Our Senior Care Services FAQ

Below are a variety of our programs, with frequently asked questions for each.  As senior health services are ever changing to meet community need and regulatory guidelines, we know that some questions go beyond a simple answer.  Fort Hudson is here as a resource and guide.  If you have a question that’s not listed here simply Contact Us Here  and we will gladly assist you.

Fort Hudson offers a comprehensive process to work with you and your family to identify the best program fit for each person’s needs.




How do I become a resident at Fort Hudson Nursing Center?
In order to be considered for placement, you must contact Ann Marie Donahue, Director of Social Work/Admissions to receive an Application Form. We can mail, fax, or email this document to you directly. In addition, medical information (Patient Review Instrument also known as P.R.I.) must be completed by a qualified Registered Nurse. Commonly, this is done by a public health nurse if residing in the community OR by a hospital nurse, if currently within an in-patient/hospital setting.

How do I pay for Nursing Center care?
Fort Hudson accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private 3rd party insurances. Medicare is a federally funded program. Medicaid is a state and federally funded program designed as a supplement for individuals when private resources have been exhausted.

Can I tour your facility?
YES. Fort Hudson invites you to call (518) 747-2811 or email adonahue@forthudson.com  to arrange a personal tour. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Does Fort Hudson belong to any recognized organizations?
YES. We are a proud state member of LEADING AGE New York. We are also actively engaged nationally with LEADING AGE (AAHSA).

How does your facility compare to others in the area?
Fort Hudson has been providing senior health care for over forty years. Based on satisfaction surveys, we are confident in our quality programs and dedicated staff. A number of websites provide statewide comparison of nursing homes. This information can be reviewed here




What is the difference between the SOCIAL & MEDICAL Adult DAY Program?
The SOCIAL Program allows for supervision, case management, medication reminders, meals, activities, personal care, peer companionship, outings, and transportation. The MEDICAL Program provides additional support of professional and paraprofessional involvement including skilled nursing, medication management, wound care, ongoing clinical assessment, and optional physical, occupational, or speech therapy.

Who does Fort Hudson Day Services serve?
Participants of our programs reside in the community, are 18 years or older, and may have a social, cognitive or physical need that requires support, supervision, companionship or medical intervention. Our programs serve the participant, as well as the community caregiver. It allows a caregiver to pursue work, school, vacation or errands during the workday.

What are the Hours of Operation for the Day Services?
Monday – Friday / 8 a.m. to 4 P.M. Our programs offer early and late pick-up, as well as full and part-time options, to provide maximum flexibility for the participants and their families.

Do you provide transportation?
Yes, utilizing Fort Hudson vehicles and lift-vans to accommodate wheelchairs and/or walkers if needed. We transport to points throughout Washington, Warren, and Saratoga Counties. Transportation is included in our Medical Program rate; and is offered at ala-carte pricing for Social Program participants. Participants of either program may also arrange for their own private or public transportation, if they wish.

How are the programs staffed?
The Medical Program consists of a Program Director (Registered Nurse), Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants – all meeting NYS Dept. of Health standards. Participants also have direct access to a full complement of clinical staff; including Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists, Registered Dietician, and a Certified Social Worker.

The Social Program consists of a Program Director, Personal Care Aides, Home Health Aides, or Certified Nursing Assistants – all meeting NYS Office of the Aging standards.

How do I pay for either the Medical or Social Program?
The Medical Program is primarily paid through NYS Medicaid reimbursement (for participants who qualify for this funding). Private payment is also accepted.

The Social Program is covered through private payment, or a variety of funding sources through the local Office of Aging and/or Social Services Office.  Social Daycare is an approved program through NYS Waiver Programs – NHTD & TBI

Why choose Fort Hudson Day Services?
With over 45+ years of experience, Fort Hudson Health System is a leader of senior health services for individuals throughout Warren, Washington, and Saratoga County. Our unique multi-level approach to community and campus services (independent senior apartments, homecare, rehabilitation, specialized dementia care, respite, service coordination and 24-hour skilled nursing) gives participants a CHOICE when their health needs change.




What Is The Difference Between Companion Care, Licensed Home Care, and Certified Home Health Agency Care?
Companion service is classified as a Non-Medical Care – helping with such activities as meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, medication reminders, escort to appointments and errands, cueing of personal care needs, safety monitoring and friendly conversation.

Licensed Home Health Services is classified as Personal Care – it expands upon companion services, providing ‘hands on’ care to include personal care, bathing/ grooming/dressing; feeding and nutrition; ambulation and exercises; case management; and ongoing clinical assessment.

Certified Home Health Agency Services is Clinical Care – it expands upon the licensed home health services, providing extensive clinical care often after post acute illness or hospitalization.  It may include diabetic/wound care, rehabilitative therapy (PT, OT, Speech), cancer care, pain management, chronic disease management, and medical case management.

How are the programs staffed and monitored?
Our staff is proud to be part of the Fort Hudson team.  All employees undergo extensive background screening, orientation, and training prior to assignment. Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides are certified through a NYS Department of Health Approved Training Program.  Clinical staff maintain all required licensure and continuing education components. All staff receives ongoing training and education to provide the most current and innovative approaches to home care services.  NYS Department of Health and NYS Office of Aging oversees our programs. Fort Hudson Homecare strives to meet your homecare needs, to the best of our ability, morning, afternoon, evening, night or round-the-clock coverage.

How do I pay for Homecare Services?
Private, Long Term Care Insurances, local county funding through NYS Office of Aging, and NYS Waiver (NHTD / TBI) is generally how services are covered.  Certified Home Health Agency services are generally covered by Medicare and other private insurances.

Why do you want to select a Licensed or Certified Home Care Program instead of hiring someone on your own?
Using a structured Homecare Service Agency provides for continuity of care, experience, and the peace of mind knowing you’re working with a reliable service provider.  Our staff are trained, bonded, insured, with ongoing supervision to ensure the well-being of our clients.  We recognize the importance of quality care, so all clients within our program have the benefit of oversight by a Registered Nurse, as well as the guidelines of NYS Department of Health.

What is Service Coordination?
Fort Hudson is a NYS Approved Service Coordination Provider.  This means that our staff provide Care Management to individuals within Warren, Washington, and Saratoga Counties.  We work with other community resources to arrange services for those who are part of NYS Waiver programs NHTD (nursing home transition & diversion) and TBI (traumatic brain injury).  This coordination of care allows individuals to remain at home within their community.




What type of housing is The Oaks?
The Oaks is classified as ‘senior specific – market rate housing’.   This means that all individuals in residence must be age 62 or older.  The Oaks is NOT classified as a subsidized housing project, therefore sliding scale income adjustments are not applicable.

How do I become a tenant at The Oaks?
Currently, The Oaks is at full capacity and maintains a wait list on future openings.  Individuals wishing to take an apartment should contact The Oaks Office during business hours to request a packet and schedule a tour.  It is strongly encouraged that individuals tour the facility when completing the paperwork for the future openings list.  Call (518) 747-2811 to arrange a personal tour. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Is The Oaks ‘assisted living’?
No, The Oaks is considered independent senior living.   Although we do offer supportive amenity services such as dining, housekeeping, transportation, activities, homecare etc.  we do not offer 24-hour supervision or staff coverage.   Seniors at The Oaks maintain their own coordination of supportive services, if they need them.   Seniors also have the option of utilizing outside agency services or purchasing ala carte amenties through Fort Hudson.

Am I required to purchase amenity services?
No, all services are OPTIONAL and are available ala carte.  This allows seniors to tailor their ‘services’ to only pay for what they need or desire.  We do not follow an ‘all inclusive’ model at our retirement community.