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Exploring Assisted Living in Westchester County

Looking for a senior living facility for your parent can be a daunting task if needed quickly.  This is why it is  always advisable to have a talk with your aging parents early on.  Some will insist on “aging in place” and, if they have the means, that means evaluating various caregiver services, the costs, and more importantly the services and types of caregivers they provide. Always get references, especially if you are not living in the same time zone.

If you are just at the beginning stage, then a generic site like A Place for Mom or Caring.com can be a good resource to see a list of services.  I found in my research that most of the facilities include both Assisted Living and Dementia Care, but do not escalate up to Nursing Care. This means another move down the road.

Some websites you might want to visit are:

The Ambassador in Scarsdale – This is an upscale Assisted Living and Memory Care campus that includes a elegant dining room, Cinema, Bistro, Game Center, multi-purpose room for lectures and discussion groups. It gets good reviews online.

BrightView Tarrytown – This is also relatively new and includes Assisted Living and an Alzheimer’s and Memory Care “Wellspring Village”. It is more informal that The Ambassador.

There are several Atria Westchester locations including Ardsley, Briarcliff Manor, Ossining, and Rye Brook.  They have the best website for information on how to evaluate cost of moving to Atria vs staying home.

Sunrise Senior Living. They have various locations in Fleetwood, Crestwood and beyond.

The most important thing is to visit the locations, especially during the day and during meal time. The biggest challenge I have found (have had several family members in them) is the food. They all say “chef” prepared, but many are pre-packaged and contain a lot of gravy, meat, stew type meals. The say they adapt to individual needs, but that can be substituting a turkey or peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  EAT there. Ask for monthly menu.

Nursing homes seem to be separate from Assisted and Memory Care in Westchester. I did not find many locations that had all levels.  The best one I came across was:

The Osborn – in Rye. This is upscale skilled nursing.

Of course it’s always good the review ratings online.  Would consider them a small part of the process. A good source for nursing home reviews is:  CarePathway

Taking the time to gather all of the information in advance, visit with the various Senior Living locations, pricing it out, and knowing how much your family can afford, will definitely create a much less stressful situation when the time arrives.

 

 

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