Hello, I am curious as to what, if any, laws there are related to independent living for seniors in NY. Is there any law that restricts them from living on their own if they so chose? The adults in question are both seniors one 100% wheelchair bound and one who only leaves her chair to use the bathroom. Thank you.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): New York
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There are no laws that restrict a senior from living on their own here.They are voluntarily residing where they are at and certainly have the right to change where they reside.Obviously they would have to find housing that meets their disabilities but legally they have the right to make such decisions as adults.
Any senior adult may decide to relocate and seek new and different housing if they choose.
They may well want to check into other options and whether there are any government programs that would assist them with such housing.
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Thank you. Is there any potential to run into an issue if they are hospitalized? A previous relative of mine was not allowed to be released back into their own home and was required to stay in a facility. This was many many years ago. The seniors are looking to move from PA to NY and we want to make sure we are aware of what issues we may run into
No one would be forced here into say a nursing home assuming they are competent and able to make decisions.But relocating here from one state to another would not be a problem.They would just need to locate housing that would meet their needs or if they are going to live with relatives this would not be a problem. But as long as they have their mental facilities they can certainly relocate in such a situation .I wish them good luck with the move.
People often do this in order to be near relatives that can offer them help and assistance in their lives.
It certainly may benefit them to do so.
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