Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer's, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Long Island City’s senior population continues to grow (16.65% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Long Island City, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 36.72% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 3.61%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (3.71% in Long Island City vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Long Island City. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Long Island City, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
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Atria East Northport helps enrich the lives of older adults who have Alzheimer's and dementia on a 12-acre estate near Long Island. The nursing and wellness staff assist residents with medication and personal needs, such as grooming and eating, while creating a home-like environment. An outdoor courtyard with landscaped lawns affords seniors ample space to enjoy the fresh air. Seniors are urged to pursue new interests with daily exercise programs and curated dementia-friendly activities. Movie lovers will enjoy screenings in the on-site theatre. Residents also have access to the fitness center, spa, library and treatment rooms. As for dining, the in-house culinary team works with caregivers to create nutritious meals three times each day. Residents have plenty of dining options, including a full-service restaurant-style dining room, outdoor grill, a bistro, cocktail lounge and a pub.
Family members are moved by how accommodating and professional the staff members are. One said, "Atria East Northport has a team of people that make you feel right at home. They provide a level of comfort that is like no other, very accessible and helpful."
The old-world elegance of Birchwood Suites provides a charming setting for seniors to enjoy a relaxing retirement. The community offers a range of different living options, including Lavender Gardens, a secure memory care neighborhood designed for those with Alzheimer's. The area is staffed by experienced professionals who are dedicated to the physical, psychological and social needs of every resident while respecting their dignity and promoting independence. Residents have access to all the health services they need on campus, including physicians, dentists, psychiatrists and podiatrists, as well as on-site physical therapy and a full-service salon. To help seniors remain purposefully engaged in activities that stimulate the mind, body and soul, the community offers a unique recreation program for memory care residents, which includes activities such as music therapy, morning stretches, games, art workshops and movie nights.
People love the community's dedication to its residents and efforts to cultivate a vibrant lifestyle. As one reviewer shares, her mother's time at Birchwood Suites has been "a very positive experience ... They play memory games, they have people who come in and play music so they can sing along and dance, they play board games, card games, and bingo."
Brandywine Living at Huntington Terrace is located on a beautifully landscaped 12-acre campus. The Reflections Memory Care section has been specifically designed with secure keypad access requirements and security cameras. Residents have access to a spacious courtyard area where they can safely go for a walk or relax in the fresh air. The Butterfly Program is tailored to the unique interests and abilities of each resident and provides life stations that focus on their passions such as organization, gardening, homemaking and artwork. These life stations can help residents to re-discover the person within and spark moments of joy. The Connections program provides monthly social events to help residents connect with their families and loved ones. The team of professional caregivers is always available to offer compassionate care and assistance or to redirect difficult behaviors.
Relatives are impressed by the compassionate staff and resort-style activities with one reviewer saying, "Best decision we ever made moving my dad in here 4 years ago. Cannot say enough about the staff! You couldn’t ask for more caring people. The place is absolutely beautiful, feels like a resort with many activities."
Christian Fellowship House is a family-owned, nondenominational senior facility with a beautiful rural setting in the hamlet of Syosset on Long Island. It’s about 3 miles from Syosset Hospital and has easy access to Queens and Manhattan via Interstate 495. Originally a Gold Coast Mansion, its two-level residential building sits on a lush 10-acre campus with an equestrian field. The mansion itself has its own fountain courtyard, formal gardens, multipurpose sunroom and large patio area. Other convenient amenities include fireside living and dining rooms, an elevator and an on-site salon. Aside from home-cooked meals with accommodation of special diets, residents enjoy teatime and evening snacks. Coordinated health care services include on-call physicians, physical/occupational therapy and mobile laboratory testing. Residents are offered therapeutic activities such as equine and pet therapy, painting, baking, arts and crafts, exercise classes and daily devotionals.
Families regard Christian Fellowship House as an answer to their prayers. A loved one shares, "The staff and management were wonderful, giving her dignity and understanding her personal preferences in food, activities, etc. The facility is on 10 beautiful acres and offered serenity for my mother-in-law who had enjoyed sitting out viewing her own backyard before needing to relocate.”
Harbor House offers a full range of comprehensive memory care services in the first residential facility in New York dedicated to serving seniors with cognitive impairments. Residents are placed on one of three floors based on their cognitive abilities and social needs, and the open floor plans allow seniors to move about freely and independently. Three screened-in porches allow seniors to enjoy the outdoors year-round. Rooms are outfitted with emergency call systems and motion sensors for residents' safety. Daily housekeeping, laundry and linen services support a stress-free living experience. Residents enjoy delicious daily meals that can be enjoyed family-style or in the privacy of their own apartment with the community's 24-hour gourmet food service. The therapeutic recreation room offers residents a space to participate in activities designed to improve cognitive function, physical movement, and motor skills.
