Why Assisted Living Licensure is Important to You
Willow Towers is a not-for-profit Assisted Living Residence in New Rochelle, New York, and part of the United Hebrew of New Rochelle’s campus of senior services. Willow Towers was awarded the new Assisted Living Residence (ALR) licensure, with dual certification for Enhanced Assisted Living Residence (EALR) and Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR) by the New York State Department of Health. The new accreditations were developed to strengthen the standards of caring for older adults in a senior residence. A licensed facility provides clients with clear parameters for admission and retention and allows a family to advocate through clearly defined channels through the New York State Department of Health.
Assisted Living Residence (ALR) -- A licensed facility has the advantage of employing healthcare staff directly, which promotes continuity and consistency of care within the licensed residence. It allows for a seamless increase in service within the ALR so that a resident can age in place. Under the terms of this licensure, Willow Towers affords residents who have Long Term Care policies (LTC) the opportunity for maximum reimbursement for LTC insurance coverage, subject to carrier approval.
Enhanced Assisted Living Residence (EALR) – This certification allows residents access to additional nursing services while remaining in their own apartment. Residents have the opportunity to remain in place if a change in medical status occurs. The ability to age in place is an advantage of the EALR certification.
Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR) – This certification allows specialized care for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia in a secure residential setting, overseen by a registered nurse case manager. Extensive cultural and social programs are incorporated into the SNALR unit to accommodate the varying degrees and challenges of dementia.
Lisa Newcomb, Executive Director of the not-for-profit Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL), which is dedicated to strengthening New York State's assisted living industry and promoting the best interests of providers and residents, points out that “licensing is an important form of protection for consumers, and we congratulate Willow Towers staff for all the hard work they did to get this enhanced new licensing and certification.”
This licensure allows our residents to age in place and continue to be a part of our vibrant community. It allows us to bring the very best standards and expanded care to our residents.