Notice to Massachusetts Residents Seeking Senior Care
If you are a Massachusetts resident, you may not be aware of the options that are available to you, just over the border into New Hampshire. In Massachusetts, there is one classification for Assisted Living Residences (ALRs). These facilities offer a combination of housing, meals and personal care services. These facilities cannot provide, admit or retain any resident in need of skilled nursing care. In other words, staff members of ALRs, according to state regulations cannot provide medical or nursing services. A resident may use the services of a licensed home care or hospice agency to provide this care. According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Massachusetts Assisted Living Residences are not designed for people who need considerable medical care. Instead, assisted living is intended for adults who may need help with activities such as housecleaning, meals, bathing, dressing and/or medication reminders and who would like the security of having assistance available on a 24- hour basis in a residential and non-institutional environment.
In New Hampshire, those with medical needs have options other than a nursing home – they can enjoy all the benefits of Assisted Living and also receive the medical care that they need. You will find two types of Assisted Living facilities in New Hampshire; Residential Care Homes and Supported Residential Care Homes; the main difference being the level of care that can be provided by the staff of the facility. Both options provide housing, meals, personal care services and other amenities for adults who do not qualify for nursing home care, but either can no longer manage independent living in their own homes or do not want to live alone. Supported Residential Care Homes (SRC’s) are designed for adults who have more medical needs. According to the National Center for Assisted Living’s 2012 State Regulatory Review, the regulations adopted for SRC’s allow nursing-home eligible residents to remain in an assisted living facility so long as appropriate care can be provided. Receiving the care you need with all of the amenities and comforts you want is closer than you think. A short trip over the border into New Hampshire provides you or your loved with all of these things - and peace of mind. The Courville Communities understand that this is no easy decision to make and we seek to provide you with the all the information and tools you need, so that you can make an educated decision that works best for you and your loved ones.
As you tour our website, our hope is that you’ll understand all the options available to you, both in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and of course the options The Courville Communities can offer for all levels of care.