St. Camillus receives $60K grant from CNY Community Foundation

Mike Schafer

St. Camillus recently received a $60,000 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation. The funds are earmarked to help support St. Camillus’s initiative to upgrade and replace resident room furniture which will significantly improve the homelike environment, overall functionality and positively impact the resident experience through an enhanced quality of life.

“We are thrilled with the support from Central New York Community Foundation,” said Michael Schafer, president of St. Camillus. “It is through its dedication to our community and overwhelming generosity that we are able to improve the overall experience and create a homelike setting for our residents and patients.”

Studies have shown that interior design elements, including furniture, have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those living in long-term care facilities. It creates a comfortable and inviting space to promote a person-centered focus that enhances the resident, patient, and visitor’s overall experience.

“With the grant from the Central New York Community Foundation, we are able to improve both quality of care as well as quality of life,” said Schafer.

St. Camillus’ continuum of care program includes skilled nursing (long-term care), beds for sub-acute patient rehabilitation, a NYS-certified brain injury rehabilitation unit and a certified home health agency. The funds will provide chairs, tables, nightstands, dressers, and other furnishings to upgrade three facility units, benefiting approximately 125 residents.

The grant was provided through the Central New York Community Foundation’s Community grant program, which funds innovative projects in Onondaga and Madison counties that focus on the areas of arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services, and the environment. In addition, the funds will be supplemented by an additional $30,000 allocated from donations raised from internal initiatives by St. Camillus to help support this effort.