Assisted Living in New Hampshire
State InformationFacts and Figures about New Hampshire
New Hampshire is known as The Granite State, it’s a small place with a small population, but has the largest median household income in the entire country, which can have an impact on care options, as we’ll discuss further. For history buffs, you’ll be hard pressed to find a place with a more historical American history than NH. There’s a lot to do, a lot to see, and many great ways to pass the time. We always encourage people to seek assisted living in a state that interests them, if they’re deciding to move elsewhere, because a big part of having a happy life is enjoying your surroundings, staying engaged with the world around you, and doing things – to the best of your ability and mobility.
The historical Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, The Strawberry Banke Museum, The USS Albacore Museum, and the Currior Museum of Art are just a small handful of cultural and historical sites and museums to visit, and there are also numerous state parks, concert venues, and fine dining establishments to put on your bucket list.
Quick Facts about New Hampshire
- Robert Frost, one of the world’s most renowned poets, is from New Hampshire, inspired by the sights and sounds of this state.
- New Hampshire is also home to some of the largest mountains for skiing on the east coast, which are stunning to look at, even if you aren’t going to be hitting the slopes.
- This small state is ranked 46th for land mass area, with only 9,349 square miles.
- The population of New Hampshire is 1,334,795, which ranks 41st for the entire country.
- Despite small area and small population, New Hampshire is number one for household income, with a median of $75,675.
- New Hampshire is one of the safest places to live in all of America, they have the lowest overall rate of murder, and among the lowest rates of violent crimes as well. For someone looking to settle down in a safe, quiet place, this is a good option – however it’s not necessarily the most affordable state to live in, either, so keep that in mind. None the less, it’s worth speaking to multiple faciltieis to see which ones may fit your budget, not to mention looking into additional support through Medicaid.
Types of Assisted Living in New Hampshire
There are multiple designations for different types of homes that exist in New Hampshire, which are equipped to deal with different levels of care, depending on what’s needed. Some homes are for people who can get by with a greater level of independence, while others exist for those who need additional support, and choosing the right one is important – that’s why an initial assessment is crucial.
Basic care includes help with things like laundry, meal preparation, overseeing of daily living tasks like hygiene, bathing, and so on. Ultimately, it depends on the resident’s needs, and ensuring they’re in a facility with a care plan that can accommodate them, which is why research is important so pat yourself on the back right now for taking those first important steps.
Requirements for Moving in or Moving Out
Initial assessment information: An initial assessment is required to determine the needs of a resident to ensure that the facility is a good fit. It would be tragic for somebody to move into a facility, only to discover they won’t be properly cared for there.
One of the conditions that can prevent somebody from being moved into a facility is if they aren’t able to evacuate themselves in the event of an emergency, such as a fire or a gas leak. Also, if someone cannot have their medical (physical or mental) needs met by the facility, they won’t be admitted either – which stands to reason, since one person’s needs shouldn’t interfere with the care of others. In such cases, they’ll need to seek out a facility that is equipped to meet their needs, in some cases it may be a nursing home, rather than an assisted living facility in New Hampshire.
General Information About Care
Bathroom requirements: There must be one sink, one toilet, and one bathtub or shower available for every six people living in the facility. It’s not the greatest ratio, but we’ve seen much worse in other states, and chances are that certain facilities will opt to offer better ratios than these, however they’ll often come with a higher price tag as well.
Medication handling: Residents are able to administer their own medication if they’re able to do so, and supervision is available when required. If a staff member has the necessary license, they can also administer the medication for the resident if that’s a needed service, otherwise the resident will have a greater level of independence when it comes to their medicine, but only if they’re capable of doing so safely and accurately.
Fire and Safety information: Facilities must follow all of the state’s regulations and requirements when it comes to fire safety, including sprinkler systems, fire alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors.
Staff Training and Requirements
Training for staff members is based specifically on which area they’re going to be working in, so staff aren’t universally trained for all aspects of care in New Hampshire, only the area where they are employed. For instance, if a staff member is never going to be administering medicine, they won’t be trained or licensed to do so. If a staff member is working in memory care, they’ll get the required training, and so on and so forth.
Medicaid for Assisted Living in New Hampshire and Additional Information
For additional information about assisted living and senior care in the state of New Hampshire, you can reach out to the Health Facilities Administration, which is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. There is Medicaid coverage available as well.