Transitioning to Assisted Living Blog

When you or a loved one is questioning whether transitioning to assisted living may be the right next step, The Bristal offers the resources you need to make an informed decision. We are sure you and your loved one may have many questions, such as, How do I know my loved one needs help? What housing options are available? How do I talk to my loved one about these options? This is why we offer resources to make this lifestyle change as seamless as possible.

How to Pay for Assisted Living

Posted by: The Bristal

Many people assume assisted living is impossibly expensive or that they could never afford it. In reality, the cost of assisted living can be very affordable. Rates vary based on several factors, like location, services and amenities, and the amount of care a resident requires. When you take into consideration all the monthly costs of maintaining a house, and add on the value of meals, housekeeping services, a daily calendar of events, and on-site amenities, moving to an assisted living community can be a wonderful lifestyle change and also be within your budget.

Prices vary depending on the area of the … read more

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How Can Veterans Benefits Pay For Assisted Living?

Posted by: The Bristal

Do VA benefits cover assisted living costs?

As you consider assisted living for you or a loved one, your first question might be: Can we afford it? You should also ask: Are there government benefits that can help pay for assisted living? The answer is “yes” if the potential resident is a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran.

Many veterans don’t realize they may be eligible for benefits from the Veterans Administration.

The Aid and Attendance benefit is a non-service-connected pension benefit for veterans or spouses. It’s for those who need help with … read more

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Why Assisted Living is a Great Choice for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Today’s seniors often live longer than members of previous generations did, but health challenges — both physical and cognitive — in the senior years can make it difficult or impossible to go on living independently at home. For seniors, the most basic daily chores; dressing, bathing, doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, vacuuming and so on; require more effort. While many elderly people want to remain in the old family house or apartment — with all its comforts and memories — the inability to keep it up can become an overwhelming burden.

Assisted living communities provide a great option for … read more

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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,

I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s health. We work … read more

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Assisted Living Residence, Enriched Housing, Adult Home: What’s the Difference?

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My siblings and I have been visiting assisted living communities in Westchester County, New York for our 82 year old mother. One thing that we’ve noticed is how some communities refer to themselves as enriched housing and others as an assisted living residence. We are a little confused by this terminology. Is there a difference? If so, what is it? -David in Westchester

Dear David,

Good question! Here is a quick overview of these types of senior living.

Adult Home: The Department of Health’s definition of an adult home is defined as an adult care facility established and operated … read more

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Assisted Living for Married Couples: Is It the Right Fit?

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My wife and I are considering moving to an assisted living community. The majority of our friends who have made this move before us are single people. As a married couple, what should we expect in assisted living? -Dan in Westbury, NY

Dear Dan,

Jack & Shirley Millstein of North Hills

Thanks for asking this question. While single residents outnumber couples, we are seeing more and more couples living in our assisted living communities. Many make the move so they can receive help with activities of daily living, while others make it to have freedom from the worries of … read more

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Your Guide to Choosing an Assisted Living Community

Posted by: The Bristal

When someone makes the decision that it is time to move to an assisted living community, people often struggle to figure out where to begin the search. It can be an intimidating process. We’ve assembled this guide to choosing an assisted living community to help you get started.

7 Steps to Choosing an Assisted Living Community

These steps will make it easier for you to organize your search for an assisted living community and to ultimately make an informed decision.

1. Ask friends, family and colleagues. Word of mouth recommendations are a great place to start. Asking for advice from people you … read more

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Veterans Medical Benefits

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen, 

Are you aware of the VA Aid & Attendance?

My husband and I are beginning to research assisted living communities on Long Island for his father. His dad is a veteran who currently receives his health care and prescriptions from the local VA. In trying to determine what his budget for assisted living might be we wondered if these types of communities have relationships with the Department of Veterans Affairs? We would ideally like him to be able to continue seeing his VA physicians and having his medications covered through his VA benefit. Is that possible if … read more

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Making the Move to Assisted Living: When to Sell Your Elderly Loved One’s House

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

After more than a little persuading, my 94 year old father agreed to move to an assisted living community near his home in Sayville, New York. Our next step is to try to figure out the timeline for him making this move. He has a very large home to sell. We aren’t sure if we should sell it before he moves or after. Can you offer any advice on making this move to assisted living?

Monica

Dear Monica,

It is usually easiest on the older adult if you can help your father move first and then sell the home. It will … read more

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Transition to Assisted Living: 5 Ways to Make it Easier

Posted by: The Bristal

Moving is difficult at any age. It can be a mentally and physically exhausting time. For older adults, however, making a move can be even more challenging because of what they may be giving up. Many seniors have lived in their homes for many decades. They have memories of raising a family there, and a home full of treasured belongings they may not be willing to leave behind.

So what can families do to help an aging loved one make a smooth transition to assisted living?

1. Bring their personal treasures from home. Plan to bring whatever makes home feel like … read more

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