Residential vs. Community Options
Residential Living Options and Options at Home and in the Community
There are a variety of residential programs in New York State designed to care for seniors and individuals with disabilities of all ages who for many different reasons are no longer able to live safely in private residences in the community. All of these programs offer varying degrees of assistance with activities of daily living, meals and sometimes health-related services.
A variety of programs are designed to help older adults remain in their own homes and/or help family members in coping with their relative’s chronic illness or disabilities. These services may be needed on short term or long term basis. While many types of home and community-based services exist for older adults, not all are available in every community.
Other in-home and community services include home care, adult day services (which include social adult day care and adult day health care), hospice care, respite care, home-delivered meals and senior centers.
Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance coverage of the different service options varies greatly. See Covering Costs of Care for more information.