On Long Island and in Queens, there are about 8 Communities that would be classified as ‘Independent’. These communities offer more services than a typical 55+ senior community – meals and activities are held in common spaces, and people spend more time in the common spaces than in their own apartments. Most apartments do have kitchens (oven, microwave, sink, fridge/freezer), and a typical resident will eat far more in the dining room than in their apartment.
Independent Living communities do not have care managers, and they do not have personal care integrated into the Community in the same way as Assisted Living Communities. However, almost every Independent Community has an associated homecare agency that can be engaged to provide the normal range of personal care services, for a separate fee. No Independent Living Community accepts Medicare or Medicaid. Since there is no care component built into the cost of Independent Living on Long Island, these Communities are sometimes priced a bit more moderately than Assisted Living. On Long Island, the prices range from around $4,000 a month to over $8,000 a month for a couple of particularly luxurious Communities.