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GuildCare Adult Day Health Care Program Reopens in Albany and Names New Director

October 27, 2021

Lighthouse Guild Program Specializes in Services for People with Vision Loss

New York (October 27, 2021) –Lighthouse Guild is pleased to announce the reopening of its GuildCare Albany Adult Day Health Care program and the appointment of its new director, Nancy Ann Smith. Ms. Smith will be responsible for day-to-day operations and overall management of the GuildCare Albany program that closed last year in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. 

Nancy Ann Smith
Nancy Ann Smith

GuildCare, the only Adult Day Health Care program in New York State specializing in services for people with vision loss, provides services to adults ages 18 and older who have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. Services available include nursing care, medication management, diabetes care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, social work services, nutritional counseling, vision rehabilitation, therapeutic activities, morning snack and lunch. Services and activities are specially designed and adapted for individuals with all levels of disability – physical, cognitive and visual. Individuals do not have to be blind to qualify for GuildCare programs. The program can provide an alternative to a nursing home, offering necessary care while allowing one to live at home.

To ensure the health and safety of all, a negative COVID-19 test is required before clients return or enroll in GuildCare. Health assessment checks are performed upon arrival and stringent cleaning and health protocols are in place. Masks are mandatory for all staff and program attendees, and social distancing is being maintained during all activities. 

In addition to GuildCare Albany, located at 30 Century Hill Drive, Latham, NY, Lighthouse Guide operates GuildCare programs in Buffalo, Manhattan and Niagara Falls, all of which have recently reopened after being put on hold last year by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) due to the pandemic. 

New Director of Lighthouse Guild’s GuildCare Albany 

Nancy Ann Smith has an extensive career in healthcare, bringing over 25 years of nursing experience to her new position at GuildCare Albany. Prior to joining Lighthouse Guild, she was Chief Nursing Officer at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, NY. Working closely with admissions, system management, case management, and on the preparation and implementation of surveys and outcome reporting. During her 25 year career at Sunnyview Hospital Ms. Smith also worked as a staff nurse, unit nursing manager and therapy program director. She has also held positions at St. Mary’s Healthcare-Amsterdam and the Schenectady Community Action Program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Russell Sage College. 

Nancy Ann Smith

For more information, call GuildCare Albany at: 518-396-3626

About Lighthouse Guild 

Lighthouse Guild is dedicated to providing exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals. We provide coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation and behavioral health as well as related services. Our podcast series, “On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts,” offers information and insights about technological innovations that are tearing down barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired. For more information, visit Lighthouseguild.org.

Source: Lighthouse Guild 

Press Contact:   Bryan Dotson, Manners Dotson Group

917.796.8632, bdotson@mannersdotson.com

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