Independent housing, home-based services push SNF to full occupancy

At the turn of the century, the New York non-profit Fort Hudson Health System saw opportunities to go beyond its roots as a traditional nursing home provider by expanding into independent housing and home and community-based services. It was a vision that drew Andy Cruikshank, Fort Hudson’s CEO, to take on the role in 2000, according to Skilled Nursing News.

That move outside the skilled nursing box ended up helping the system’s 196-bed nursing home stay at 100% occupancy, he told Skilled Nursing News.

“It’s an irony that our services are geared toward keeping people out of the nursing home when that was our core business,” he said.

Fort Hudson, which is based in Fort Edward, N.Y., in upstate Washington County,  was originally incorporated as an 80-bed nursing home in 1969, and it didn’t end up expanding into independent housing until the year 2000. In fact, all of its other services, which include a certified home care service agency, a certified home health agency and a care management program, came after 2000, Cruikshank said.

Fort Hudson’s home care service agency covers five counties and offers 200,000 hours of personal care assistance, while its home health agency covers two counties and sees 1,600 admissions per year, according to Cruikshank. The provider also now has 62 units of independent housing.

The move into senior housing was in its infancy when Cruikshank joined, but Fort Hudson had the goal of going beyond traditional nursing home services to meet seniors’ changing needs. It was a target he found compelling.

Read the full story at Skilled Nursing News.

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