The Bridge at Elan, the state of the art short stay unit with a dialysis den at Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, is now a reality.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 11, 2023, marked the culmination of almost a year of work and will officially open for residents in May.
The Bridge at Elan is a transitional care unit, providing both rehabilitation programs for seniors with conditions such as knee or hip replacements and recovery following traumatic injuries along with medically complex nursing care needs. Accommodating up 20 patients, this new unit will “bridge” the gap between a hospital stay and return home.
On-site dialysis services, provided in partnership with DaVita Kidney Care, is an additional service provided on The Bridge at Elan. Elevating Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center as the only regional provider of on-site dialysis services, The Bridge at Elan offers both long-term and short-term residents a significantly improved quality of life and quality of care outcomes in a more cost-effective care model.
“We are excited to offer on-site dialysis services to the Scranton community,” said administrator Mary Rose Applegate. “This creates a model of care that is unique and not available in other nursing homes in our region. Investing in this project simultaneously extends our community reach, positions us for future sustainability and improves the lives of our residents. There are still some finishing touches before we begin to admit residents which is targeted at the end of this month.”
This dialysis section is just part of the renovation, which also includes updated floors, paint, counter tops, doors, lighting and furniture. The project is funded through foundation grants and individual donations.
“More than 100 years ago, we began as an orphanage – The Jewish Home for the Friendless – and today – at Elan Skilled – we provide a broad range of social services, health services and housing services to senior citizens from all faith communities throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are proud of the quality health care services that Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab brings to our Jewish Senior Life of Eastern Pennsylvania communities,” said Board President Jim Alperin.
“Our Board of Directors committed $3.5 million to this project that we know will improve the lives of our current residents and also allow us to extend our reach to seniors in need of care between a hospital stay and home,” said Alperin. “These on-site dialysis services will provide holistically better care through improved care coordination between all providers that care for our residents.
“The renovation has been designed for patients with serious illness, injury or post-surgical care needs who require therapy and/or nursing care to convalesce before returning home. We offer private accommodations, including spa room bathing, in an updated, modern environment with nurses and therapists specialized in caring for seniors through this delicate transition,” he said.
“We would specifically like to acknowledge and thank the Weinberg Foundation for their generous support in providing us with a $1 million matching capital grant, which is helping to fund this project as well as some upcoming infrastructure building projects have been in design phase and will be commencing in the near future.”
To learn more about The Bridge at Elan, call 570-344-6177.