Senior Housing and Assisted Living on the South Shore

The South Shore has two defined bookends West and East - the Five Towns on the West, and The Hamptons and the East End on the eastern end of the Island. Between these two areas of development, there are dozens of pleasant towns, villages, and hamlets, many of which are anchored on either the area around the Great South Bay or Long Beach, one of the longest barrier islands in the country. The South Shore encompasses parts of both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. If there is one defining characteristic of the South Shore, it is indeed the beaches and the access to the Atlantic.

The cost of Independent Living on the South Shore of Long Island varies from less than $4,000 to $10,000 per month. This is well above the national median of $2,500. Long Island housing is among the most expensive in the country, and senior living communities are no different. Assisted Living communities, too, have a wide range of monthly costs - from $3,500 to $10,000 or more per month. Memory Care, which is Assisted Living specifically tailored for people with Alzheimers and other types of dementia, starts at around $6,500 per month and can cost $10,000 per month. While there are not great differences in price between the North Shore and the South Shore, generally slightly lower prices are to be found on the South Shore. In the context of the price for senior living, though, the price difference is not great.

Nearby areas: North Shore

Maple Pointe at Rockville Centre

Maple Pointe at Rockville Centre

260 Maple Avenue

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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The Chelsea at Maple Pointe offers Assisted Living and Memory Care in a caring, homelike environment. Residents are encouraged to exercise both their bodies and minds on a daily basis during our lifestyle activities. This community features several bus trips throughout the week, including two days to run errands to the local post office, library, banks, and doctors offices. Frequent outings allow your loved one to maintain independence in a safe and worry-free setting.

Maple Pointe also takes frequent trips to local restaurants and the bowling alley. When the weather is nice, residents can often be found enjoying the patio and courtyard.

Maple Pointe offers Memory Care in a secure part of the building. Seniors living with dementia receive care from specially trained staff, and all activities are designed to help those with cognitive difficulties be successful and supported.

One additional feature of this community is that they offer a limited number of Medicaid funded beds. The residents using Medicaid to fund some of the costs at Maple Pointe are typically longer term Maple Pointe residents who ‘spend down’ in anticipation of gaining Medicaid eligibility. Gaining direct admission using Medicaid is not the typical method of entry, and Medicaid is not typically used to fund care for people needing specialized dementia related services. But seniors started out in private pay Assisted Living may be able to eventually switch to Medicaid for some costs. Maple Pointe is one of the few facilities on the South Shore that offer this option

Esplanade of Woodmere

Esplanade of Woodmere

130 Irving Place

Woodmere NY 11598

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This community fills a very specific need within the Senior Living community of the South Shore - it is a Memory Care (only) community, and the food service is strictly Kosher. Located in Woodmere, in the southwest corner of Nassau County, this community serves seniors of all faiths, and it features various aspects of Jewish culture. The approach to dementia care at this community is unique - their MONTESSORI MOMENTS IN TIME™ memory care program is a thoughtful and innovative approach to caring for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. This multi-facetted program maintains the commitment to an active, meaningful lifestyle regardless of care level. They take away the worry with a safe, secure environment with caring staff members dedicated to the wellbeing of each resident. The care plan for people with dementia at The Esplanade.

The Esplanade is being opened and managed by the Meridian company - a very well respected manager of Assisted and Memory communities both in the United States and internationally.

When it opens in the fall of 2021, it will be one of just a handful of Memory Only Assisted Living communities on all of Long Island.

Island Assisted Living

Island Assisted Living

820 Front Street

Hempstead NY 11550

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This community is a participant in the Assisted Living Program for New York State. Residents who have qualified for Community Medicaid can use Medicaid to pay a portion of the costs of care at Island. The use of Medicaid for Assisted is uncommon on Long Island - only about 10 communities on the entire Island have qualified for participation in this program.

This community offers a library, computer access, full medication management, fully furnished rooms, a fitness center with associated PT and OT therapists on site, and full laundry and housekeeping services. Island Assisted Living also offers an Emergency Alert system for residents, three meals plus snacks each day, individually controlled heating and cooling systems, trips and excursions, and a full calendar of recreational events and entertainment.

This is a great community for more active seniors. Seniors at this community must be able to self ambulate, feed themselves, and interact with staff about needs. Island Assisted Living, like all facilities that participate in the NY Assisted Living Program, does not accept seniors with consequential dementia.

Mike McClernon, Owner & Certified Senior Advisor

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