ROTTERDAM — Eddy SeniorCare plans to move its day program for senior citizens from downtown Schenectady to a larger space in what is now Mallozzi's banquet hall on Curry Road in Rotterdam.
The move, which is planned for 2020, still requires approvals from the town of Rotterdam. The move would allow the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to serve an additional 55 senior citizens compared to its current space at 504 Broadway in Schenectady.
"Moving to this larger location will enable us to increase the number of seniors we serve every day, expand and improve the care we provide, and make it easier for family members to visit their loved ones," said Kim Baker, president of continuing care at St. Peter's Health Partners, parent company of Eddy SeniorCare.
The PACE program is designed for the frail elderly living independently, but needing assistance during the day. The program provides meals, activities, transportation to medical appointments and other needs, but allows the seniors to avoid a more-costly nursing home placement. "It's really one-stop shopping," said Ben Baskin, Seniorcare's director of intake and marking.
Eddy SeniorCare has provided the program in Schenectady County since 1997, and the move from Schenectady to Rotterdam will keep it in the same service area. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but client seniors have access to extended home-care service hours.
The current facility is 20,182 square feet, and located in a leased property. The new property at 1930 Curry Road will also be leased, but will have 25,404 square feet. The current facility serves hundreds of individuals, but averages about 80 on any given day, said St. Peter's Health Partners spokesman Michael Mullaney; at the new site, it will be able to see about 100 per day.
Once the move takes place, Mullaney said, Eddy SeniorCare expects to add jobs, including clinical staff, support staff, drivers, and office staff, but it's too soon to know how many.
The need for services is expected to grow as Baby Boomers age and become frail. "There are about 10,000 people a day in our country who are turning age 65," said Sherri Wolken, executive director of Eddy SeniorCare PACE.
Other features the company cited at the Rotterdam location are more than 2,800 square feet of handicapped-accessible landscaped outdoor space, which could be used for activities programming like exercise groups, Tai Chi, and walking. There will also be space where primary care physicians and specialists in disciplines like podiatry, optometry and dental care can practice.
The site also has convenient on-site parking, Eddy Seniorcare officials said, and a covered portico that can be used for bus loading and unloading.
While the senior care facility will replace the banquet hall, the existing Mallozzi-owned hotel will remain in business.
The plans will require a subdivision approval as well as a change in zoning from the Rotterdam Town Board. The board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Rotterdam Town Hall.
Subject to town approvals, Eddy officials hope to open the new facility in August 2020.
Eddy officials would not disclose the total cost of the project, but the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York has already awarded a $1 million grant for the relocation.
To be eligible for PACE care, individuals must be age 55 or older, qualify for a nursing home level of care, qualify for long-term care services, and live within Schenectady or Albany County zip codes. The services qualify for Medicaid and Medicare coverage.
Eddy SeniorCare is also expanding PACE in Albany County. It plans to offer the same services as in Schenectady County in renovated space at the St. Joseph's Provincial House site on Watervliet-Shaker Road. Following renovations, starting in the fall of 2019.