information on programs and services provided by LutheranCare, contact the home at 315-235-7143 or go online to www.lutherancare.org.