As you or a loved one ages, there will inevitably come a time you need to decide on a living situation that provides the maximum safety, security, and comfort that can be achieved. But the process can be overwhelming. Understanding your options, such as different levels of care available, the financial impact, the medicare process, and more, can make your head spin. Rest assured, however, professionals are available to help guide you through the senior care process to give you and your family peace of mind.
Bryan Kirsch, director of admissions for the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging, and his team have helped hundreds of families with the senior care process. Kirsch took time to discuss some of the most common questions he hears and how his team takes a personal approach to assist each and every family.
Why LECOM health?
LECOM Health is a vertically integrated health system that includes: two hospitals (Millcreek and Corry), multiple skilled nursing facilities, home health, hospice, and independent and personal care apartments, just to name a few. We have a wide range of primary care physicians as well as other specialties that assess and treat a wide range of conditions. The LECOM system offers numerous services designed for people to age successfully in place.
How do I know what level of independence I am at currently?
The best way to answer this is to contact us at 814-868-3883. We offer expert advice after we cover specific questions to help us collaboratively come up with the best plan for you. Whether you are at home, at a hospital, or just looking for the future, our goal is to help determine the best fit for you. We treat every person as if it’s our own family member, and we remain available to answer questions at any point during the process.
What services are included at your skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes)?
LECOM Health has three skilled nursing facilities in Erie; LECOM Senior Living Center, LECOM Nursing and Rehabilitation, and LECOM at Village Square. Each offers a team of nursing staff that includes RNs/LPNs, CNAs, and aides, including housekeeping. Therapy andtive aides are also available to help maximize your highest level of function. Semi-private and private rooms are available depending on location. We have a team of doctors, physicians, and therapists that provide residents with continuous, compassionate care.
Is the cost of senior care covered under my insurance?
Insurance coverage depends primarily on what your needs are and the level of care you receive. If you are at a hospital and in need of moving to a short-term need to move in a skilled nursing facility, then typically insurance coverage applied for insurance coverage typically or independent or personal care (assisted living) apartments, then typically it is not covered by your insurance. We evaluate each person’s situation and coverage as some unique circumstances may apply, and we take time to educate you about your options.
How is LECOM handling the current COVID-19 situation?
Safety is the top priority when it comes to how LECOM Health is handling the COVID-19 situation. We ensure that proper screenings and questionnaires are being completed by anyone who enters our buildings. We implement proper personal protective equipment to ensure resident safety. In some cases, however, we need to limit visitations in order to help protect our residents.
How do I get started to learn more about my senior care options?
We offer multiple avenues for someone to reach out and get started with the process of understanding your options for senior care. We welcome anyone to inquire, whether it’s for yourself, a family member, or a loved one. We are here to help guide you. The easiest way to get started is to call us at 814-868-3883. We can also be reached via the “Contact” section on our website at LECOMisAging.com. Our LECOM admissions team is here to help educate you on all the options available to you and all that LECOM has to offer.
The LECOM Institute for Successful Aging provides a full continuum of senior care services, including four senior living communities, three skilled nursing facilities, shared housing, in-home care, the Visiting Nurses Association of Erie County, and more. To speak with a LECOM admissions professional, call 814-868-3883 or visit LECOMisAging.com.
The admissions team at the LECOM Institute for Successful aging provides families guidance and support when making decisions about senior care options.