What Is It Exactly?
New York offers seniors over 900 assisted living communities and care homes to choose from. Assisted living in New York emphasizes personal dignity, autonomy, independence, privacy, and freedom of choice. This type of senior care offers a variety of programs and services for seniors while also providing assistance with daily living activities.
Assisted Living is suited for senior residents who need assistance with activities of daily living and do not require 24-hour nursing supervision. These senior housing facilities can range in size from 6 beds to several hundred beds and offer a wide variety of services designed specifically to meet the needs of their residents.
Assisted Living Costs in New York
The average cost of care in New York is $3,950 per month. Throughout the entire state, care can start as low as $1500 and go as high as $9,500 per month (source: Genworth Financial). This range in cost will be influenced by a variety of factors including the senior's care needs.
Paying for Care
Assisted Living is typically paid out of pocket by the resident or their family. Should you or your loved one require financial assistance, Long Term Care Insurance does help pay for assisted living costs. If the resident was a war veteran or has a spouse, Veteran’s Aid and Attendance may also cover a portion of assisted living costs based on certain qualifications.
Should you or your loved one still be unable to pay for care, the Department of Health can provide you with information on affordable senior housing.
Prior to selecting a care facility, the admissions staff will perform an assessment to determine the condition and care needs of your loved one. This assessment will be a key factor in determining the monthly cost of care.
Other factors that influence the monthly care fees will be the size and location of the facility, private or shared room, private or shared bathroom, number of years the facility has been in business, staff experience, transportation to and from the doctor, and other amenities and services.
Assisted Living Residences in New York (ALRs) are required to provide housing, 24-hour on-site monitoring, and personal and home care services in a home-like setting to five or more adult residents. These care facilities must also provide daily meals and snacks, case management services, structured activities for the residents, and must develop an individualized service plan.
Senior Care Facilities provide seniors assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, social activities, housekeeping, meals, and transportation. Inspections by state officials, staff training, and certification requirement, family and community involvement, and ongoing quality assurance efforts work together to ensure quality care in these facilities.
State Licensing and Regulation
Assisted living facilities in New York are referred to as “Assisted Living Residences” (ALRs). ALRs can be either a certified adult home or an enriched housing program. These care facilities are regulated and licensed by the New York State Department of Health.
Adult homes are licensed adult care facilities providing long-term residential care to people 18 years or older. Enriched housing programs are licensed adult care facilities that provide long-term care to adults primarily 65 years or older.
In New York, there are three types of ALRs including 1) Basic Assisted Living Residences, 2) Enhanced Assisted Living Residences, and 3) Special Needs Assisted Living Residences.
Basic New York assisted living residences take care of residents who are medically stable, while meeting the individual\'s social and residential needs. These care residences also encourage and provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) for seniors living in New York.
A licensed Assisted Living Residence in New York may also be certified as an enhanced and/or special needs ALR. New York\'s Enhanced ALRs are certified to offer an enhanced level of care to serve people who wish to remain in the residence as they experience age-related difficulties and require more care. Seniors in an Enhanced ALRs need assistance with activities such as walking, getting out of a chair, medical equipment, or chronic urinary or bowel incontinence.
Special Needs Assisted Living Residences in New York are certified to serve people with special needs, including Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. Services at these assisted living residences tailor to the unique needs of the seniors and offer more specialized services, features, and staffing levels.
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