Assisted Living is an ideal option for seniors who are having a difficult time living independently yet do not require the 24hour medical care of a nursing home. As a general rule, Assisted living Communities provide 24hour staff supervision, medication reminders and/ or administration, all meals, local transportation and assistance with dressing, bathing, and toileting. Collectively these activities are commonly referred to as *Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). In the state of New Hampshire, the level of medical care available to residents differs from community to community. In addition to physically caring for residents, many communities are rich in social and recreational activities to keep the residents mentally and physically engaged.
The state of New Hampshire issues two licenses for assisted living. A community is either licensed as an Assisted Living Residential Care Home or Assisted Living Supported Residential Care Home. The license issued dictates the level of medical care a community is able to provide. Assisted Living in the state of New Hampshire is unique compared to that of other New England states and states throughout the country due to licensing that allows for a higher level of medical care. Some communities are licensed to provide nursing and skilled nursing services, thus enabling seniors to delay the need for a Nursing Home. “Opening New Doors” has worked with many seniors who have crossed the borders into New Hampshire in order to be cared for in an Assisted Living Community rather than a Nursing Home in Massachusetts.