Different Types of Assisted Living Facilities Meet Different Needs
White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2013 - Assisted living facilities (also called enriched housing programs or adult homes) are residences for senior citizens where help is provided with daily living activities.
Staff can make doctor's appointments, deliver medication and assist residents with bathing, dressing, grooming or other needs. Meals and housekeeping are also provided at such facilities. In the state of New York, the Department of Heath licenses all types of assisted living residences as adult care facilities, but there are actually several different types of these facilities available.
All adult care facilities are distinguished from nursing homes by their level of assistance. Adult care facilities offer aid for those who do not need round-the-clock medical services or skilled nursing. Individuals who need the continuous, regular support of a steady medical staff would be better served by a nursing home.
New York offers two primary kinds of adult care facilities: enriched housing programs and adult homes. Both offer long-term care in a residential setting that provides meals, laundry services, housekeeping, supervision and assistance with personal care and medication. Between the two, one major difference is found in supervision requirements; the law has stricter requirements for adult homes, although enriched housing programs may offer the same level of supervision without them. In addition, enriched housing programs usually offer apartment-style residences, while adult homes generally provide private or two-person rooms.
The same types of service provided in enriched housing programs and adult homes may also be provided by assisted living residences and assisted living programs. In order to refer to themselves as providers of “assisted living,” these facilities must meet additional requirements, providing certain disclosures and rights for residents. The goal of an assisted living facility is to provide the care necessary to allow individuals to live as independently as possible, emphasizing personal dignity and freedom of choice.
Finally, assisted living residences that offer aging-in-place services and obtain additional certification may be designated as enhanced assisted living residences, and those that offer specialized care and meet different certification requirements may be distinguished as special needs assisted living residences.
For more information, refer to the New York State Department of Health's website on assisted living, available at http://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/assisted_living
New York Contact:
Maria M. Brill
Littman Krooks LLP
New York City Office
655 Third Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, New York 10017
(212) 490-2020 Phone
399 Knollwood Road
White Plains, New York 10603
(914) 684-2100 Phone
300 Westage Business Center Drive, Suite 400
Fishkill, NY 12524
(845) 896-1106 Phone
View Larger Map
- Housing Assistance for People with Disabilities
Finding affordable housing can be difficult for people with disabilities, who may have special housing needs or limited funds. However, there are a number of resources available to help: Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York The Center for Independence of the Disabled (CID-NY) is a primary resource. In addition to providing individuals with […]
- Workshop on Childhood Trauma Provides Insightful Information for Parents and School Personnel
By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP On October 27, 2016, a committed group of parents and educators, on a very stormy evening, attended a workshop on: Development Mediated by Trauma: How to Recognize and Remediate Adverse Childhood Experiences, with experts Dr. Boris Gindis, psychologist specializing in trauma and Jennifer Griesbach, a psychotherapist specializing […]
- How Students With Disabilities in New York Are Succeeding
Some special education experts say that New York’s assessment tests, aligned with Common Core standards and intended to improve student achievement, are not producing good outcomes for students with disabilities. Last year, throughout the state, there were 190 school districts in which no third-grade special education students were proficient on the language arts test. In […]
- Moving to a New State When You Have a Family Member with a Disability
Moving to another state is a big undertaking for any family, but it can be particularly complicated when a family member has a disability. The secrets to a successful transition are advance planning and a backup plan in case of problems. Here are a few specifics to keep in mind. Know what to expect with […]
- Special Education Case Seeks Supreme Court Review
The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to grant review in a case about the degree of educational benefit that a special education student should receive under an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to satisfy the requirements of the (IDEA). “Clearly, the Supreme Court should hear this important case, as the requirement that a student receive […]