Caring for life is what The Centers at St. Camillus is all about. As one of Central New York’s largest skilled nursing facilities, we are committed to caring for individual lives and a lifetime of needs. We provide comprehensive nursing, rehabilitation and other support services to promote the highest quality of life. At St. Camillus, we’ve adopted the term continuing care for what is commonly referred to as long-term care because it better reflects our caring for life philosophy.
St. Camillus offers 224 Continuing Care beds. Under the Continuing Care Program “umbrella” is Continuing Care Rehab and Nursing Rehabilitation. Working closely together, staff from each program are able to effectively meet the nursing and rehabilitation needs of our continuing care residents.
The Continuing Care Program encompasses all activities of our 230 beds on B-Unit, C-Unit, D-Unit, 2nd Floor (except Brain Injury) and 3rd Floor. This includes nursing, medical, rehabilitation, nutrition/food service, activities, social work and other services that help keep our residents healthy and functioning to their highest abilities, and in some cases even allow them to return to the community.
Our dedicated nursing staff provides 24-hour nursing services in a comfortable, caring environment. Consideration for the individual is paramount as the medical, social, nutritional and spiritual needs of residents are met on a daily basis. Privacy is respected, though interaction is encouraged, as a variety of activities are available to residents seven days a week.
The goal of Continuing Care is to improve and maintain resident wellness, functioning and quality of life. Below is a list of services and amenities offered to our residents:
Meals are served in the Oasis Dining Lounge, in unit dining lounges, and in residents’ rooms. The dining rooms feature special areas for family and friends to join residents for meals. Our dietitians work with residents on an individual basis to maintain good nutritional status. All residents see a nutrition professional upon admission so that individual food preferences and needs are met. If the physician orders a special diet, a registered dietitian will provide the resident and their family with this information. The dietitian will answer any questions regarding nutrition or meals.
St. Camillus provides laundry service for washable clothing. However, if they prefer, family members may maintain resident clothing themselves.
Visits, outings and other absences from the facility require the physician’s approval. The resident’s social worker can make the arrangements. You and your family members/significant other may require training in preparation for a leave (e.g., car transfers, etc.). Insurance coverage may affect the availability of leaves. The social worker can provide further details.
Newspaper Service and Mail Delivery
Newspapers, packages, mail and floral arrangements are delivered directly to resident rooms. A member of our social services team can provide information regarding subscriptions to The Post Standard. Other newspaper subscriptions, such as weeklies, are delivered by mail.
The privacy room available on D Unit is equipped with a telephone and comfortable furniture. Residents are welcome to use it.
Recreation Activities and Social Events
A variety of leisure activities are planned for residents, including:
- Crafts and woodworking
- Community outings
- Continuous learning classes
- Inter-generational activities
- Men’s club
- Monthly pet visits
- Physical activities
- Sensory stimulation
Individual and group activities are encouraged. Residents may participate in the activities of their choice as treatment schedules and personal obligations permit. Each resident receives a copy of the monthly calendar of events which is also posted in large print at each unit. Activity sites include lounges, dining rooms, the courtyards, the Adult Day Health patio and the Chapel Gardens community room. Lounge areas are equipped with game tables, easy chairs, color televisions, reading materials, and activity supplies. The staff are on duty seven days a week and offer day and evening activities. Click here to view this month’s recreation calendar.
Telephones and Cable TV
Residents may arrange for private telephone service at their own expense by contacting their social worker. Televisions are available in each unit lounge for general viewing. Residents may also bring in their own TV. Cable television service may be ordered in residents’ rooms at their own expense by contacting the social services team.
There are no formal visiting hours. Visitors are welcome any time. From 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., visitors will be required to check in with the guard on duty.
Other Services Provided
Beauty Shop/Barber Services
The beauty shop’s licensed beauticians serve residents by appointment from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Barber service is scheduled on a regular basis. Unit team members can arrange for beauty shop/barber services. Payment may be made at the Reception desk, or charged to the resident’s personal account.
A staff of licensed dentists and registered dental hygienists are available to residents by appointment. An initial dental assessment may be provided depending upon the individual’s length of stay. If dental treatment is required after undergoing an initial assessment, individuals may arrange for treatment at St. Camillus or be treated by their own dentist. Emergency dental treatment is also available. The resident care coordinator will arrange dental appointments.
The gift shop carries greeting cards, magazines, beauty supplies, snacks, gifts, postage stamps, and a variety of other items. Operated by the Friends of St. Camillus, the gift shop is staffed by volunteers and its proceeds directly benefit residents through ongoing projects.
St. Camillus provides psychological assessment, consultations and mental health counseling to residents with a physician’s order, as needed.
Occupational therapy is provided to residents as needed. Occupational therapy evaluations and treatments are prescribed by the physician and performed by licensed occupational therapists and certified occupational therapist assistants. Occupational therapy helps residents build muscle strength, endurance, range of motion, and cognitive and visual/perceptual skills for better functioning and independence. It also helps develop skills involving activities of daily living such as cooking, feeding and personal care.
