Adviser Fall 2018 Vol 1 - Page 39

St. Ann’s New Adult Day Program at Durand Senior Apartments Benefits “The Most Important People on Earth” By Jeff Diamond As seniors across New York and the nation continue to pursue ways to age in place, one collaboration between St. Ann’s Community and Providence Housing Development Corporation is bringing a new approach to individuals in the greater Rochester area: affordable housing and adult day health services under one roof. Durand Senior Apartments, a new development by Providence Housing for seniors aged 55 and older, will feature 70 one- and two-bedroom apartments, meeting a critical need for affordable senior housing and services in Monroe County, particularly the town of Irondequoit. All apartments will be handicap visitable or accessible, with seven fully wheelchair accessible units and three designed for residents with hearing and/or visual impairments. Each unit will come with a fully equipped kitchen, including Energy Star appliances; a living/dining area; central air conditioning; individually controlled heat and electric; off-street parking; an emergency call system; intercom entry; and elevator access. Residents will also have access to laundry facilities on each floor, a community room and an outdoor courtyard. Setting Durand apart from other affordable housing developments, however, will be the presence of St. Ann’s Adult Day Service, a program providing both medical and social adult day care services to building residents and the greater Rochester community. The program, the first of its kind in the area, will open in early January 2019 and offer participants structured social activities, hot midday meals, assistance with medications and personal hygiene, wellness programs, entertainment and health monitoring. Perhaps the most significant benefit of the combined social/ medical model, however, is that a participant enrolled for social activities who needs to transfer to the medical model because of changes in health will not Setting Durand apart from other affordable housing developments, however, will be the presence of St. Ann’s Adult Day Service, a program providing both medical and social adult day care services to building residents and the greater Rochester community. need to move to another location. The program will include a registered nurse, clinical nutritionist, social worker, recreation therapist and certified nursing assistants who will collaborate with participants’ primary care providers. The result of this partnership between Providence Housing and St. Ann’s will be an innovative offering providing an enhanced level of care and convenience to Rochester-area seniors and their families. At the core of St. Ann’s mission is the concept of “caring for the most important people on earth.” Helping seniors at Durand and beyond to age in the community through safe, supervised care and social opportunities will go a long way toward fulfilling that purpose. Rendering of Durand Senior Apartments leadingageny.org 38