There are basic services that all FTHA's (Family-Type Homes for Adults) should provide. Room, Board, 24-hour assistance with emergency call systems, laundry services, housekeeping, special diets, medication supervision, furnished rooms, assistance with personal adult care and transportation services. (On request for a fee)

While I am unable to discuss exactly what other nursing home alternatives provide, I can address the additional special activities we provide at each of the Homesteads. We want all of our residents to feel as if they are a part of a large and caring family.

With this in mind, we do family vacations together (if able), go on picnics, to the movies, suggest yoga lessons, dine out, and attend concerts and holiday functions. (There are additional charges for these additional activities.) We have a yearly picnic with all residents and their families invited. Lots of fun and food!

We enjoy Yvette Bulger's musical contributions on the piano and Yvonne Hartman's concerts. There is an extensive library of CDs and videos. Movies, games, crafts are all part of our daily/monthly activities. Sit or stroll by the beautiful gardens, dine on the decks, enjoy sunny days outside. We have sweet pets loved by everyone and even enjoy feeding the koi in the pond at the Barton Home. We do crafts and prepare meals. Bake cookies and cakes! Homemade is the best.

We have many of our own original activities such as “A special date.” A “date” involves a very special activity with a time set aside for individual attention and enjoyment. For our ladies, it means your date arrives with a flower and they go for a lovely lunch, a movie or perhaps a concert or stop at a local nursery to purchase plants for our garden! For our gentlemen, the “Date" involves a ride to the park, a hearty lunch, lots of talk about sports or fishing, and possibly a Mets game or a fishing trip! All the dates are tailored to the individual’s interests and abilities. Another special evening is our weekly “party” in our community room. The ladies get their nails and hair done, and get all ready to rock! The gents get all slicked up! Then we play music from the 40’s and 50’s and dance and sing! Come and party with us!

The Homesteads work closely with our families and our client's physician. We stress communication and loving care. All health issues are important and quickly addressed. We Offer:
  • Live in; 24 hour assistance available
  • Respite adult care/ Convalescent adult care
  • Day Care
  • Live in staff: caring and compassionate, operator and manager educated with classes at Duke University.
  • Medications: Monitored, Ordered and delivered from the Medicine Shoppe.
  • Emergency Call System
  • Assistance with personal care needs
  • Meals: Three delicious, home made, well balanced meals per day; prepared to meet the dietary needs of our residents plus a wonderful selection of our own desserts.
  • Snacks: two nutritious snacks per day
  • Security alarms: Outside doors equipped. Especially necessary for dementia and Alzheimer's patients.
  • Furnished Bedrooms: lovely and bright
  • Transportation Service on request
  • Activities: crafts, baking and planned outings which include: movies, vacations, yoga lessons, dining out and various holiday related community events.
  • Laundry and housekeeping services

Our rates vary depending on the home's location and if you would like a private or semi-private room. The charges also vary if the room is upstairs or downstairs, has a private or shared bathroom. Some homes have downstairs rooms only!

Our rates also increase with the individual's needed care level. An individual who is capable of dressing themselves, walking without aid, one who is fairly independent, would not be expected to pay the same rate as an individual who requires more personal care.

Our rates average about $ 4295.00 to $ 5295.00 per month for long term adult care and include all stated services. (Some services require an additional charge such as medications, attends, transportation.) A resident of one of our homes is never left olone in the home.

Assisted living average: $5900
Average $4,800 per month with Semi-private rooms about $4,295 and private about $5,295
Respite Care: $245.00 per 24 hour period
Day Care: $85.00 for 7 day time hours including breakfast and dinner (served at 1:00 pm)
Rate Comparison Chart

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While Family Type Homes for Adults do not have a doctor or nurse on staff, the Homesteads do work with a local doctor and the Public Health Nurses. Our physician will do house calls, if absolutely needed and call in a nurse to do special care. In facilities, a nurse can not do any care without a doctor's order, so a physician must be called before care can commence. The Homesteads operate with the same restrictions, but have a wonderful, caring physician who gives exceptional care to our clients.

Consultation Contract

If you need assistance in opening a Family Type Home for Adults, we are available to assist you! The Homesteads' have twenty years experience and have multitudes of experience in the setting up and operating of FTHAs. We have numerous references available upon request.

The Homesteads, LLC agrees to provide consultation services in exchange for a consultation fee. A deposit is required and the balance of the fee to be paid upon completion of the licensing process for A Family Type Home for Adults. This process must be completed in a timely manner and must not take more than three months from the time the application is placed with New York State requesting a license. Contracts are available upon request and shall state exactly what will be provided by the Homesteads,llc as a part of their contracted service, and a fee will be decided between the Homesteads and the New FTHA Operator.

See the contact information on this web site, fill in the requested information and we will contact you. The operating of an FTHA can be a most rewarding life choice.

New York State General Admissions Standards for a resident in A Family-Type Home for Adults
The responsibility of the Family-Type Home Operator: To provide a program of resident services that shall include room, board, supervision, personal care and social support.
Cannot admit an individual who:
-is under the age of 18.
-needs continual medical or nursing care or supervision. (the Homesteads are secure locations, so wandering is not an issue. We have successfully cared for dementia clients for twenty years.)
-has a serious and persistent mental disability that requires treatment in a mental health facility.
-requires health or mental health services that are not available or cannot be provided safely and effectively by local providers.
-causes or is likely to cause danger to self or others.
-repeatedly behaves in such a way as to interfere with the orderly operation of the home.
-has an unstable medical condition that requires skilled reporting and observation of a physician
-refuses to take prescribed treatment thereby causing life-threatening danger to the individual or others.
-must stay in bed.
-is usually unable to move from a bed, chair, toilet or wheelchair without help. *
-usually requires help to walk. (Walkers are permitted!)
-usually requires help to climb or descend stairs, unless the resident’s room and bath facilities are on a floor with a ground exit.
-cannot control urine or bowels, except if managed through the use of medical equipment or procedures. ( Attends are an acceptable choice for management. We accept those with this need.)
-has a communicable disease or health condition that endangers others.
-depends on medical equipment that is hazardous, restricts the individual to his room, interferes with others, or needs more than occasional help with use from medical personnel.
-does not provide operator with required medical evaluations.
-abuses alcohol or uses illegal drugs.
-cannot communicate with operator in a common language.
-cannot manage their own colostomy or ileostomy lavage. Some assistance and direction is permitted from the operator.
-those with a foley catheters for a long term, and that require sterile procedure, and a trained nurse. (Short term need is permitted, and for those who can manage the catheter on their own.)
-Requires persons who want to become residents to provide the medical evaluation form DSS-3122, showing that:
-the resident does not require placement in a hospital or health care facility.
-a physician has examined the resident within the last 30 days.
-there is a plan of care including diet and exercise recommendations.
-the resident is able to maintain any required medical equipment with only occasional help from medical personal.

The local Department of Social Services responsibilities:
-Assists the operator in obtaining medical or mental health information concerning an applicant.
-Assists operators in linking the resident with community resources.
* This is the major concern for the Homesteads also. If a resident can not stand up without being lifted, they will not be able to remain with us. (We can provide assistance, and emotional support!) The ONLY exception to this rule is the acceptance of the resident to the Hospice program.
-Should Hospice be needed for the end of a long term resident, then the rule can be exempted, with a state approved waiver.