Popular Memory Care Facilities in Nassau County
Seniors with dementia very typically have or will develop physical problems like walking and speech difficulties. The cause of these physical challenges in seniors with dementia is straightforward: The brain is where neuromuscular actions like walking begin, and if the brain is damaged by some condition causing dementia, then the brain and body will eventually not be able to communicate well.
It is because of this combination of physical and cognitive difficulties that New York State issues a special license to those Assisted Living communities that also care for seniors with dementia. This authorization is called a “Special Needs” license. All the Memory Care communities (or sections of larger Assisted Living communities) shown below have this license. The staffing in the Memory area of a community typically is higher than that in Assisted Living. The Memory staff is specially trained in techniques like Diversion and Acceptance, and they are prepared for both cognitive issues and advanced levels of support for the Activities of Daily Living.
The cost of care in Memory is typically presented in one of two ways – All Inclusive and Rent plus Care. The All-Inclusive pricing model, which is becoming something of the norm, charges one single monthly price for care within the Memory section of a building. This charge for the most part does not change even as the resident’s physical and cognitive needs become greater. Because the charge is fixed, some of these communities will not be able to care for a resident as his/her needs become very advanced. This is the point when seniors with dementia sometimes move to a Long Term Care facility.
The other pricing model is Rent plus Care. Under this model in Memory, the care is broken up into two, sometimes three components. The first is Rent. Under this monthly charge, the resident’s room, food, activities, and other parts of their physical environment are paid for by a single monthly charge. When the resident is going through the community’s admission process, their care needs are assessed. This care for the resident’s Activities of Daily Living is paid for by a second charge, typically just called Care. This cost can range from a relatively low cost to several thousand dollars each month. In addition, some communities also have a separate charge to administer, dispense, record, and reorder medications.
The communities that charge under a Rent plus Care model typically are able and willing to keep residents longer – sometime till end of life.
In Nassau County, we are fortunate to have almost 30 Memory Care communities, including several that exclusively serve seniors with dementia.
This listing is a deep sampling of the communities that have set up a separate and specific area for seniors with cognitive issues, and it includes most of the communities that charge residents on a monthly only basis. Many seniors with dementia are also residents in Long Term Care facilities, and this is a good choice for seniors with severe physical problems accompanying dementia, those that also have very significant psychiatric problems, and those relying totally on Medicaid to pay for care.
For more information, and to help pick the most appropriate Memory communities for your loved one, call Mike McClernon at Assisted Living Locators of Long Island. His phone is 516 254 9481, and his email is email@example.com. He has helped hundreds of Long Island families with the important decisions around senior placement.
Amber Court Assisted Living - The Alcove
3400 Brush Hollow Rd
Westbury, NY 11590
Amber Court is a highly respected group of Assisted Living communities, with several locations on Long Island and throughout the NYC area. Their communities mainly serve seniors who are relatively sound from a cognitive standpoint. They have one intimate area of their community that serves people with dementia, both with and without physical challenges. This is called The Alcove. Amber Court is sometimes able to use a combination of Medicaid and private payments to support seniors with dementia in this special area of their community.
Atria Park of Great Neck
51 Great Neck Rd
Great Neck, NY 11021
Atria is the country’s second largest collection of Assisted, Independent, and Memory communities. The “Park” designation within Atria means that this community offers the highest level of support allowed under NY State licensure for both Memory Care and Assisted Living. They care for seniors with dementia and with several of the physical difficulties that often accompany dementia, like the inability to walk. This community is set in the middle of the community of Great Neck – just steps from the LIRR and convenient restaurants and shopping.
Atria Park of Lynbrook
100 Peninsula Blvd
Lynbrook, NY 11563
This community, like other Atria Park’s, can care for seniors with dementia, typically, for the rest of their lives. They are prepared for wheelchairs and other needs, and have separate daily activities for those with greater and lesser abilities. The building has recently been completely renovated, and the studio apartments for Memory residents are spacious and close to the separate activity areas used exclusively by Memory residents.
Benchmark Orchard Estates
900 Woodbury Rd
Woodbury, NY 11797
This community is part of the well respected Benchmark community group, with most locations in the Northeastern US. The Memory Care area at Orchard Estates in smaller and more intimate than some communities, and is highlighted by a large, sun filled main activity room opening onto a private and secured patio and garden.
Benchmark Whisper Woods
71 St Johnland Rd
Smithtown, NY 11787
This is Benchmark’s other Long Island community. While seniors of at virtually any point in their dementia journey are welcome at Whisper Woods, this community uses their Special Needs and Enhanced licenses to care for seniors throughout their entire time with dementia, including end of life care. Whisper Woods is very near other medical resources, including St. Catherine’s Medical Center.
The Bristal at Garden City
1001 Axinn Ave
Garden City, NY 11530
This is one of the Bristal’s newest communities, and as is typical in new communities the population in both Assisted and Memory tends to be slightly younger and less needy than communities that have a longer tenure. The apartments in Memory are all identical – all medium sized studios and are set up in a “figure 8” arrangement. The advantage of this design, of course, is that seniors with dementia have relatively long walkways but cannot get lost. An additional design element here are the two secure courtyards, reserved for the private use of the Memory Care area – both of which are inside the Figure 8 design.
The Bristal at Bethpage
1075 Stewart Ave
Bethpage, NY 11714
This is Bristal’s newest community – it opened in July of 2022. The Memory section of this community, and the Memory sections of all of Bristal’s communities, has the same amenities and services as Assisted Living – each boasts cinemas, bistros, secured outdoor spaces, activity rooms, access to physicians, and more. A relatively unique feature of this new Bristal is the installation of the Foresite Predictive Health and Fall Management system in both common spaces and in resident’s rooms. This cutting-edge technology allows the Wellness staff to see and quickly respond to resident falls. In addition, the data gathered by devices located under mattresses gives the staff information on several health indices, including sleep patterns and blood oxygen levels. This system, as it develops, will help the staff predict and even head off some health problems for some residents. And within the Memory section at Bristal Bethpage this information service is provided at no cost.
The Bristal East Meadow
40 Merrick Ave
East Meadow, NY 11554
Getting to a community to visit a loved one easily makes for more frequent visits, and this Bristal is close to the Northern State, Hempstead Turnpike, the Meadowbrook Parkway, and others. The community is built in a vertical apartment style, and their Memory area features several different types of apartments. In the month of August 2022, the activity calendar for Reflections (the name for Memory Care at all Bristals) showed at least 10 activities per day – all for the senior residents with dementia.
The Bristal at Jericho
310 Jericho Turnpike
Jericho, NY 11753
This is another new building for Bristal – it opened in 2019. The Memory Care section of this community is active and friendly, with residents, families, and staff all interacting in a friendly and upbeat manner. Memory apartments here come in two types – private studios and ‘Friendship Suites’ – suites where both residents have private bedrooms and share a common foyer and kitchenette. This is only community on Long Island where Bristal has put a separate Independent Living community together with an Assisted and a Memory community. Their idea is that seniors can ‘age in place’, starting with Independent Living and then perhaps progressing as needed to other types of care – all on the same campus.
The Bristal at Lynbrook
8 Freer St
Lynbrook, NY 11563
This Bristal has a great, active spirit. Residents in both Assisted Living and Memory Care busy. There is an active calendar of events, and the care staff has received special trainging to help residents with dementia have peaceful and happy days. This is one of the least expensive Bristal buildings – a great opportunity to experience the Bristal’s high level of service for comparably less money per month.
The Bristal at North Hills
99 S Service Rd
North Hills, NY 11040
This community is very close to Roslyn, Great Neck, and other exclusive towns in Western Nassau County. It is also close to Long Island Jewish, Winthrop, North Shore, and St. Francis. The population in Memory Care at North Hills is a bit older than average, which means that the community has lots of care available for seniors who have both dementia and some of the physical difficulties that sometimes accompany dementia.
The Bristal at North Woodmere
477 Hungry Harbor Rd
North Woodmere, NY 11581
This is Bristal’s community is Nassau County’s “Five Towns” area. Like all Bristals, it combines elegant interiors with attentive staff and care teams. The Memory area is intimate and secure. The setting of the community is very nice - it is close to the South Shore, and many of the small towns and oceanside restaurants are close and accessible. This community has a very diverse population.
The Bristal at Westbury
117 Post Ave
Westbury, NY 11590
This community is very near rail connections. It is also a block away from downtown Westbury, a multi ethnic shopping area. The population within the Memory Care section of the building is a cross section of the local area, as is the staff. Bristal takes great care in creating and managing Memory Care neighborhoods, and this building’s Memory unit reflects that attention.
The Bristal at Lake Success
69 N Service Rd
Lake Success, NY 11020
This is Bristal’s only ‘Memory Only’ Assisted Living community. Everything and everyone in the community is focused on the needs of seniors with dementia and the physical difficulties that often accompany later stage dementia. The community boasts two interior, secured courtyards. It also features the Foresite Predictive Health and Fall Management system at no extra cost to residents. This cutting-edge platform combines wireless sensors, artificial intelligence, deep machine learning, visual monitoring systems, and predictive analytics to track resident health, help predict an elevated risk of falling, and provide immediate alerts should a fall ever occur. Technology will play an increasing role in senior care, and this system is showing meaningful promise in helping ‘get ahead’ of physical problems experienced by fragile seniors.
