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Jewish Home Lifecare gets $500K for dementia respite pilot, outpatient rehab programs

January 12, 2015
by Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Jewish Home Lifecare, New York City, has received $500,000 in New York state grants to fund two service programs: One for expanded outpatient rehabilitation services and the other for overnight care for those with dementia.

The nonprofit organization is piloting the overnight dementia care program, Night Care, for those with moderate to severe dementia who are being cared for at home. The 32 spaces will be available from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the hours when many with dementia experience heightened agitation, disorientation, restlessness, wandering and depression. The $282,500 grant will provide a safe, professionally staffed environment for visitors with dementia while reducing the burden on family caregivers desperate for a good night’s sleep of their own.

The outpatient rehab program, part of the organization’s adult day health services, received a $221,700 grant to update its equipment and expand its offerings, including additional therapist staff. Physical and occupational therapy will be provided at the Jewish Home site to seniors who live at home and need mobility therapy. Speech therapy also will be offered to those who have suffered traumatic brain injury, stroke or other speech-impacting conditions. The organization also plans to add a falls management program to enhance muscle strength and balance.

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