Wartburg: Affordable, State-of-the Art Living and a Continuum of Care That’s Close to Home
Wartburg is a peaceful, 34-acre jewel of natural beauty in lower Westchester County. The facilities on the woodland campus provide continuing care and services for about 500 adult residents and a growing number of community members. Residents are cared for in Wartburg’s nursing home, assisted and independent living residences and in short-term inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Beyond those residing at Wartburg, many people who live in the surrounding communities benefit from a range of day programming and special services, such as outpatient rehabilitation, medically-based or companion home care services, and adult day care. They also offer support groups for individuals and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. To keep seniors stimulated, Wartburg's Creative Aging & Lifelong Learning program offers arts-based therapies for their residents and the community.
A History of Excellence in Caring For Community Members
Wartburg was founded in 1866 as a home for children orphaned by the Civil War. Two decades later, it became one of the first homes in the county to address the growing needs of seniors, including those orphans who were beginning to age as well as elders in the community. By 1969, Wartburg was the first institution in Westchester County to provide three levels of care for the aging: independent living, intermediate care and a nursing home.
Today, the unifying principle at Wartburg is to offer a continuum of comprehensive care that nurtures the mind, body and spirit of the oldest members of our community. In addition to their residential programs and services, Wartburg offers many essential community programs for those aging in the comfort of their home, such as Companion Care (for assistance with bathing/dressing, medication management and driving to appointments); Medical Assistance (a nurse, occupational, physical and/or speech therapist offer customized services and specialized care for those with dementia or diabetes); adult day care and inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation for all ages.
Wartburg has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “Best Nursing Homes” in the greater New York region for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Beyond the excellence of their nursing home services, Wartburg’s other residential programs and its community offerings expand their positive impact to offer a continuum of care throughout the aging cycle. “People in the United States are aging at an historic rate—and half of those who are older than 65 have some form of memory impairment—which constitutes a national crisis,” says Angela Ciminello, Vice President, Development & Marketing at Wartburg. “At Wartburg, we provide caring solutions to address these needs here in our community.”
A Continuum of Care, Designed to Allow People to ‘Age in Place’
People who first encounter Wartburg via its community-based programs, or who decide to live on campus while still able-bodied and fully functional, will experience changes as years pass, and Wartburg offers options to respond to their individualized needs. Specialized care for dementia threads through all their programming allowing staff to provide services—both inpatient and outpatient—to people who need varying degrees of care and support.
Luxury Independent and Assisted Living
Lohman Village residents enjoy all the benefits of independent living in a retirement community of step-free townhouses and apartments with no entrance fees and long-term commitments. There are a host of free amenities (including pet-friendly accommodations) and services such as monthly housekeeping, ground maintenance, 24-hour security and an emergency response system, weekly transportation to off-site shopping and activities, daily midday meal and meal delivery options, and a full range of social and recreational programming.
Meadowview offers residents spacious studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Some residents stay on a temporary basis—such as just during the winter months—with all the services and programs available to longer-term residents. For those living with Alzheimer's or dementia, Meadowview offers a specialized memory care neighborhood. Amenities include daily housekeeping, weekly laundry service, three meals a day, 24/7 on-site nursing with physicians on-call, 24/7 concierge, social/recreational programs, and more. A recently completed one million dollar renovation made the common areas (including the Concierge, Gathering Lounge and Café) much more inviting and comfortable, and allowed an update of the facility’s wiring and technology. Additional work included a complete overhaul of the main dining room; installation of electronic door locks and a new emergency call system for residents; and several cosmetic improvements such as flooring, window treatments and new furniture.
Rehabilitation Center and ‘Next Step Home’
At Wartburg, the goal of returning home following a debilitating illness, surgery or an accident is met in far fewer days than national and regional averages: Median length of stay at Wartburg is 20 days (versus 29 regionally) and percentage of re-hospitalization is just 15.2 percent (versus 22.6 percent nationally).
Their 75,000 square foot state-of-the-art rehabilitation center is the only free-standing such facility in Westchester County that offers private rooms and bathrooms, which allows patients to exert an unusual degree of control over their healing environment.
Experienced nursing staff cares for patients 24/7 and physicians oversee the recovery process, which may include a customized team of physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, pain management specialists, and social workers, as well as therapeutic recreation, homeopathic therapies such as acupuncture, dietary assessment and pastoral care for all faiths.
Those who require a short stay benefit from accelerated rehabilitation care in two large, light-filled rehab gyms and the “Next Step Home” real-life training apartment. “Our ‘Next Step Home’ program is literally centered around a complete apartment,” says Ciminello. “People take dishes in and out of the dishwasher, learn how to safely get in and out of the tub and bed, and so much more. We even have a car inside the building for rehabilitation therapy to help patients re-learn how to get in and out of a car again.”
Community Programming and Creative Aging & Lifelong Learning Program
The arts-based therapy programs at Wartburg go beyond bingo to include music and dance therapy, quilting, writing, painting, ceramics and much more, all designed to build confidence, allow social interaction and strengthen patients’ and residents’ abilities to communicate in ways they might not otherwise. For instance, a free community-based choir (of which there are only a few nationwide) brings together those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Wartburg offers several courses that give seniors the opportunity to learn new skills too, such as puppet making and African drumming.
“Throughout our illustrious history, Wartburg’s dedication to providing full-fledged care has never waivered,” says Dr. David J. Gentner, Wartburg President and CEO. “We are very committed to helping people to live their best life in a beautiful environment.”
For more information—including virtual tours and videos—please visit https://wartburg.org or call (914) 699-0800 to schedule a visit.
One Wartburg Place
Mount Vernon, NY 10552
Phone: (914) 699-0800