Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Total Senior Care expands in Allegany and Chautauqua counties

Total Senior Care, a Program of All-Inclusive Care headquartered in Olean, has been authorized by the state and federal government to begin serving all of Allegany and Chautauqua counties. The program has been serving Cattaraugus County since 2009, and ten townships of Allegany County since 2010. The expansion is being funded, in part, by the New York State Department of Health.
“We have been anticipating this approval for several months,” said Carol L. Mahoney, CEO and President. ”Our employees and board of directors are excited about the opportunity to bring PACE’s all-inclusive care to those in need in Allegany and Chautauqua counties.”
PACE provides comprehensive managed care for adults, 55 and older, who qualify for nursing home level of care but wish to remain living in their own homes or the community. The program provides all medical care and social and emotional supports necessary to help seniors stay as healthy and independent as possible. In addition to all medical care, the program also covers transportation, prescription drugs, home health care, and other necessary services.
The program is paid for by Medicare and Medicaid, and is available for those who wish to pay privately for the services.
One highlight of Total Senior Care is the ability for those served to attend adult day programming. Services at the adult day program include social supports, recreation, nutrition, and personal care. Total Senior Care currently operates adult day programs in Gowanda and Olean, with another opening in Wellsville in April of 2016. The Gowanda and Wellsville sites were developed through a grant from the New York State Department of Health, and the Western New York Foundation. Additional support for the Wellsville site came from the Allegany Area Foundation, the Bethesda Foundation and the Anna C. Manley Memorial Trust.  In Chautauqua County, Total Senior Care will contract for adult day services with existing programs. “We have seen our services make a profound impact on the lives of seniors,” said Ann Feightner, Total Senior Care program officer.
Bertha, one of Total Senior Care’s participants said, “There’s lots of people to talk to and all kinds of people to help you.”  Another participant, Rebecca said tearfully, “Total Senior Care has literally given me my life back.”
Total Senior Care was developed as a separate not-for-profit corporation by HomeCare & Hospice to fill unmet needs in the community. Since its founding in 2009, Total Senior Care has provided all-inclusive care to and improved the quality of life for more than 220 seniors.
For information on enrollment and program benefits contact Liz Young at 716-379-8474 or toll free at 1-866-939-8613.