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). ••