When a senior becomes ill or physically dependent, nursing homes are often thought of as the only long term care option.
However, for those seniors who do not require 24-hour nursing care, other choices could provide the necessary care while promoting independent living.
A long term care assessment or a medical evaluation could help you explore some alternatives for your unique situation, Our Caregiver Support Programs page offers a list of agencies providing counseling, care planning and community services; or you can contact the Albany County NY Connects Information & Assistance Line at (518) 447-7177.
- Many people can stay in their own home with supportive community services or in-home hired help.
- Some in-home community programs are free or low cost.
- Often a temporary crisis will require placement in an institution for a short time. A person may be able to return home during recovery if there is assistance. The patient's doctor can help decide whether this is an option.
- For eligible veterans, the VA has a visiting nurse programs. See our Caregiver Resources page for info and contact numbers.
- Some in-home services costs may be covered temporarily by Medicare or private insurance.
- Medicaid may temporarily cover long term care. Albany County residents can call (518) 447-7300.
Medicaid Eligibility Application
- Home delivered meals
- Congregate meals
- Homemaker services
- Shopping assistance
- Transportation, and
- Friendly home visits.
Alternative supportive housing arrangements such as adult homes, assisted living, enriched housing and retirement facilities, can provide varying levels of services and personal care for medically stable residents.
Deliver in-home health and medical services and medical supplies as well as homemaker and personal care services.
Some of the nursing services include:
- physical therapy,
- occupational therapy,
- respiratory therapy,
- speech therapy, and
- nutritional guidance.
Non-medical services include:
- and other similar help.
CDPAP’s are for Medicaid eligible clients who chronically ill or physically disabled and who are eligible to receive assistance with ADL’s (activities of daily living) or skilled nursing services. The consumer, or the person acting on the consumer’s behalf, must assume full responsibility of the personal assistant (home care worker) including: recruiting, hiring, training, back-up coverage, supervising employment, time sheets and payroll records.
Can give the home caregiver a break from caring for someone who needs constant supervision. Respite care is a short stay (normally no more than two weeks).
Provides a protective setting and offers therapeutic programs of health services and social activities. Leisure activities, self-care training, rest, nutritional services, and respite care for a portion of a day are some of the services.
Provides coordinated services primarily in patient's home that focus on pain management and comfort, and counseling and support in dealing with issues related to death.