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‘My Backyard’ Project Takes Shape at St. Francis Commons

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence Director Julie Chetney (left) demonstrated how a personal activity monitor is worn on the wrist for Judy Cornell. As part of the project at St. Francis Commons, activity monitors will help evaluate levels of activity, with the expectation that increased activity will lead to improved wellness among residents. In addition, a renovation to the exterior of the residence will take place this spring and includes new and enhanced courtyard areas for more access to the outdoors while in a safe environment.

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence Director Julie Chetney (left) demonstrated how a personal activity monitor is worn on the wrist for Judy Cornell. As part of the project at St. Francis Commons, activity monitors will help evaluate levels of activity, with the expectation that increased activity will lead to improved wellness among residents. In addition, a renovation to the exterior of the residence will take place this spring and includes new and enhanced courtyard areas for more access to the outdoors while in a safe environment.

OSWEGO – St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego has started work on the “My Backyard” Project, which when completed next year will see physical improvements to the residence, combined with the use of new technologies to enhance the Memory Care at St. Francis program.

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence Director Julie Chetney (left) demonstrated how a personal activity monitor is worn on the wrist for Judy Cornell. As part of the project at St. Francis Commons, activity monitors will help evaluate levels of activity, with the expectation that increased activity will lead to improved wellness among residents. In addition, a renovation to the exterior of the residence will take place this spring and includes new and enhanced courtyard areas for more access to the outdoors while in a safe environment.
St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence Director Julie Chetney (left) demonstrated how a personal activity monitor is worn on the wrist for Judy Cornell. As part of the project at St. Francis Commons, activity monitors will help evaluate levels of activity, with the expectation that increased activity will lead to improved wellness among residents. In addition, a renovation to the exterior of the residence will take place this spring and includes new and enhanced courtyard areas for more access to the outdoors while in a safe environment.

The program serves residents with early to mid-stages of a dementia-related illness like Alzheimer’s disease.

A New York State Department of Health – Special Needs Assisted Living Capital Improvements grant is funding the $298,000 project.

The first part of the project is already under way and includes the use of Personal Activity Monitors (think Fit Bits) worn voluntarily by residents participating in this part of the program.

Activity levels sleep and mood state data will be captured, allowing for more person-centered assistance.

Installation of touch-screen kiosks at various locations within the residence will enable staff to document care provided at the point of delivery.

By using this data, staff hope to be able to better develop the most effective and engaging activities on a resident-by-resident basis, leading to improved wellness and better management of chronic health conditions.

“My Backyard” will create new opportunities for residents to exercise and engage in physical activity while being integrated into individual routines.

Beginning next spring, as soon as the weather allows, renovations to the outdoor area around the residence will begin.

Construction of walking paths that will incorporate plants, planters, a garden, and a tool shed will be included.

Monitoring technology will provide an added safety feature.

When complete by late spring, the new “Backyard” areas will be available to residents and visitors on a year-round basis, as weather permits, and will be easily accessible from the Memory Care neighborhood and other neighborhoods within the residence.

Anyone with questions, or who is interested in a tour can contact St. Francis Commons by phone at (315) 326-0870, or by email at [email protected]