GOSHEN, N.Y. (February 14, 2012) – Residents of four Elant communities in Dutchess and Orange counties will soon reap the benefits of enhanced personalized care and around-the-clock coordination of medical care and other services through ArchCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage HMO Special Needs Plan.
Elant, the Hudson Valley’s premier provider of senior health care and housing solutions, has entered into an agreement with ArchCare to offer ArchCare Advantage to residents of Elant at Fishkill, a 160-bed skilled nursing care and rehabilitation center located in Beacon. A representative from ArchCare has been on-site for the past several weeks and has started enrolling Elant at Fishkill residents into the program. ArchCare Advantage will be phased into other Elant communities in Wappingers Falls, Goshen and Meadow Hill as agreements are signed later this year.
Specially designed for nursing home residents, ArchCare Advantage combines solid, ongoing preventive care with individualized care for those with chronic health conditions. Members receive personalized attention from a nurse practitioner/care manager who monitors their health on a daily basis and coordinates all aspects of their care with the nursing home. The program aims to prevent avoidable hospitalization visits and the stress associated with them by intercepting and addressing potential health issues before they become more acute problems.
In addition to the benefits provided by traditional Medicare, ArchCare Advantage provides coverage for prescription drugs and a range of other features. These added benefits include no-cost primary care and specialist visits during 2012, unlimited skilled nursing days without a required hospital stay and a generous additional bed-reserve benefit that guarantees a nursing home bed will remain available should the member need to leave the nursing home temporarily to receive care in another institution for any other reason.
ArchCare Advantage does not require any additional monthly plan premiums beyond the cost members already pay for Medicare, including any Medicare Part D drug coverage.
“We’re pleased to welcome Elant to the growing number of care providers that are turning to ArchCare Advantage to further enhance the care they provide and allow their residents to take advantage of our extended array of benefits,” said ArchCare Advantage Executive Director Donna Sedita.
“Elant has long been distinguished for the top-quality care and highly personalized service we provide,” said George Michaels, Vice President and Executive Director, Elant at Fishkill. “Through ArchCare Advantage, we can now offer our residents and their families an even higher level of personalization and the peace-of-mind that comes with having a personal health advocate to monitor their health and look after all aspects of their care 24 hours a day.”
The ArchCare Advantage HMO Special Needs Plan for Nursing Home Residents currently has more than 1,000 members residing in eight nursing homes in New York City, Westchester and the Hudson Valley.
ArchCare is a not-for-profit health network established by the Archdiocese of New York to deliver compassionate, cutting-edge care and managed long term care services to people of all beliefs and financial circumstances. In addition to ArchCare Advantage, ArchCare’s services include two Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), home care, hospice, a long-term acute care hospital, adult day health care and seven nursing homes located throughout the greater New York region.