People are prompted to seek an assisted living facility when they experience difficulties with the activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs include toileting, bathing, dressing and undressing, feeding, and transferring in and out of a chair or bed.
Assisted living promotes resident self-direction, privacy and dignity in homelike surroundings. The residential units are unfurnished and may vary in size from a single room to a 1-2 bedroom apartment. Assisted living facilities provide private units, congregate meals, and 24-hour supervision. Available services include personal care, supervision of medications, activities, and social services. Additional services may be available for an additional fee. There may be a nurse on staff, but not necessarily on duty 24 hours. Some facilities provide for patients with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders in separate wings. Residents who need a higher level of care (staff ratio) are charged a higher rate. While most Assisted Living communities try to serve their residents as long as possible, they may recommend moving to a long-term skilled care facility.
Assisted living facilities are usually owned by for-profit organizations, many by multi-facility corporations. Typically, there is a basic monthly fee with extra fees for additional services. In estimating costs, take into account (a) fees for basic services, (b) fees for needed additional services, (c) likely annual increases in fees, and (d) the possibility that the resident's need for additional services may increase over time. Most residents are private-pay or covered in part by long-term care insurance. There are some Medicaid-Waiver beds in New Jersey, but most go to residents who have already been living in the residence on private pay for at least two years and have spent all their assets.
RESPITE CARE Most Assisted Living facilities offer short-term respite care for those living in their home community when their caregivers need to be away. There is usually a minimum length of stay of 3 - 7 days. This can be a good way to try it out. Be clear about the person's level of need, and understand the fee structure. Plan ahead as you have to do all the regular admissions paperwork. Respite care rooms are furnished.
MEMORY CARE Many Assisted Living communities also have a separate, secure unit for people with memory problems.
In New Jersey, assisted living facilities must meet definitions and standards defined by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, which is the licensing body. You may also find the website of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) www.alfa.org.
The websites www.aboutassistedliving.org and www.helpguide.org/articles/senior-housing/assisted-living-facilities.htm have information about assisted living communities in all states.
Note: Many CCRC's also accept residents directly into their Assisted Living units. This includes Stonebridge, Meadow Lakes, and Parker in Monroe.
The Clare Estate Independent & Assisted Living. 201 Crosswicks Ave, Bordentown NJ 08505 (609) 298-9960 http://www.ourparents.com/new_jersey/bordentown.
The Chelsea Assisted Living at East Brunswick 606 Cranbury Rd. East Brunswick NJ 08816 (732) 651-6100 www.chelseaseniorliving.com. The Crossings Program addresses the unique needs of residents with behavioral health needs.
Sunrise Assisted Living 190 Summerhill Rd East Brunswick NJ 08816 (732) 613-1355 www.sunriseseniorliving.com
Abrams Residence at Greenwood House 53 Walter Street, Ewing NJ 08628 (609) 883-5391 www.greenwoodhouse.org (kosher)
Monmouth Crossing 560 Iron Bridge Rd, Freehold NJ 07728 (732) 303-8600 www.monmouthcrossing.com
CareOne at Hamilton 1660 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Rd. Hamilton NJ 08690 (609) 586-4600 www.care-one.com
Emeritus Hillsboro (Brookdale) 600 Auten Rd Hillsboro NJ 08844 (908) 431-1300 www.brookdale.com/communities/emeritus-hillsborough/
Avalon at Hillsboro393 Amwell Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 (908) 874-7200 www.bridgewayseniorcare.com/assisted_living
The Residence at Forsgate 319 Forsgate Dr Monroe Twp NJ (732) 656-1000 www.residenceatforsgate.com
St. Mary's Assisted Living at Morris Hall 1 Bishops Dr. Lawrenceville NJ 08648 (609) 896-0060 x 2278 www.morrishall.org
Brookdale Monroe (formerly Chelsea at Forsgate) 380 Forsgate Dr. Monroe Twp NJ 08831 (609) 409-7525 www.brookdaleliving.com
Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton, 155 Raymond Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540,732-329-8888. www.brandycare.com/communities/Princeton
Brandywine Senior Living at Stony Brook Assisted Living 143 West Franklin Ave. Pennington NJ 08534 (609) 730-9922 www.brandycare.com/communities/Pennington
Atrium at Forrestal, 5000 Windrow Drive, Princeton NJ 08540 (609) 987-1221 www.thepavilionsatforrestal.com
Acorn Glen 775 Mt. Lucas Rd. Princeton NJ 08540 (609) 430-4000 www.acornglen.com
Rose Hill Assisted Living 1150 Washington Blvd, Robbinsville NJ 08691 (609) 371-7007 www.rosehillassistedliving.com
Spring Hills 473 DeMott Ln, Somerset NJ 08873 (732) 873-4800 (609) 371-7007 www.spring-hills.com
Stein Assisted Living Residence( kosher) 350 DeMott La, Somerset NJ 08873 (732) 568-1155 www.steinresidence.org
Bear Creek Assisted Living 291 Village Rd. East, West Windsor NJ 08550 (609) 918-1075 www.bearcreekassistedliving.com
Chandler Hall 99 Barclay St. Newtown PA 18940 (215) 860-4000 www.chandlerhall.org Assisted living, skilled nursing, adult day care, hospice. Affiliated with Kendal Communities.
The Birches at Newtown, 70 Durham Rd, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-497-7400 www.thebirchesatnewtown.com. Personal care and memory care.
Clare Bridge of Hamilton (Brookdale) 1645 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd Hamilton NJ 08619 (609) 586-4000 www.brookdaleliving.com
Memory Care Living 38 North Central Avenue Ramsen NJ 07446 www.memorycareliving.com/
Arden Courts 493 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley PA 19067 (215) 321-6166 www.hcr-manorcare.com
The Princeton Senior Resource Center does not endorse any of the resources listed on these pages. We collect and provide information from many sources as a service to those seeking services in the Princeton area. No listed provider pays to be in our directory.