In New York state, roughly 35% of the population are seniors aged 65 and older.
The senior demographic in New York is also the fastest-growing population, with many caregivers evaluating the right time to move their parent or loved one into assisted living.
If you’re the son, daughter, or spouse of a person living with early onset dementia or an aging senior who’s considering moving into assisted living in White Plains, New York, then keep reading to learn about The Kensington White Plains’ enhanced assisted living and memory care community.
At what age do most seniors move into assisted living?
The median age for most seniors living in assisted living communities is between 75 years and 84 years old.
However, many seniors move into assisted living in their 60s and 70s after living at home independently or with their caregiver, who is usually their son, daughter, or spouse.
Generally, most seniors and their families make the decision to move into assisted living when they can no longer live at home alone without assistance, or after experiencing a serious injury that requires professional support.
The main reasons seniors move into assisted living include:
- Requiring more assistance completing their daily activities
- Recently experiencing an injury, such as broken bones or sprains after a fall
- Developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and requiring specialized memory care support
- Wishing to downsize their homes and responsibilities
- No longer able to drive themselves to appointments or grocery stores
- Having better access to doctors, physical rehabilitation specialists, and nurses on-site at the assisted living community
- Increased socialization and events to meet similarly-aged people
- Having their meals prepped and prepared by a chef and cooking staff
What is the difference between a skilled nursing facility and an assisted living facility?
A person who isn’t in the industry may confuse the terms “assisted living facility” with “skilled nursing facility” or “nursing home,” however, there are considerable differences between these two types of senior care environments.
There are overlaps between the kinds of care and healthcare support these senior living communities can offer, however, assisted living is almost always preferred to skilled nursing homes.
Let’s look at the differences between these two senior living homes.
Assisted living communities
Seniors may wish to move into assisted living communities as a way to downsize their homes and responsibilities and join a community of like-minded seniors.
Most seniors who enter assisted living may not require additional healthcare services and are able to complete their daily activities mostly by themselves.
Certain communities, known as “enhanced” assisted living communities, offer a broader spectrum of healthcare services, offering the same services you’d find at a skilled nursing center, but located in a home-like atmosphere.
By offering enhanced assisted living care, residents of these communities can “age in place” meaning they won’t be relocated due to changing healthcare needs, even if their health drastically changes over time.
While enhanced assisted living communities cannot do 24-hour skilled care, The Kensington uses our enhanced license to the fullest extent in order for our residents, who have become like family, to live here as their health changes considerably over time.
Skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes)
Seniors who move into skilled nursing facilities often do so after experiencing a recent injury, such as a serious fall or illness, and will require more round-the-clock care and assistance to nurse them back to health.
Nursing homes are more clinical and hospital-like and don’t have the same atmosphere as an assisted living community.
Residents generally will not have their own rooms, and there are limited recreational activities and life enrichment classes to participate in.
Compared to some nonmedical assisted living communities, a skilled nursing facility may be able to administer more medications and healthcare services, since people are generally in recovery following an illness.
What are the key considerations when choosing assisted living care?
In New York state, there are 523 assisted living facilities to choose from, with many of them being “nonmedical” facilities.
This means that the facility doesn’t have a licensed nurse on-site and isn’t able to administer medical services.
When you’re searching for assisted living, pay attention to “enhanced” assisted living residences, known as EALR communities.
These assisted living communities feature a home-like, friendly atmosphere while also offering the healthcare services that typically only skilled nursing homes can offer.
You’ll also want to consider the location of the community, such as whether it’s close to a downtown area or close to a hospital.
The staff-to-resident ratio is also important to find to ensure your loved one will receive the levels of supervision they require.
Lastly, visit the assisted living community to get a feel for its culture. Does this community seem friendly and welcoming? Do they treat their residents like family?
Look for assisted living communities that offer life enrichment classes, all-day dining, and physical rehabilitation on-site, so your loved one has access to everything they’d need all on the same campus.
What makes The Kensington White Plains different from other assisted living communities
The Kensington White Plains is an enhanced assisted living residence (EALR) and memory care community located in Westchester County.
Our enhanced license enables us to provide increased healthcare services and supervision than you’d find at other assisted living communities, including other enhanced assisted living residences in Westchester County, New York.
We are the only EALR in Westchester County that provides the full scope of enhanced care in accordance with our license, and have been providing the highest scope of our Enhanced License for 11+ years.
The EALR license allows us to provide these additional services common in skilled nursing facilities, but not commonly found in assisted living, including:
- 5+ nurses working during the day and 2 nurses working overnight
- Overnight supervisor who oversees nursing and care partners
- Dedicated Memory Care Managers
- Mobile lab and radiology services on site
- Oxygen, insulin injections, 2+ person assists
- Mechanical lifts
- Modified diets (chopped, diet, liquid)
- Wound care
Other important on-site services include:
- Transportation manager who schedules and coordinates off-site appointments
- On-site physical rehabilitation, including occupation, speech, and physical therapies
- Physician’s office on-site with care coordination from our nursing team
- Two distinct memory care communities for early to late stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Certified care partners are assigned to each resident
- High acuity care
- Hospice care
Did you know that the average stay in assisted living is 22 months?
This is often because residents’ healthcare needs can drastically change, and unfortunately, many assisted living communities require their residents to relocate due to increased healthcare needs.
However, at The Kensington White Plains, we offer a home to “age in place” with adaptable acuity care. This means that your loved ones won’t need to relocate from our community, even if their care needs change.
Contact The Kensington White Plains—the assisted living community located in New York
Do you live near White Plains, New York, and need help finding an assisted living residence for your loved one?
At The Kensington, Our Promise is to love and care for your loved one as we do our own family.
Contact us today to learn more about joining our assisted living and memory care community.