July 5, 2011
The St. Catherine Labourè Health Care Center and Sisters of Charity Hospital will host an open house and blessing on Friday July 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to officially welcome Catholic Health’s medical adult day care services to its Main Street campus. This program enables chronically ill or disabled individuals in need of medical and rehabilitation services to receive needed healthcare and social interaction in a supportive group setting.
The Reverend Monsignor Robert E. Zapfel will offer the blessing at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine’s first floor gym, which is located adjacent to Sisters Hospital at 2157 Main Street in Buffalo.
Earlier this year, the adult day program moved from its long-time home at the former St. Francis of Buffalo to St. Catherine’s. Unlike traditional long-term care, medical adult day care makes it possible for participants to live at home, either alone or with caregivers, and enjoy a network of social activities and medical care.
“Having access to healthcare services, in addition to the social interaction, can eliminate feelings of isolation many people living with a chronic illness or disability can experience,” explains Roseann May, program director. “These services can also reduce the stress family, friends and caregivers may experience managing an individual’s needs at home.”
To qualify for medical adult day care, participants must be at least 18 years of age, have a medical diagnosis requiring skilled services, such as rehabilitation or nursing care, and live in Erie County. Participants spend about five hours at the day center during their scheduled visits. During that time, they receive needed medical services, participate in social activities, and have an afternoon meal. Transportation is also provided.
St. Catherine’s Medical Adult Day program accepts referrals from physicians, hospitals, community agencies, and family or friends. Medicaid and private payment options are available. Program eligibility is determined following a nursing assessment and therapy evaluation.