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Assisted living in New York for couples

In the state of New York, there are over 500 assisted living facilities. These senior living communities can be found in the following locations: New York City, Kingston, Albany, Glen Falls, Utica, Ithaca, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Rochester. All these senior living centers are licensed and regulated by the state, being classified into various categories. The three main ones that accept residents that do not suffer from severe cognitive impairment or require 24/7 skilled nursing care are: assisted living residences (ALRs), enriched assisted living residences (EALRs), and assisted living programs (ALPs).

Senior adults applying for admittance undergo a pre-admission assessment, to make sure the respective facility can actually meet their needs. During this evaluation, it will be determined how much assistance with ADLs a prospective resident might require. Some assisted living facilities in New York will not accept seniors who require a high level of assistance or skilled nursing care. Severe mental illness also represents ground for refusal. All residents receive an individual service plan, which is updated every six months or after any major health event.

Senior adults in New York often opt for alternative retirement living solutions, as they no longer wish to live on their own and prefer to be part of a community. Assisted living facilities have become more and more popular in the past few years, with an increased number of retirees applying for a spot in such a facility. Married couples have shown interest in ALFs, as these communities allow spouses to live together, provided their health allows it. Application age starts at 55 or 62, depending on each ALF.

Financing and costs of assisted living in New York

The average monthly cost of assisted living is around $4,100, which is only a bit higher than the national median ($4,000). Compared to neighboring states, such as New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont, New York has more affordable rates. The only exception is Pennsylvania, with an average of $3,750. The biggest difference is represented by New Jersey, average monthly costs reaching the value of $6,000.

Within the state, the costs of assisted living vary considerably. The most expensive rates are found in New York City, with an average of $5,900 per month. On the other hand, Glen Falls and Utica have the most affordable fees, with an average of $2,600, respectively $2,100, per month. Assisted living is significantly cheaper than nursing home care, with the latter reaching the average value of $11,000 per month. Both in-home care and memory care are more expensive than assisted living, while independent living offers better rates, with an average of $2,900 per month.

Services provided to married couples by assisted living facilities in New York

Assisted living facilities offer a range of general services to meet the needs of their residents. These might include but are not limited to: emergency response system, general maintenance, Internet and telephone access, laundry and linen service, meal planning and preparation, general maintenance, errand running, shopping, 24/7 security, scheduled transportation, and housekeeping.

Even though ALFs do not provide round-the-clock skilled nursing care, they provide assistance with the activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, toileting, and dressing. Residents can also receive help with grooming, shaving, and oral hygiene. Mobility assistance might also be provided to a limited extent, and in some cases, specialized care is available (diabetes care, wound care, tracheostomy services).

Medication management is included in the individualized service plan. The staff might offer reminders or help residents to open various bottles/blisters. Only licensed health professionals may handle the administration of treatment, should the resident prove unable to handle such tasks.

Specialized services are available for dementia residents within facilities that have integrated memory care units. Apart from the above-mentioned general services, to which all residents have access, senior adults who suffer from Alzheimer's disease benefit from assistance with ADLs, treatment administration, and constant monitoring. All services are available for both married couples and single adults.

Amenities for couples moving to an assisted living in New York

Most ALFs have bedroom-like units, which can be shared by a maximum of two residents. These living units are available for both married couples and those who live alone, and they all must have a bathroom with accessibility features and an emergency call system. Assisted living facilities must meet strict safety policies and have a set plan for emergency evacuations. Pets are allowed in the living units, given the benefits of socialization and physical activity, but each facility reserves the right to establish its own pet-friendly policy.

When it comes to spending their time, residents have a lot of great choices available. Commonly-offered amenities include: learning center, yoga classes, fitness center, swimming pool, weekly religious service, social clubs, woodworking shop, swimming pool, painting studio, library, computer room, fine-dining restaurants and cafes. Dementia residents can benefit from additional amenities, such as enclosed courtyards for guided walks or various therapies at the learning center.

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What are some positives and negatives associated with moving to assisted living in New York for couples?

New York ALFs cater to senior adults who are looking to live their retirement in peace, with access to a wide range of services and amenities. If you are still not certain whether this is the right move, you might want to check out the following pros and cons.

Pros of moving to assisted living for couples in New York

  • Home-like living units with accessibility features and emergency response system
  • Personal assistance with daily living activities and mobility
  • Meals prepared in accordance with dietary requirements (only healthy options available)
  • Dementia residents are accepted by facilities that have integrated memory care units

Cons of moving to assisted living for couples in New York

  • Senior adults who require round-the-clock skilled nursing care are not accepted
  • Dementia residents are not accepted by ALFs that do not have memory care units, especially if their condition is advanced
  • Visitation is possible, but there are restrictions related to visitation times
  • Residents might miss their previous lifestyle, taking a long time to adjust

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