To help you decide the best options for your loved one:
Assisted Transition is a FREE Elder Care Referral Service for seniors and their families looking for the best Senior Housing & Care options. Call Geta Macarthur at 516-353-9599 to ask specific questions about Assisted Living, Independent Living and Nursing Homes.
There are several factors to be taken into consideration when making the decision for long term care:
Type of Facility – Many Assisted Living Facilities have “Memory Care” units. These facilities normally do not accept Medicaid or Medicare and can be costly (though possibly less costly than round the clock home care). Most nursing homes accept Medicaid. Medicare will NOT pay for long term care. NOTE: Some Assisted Living Facilities have enhanced licenses for”enhanced assistant living”which means they are able to help patients 1) in a wheelchair, 2) who need a one person assist, 3) help feeding to a degree (handling food on a fork to the person to feed themselves, and 4) help shower
Service History – Research the facility. Does it have a good track record of care for residents and support for families? Is the facility sufficiently staffed? Is there a large turnover in staff? Your long term care ombudsman is a good source of information on specific facilities. Check their New York State Department of Health survey results.
Visit the facility – Is the location convenient or family members to visit? Visiting often is crucial to good care for your loved one. Is the facility clean? Does the staff appear friendly and approachable. Go with your gut, does the facility “feel right”?
Talk to current residents and their families – Ask them about their experiences. If they have had any problems, were they resolved satisfactorily?
Does the facility have a dedicated dementia unit? How is that unit secured? Is the staff familiar with Lewy Body Dementia? Are there activities geared toward this population?
Cost – is it time to consider applying for Medicaid or establishing a trust?
MEDICARE.GOV’s website helps you to compare and find the BEST nursing homes using their RATING SYSTEM:
CaringKind offers “an overview of long-term care options, the steps involved in moving a person with dementia to a nursing home, paying for nursing home care, how to ease the transition for both the person and the caregiver, and how to successfully advocate for a nursing home resident.” It’s entitled Placing your Relative in a Nursing Home:
http://www.caringkindnyc.org/nursinghome/ or (646) 744-2900.
The 80th Street Residence, 430 East 80th Street, (212) 717-8888 – http://www.80thstreetresidence.com
A very unique spot on the Upper East Side – entirely devoted to dementia care – The 80th Street Residence caters to yesterday’s Executives, Politicians, Artists, Educators and World Travelers and is an intimate boutique-like Residence.
Isabella Geriatric Center, 515 Audubon Ave, (212) 342-9200
Five Star Senior Living, Yonkers https://www.fivestarseniorliving.com/communities/ny/yonkers/five-star-premier-residences-of-yonkers – 914-423-2200
Waterview Hills, Purdys, NY – http://www.waterviewhills.com – 914-277-3691
Carillon Nursing Center
830 park avenue
Sands Point Center for Rehab and Nursing
1440 port Washington Blvd
Port Washington, ny
Gurwin Jewish Nursing Center
68 Hauppauge Road
Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehab, Amityville, 631-608-5600
Fairview Nursing Care Center, 69-70 Grand Central Parkway, Forest Hills, 718-263-4600
Ozanam Rehab & Nursing Home, Bayside, 718-423-2000
Bensonhurst Center for Rehab & Healthcare: 718-885-8484, 1740 84th Street
Cobble Hill Health Center, 380 Henry Street, 718-855-6789
The Brielle at Seaview, 140 Friendship Lane, Staten Island, NY 10314, Www.thebrielle.com, 929-256-3005, – The Brielle has an enhanced license with NYS for “enhanced assistant living” which means they are able to help patients 1) in a wheelchair, 2) who need a one person assist, 3) help feeding to a degree (handling food on a fork to the person to feed themselves, and 4) help shower.
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