Bishop’s Commons – ‘A Super Residence’

By Glenn W. Clark, Contributing Writer
OSWEGO, NY – Bishop’s Commons, a residence for senior citizens in Oswego, NY, is an excellent facility and is the only organization of its kind in Oswego County.

This writer believes the general public in Central New York does not understand this beneficial program being offered right here in our beautiful community.   “Spreading the Word” about this fine residence is important.

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More seniors should visit and more families should consider this as an option for their parents and grandparents.

Located on a campus adjacent to St. Luke Health Services, the building provides housing for about 60 residents. An attractive setting, overlooking the Oswego River, canal, and falls. The management has seen to it that the grounds are attractive with many garden areas and trees.

The 11-year-old building is well maintained and the interior is kept modern and colorful.

There is adequate parking available for visitors and residents. Emphasized safety features for residents are obvious, while furnishings are frequently updated and modernized.

Did you know that the facility and programs are subject to supervision by the state of New York Health Department?

This means that periodic inspections take place including annual visits to the building and the overall program.

Individual apartments are furnished by residents. Coming with only a microwave oven and a under the counter refrigerator, residents furnish their apartments with their own belongings making it “feel like home!”

Three meals a day are provided with many choices. Meals are served in a beautiful dining room on the lower level overlooking the scenic falls.

An activity kitchen provides refreshments at all hours to residents. A country store is available for convenience, a library providing A.V. materials and a magnifying reader and an internet computer and wireless capability is available to residents and their families.

This program for residents is extensive and complete.

There is even a Resident Council with elected officers that meets monthly to discuss all areas of service, planning, and programming.   Several committees report to the council and management to inform and assist in some or all areas.

Would you like to keep busy? Occupy your mind? Stay healthy and fit? Embark on a new adventure or take up a new hobby?

Programs available to residents come in great variety. Games and activities of all descriptions; cards, bingo, volleyball, putting on the golf green outside, a bell choir, crafts, music, entertainment, literature, movies, sporting events, exercise programs, picnics, field trips, gardening, an art studio, beauty shop and not to forget a “happy hour.”

Not driving anymore?  Not to worry.

A van is available for health related appointments and shopping during business hours and a bus is available for scheduled field trips.

Religious  services are available on site with Catholic services held on Tuesday’s and Protestant services on Sunday.

Aside from all of the fun and social programming, an important part of the offering is health related services for residents.

Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses, and Resident Care Aides provide supervision for participants on a daily basis.

There is 24-hour coverage for anyone needing assistance and/or supervision in all areas including medication management.

There is also a close working relationship with St. Luke Health Services, when special care is required.

The management of Bishop’s Commons prides itself in a matter of cooperation with other community groups: SUNY Oswego, Oswego YMCA, the local school system (students from three elementary schools are involved in inter-generational programs) and  young neighbors attending Little Lukes pre-school right next door.

In the opinion of this writer, more interested citizens from Central New York area should come and visit Bishop’s Commons and get a taste of the good life that many have enjoyed for 12 years and continue to enjoy.

Walk in and visit. Or you can call 315-349-0799 and make an appointment.

If you happen to come by, stop by apartment 218 and say hello to the tall friendly man who has made Bishop’s Commons his home. If he isn’t in, check the garden outside his window where he tends daily sharing his “green thumb” for all to enjoy.

At 92 years of age, Glenn W. Clark, a retired Fulton educator has lived at Bishop’s Commons 4.5 years. He presently serves as president of the Resident Council and continues to be an active resident with all activities especially those programs that bring children and seniors together. He is on his second year of a writing communications project with children from Little Lukes. The summer communication program is a project that encourages kids to continue working on writing skills throughout the summer months.