The first Medicaid-eligible memory care assisted living program in New York state was launched Thursday at Briarwood Manor.
The 11,000-square-foot facility on Lincoln Avenue will accommodate 20 residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in their own private rooms, according to the Union-Sun & Journal.
Briarwood Vice President Mark Ferreri said without the program, these individuals would ultimately exhaust their personal funds and end up in a Medicaid-funded nursing home.
"We keep people in assisted living out of nursing homes. This project is the same principle," Ferreri said.
The program also aims to reduce Medicaid spending by keeping people out of nursing homes, which on average cost $250 per patient, per day. Ferreri said Briarwood's memory care program charges Medicaid about half that rate.
"This program will care for them at considerably less," he said.
Read the full story at the Union-Sun & Journal's website.