Franciscan Health Dyer: New Wellness Center Keeps Seniors Healthy, Home

By: Franciscan Health Last Updated: October 5, 2016

Franciscan-Health-Dyer-New-Wellness-Center-Keeps-Seniors-Healthy-HomeFranciscan Senior Health and Wellness aims to keep seniors in their homes and out of nursing homes and hospitals.

“We will offer all-inclusive care for seniors living in Lake County, including nursing care at home. The goal is to keep them living independently and safely, at home,” said Laurie Matthys, center manager.

Scheduled to open this fall in Suite 305 of the Franciscan Health Dyer South Pavilion, 2150 Gettler St., Franciscan Health and Wellness is program of all-inclusive care for the elderly, which is centered around a philosophy that the well-being of seniors who have chronic care needs, as well as their families, are better served in their own communities, when possible.

The program is designed to help people aged 55 and older, who have chronic health conditions and that qualify for nursing home care, continue to live safely in their community.

“We will provide their medications, transportation to and from the center and to doctor appointments. We have an interdisciplinary team that includes a medical director who will be their primary care physician, nurses, a physical therapist and occupational therapist, a dietitian, social worker, center manager, home care coordinators, recreational therapist, transportation manager and a personal care attendant,” Matthys said.

The program likewise has an adult center where participants can socialize.

“We offer an interdisciplinary approach where we coordinate all of the care needed to enable our participants to safely live at home. We believe that our team approach enables us to address the individual medical, social, emotional and practical challenges that many seniors and their families face,” Matthys said.

The center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to arrange a tour, call (219) 864-2630, or toll-free, 1-844-817-7223.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

  • Ages 55 and older
  • Reside in the service area
  • Chronic health conditions that qualify for nursing home care
  • Ability to live safely in the community

HEALTH CARE OFFERED

  • Primary medical and nursing care
  • Occupational, physical and speech therapy
  • Medications and medical equipment
  • Laboratory and diagnostic services
  • Prescription drugs
  • Skilled home care and personal care aides
  • Care from medical specialists in cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology, dermatology, surgery, podiatry
  • Medical transportation