Seniors who can no longer live in their homes without assistance have several options. They can live in their homes with home health aides, both part time and on a live-in basis. Long Island has several agencies that provide this care. Seniors can also choose an Assisted Living Community – in Nassau and Suffolk counties alone there are over 70 of these facilities. If the senior needs support for cognitive deficits, which is called Dementia, they can choose from several Assisted Living facilities that also provide specialized care for those with Dementia. Long Island has many Nursing Homes, too, for seniors who have complicated needs that are more medical than personal care. Your Assisted Living Locators of Long Island Advisor can help you make the right decision.
Here is a discussion of some options on Long Island.
In-home care is supportive care provided in your home. This care is also sometimes referred to as companion care or non-medical in-home care. Non-medical in-home care providers help with dressing, bathing, grooming, meal preparation, and other personal care needs. They also provide general companionship. In addition, some agencies will provide an aide who can drive, transporting the senior to doctor’s appointments, food shopping, and other critical tasks. Finally, light housekeeping and meal prep is generally offered by the home health aide.Learn More
Assisted Living Communities
Assisted Living is an excellent option for seniors requiring supervision or assistance with their activities of daily living (ADLs). On Long Island, these Communities (you might also refer to them as facilities) provide 24-hour assistance with activities that may include the administration or supervision of medication, personal care services such as bathing, dressing, toileting, shaving, nail care, oral care, escort or transfer assistance, incontinence care, three meals a day, housekeeping, and transportation. On Long Island and in Queens, there are over 80 Communities that provide Assisted Living.Learn More
Alzheimer's, Dementia, & Memory Care
These specialized Assisted Living Communities that perform all the assistance with personal care provided in Assisted Living, with the additional feature of being especially attentive to the special care and communication needs of those with a brain disorder like Alzheimer’s and the dementia sometimes associated with Parkinson’s. These Communities typically specialized units within larger Assisted Living facilities. In addition, on Long Island there are about 6 specialized, separate Communities (facilities) housing only seniors with dementia. Good care can be found in both the Communities associated with larger Assisted Living facilities and in the free-standing Communities.Learn More
Nursing homes provide the highest level of care and are appropriate for those requiring 24-hour medical support and supervision, such as severe diabetes, breathing issues requiring 24-hour medical support, extreme obesity, wounds, and pressure sores. Nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities have licensed nurses and nursing assistants available 24-hours a day.Learn More
Independent Living communities offer seniors all the benefits of an apartment-style home without the responsibility of daily chores or upkeep. These types of communities are appropriate for seniors that can manage their daily basic living needs on their own. Most communities offer an assortment of services, ranging from one or more meals per day, housekeeping, laundry, apartment maintenance, and transportation services. This is generally a good option for seniors that want interaction and socialization with other seniors, and do not need daily care assistance. Many Independent Living communities also offer wellness programs, a range of leisure activities, beauty services, and even classes in a variety of topics.Learn More