Aging matters

  • Grand opening: The Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life had its grand opening in Arbor House on Nov. 6.

  • Executive director Eric Naftulin

  • Grand opening: The Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life had its grand opening in Arbor House on Nov. 6.

  • Carol Irvine, the center’s CEO and president. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

Fam­il­ies that want their aging, and some­times ail­ing, re­l­at­ives cared for dur­ing the day have a new op­tion to con­sider in the North­east.

The Madlyn and Le­onard Ab­ramson Cen­ter for Jew­ish Life had its grand open­ing in Ar­bor House on Nov. 6, and will open to fam­il­ies this week as the North­east’s first “med­ic­al adult day cen­ter.” It will be able to serve up to 50 people per day as a seni­or day-care cen­ter that also can see to med­ic­al needs, said spokes­wo­man Ar­i­el Ve­got­sky.

“We real­ized a ser­i­ous need for af­ford­able care al­tern­at­ives, not only for the aging and in­creas­ingly frail pop­u­la­tion, but also for their care­givers,” said Car­ol Irvine, the cen­ter’s pres­id­ent and CEO. “Our goal was to cre­ate a safe haven for the seni­or com­munity that seam­lessly in­teg­rates top-notch med­ic­al ser­vices with the re­cre­ation­al and so­cial en­vir­on­ment to not only man­age their chron­ic ill­nesses, but to keep them out of nurs­ing homes and hos­pit­als, and most im­port­ant, provide a bet­ter over­all qual­ity of life.”

Ve­got­sky said that need is im­me­di­ate and very near the Bustleton Av­en­ue cen­ter.

“Fed­er­a­tion Hous­ing Inc. has 1,200 units with­in a mile ra­di­us of the cen­ter and was look­ing for a ser­vice to help care for their res­id­ents who were grow­ing in­creas­ingly frail, had fin­an­cial lim­it­a­tions and pre­ferred to age in place. The Ab­ramson Cen­ter Med­ic­al Adult Day Cen­ter was the ideal solu­tion,” she said in an email to the North­east Times. 

The 4,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity will be open six days per week. There will be so­cial activ­it­ies along with over­sight by nurses, nurse prac­ti­tion­ers and oth­er health-care pro­fes­sion­als.

The cen­ter’s staff will tail­or phys­ic­al ther­apy, med­ic­a­tions, meals and snacks to each per­son’s needs.

Holly Lange, pres­id­ent and CEO of the Phil­adelphia Cor­por­a­tion for Aging, said the cen­ter could re­duce the need for in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­a­tion and re­hos­pit­al­iz­a­tion, “avoid­ing high costs and bur­dens placed on seni­ors and their care­givers.”

The cen­ter is loc­ated in the Harry and Jeanette Wein­berg Cam­pus of Ar­bor House, 12003 Bustleton Ave. It is open Sunday through Fri­day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Half- or full-day sched­ules will be avail­able.

For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact 215-371-3400 or 1-888-340-0080 (toll free). ••

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