Sunday, 06 October 2013 12:03

St. Francis invites community to Open House Celebration, Oct. 12-13

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Getting a sneak peek at the new St. Francis Assisted Living are, from left, Beckie Mervine and Julie Losurdo, St. Luke Health Services employees, as they tour the enclosed courtyard at the new St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence with senior living director, Julie Chetney. Chetney and the rest of the St. Francis Commons staff are preparing to welcome the community to an Open House taking place from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12-13. Getting a sneak peek at the new St. Francis Assisted Living are, from left, Beckie Mervine and Julie Losurdo, St. Luke Health Services employees, as they tour the enclosed courtyard at the new St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence with senior living director, Julie Chetney. Chetney and the rest of the St. Francis Commons staff are preparing to welcome the community to an Open House taking place from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12-13. Submitted photo

     St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence, in Oswego, invites the community to an Open House, taking place from 1-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.

     "We want to give everyone the opportunity to see our brand-new residence and learn about the unique services and amenities to be offered to our community," explained Julie Chetney, Senior Living Director at St. Francis Commons. "We invite the public to come and tour our new residence, enjoy some refreshments and entertainment, and meet and talk with our staff."

     Visitors attending the Open House can tour the residence and see the many common areas residents will enjoy, in addition to the bright, spacious private and shared private resident rooms. Located on the St. Luke healthcare campus, St. Francis Commons is located at 12 Burkle St., easily accessible from East River Road (state Route 481) in the city of Oswego behind Little Lukes Childcare Center and immediately adjacent to Charles E. Riley Elementary School.

   "St. Francis Commons will be the only senior care residence in Oswego County offering New York State licensed Assisted Living Program services and amenities," noted Karen Murray, executive director. "The residence will provide 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 will include 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 some of the amenities to be offered.

     St. Francis Commons will accommodate 60 individuals in three "neighborhoods" within the residence. Private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be accepted.

     The St. Francis Commons project is the latest phase in development on the St. Luke health care campus. The campus consists of 15 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 dollar assisted living program residence includes an $8 million dollar 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 New York State Housing and Community Renewal and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program, the City of Oswego's Office of Community Development, Pathfinder Bank and the St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund.

      For more information about the Community Open House taking place from 1-4 p.m., Oct. 12-13 or for information on how to begin the resident application process, call St. Francis Commons at 315-326-0870 or visit them on the web at www.stfranciscommons.com.

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