Spiritual Care/Religious Services
St. Camillus is dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of its residents through its ongoing provision of holistic healthcare. The primary focus of Spiritual Care is to support and strengthen resident spiritual resources to help the body heal, promote peace of mind and establish emotional stability. The director of spiritual care arranges religious services for Protestant and Catholic residents held in the Meastri Family Chapel. Days and times of these services are listed on the monthly activities calendar given to each resident and displayed on all nursing unit bulletin boards. Additional services with local clergy from most denominations may be arranged by contacting the Spiritual Care department. The chapel is also open to residents, their families and friends for private meditation throughout the day, except during mealtimes and scheduled services.
If residents would like a church, parish or temple notified that they are at St. Camillus, a member of our Social Services team will inform the Pastoral Care department.
Residents may open a personal account (for in-house expenses such as Gift Shop purchases, Beauty Shop/barber services, and for safekeeping cash) with the receptionist. Account deposits may be made with the receptionist anytime he or she is on duty, seven days a week. Account withdrawals may be made with the receptionist weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Physical therapy evaluations and treatments are prescribed by the physician and supervised/provided by licensed physical therapists and certified physical therapist assistants. Physical therapy may include gait or walking training, exercise and other treatments such as hot packs. Residents also receive instruction from therapists on the proper use of assistive devices such as a walker, cane, crutches, wheelchair or the use of a brace or prosthesis.
The resident care coordinator, case coordinator, and/or social worker can arrange these services on an as needed basis.
Physician-ordered respiratory evaluations and treatments are provided by a staff of registered respiratory care practitioners and/or professional nurses. These treatments help relieve symptoms of asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other lung disorders. Oxygen is available with a physician’s written order.
Speech and language pathology services are provided to residents as needed. Consultations and treatments are prescribed by the physician and provided by licensed and certified speech and language pathologists. A full-range of services are provided, including evaluation and treatment of communication skills, cognitive-linguistic skills and feeding and swallowing skills. Individual and/or group treatments may be used to help each person achieve their highest level of functioning.
United Healthcare Nursing Home Plan (UHCNHP)/Optum
St. Camillus is participating with the UHCNHP, a Managed Medicare program designed for people residing in nursing homes, that can benefit your loved one. The plan comes with a clinical model called Optum. To learn more about what the plan has to offer, please contact your loved one’s case manager. Podiatry, hearing aid benefits, transportation benefits are just some of the benefits included in the program. To learn more, please call 315-703-0694.
Named after Saint Camillus de Lellis, patron saint of the sick, The Centers at St. Camillus has a long history of providing care when people need it most. The St. Camillus team offers comprehensive and collaborative care for your loved one and support for your entire family. Our approach to care is steadfastly patient-centered.
Comfort care services and amenities include:
- A professional and supportive care team comprised of compassionate physicians, nurses, a nurse practitioner, social workers, Recreation Services, pastoral care, and volunteers
- A commitment to safeguarding your loved one’s dignity and privacy
- Management of medications, pain, and symptoms
- 24-hour care
- Focused communication with family members
- Assistance with Advance Directives and Health Care Proxies
- Pastoral care services, including church services in large chapel
- Private contemplation in the Maestri Family chapel
- Recreational activities, including large and small group activities, bedside activities and soft music
- Serene gardens and courtyards
- Hospitality carts, offering refreshments for family members and visitors
- Ongoing family support
Should your family member require comfort care services while remaining at home, the Home Care Center at St. Camillus can provide similar services and amenities. With a deep understanding of the difficulties family members may experience, our team members strive to offer ongoing continued emotional support, education and assistance to help diminish anxiety and stress.
To learn more about Comfort Care at The Centers at St. Camillus, please call 315-488-1500.
The Centers at St. Camillus is contracted with Hospice of Central New York for additional services designed to ensure comfort/palliative care at the end of life. Hospice focuses on comfort rather than cure, and emphasizes quality of life through easing of physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering and provides ongoing care and support to families and friends after an individual’s death.
- Physician Care
- Nursing Care
- Social Worker
- Grief Counseling
- Home Health Aides
The partnership deepens our commitment and expands our palliative care services with the common purpose of providing support to our residents and their families with life-limiting illnesses to improve their comfort, dignity and quality of life.
Other services offered to staff and residents at The Centers at St. Camillus include:
- Best Friends Afternoon Group – For selected residents of St. Camillus who have dementia and benefit from a structured group each.
- Memory Enhancement Class – Encourages residents to use their cognitive skills through written and oral discussion exercises on a variety of topics. Designed for individuals with mild cognitive impairment or any residents who wants to maintain or improve their cognitive skills.
- Behavioral Assessment and Treatment – Assessment of residents, patients or other consumers of St. Camillus services experiencing behavioral symptoms and in need of intervention.
- Staff Education – Food for Thought is a lunch-time educational program for staff that features a film or other educational program pertaining to dementia.
For more information about Continuing Care, please call 315-488-1500.