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St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence Construction Moving Ahead Despite Winter Weather

OSWEGO – Although recent winter weather has caused minor construction set-backs, the $9.1 million St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego is still on track for a September opening.

Breaks in the weather have allowed construction crews to continue to make progress, and workers are finishing the concrete floors and support elements, before beginning work on the structure’s exterior walls.

Workers at the St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence construction project in Oswego use a riding trowel to finish “panning” concrete floors, in preparation of work to begin erecting the structure’s exterior walls. The new residence is located on the five acre St. Luke healthcare campus on the eastside of the City of Oswego. St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center are also located on the campus. The $9.1 million residence is expected to open in autumn of 2013.

Workers at the St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence construction project in Oswego use a riding trowel to finish “panning” concrete floors, in preparation of work to begin erecting the structure’s exterior walls. The new residence is located on the five acre St. Luke healthcare campus on the eastside of the City of Oswego. St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center are also located on the campus. The $9.1 million residence is expected to open in autumn of 2013.

St. Francis Commons will be the only senior care residence in Oswego County offering New York State licensed Assisted Living Program services and amenities. St. Francis Commons will provide supportive housing and care at a level that is less than a nursing home but more that you may find in an independent setting.

“Since beginning construction this past November, winter weather has set us back a couple of weeks on our construction timeline,” said Greg Osetek, director of Community Relations. “Overall, we are still on track to meet our September completion date. In the coming weeks as the exterior walls start to be erected, St. Francis Commons will really take shape.”

St. Francis Commons will serve sixty seniors in in private and semi-private rooms. Other features of the Assisted Living Program residence include an emergency response system (call bell) is featured in all rooms and common areas throughout the residence. Care needs will be met by an experienced team of professionals, with 24 hour/7 day a week on-site supervision and assistance with medication management, overseen by a Registered Nurse. Three nutritious meals a day served in comfortable dining rooms, activity programming on and off-site will be available to address socialization opportunities, as well as easily accessible outdoor space will be available to residents.

Amenities at St. Francis Commons will include housekeeping with linen and personal laundry services. A Hair Salon, Gift Shop, and scheduled transportation are also included. Cable television and telephone connections are in each room.

St. Francis Commons will also feature a fourteen bed neighborhood; Memory Care at St. Francis, which will serve individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia-related illness, like Alzheimer’s disease, who would benefit from a community-based living environment with specialized supportive services.

St. Francis Commons will offer the community access to a level of care and accommodations that are affordable and able to meet the care needs of those served. Private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be accepted.

The St. Francis Commons project is the latest phase in development on the St. Luke healthcare campus. The campus consists of fifteen acres and includes St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center. Funding for construction of the $9.1 million dollar assisted living program residence is provided by an $8 million dollar HEAL-NY grant through the New York State Department of Health. Additional financing for the project has been made available through Operation Oswego County, the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency the City of Oswego’s Office of Community Development, and the St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund. When fully operational, St. Francis Commons will employee thirty-two people.

For more information about St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence call (315) 326-0870 or email: info@stfranciscommons.com. On the web at www.stfranciscommons.com

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