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Sisters of St. Francis transfers adult day-care program to VNA Homecare

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SYRACUSE — The board of trustees of St. Francis Social Adult Day Care, Inc. of Syracuse on Tuesday approved the transfer of the St. Francis Social Adult Day Care Program to VNA Homecare, which is based at 1050 W. Genesee St. in Syracuse.

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, which has sponsored the program that began in 1989, also approved the move, the organizations said in a joint news release.

The St. Francis board of trustees had initiated a planning process to “preserve the mission and service during these changing times,” Sister Barbara Jean Donovan, administrator for St. Francis Social Adult Day Care, Inc., said in the news release.

St. Francis chose VNA Homecare, believing the organization has a similar mission and “quality of service,” along with its commitment to the elderly, its location, and “consistency with the principles and values of the Sisters of St. Francis,” according to the news release.

“The personalized care and support that is delivered to participants and their families is an invaluable part of our community’s long-term care system. We have a commitment and responsibility to meet the needs of the community and this affords us with another avenue for doing so. We are very much looking forward to taking this step.” M. Kate Rolf, president and CEO of VNA Homecare, said in the news release.

The St. Francis program in early December will relocate to the Home Aides of Central New York building at 723 James St. in Syracuse. Home Aides of Central New York is a division of VNA Homecare.

St. Francis Social Adult Day Care, Inc. currently operates at 1108 Court St. in Syracuse.

The plan includes incorporation of existing staff, participants, and contract parties. The program’s name will also change, the organizations said. They didn’t disclose the new name in the news release.

Both VNA Homecare and St. Francis will keep the people associated with the current program “apprised of all developments associated with the ownership transfer,” they added.

Described as an “alternative” in the long-term care system, St. Francis Social Adult Day Care guides people with “diminishing” physical, mental, and/or psychological capacity to maintain “optimal” independence so they can remain in their own homes or with loved ones, the organization said.

The program’s daily activities are structured and include activities like discussion of current events, arts and crafts, exercise, games, meals, and snacks, St. Francis said.

VNA Homecare provides home care for all stages of life, the organization said.

It is comprised of two certified home-health agencies that include CCH Home Care & Palliative Services, Inc. and the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc. (VNA); along with VNA Homecare Options, LLC, a managed long-term care plan; and two licensed home-care agencies that include Home Aides of Central New York, Inc. and Independent Health Care Services, Inc., according to the news release.

The system also includes two charitable entities, including the Eldercare Foundation and the VNA Foundation of Central New York, the organization said.

 

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