Adviser Fall 2018 Vol 1 - Page 31

St. Camillus, with the assistance of a $2.5 million grant through the Governor’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI), is providing programs and services to 20 Department of Health (DOH), Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) residents at Harborbrook who are frail elderly and individuals with a physical disability or chronic condition who are currently in or at risk of placement in a SNF and can safely live in the community. Funded supports include a part-time registered nurse; a service coordinator, responsible for ensuring that any community needs required by residents are organized and coordinated; independent living skills trainers, who, on the recommendation of the service coordinator, will work with residents who require assistance with grocery shopping, bill management and other higher- level activities of daily living; and 24-hour emergency attendants, responsible for addressing any emergent health needs that occur outside of the time that residents’ aides or assistants are present. Also included as part of the ESSHI grant is funding for residents’ security deposits, their first month’s rent, a portion of their utilities and further rent subsidies depending on their level of income. Outside of ESSHI, St. Camillus is also offering residents rehabilitation services and home health care through its home care agency. With special design features that accommodate their changing needs and services that bridge them to essential supports within the community, Harborbrook is bringing the goal of aging in place well within reach for many seniors — and new truth to the idea that “there’s no place like home.” For the staff at St. Camillus and Christopher Community, the Harborbrook Apartments represent an important step toward addressing the emerging health needs of Syracuse’s vulnerable populations and helping them age in place with the highest quality of life possible. Harborbrook residents, for their part, are just as enthusiastic about being able to return to an independent living environment. With special design features that accommodate their changing needs and services that bridge them to essential supports within the community, Harborbrook is bringing the goal of aging in place well within reach for many seniors — and new truth to the idea that “there’s no place like home.” For more information about the Harborbrook Apartments, please contact Christopher Community at 315-424-1821 or visit www.christopher-community.org. You may also contact The Home Care Center at St. Camillus at 315-488-2831 or visit www.st-camillus.org/programs-services/home-care. leadingageny.org 30