Maple Pointe by Chelsea Senior Living
260 Maple Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
This community, managed by the respected company Chelsea Senior Living, offers Memory Care in a separate, secured area. Maple Pointe has the important Enhanced and Special Needs licenses, so important in allowing seniors and seniors with cognitive difficulties to age in place.
Somerset Gardens by Chelsea Senior Living
150 Sunnyside Blvd
Plainview, NY 11803
This community is conveniently located close to major roads in the eastern half of Nassau County. The Memory section of the building, called the Country Cottage, has its own secure outdoor space. The community can care for people who have cognitive difficulties accompanied by physical difficulties, such as the inability to walk or swallow easily.
The Esplanade of Woodmere
130 Irving Pl
Woodmere, NY 11598
This community is different in several ways. First, it’s Memory Care only – a smaller building with a staff dedicated to serving those with cognitive challenges. Second, it utilizes the Montessori approach in helping seniors with dementia – every residents interests and talents are respected and built on, rather than trying to fit everyone into uniform activities. Lastly, while the building is open to people of all faiths, there is a particular focus on Jewish culture at this community. The food service is Kosher, and there is a multiple purpose room that converts to a synagogue for regular services.
150 South St
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
This is a Memory only community. It is part of a two building complex, with the Assisted Community Oyster Bay Manor located next door. Many people with modest cognitive difficulties enter Oyster Bay Manor and eventually move into Harbor House as their dementia progresses. Harbor House was one of the first purpose built Memory only communities built on Long Island and anywhere in the country. The building is divided into three floors, and each floor specializes in caring for seniors with dementia at a specific point in their dementia journey. There are few communities with more experience than Harbor House.
Rosewood on the Sound
59 Bayville Ave
Bayville, NY 11709
This is a small Memory Care only community in Bayville. The staff ratio is good, and as the name implies it is right on Long Island Sound. I’ve been to the community more than once and seen the residents very engaged with outside entertainment.
The Regency Glen Cove
94 School St
Glen Cove, NY 11542
This community is downtown in the mid-sized city of Glen Cove. Their secure Memory neighborhood was rebuilt and refreshed just two years ago, and it boasts a number of amenities just for the seniors with cognitive difficulties living at Regency. There is a lovely private garden exclusively for the use of Memory residents (pictured above), a separate dining area, a large private lounge, and a number of different room configurations.
Sunrise of East Meadow
1555 Glenn Curtiss Blvd
East Meadow, NY 11554
Sunrise is a standard setter for all types of Senior Living, including Memory Care. Sunrise provides care for seniors with dementia, and also supports the increasing physical needs that often accompany advancing cognitive decline. This community is located in East Meadow, convenient to major roads, medical institutions, and several residential areas in Nassau County.
Sunrise of Glen Cove
39 Forest Ave
Glen Cove, NY 11542
The Sunrise Glen Cove is smaller, yet still has the ‘mansion’ exterior of most Sunrise communities. There is always an RN in the building, the Memory neighborhood is secure against ‘wandering’ by residents, and the Memory neighborhood has its own secured outdoor space. This community has long tenured staff, so important in creating a stable environment for residents with cognitive challenges.
Sunrise at North Lynbrook
53 Franklin Ave
Lynbrook, NY 11563
This Sunrise is located in a quiet residential area in Lynbrook. The landscaping and grounds area particularly beautiful, and residents and guests use the property to walk around or just enjoy a pleasant day. The staff here is very tenured. The residents in Memory Care have a cozy activity area, a private garden, and the higher staff ratios that are found in all Sunrise communities.
Sunrise of Plainview
1231 Old Country Rd
Plainview, NY 11803
The Sunrise of Plainview is small and intimate. The Memory neighborhood is particularly cozy less than 20 residents with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia are cared for by a dedicated and specially trained staff. The residents in the Memory neighborhood also have a dedicated, secure garden area, which is well tended and peaceful.
Village Green Assisted Living
90 Schoolhouse Rd
Levittown, NY 11756
This new community, located in the heart of Levittown, reflects the special nature of the surrounding town. Village Green’s approach to Memory Care is personalized in an approach called Heartfelt Connections. Through this program, the community works to recognize what continues to make each resident unique, despite Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia. The program strives to help family members continue to be spouses, children, and loved ones of the person with dementia. Various room arrangements are possible in the Memory neighborhood, and a private, secure garden is available just for residents with cognitive difficulties.