;

St. Francis Commons Celebrates First Anniversary of Memory Care Program

OSWEGO – St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego recently celebrated the one year anniversary of a very unique program serving the community.

The Memory Care neighborhood at St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego marked its first year of caring for the community with a special day of fun, entertainment and a wonderful lunch for residents and staff alike catered by Rudy’s Lakeside. Taking part in the celebration is (left to right) Evelyn Pritchard; Carol Livesey of Rudy’s Lakeside who was on hand to help serve a delicious lunch to residents; and Peggy LiVoti, activity director who organized the event.
The Memory Care neighborhood at St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego marked its first year of caring for the community with a special day of fun, entertainment and a wonderful lunch for residents and staff alike catered by Rudy’s Lakeside. Taking part in the celebration is (left to right) Evelyn Pritchard; Carol Livesey of Rudy’s Lakeside who was on hand to help serve a delicious lunch to residents; and Peggy LiVoti, activity director who organized the event.

Memory Care at St. Francis serves individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, in a neighborhood setting within the residence, who benefit from a safe community-based living environment with supportive services.

To mark the occasion, a special day of fun, entertainment and a wonderful lunch for residents and staff alike catered by Rudy’s Lakeside were all a part of the celebration.

“We knew that when we developed our Memory Care neighborhood and introduced it to the community it was very much a needed service and would be well received,” said Julie Chetney, director at St. Francis Commons.

Fourteen people call the Memory Care neighborhood home. The setting provides all of the amenities available throughout the entire St. Francis Commons residence with a little more, noted Chetney.

That includes staff who received specialized training.

“We have partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association who provided training to all of our staff, enabling us to promote a better quality of life for residents through a model of person-centered care,” said Chetney.

She added, “Some of the other features unique to the Memory Care neighborhood within St Francis Commons include elements that help support activities of daily living and autonomy, while promoting orientation and socialization for residents. An enclosed courtyard area adjacent to the Memory Care neighborhood allows secure access to outdoors during clement weather.”

Two other neighborhoods providing assisted living program specific-services complete the 60-bed residence single-story layout.

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

Services at St. Francis Commons includes 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 just some of the amenities offered residents.

Private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement, and Supplemental Security Income are accepted.

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