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
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.