Assessment for Admission to Assisted Living: What to Expect

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My husband suffered a stroke a few months ago and is currently in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. He is reaching the end of his therapy and will soon be discharged. I have reluctantly accepted that he will not be able to come home. His physician has advised me to find an assisted living community for him. Can you tell me what kind of assessment is required for admission to The Bristal? Also, is there a waiting list for new residents?    -Alicia in Huntington Station, NY

Dear Alicia,

Assisted Living Evaluation Process

I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s health. We work with families of seniors across Long Island who have been through similar experiences, so we understand what a difficult time this is for you.

The evaluation process is fairly simple. Your husband’s primary care physician will need to complete some paperwork that provides us with more information on his health needs and medical condition. Once we receive that back and review it, we will schedule an appointment for you and your husband with our Wellness Department. That visit will help us determine what his day-to-day needs will be and to make sure he is an appropriate candidate for assisted living.

As far as a waiting list, that changes daily. Some of our communities have immediate availability and others have a long waiting list. Since it sounds as if you might need to find a community fairly quickly, we can work with you on a solution. If you find that the community most convenient for you has a waiting list, we might be able to initially move your husband in to one of our communities that have availability. When a spot at your desired location opens up, we can transition him there.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions. Best of luck with your search, Alicia.

Best Regards,

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Over the course of more than thirty years, Maryellen has distinguished herself in the field of Assisted Living, and has maintained a particular focus on enhancing operations in Independent and Enriched Housing Management. At times, Maryellen has simultaneously overseen over 29 communities throughout the Northeast. She was awarded Administrator of the Year in 1990 by the Empire State Association – being recognized for upholding quality care, compassion and high professional standards – and has become a visible and respected authority in the field. Throughout her tenure with the Association, she has also co-chaired its Assisted Living Services Committee along with its Conference Committee. Maryellen joined Engel Burman in 2001 and helped establish Ultimate Care NY, LLC, the team responsible for the development, construction and daily management of twelve upscale Assisted Living communities grouped under the well-known and highly respected name of The Bristal. A committed advocate and sought after speaker for the cause of senior living issues, Maryellen has served on the Board of ESAAL (Empire State Association of Assisted Living) since 2002, and today, she continues to play high-profile roles in many of the Association’s most important initiatives and influential committees.