Specialized Programs

Person-Centered Care

Loretto recently embarked on a major initiative to truly transform the face of elder care in Central New York by creating more intimate homelike environments that promote more individualized, person-centered care relationships between our residents, program participants and staff.

Elements of Person-Centered Care include knowing the elders, maximizing choice and autonomy in as many facets of their lives as possible, nurturing relationships with staff and fellow residents, including families in social events and care planning, and the understanding that all challenging behavior is viewed as meaningful and can be addressed relieves the staff and residents of over-concern and encourages a hopeful, positive approach to problem solving.

Individuals receiving care have a voice and choice in their surroundings, activities and daily schedules. They are not only the recipients of care, but also the shapers of that care.

Staff training in person-centered care has already begun in some parts of Loretto, and eventually everyone will have the opportunity to learn about the model as it spreads throughout the entire Loretto family of care.


Sage-ing is the act of approaching aging as a journey of deepening wisdom, continued learning and expanding possibilities. It is a process of self development that enhances interpersonal relationships, hones communication skills and cultivates a valuation of Elders as mentors and wise counsel in the community.

Its principles are not specific to any faith or denomination, but serve to enhance spiritual maturity in consort with all faith practices. Sage-ing is the act of harvesting life's wisdom as a legacy for future generations. (www.sage-ingguild.org)

For more information about Sage-ing, contact Loretto corporate director of elder life and spirituality, Brenda McCutcheon, at (315) 413-3364, bmccutch@lorettosystem.org, or visit www.sage-ongguild.org.

Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic recreation provides individuals with a variety of cognitive, physical and emotional activities. Programs are organized into individual, small and large group activities to meet the needs and interests of all residents.

For more information about Loretto’s therapeutic recreation program, contact Loretto corporate director of elder life and spirituality, Brenda McCutcheon, at (315) 413-3364, e-mail her at bmccutch@lorettosystem.org.

Enriched Living Program

The Enriched Living Programs at Loretto provide services for residents who require some assistance with activities of daily living including dressing, eating and personal hygiene.

Loretto’s Enriched Living Program is available at:

Enriched Living Program services include:

  • Three meals in our dining room plus a nutritious evening snack
  • Daily bed making
  • Weekly laundry and housekeeping services
  • Care management
  • Personal care assistance (bathing supervision, dressing, etc.)
  • Medication monitoring
  • Emergency Response System Lifeline Emergency Response System
  • Social and recreational activities

Assisted Living Program

The Assisted Living Program is for medically stable individuals who qualify for placement in a nursing home facility and are eligible for Medicaid.

Assisted Living Program services:

In addition to standard services listed above in our Enriched Living Program, the Assisted Living Program also provides:

  • Reminders and escorts to meals
  • Assistance with oxygen therapy and glucose monitoring
  • Bathroom (toileting) assistance
  • Assistance with occasional transfers from bed to chair

Loretto’s Assisted Living Program is available at:

Community Residences

Loretto has three Community Residences, two in Syracuse and one in Baldwinsville,designed to provide older adults with psychiatric disabilities with a safe, home-like setting and treatment services, while promoting and maintaining rehabilitation services that respond to the desires, tolerance and capacity of each person served.

Staff members work with individuals on skills needed to build independence towards moving to the least restrictive settings possible.

To learn more about Loretto's Community residences click here, or contact Michele Rita Gottschalk, executive director at 413-3592 or mgottsch@lorettosystem.org.


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