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Myths Dispelled: Enriched Housing Program at Quail Summit

We have heard questions about the Harbor.  We have heard several rumors too.  Time to dispel some myths:

  • “The Harbor is a Nursing Home”. This is not accurate.  Quail Summit’s whole community is a housing program that provides care and amenities; nursing homes are medical facilities where people live.
  • “I will lose my independence if I move to the Harbor”. This is not true.  Staff are here to do all the important day to day tasks and care needed to keep you healthy and safe.  Housing enriched with care aides allows you to focus your energy and time enjoying your home, family and friends.
  • “I will lose my friends if I move to the Harbor”. Simply not true.  Quail Summit offers residents the continuity of shared community activities and events as well as the choice to eat dinner with friends in the dining room of their choosing.
  • “I cannot afford the Harbor.” Often not the case. Pricing at the Harbor offers one consistent monthly fee.  Compared with bringing in private caregivers at about $600 (per 24-hour day), the Harbor is quite reasonable.
  • Anyone who lives in the Estates can go to the Harbor whenever they want. Not necessarily.  Residents must be and remain independent to be eligible to reside in enriched housing programs.  See Department of Health admission guidelines.

An enriched housing program is a state-licensed adult care facility providing long-term residential care.   At Quail Summit Enriched Living is provided in the Harbor.  Staff include an RN Wellness Director, nurses, resident care aides, and Life Enrichment Director.  Services include assistance with showers, dressing, personal care, 24-hour staff availability, medication management, life enrichment activities, three meals and snacks each day, weekly housekeeping and laundry, transportation to appointments, personal emergency transmitter and pull cords, and case management services.

Admission and ongoing eligibility for Enriched Housing is regulated by the New York State Department of Health guidelines which include:

  1. Independent with ambulation (getting yourself from point A to point B without the assistance of another person)
  2. Independent with transfer (getting up and down from chair, in and out of bed and on and off the toilet)
  3. Independent with feeding self
  4. Independent with operating medical equipment (example: oxygen, sleep apnea machine, C-pap or Bi-pap machines etc.)
  5. Others – discuss with Community Outreach Director or Wellness Director

If you are considering a move to the Harbor because your life would be improved with care, but have delayed based on myths, please reread this information.