St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence Construction Taking Shape

OSWEGO – Construction of the $9.1 million St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego is taking shape.

Fair weather in the past six weeks has allowed construction crews to make progress, and workers have begun pouring concrete for the building foundation. Site work has developed the main access road and building utilities are being laid.

Crews have begun pouring concrete for the foundation of what will be Oswego County’s newest senior living option – St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego. The residence is located on the five acre St. Luke healthcare campus on the eastside of the city of Oswego, in a residential neighborhood adjacent to Charles E. Riley Elementary School. 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 feature sixty beds in private and semi-private rooms. 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; Providence 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.

“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,” explained Karen Murray, executive director. “St. Francis Commons will support independence and help individuals to live as independently as possible and make decisions about how they want to live. This setting is different from the level of care normally associated with a nursing home while offering more security and comfort than a traditional apartment. Through the Providence Care program, St. Francis Commons will also be the only option in our community to serve individuals with a dementia-related illness like Alzheimer’s disease in a dedicated setting within the residence.”

St. Francis Commons will accept private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement and Supplemental Security Income. The intent, said Murray, is to offer the community access to a level of care and accommodations that is affordable and able to meet the care needs of those that will be served.

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 is provided by 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 City of Oswego’s Office of Community Development, and the St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund. When fully operational, St. Francis Commons will employee 32 people.

For more information about St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence call (315) 326-0870 or email: [email protected] On the web at