Health Department Seeks Adult Day Health Care Slots in Tompkins, Niagara County Nursing Homes

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 1, 2007) – Nursing homes in Tompkins and Niagara County have been asked by the state Health Department to submit proposals to operate programs for adult day care for 25 adults in each county.

These competitive proposals are sought to comply with the mandates of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, known as the Berger Commission. For each county, the Commission recommended a reduction in nursing home beds and an expansion of adult day health care programs.

The Health Department says proposals are due December 30, 2007, from licensed nursing homes to begin or expand adult day care health program slots. Applicants have until Nov. 9 to submit questions about the procurement to the Health Department, which will post the answers on its Web site by Nov. 23.

"The need for community-based care is great," noted state Health Commissioner

Richard F. Daines, M.D. "Day programs provide respite for family caregivers and ensure that the people in need have appropriate nursing care, rehabilitation, leisure time activities and other services. The Berger Commission mandates are two-pronged: In reducing institutional-based care, community-based care must expand to provide needed services in less-restrictive settings, allowing people to continue to live at home, as most people prefer," Daines added.

In ranking the proposals, the Health Department said applications must clearly demonstrate:

  • Financial feasibility, based on expenses, projected revenues, current financial status and capacity to retire debt;
  • Program and staffing, including descriptions of all services to be provided and how they will meet community needs, plus a detailed staffing schedule;
  • Current compliance, meaning that an applicant's current facilities and programs must comply with state, federal and local codes, as applicable;
  • Adequate facilities, that meet Health Department rules and regulations and are suitable for a day program; and
  • Geographic location, specifying the proximity of the nursing home to the proposed new adult day health care program, and/or the proximity of the proposed location of the new day program to others affected by the Berger Commission requirements.

For more information, see www.health.ny.gov/facilities/nursing/adult_day_health_care/rfa/2007-10-26_tompkins_and_niagara.htm.