National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
This website, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging provides basic information and resources to help families start preparing for future long-term care needs, including personal and financial planning steps, housing considerations and legal issues.
New York State Department of Financial Services
The Department of Financial Services website offers information about long-term care options in the state and how to shop for insurance.
AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center provides a Long-Term Care Calculator that enables users to compare costs, types and length of care (homemaker services, home health aides, adult day services, assisted living and nursing home) by metro area, including Long Island. A similar calculator is available on the Genworth Financial website. www.genworth.com.
New York State NY Connects
In partnership with the New York State’s NY Connects program, the Nassau and Suffolk county offices for the aging administer free, locally based Connects programs that provide practical information, referrals, and assistance in accessing long-term care services and support for the frail elderly. Trained specialists provide objective, individualized assistance to seniors and their caregivers, whether people pay for these services themselves, through insurance or government programs.
Nassau NY Connects
Suffolk NY Connects
The Arc New York
Formerly known as NYSARC, this nonprofit organization offers “pooled trusts” that qualify as supplemental needs trusts under federal and New York statutes. These trust services give people with disabilities and elderly individuals a way to maintain eligibility for Medicaid benefits while they deposit excess personal income into a trust that is used to pay for monthly living expenses and services not covered by Medicaid. For more information, visit.
Empire State Association of Assisted Living
This trade association of assisted living providers in New York State offers tips and guidance for consumers on its website, in addition to a consumer directory of facilities, searchable by county.
Paying for Senior Care
Created by the American Elder Care Research Organization, this national website is designed to help families and caregivers locate information about long-term care resources for their loved ones and find the public and private programs available to assist in covering the cost of such care.
Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver Program
(Coordinated by Suffolk Independent Living Organization, or SILO)
A New York State Medicaid waiver program designed to be a cost-effective alternative to nursing home placement, allowing participants to maximize independence and live in the least restrictive setting possible. This goal is accomplished by providing a variety of services above what the state plan Medicaid provides, including assistive technology, help with moving costs, renovations, home care, and service coordination. All applicants must first be assessed by SILO, the Suffolk Independent Living Organization, a social service agency designated by the state as the regional resource center for the program.