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RGHS Independent Living for Seniors is renamed to ElderONE

November 18, 2013

Comprehensive senior care program allows participants to live in their homes, supported by coordinated health services.

Rochester General Health System has launched a new identity for its popular Independent Living for Seniors (ILS) program, which allows frail seniors to live at home with highly coordinated support from a single team of medical, transportation and personalized care service providers. The program is now known as ElderONE, an affiliate of Rochester General Health System.

ElderONE is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a nationally recognized model that provides a full spectrum of medical care – both those services typically covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and additional medically necessary services. This can include prescription drugs, doctor care, transportation, home care, checkups, hospital visits, ElderONE_news_logoand rehabilitation. These comprehensive services allow ElderONE participants to remain in their own homes safely – retaining their independence, their personal and neighborhood connections and their quality of life.

Founded in 1990, ILS / ElderONE was the ninth PACE program in the United States and today remains the only one of its kind in the greater Rochester area.

“In the 23 years since RGHS began providing this program to the Rochester community, the PACE model has earned national recognition as a benchmark for excellence in senior care,” said Kathryn McGuire, RGHS senior vice president for behavioral health, long term care and senior services. “With ElderONE, seniors can stay in their homes without compromising their safety or the quality of their care. The program has never been more needed by our community, and we’re excited to launch this new identity as a way to increase awareness.”

ElderONE_newsElderONE’s rebranding comes at a pivotal time for senior health services. Due to the growing senior population and rising health care costs, the state of New York has encouraged the carefully planned downsizing of traditional nursing homes in favor of programs like ElderONE that follow a recognized Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) model. Rochester General’s long-term care facilities, Hill Haven in Webster and DeMay Living Center in Newark, are undergoing a gradual shift away from institutional long-term care, to focus on short-term post-acute rehabilitation and transitional care for adult patients of all ages.

Additionally, beginning in December New York State will ask all individuals who have ongoing care needs and are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid to join a recognized MLTC program such as ElderONE. “Our program’s longevity and proven success make ElderONE the leading local choice for seniors in need,” McGuire said.

For additional details about ElderONE, including eligibility information, visit www.ElderONE.org or call 922-2831.