Addresses “sundowning” while relieving burden on caregivers

Sarah Neuman will partner with Westchester healthcare, social service and other community organizations

 

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MAMARONECK, NY: January 12, 2015—The Sarah Neuman Center, part of the Jewish Home network of eldercare services, announces the launch of the first program in Westchester County to offer overnight respite care, on an out-patient basis, to older adults who live at home and who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of moderate-to-severe dementia. Called Night Care, the program will begin as a nine-month pilot funded by a $282,500 grant from New York State Department of Health’s Balancing Incentive Program Innovation Fund.

From 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Night Care will offer a safe, comfortable and soothing environment for people with dementia. Beginning twice a week with two patients and growing to three times a week with 31, a staff of nurses, aides and recreation therapists—all trained to work with dementia patients—will engage them in music, art and even aroma therapy. All of these activities have been shown to help stave off the restlessness, disorientation, depression, anxiety, and even verbal and physical aggression, collectively known as “sundowning,” from which many dementia patients suffer at night. (Learn more about our Night Care program and how to enroll.)

Sundowning presents a particular challenge for caregivers, especially when, as is often the case, they are family members. During the day, these caregivers often work outside the home or have other responsibilities. Not being able to get a good night’s sleeps makes it difficult, if not impossible, for them to function. According to a 2006 study published in The Gerontologist, sundowning is the primary reason why families who are otherwise able to care for their loved ones decide to place them in nursing homes.

To identify Westchester County residents who would benefit from Night Care, Sarah Neuman will work with its many local partners. They include White Plains Hospital, Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital  (formerly, Sound Shore Medical Center), NewYork-Presbyterian/ Lawrence Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, Fordham University, the College of New Rochelle, St. John’s University, Southern Westchester BOCES, United Way, Arc of Westchester, UJA Federation of New York/Westchester, and the Westchester-area aging-in-place organizations At Home on the Sound (serving Mamaroneck); DeHaven-on-Hudson (serving Yonkers); Gramatan Village (serving Bronxville); SPRYE, or Staying Put in Rye and its Environs (serving Rye, Harrison, Purchase, Port Chester and Rye Brook) and Aging in Place in White Plains.

Night Care is modeled on Sarah Neuman’s Adult Day Health Care. From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each weekday, the program offers structured and supportive therapeutic and recreational activities; nutritional services; skilled nursing care; and social work services.

Jewish Home has a history of launching programs that break new ground in elder care. In August of 2014, Jewish Home started the Geriatric Substance Abuse Recovery Program, the country’s first initiative integrating addiction recovery into medical rehabilitation. A special unit to treat visually impaired older adults was created in 2007 in partnership with the Jewish Guild for the Blind (now the Lighthouse Guild). Jewish Home’s longstanding partnership with the Panasonic Corporation has resulted in several pilots of telemedicine and medical-device pilots, including one that turns home televisions into healthcare monitors, making it even easier for elders to age in place. This winter, Jewish Home will break ground on New York City’s first long-term senior residence designed in keeping with the GREEN HOUSE® model of elder living, a revolutionary approach that emphasizes residents’ privacy, dignity and autonomy.

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 About the Sarah Neuman Center of Jewish Home

Mamaroneck’s Sarah Neuman Center, part of Jewish Home’s nonprofit network of geriatric health and rehabilitative services, plays an important role in caring for the most frail and vulnerable elders in Larchmont, Mamaroneck and the surrounding area. The 450-person staff of health care professionals provides gentle, thoughtful, expert care for 1,100 elders each year. They include 300 adults who live at the five-and-a-half-acre campus full-time, are undergoing short-term post-surgery rehabilitation, or are recovering from a serious illness. The Center, which is known for its expertise in caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, also offers a day center and the popular Home Away from Home respite program for older caregivers in need of a break from the 24/7 stress of caring for a loved one with severe physical and/or psychological challenges.

About Jewish Home

Serving New Yorkers of all faiths and ethnicities for 166 years, Jewish Home is transforming eldercare as we know it. As one of the nation’s largest and most diversified not-for-profit geriatric health and rehabilitation institutions, it serves 12,000 older adults each year in their own homes and in post-acute and long-term residences on three campuses in The Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester. We believe that high-quality care and personal dignity are the right of everyone, regardless of background or economic circumstances. Technology, innovation, applied research and new models of care put Jewish Home at the vanguard of eldercare providers across the country. For more information, visit www.jewishhome.org.