Enhanced Assisted Living Residence Regulations in NYS

As we age, our needs may change, and sometimes, traditional assisted living just isn’t enough. For those requiring more comprehensive care, Enhanced Assisted Living Residences (EALRs) can be a valuable option. EALRs provide a higher level of care tailored to individuals with complex needs, allowing them to maintain independence and quality of life in a comfortable, home-like setting.

Enhanced Assisted Living vs Assisted Living. What’s the difference?

While both assisted and enhanced assisted living communities offer seniors a supportive environment and help with activities of daily living (ADLs), enhanced care also adds an extra level of support. Enhanced residents often receive additional staff attention, help with medical equipment, incontinence care, or other complex care.

With these unique services come unique regulations. Here we break down these guidelines so you can make informed decisions for yourself or your loved ones.

New York State EALR Certification:

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has established these regulations to ensure consistent quality of care and set standards for staffing and operations.

Key areas covered by these regulations include:

  • Admission: EALRs have specific guidelines regarding who can be admitted and remain residents. This includes assessments of medical needs, cognitive abilities, and functional limitations. If an individual requires a higher level of care than what the EALR can provide they will not be able to be admitted.
  • Required Services: EALRs must provide a higher level of care compared to assisted living. Enhanced services can include physical assistance with ambulation or transferring, feeding assistance, assistance with medical equipment, and more.
  • Staff Qualifications: EALR staff must have specific training and certifications, including Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs)

Resources for Residents and Families in New York

For a comprehensive overview of New York State’s Enhanced Care Regulations and the certification process, please visit the NYDOH website: https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/adult_care/

A Certified EALR in Saratoga Spring

You or your loved one deserves a safe, supportive, and enriching environment. Look no further than Home of the Good Shepherd. Our certified Enhanced Assisted Living Residences in New York provide exceptional care, personalized plans, and vibrant communities to keep your loved one engaged and thriving. Schedule a personalized assessment or tour today to discover how we can meet your loved one’s unique needs.