Briarwood Manor in Lockport has opened a memory care assisted living program for Medicaid-eligible seniors.
The 11,000-square-foot facility is the first of its kind in the state for low-income Medicaid recipients, according to Briarwood. It will provide a home for 20 low-income individuals from Niagara County and surrounding communities with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease; most would otherwise be placed in nursing homes.
With the help of the Empire State Association of Assisted Living, Briarwood Manor has been approved by New York State Health Department to accept people with memory conditions in its new residence, according to representatives.
“We see the overwhelming need for residential settings that can provide safe, secure living and supportive services to individuals with Alzheimer’s/dementia that have little or no private financial resources," Lisa Newcomb, executive director, said in a statement.