OSWEGO – Construction at Oswego’s first Assisted Living Program residence, St. Francis Commons, is nearing completion as staff makes preparations in anticipation of welcoming the first residents in late September.
“Building construction has been progressing on schedule and we are now going through the admission process with potential residents who have contacted us,” said Julie Chetney, Senior Living Coordinator of St. Francis Commons. “We have a number of applications that have been submitted and we are meeting with potential residents and their families to complete all admission requirements prior to opening.”
To help make local healthcare and human service providers aware of how assisted living program services differ from other programs now offered in the community, Chetney and St. Francis Commons Executive Director Karen Murray have spent the past few months meeting with providers to both talk about the program and explain the admission process.
“We have spent much of the spring and summer reaching out to local professionals in an effort to make them aware of some of the unique aspects of assisted living as there is currently no program like it in our area,” said Chetney. “St. Francis Commons will be the only senior care residence in Oswego County offering New York State licensed Assisted Living Program services and amenities; we will provide supportive housing and care at a level that is less than a nursing home but more than may be found in an independent setting.”
Chetney encourages anyone with questions or those interested in beginning the residency application process to contact St. Francis Commons by phone at (315) 326-0870, by email at [email protected], or you can download an application by visiting the St. Francis Commons website at www.stfrancicsommons.com; click on the “Assisted Living” tab. Once a completed application is received an appointment is scheduled to complete the process.
Services at St. Francis Commons will include three meals a day, housekeeping with linen and personal laundry services, scheduled transportation, social programs, assistance with personal care and medication management. A Hair Salon, Gift Shop, as well as cable television and telephone connections in each room are some of the amenities to be offered.
St. Francis Commons will accommodate sixty individuals in three “neighborhoods” within the residence. Private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement and Supplemental Security Income will be accepted.
A fourteen bed neighborhood Memory Care at St. Francis, will serve individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia-related illness, like Alzheimer’s disease, who will benefit from a community-based living environment with specialized supportive services.
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 assisted living program residence includes an $8 million 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 New York State Housing and Community Renewal and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program, the City of Oswego’s Office of Community Development, Pathfinder Bank and the St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund.