Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) we receive in regards to our Assisted Living communities.

An Assisted Living Residence is both a residential and social environment where when living at home is no longer safe or desired, it is an excellent option.

An Assisted Living Residence is both a residential and social environment where when living at home is no longer safe or desired, it is an excellent option.

An Assisted Living Residence is both a residential and social environment where when living at home is no longer safe or desired, it is an excellent option.

An Assisted Living Residence is both a residential and social environment where when living at home is no longer safe or desired, it is an excellent option.

An Assisted Living Residence is both a residential and social environment where when living at home is no longer safe or desired, it is an excellent option.

When a person needs more personal care assistance the nurse conducts an assessment, along with a physicians’ evaluation, to determine what level of care is necessary.

The nurse or an Amber Court representative will discuss the costs associated with the changed level of care needed. This is paid privately or if eligible, by Medicaid-Funded programs.

At Amber Court a monthly rent is required. This includes all the services and amenities described previously. Rent can be paid privately, through private funds such as Social Security, pension and savings or by long-term care insurance. Medicare does not cover Assisted Living. If an individual is eligible, the rent can be paid by entitlements, such as SSI and Medicaid can pay for the personal care services.

Amber Court is New York State Department of Health and New Jersey Department of Health Licensed Assisted Living Residences. We are regulated and monitored on an on-going basis, by DOH, with on-site surveillance and continual “best practices” implementation. In New Jersey, an Advanced Standing program, designed by the NJ Health Care Association and DOH was begun several years ago for those ALR’s demonstrating exceptional operational and clinical services. We have qualified for this special status for three consecutive years. Amber Court holds an excellent reputation with both State agencies. You can feel protected, safe and secure at a licensed and regulated Assisted Living Residence.

At each of our Amber Court Residences, we have available a very affordable option, The Assisted Living Program (ALP), which is a NYS licensed, Medicaid-Funded Program. For those who qualify, it is for the frail elderly individual who can no longer live safely at home, struggling with their ADL’s, but are too high functioning for a medical model skilled nursing home. The ALP provides personal care services, room and board, housekeeping, medication management, supervision, case management and all the services available at our Assisted Living Residence.

Social Security or SSI entitlements, and community Medicaid pay for the ALP. If your entitlements are in place, you can oftentimes move in as soon as there is availability.

Occasionally some individuals will exceed the level of care that can be provided in the ALP, i.e. chairfast, bedfast, which means they can no longer transfer with the help of one or two people. We will help the family find a suitable nursing home. Eligibility requirements for the affordable ALP, medically and financially can be discussed with an Amber Court Representative. In New Jersey, they provide the NJ Licensed Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver. Utilizing Social Security, SSI entitlements and Medicaid, similarly to NY, all the services available at the Assisted Living Residence are provided.

At Amber Court walkers are always permitted. Wheelchairs can be utilized for outdoor excursions and indoors only when there are bedrooms on the main floor and there is availability of one of the rooms. This is so evacuation in an emergency is possible. For the safety of others, motorized wheelchairs are discouraged.

Yes, people with dementia, memory impairment and even Alzheimer’s can live comfortably in our environment. After a complete assessment by the Nursing Supervisor and a Physician medical evaluation, we can determine if the individual can live safely within our setting. Many do!

For those that need added security, we are proud to offer THE ALCOVE at Westbury. This is a private, protective setting, utilizing the latest in research for cognitive impairment. It is a relaxing atmosphere, designed to maximize ease and comfort.

We do not have visiting hours. Guest are welcomed throughout the day. However, for the comfort of our residents we recommend 9am-9pm.

We ask that guests sign our Visitor Register, so that we always know who is in the building. This allows for proper notice in case of an emergency.

Arranging a tour is easy. Call the Community of your choice and ask for the Community Representative. He/She will work with you to find a convenient time to view the Community. Come with all the questions you may want to ask. We are happy to answer every question.

For the most part pets are not permitted at Amber Court. However, speak with the Community Representative to discuss the circumstances.

What is required in our setting is an Admission Agreement. This details the amount your monthly rent, other costs associated with your care, and a disclosure of what can be expected within the payment of your rent (as outlined previously). It also states that you can terminate the Admission Agreement whenever you desire. It only requires a 30-day notice.

The first step is to arrange for a tour. During the tour we will discuss the individual needs of your loved one. When it is determined that we can provide what is needed, and a move-in is scheduled, we will ask for a Physician’s medical evaluation. Then our Nursing Supervisor will conduct a thorough nursing assessment to detail the actual plan of care. The move-in coordinator will help you with all the details of the admission, making it as seamless as possible.

Yes! We welcome input from family members and loved ones.

Our Management staff, which includes the Administrator/Executive Director, Nursing Supervisor and Case Managers are available to discuss any ideas and recommendations you may have to offer..

Yes, we are very proud of our on-going Quality Improvement Committees, which are comprised of the management in each individual community and the Governing Authority of our corporate entity.

We engage in a quarterly review of our policies and procedures, resident and personnel records and all operational and clinical activities.

We constantly strive for “best practices” in all areas of care and quality of life for our residents.