New York Senior Living Options
We team-up with families to determine the type of senior residence that is most appropriate and suitable for their needs. The following provides a brief summary of the various New York Senior Living options that are available:
Home care providers offer supportive care to clients in their own homes. This is non-medical custodial care provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors or other licensed medical personnel. The caretaker can assist with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, errands, transportation to religious services, social events and medical appointments and other companionship services. Home health care providers offer health care to clients in their own homes who need more specialized services from licensed personnel, which can consist of nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy. To learn more, visit Home Care and Home Health Care Services.
Retirement communities (or active adult communities) are groups of housing units for those ages 55+. These housing units can be owned or rented. They may be single family homes, duplexes, townhouses or condominiums. Many retirement communities have special facilities catering to the needs and wants of retirees, including extensive amenities like clubhouses, swimming pools, arts and crafts, boating, trails, golf courses and on-site medical facilities. To learn more, visit 55+ Retirement Communities.
Independent living communities are senior-only housing communities that may be comprised of houses, townhouses or apartments and may or may not offer hospitality or supportive services. Many offer “resort hotel” living type arrangements. As with other residential categories, a variety of recreational, educational and social activities are often offered. Housekeeping and restaurant style dining are common amenities, which may be offered at an additional cost or included within the monthly rent. The range of home care and medical services offered varies depending on the facility. Independent living communities can be very similar in appearance to assisted living communities, the difference being that residents in independent living communities usually don’t need assistance with everyday tasks. To learn more, visit Senior Independent Living.
These residences consist of individual apartments that often contain a kitchenette and offer 24-hour on-site staff, group dining and activity programs. For an additional fee, home care services may be available to residents who need assistance with day-to-day tasks, such as taking medications, bathing, dressing, laundry, using the bathroom, getting to appointments or preparing meals. A variety of services and amenities such as dining room service, group outings, and recreational and social programs are usually available. In most cases, assisted living residents pay a regular monthly rent, and then may pay additional fees for special services they require or desire. To learn more, visit Assisted Living.
These residences specialize in the needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia or memory loss ailments. These residences have programs and staff trained specifically for the safety and security of people suffering from dementia-related ailments. These facilities are often more secure than an assisted living facility so that residents may move safely about the facility, removing the fear of them wandering into dangerous situations. There may also be programs such as animal or music therapies, specifically designed for the enjoyment of these residents. These communities may exist exclusively for the care of Alzheimer’s patients, or may comprise a special unit of an assisted living facility or a nursing home. To learn more, visit Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Residences.
These residences offer residents with physical, mental or emotional needs who are not able to live independently the opportunity to live in private homes generally with less than ten people. The homes contain sleeping areas and common spaces, and the residents receive meals, snacks, assistance with daily living activities, personal care, laundry, and 24/7 supervision. Certain homes have special licenses and certifications allowing residents to receive therapies and skilled nursing services for dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, development disabilities, etc. To learn more, visit Senior Residential Care Homes.
CCRCs are housing communities that provide different levels of assistance and care, from independent living to skilled nursing care, based on the residents’ changing needs. Their goal is to allow a resident to maintain the maximum amount of independence as they age while meeting the housing, care, entertainment, and medical needs of that person as they change over time. Residents move from one setting to another based on their needs, but continue to remain part of their CCRC community. One major advantage of a CCRC arises when a resident needs to move to higher level of care only temporarily to address an injury or other health problem. That resident can, for instance, move from independent or assisted living to skilled nursing communities to recover from a severe fall, and then move back again while maintaining continuity of their physical and social environment. To learn more, visit Continuing Care Retirement Communities.
These residences provide housing, services and care for people who cannot be cared for at home, and are not likely to return to independent living. Generally, these are suitable for individuals who need nursing care without being in a hospital. The residences provide basic assisted living services, as well as additional levels of services and care for residents who are chair-fast and unable to transfer; who chronically require assistance to transfer, walk, or climb stairs; who are dependent upon medical equipment; who require more than intermittent assistance from medical personnel; or who have chronic and unmanaged incontinence. Monthly charges are usually paid with private resources. To learn more, visit Enhanced Assisted Living
The residences represent the fundamental link in the continuum of long-term care. Nursing homes are places to live where care is available for people who need 24-hour nursing care and supervision outside of a hospital who are chronically ill or injured, have health care needs as well as personal needs and are unable to function independently.Although all nursing homes must provide certain basic services, some homes provide special care for certain types of clients. For example, some homes provide services for the head injured, some for those who are ventilator-dependent, some for people with AIDS and some specialize in the care of children. To learn more, Nursing Homes.
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