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NYC’s Jewish Home Lifecare launches nursing home-based geriatric substance abuse program

Jewish Home Lifecare, Manhattan, has launched a nursing home-based recovery program for older adults dealing with alcohol and/or prescription drug addiction, according to a news release.

The Jewish Home Lifecare Geriatric Substance Abuse Recovery Program, which will be located on Jewish Home’s Bronx campus, will start with a pilot expected to serve 720 patients over two years, the news release said. At the end of the pilot, which is being underwritten by a $213,000 grant from The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the program will become a full-fledged, self-sustaining operation expected to care for 480 patients annually.

The initiative addresses the urgent need for a model of care that integrates addiction recovery into post-acute care for adults 60 and above.

In New York City, 17% of adults over 65, or 170,000 people, suffer from alcohol abuse, according to the news release.

Cognitive and medical conditions such as dementia and bone fractures, common among older adults, are exacerbated by substance abuse, the release said.

Each patient entering the program will receive an initial assessment to determine medical rehabilitation needs and addiction-recovery needs. The resulting team-focused treatment plan will involve the family and will coordinate care among the physical and occupational therapy staff, mental health and addiction professionals, social services personnel and organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Similarly, when patients are ready to be discharged, the staff will work with them and their families to make sure a support team is in place that draws on community recovery programs, according to the release.

The release said partnerships with local hospitals including Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will be essential to the success of the new program. Jewish Home has initiated outreach to other area hospitals.

Over the last two decades, the Samuels Foundation has given Jewish Home almost $1.5 million for a variety of initiatives, including delirium prevention, palliative care, Alzheimer’s care, telemedicine and professional education.

By | 2014-08-31T00:00:00-04:00 August 31st, 2014|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro, Regional|0 Comments

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