Harbor House is known for its exceptional staff and welcoming atmosphere. As one resident's family members shares, "Harbor House has been a Godsend! They have an attentive and caring staff! From the moment you walk in, the place gives you a warm and comfortable feel. Everyone is friendly and willing to go the extra mile to make your loved-one comfortable and cared for."
Orchard Estate of Woodbury is a senior living community with a modern, welcoming feel. Residents living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia benefit from an innovative mind and memory approach, with the community’s research-based memory care program led by a certified dementia practitioner. They have peace of mind living in secure, specially designed spaces with unique visual cues, natural lighting to reduce shadows and contrasting colors for easy navigation. The attentive staff is on-site 24 hours a day, providing assistance with bathing, dressing, medication and transportation to medical appointments. Engaging programming fills every day with diverse activities; seniors can select between individual or group options and give input on what they want to try. With gardening, cognitive challenges, fitness classes and art workshops, there’s something for everyone. Residents can also benefit from support groups, forums, events and education.
Visiting family members praise the pristine environment and quality care. "It is a beautiful facility that resembles a nice hotel rather than a typical assisted living building," one relative says. "From the very beginning the staff was efficient, friendly and attentive ... the staff continues to take great care of them, physically and emotionally."
Rosewood On the Sound is a hospitality-centered senior community located on the Long Island Sound that offers long-term and short-term care options. The community provides memory care services for its assisted living residents, as well as medication and incontinence management and assistance with daily activities. All residents receive care plans tailored to their individual needs, allowing those with cognitive issues to enjoy as much independence as possible. Discussion groups, art classes and live music performances provide mental stimulation while giving residents opportunities to engage with their neighbors. Residents can also enjoy a variety of recreational and therapeutic activities and amenities, such as seasonal outdoor dining, movie nights, meditation programs and community-wide Wi-Fi access. Laundry and housekeeping services are included.
Residents and their families love the compassionate care and comforting environment at Rosewood On the Sound. One family member said, "Such a fantastic facility! They take excellent care of the residents, the staff is warm and friendly and were so accommodating. It’s right on the Long Island Sound and has such a great serene atmosphere."
At Sunrise of Dix Hills, residents can expect personalized care within a secure, pet-friendly assisted living environment. The community’s Reminiscence neighborhood is specially designed for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, with easy-to-navigate floor plans that foster comfort and socialization. Designated Life Enrichment Managers get to know each resident personally, tuning into their unique needs and preferences. All staff in this neighborhood is highly trained and receives ongoing education in the latest memory care techniques. Caregivers are on-site 24/7, and emergency response systems in every room ensure help is available at the push of a button. From bathing and grooming to medication management, mobility, and help attending activities, staff members deliver compassionate support. Visiting physicians, physical and occupational therapists, podiatrists, and radiology and phlebotomy services enable extensive care within the community, while a full schedule of engaging activities nurtures both body and mind.
Visiting family members praise the experienced staff. "The care at Sunrise Dix Hills is so much better than the other facilities," one relative says. "Here she is flourishing, with consistently good care and great oversight from management and from the nursing staff. Friendly, caring, capable staff are making a great difference and we are so appreciative."
Sunrise of East Meadow is situated near the Nassau University Medical Center. The surrounding area is filled with retail stores, restaurants and recreation facilities. The Reminiscence Memory Care Program offers residents a secure neighborhood setting. Caregivers and nurses are available 24/7 and provide assistance with everything from medication management to transferring and eating. The memory care activities focus on cognitive stimulation, social interaction and overall well-being. The community also offers specialized care for different levels of dementia. Amenities and services include access to the family engagement app and weekly laundry and housekeeping. Activities take place daily and include music therapy and connecting with nature. The facility also offers independent living, assisted living, rehab and short-term stays.
Residents love living at Sunrise of East Meadow. A loved one says, "My mother has been a resident of the Sunrise of East Meadow for 5 1/2 years. The...[community]...is beautiful, and the care that my mother receives is extraordinary! She tells me all the time how much she loves living at Sunrise, and I love that she is surrounded by caring and compassionate people."
With its central location in the heart of town, award-winning Sunrise of East Setauket provides quality care within close proximity of city conveniences. Residents living with memory loss can feel at home in the community’s Reminiscence neighborhood, an area designed with increased comfort and security in mind. Experienced caregivers receive ongoing training to stay up-to-date on memory care treatment, learning the most recent methods approved by the Alzheimer’s Association. Paired with Life Enrichment Managers who become closely acquainted with residents, the team delivers 24-hour support with personal hygiene, dressing, mobility and medication. Seniors can enjoy coffee or snacks in the country kitchens or relax in the reflection rooms, which feature soft lighting and soothing music. Programs are whole person focused, nurturing the body and mind, with activity areas featuring crafts, puzzles and cognitive activities to keep residents engaged.
Visiting relatives praise the competent team. "I was able to observe the kindness of the care staff. It's a beautiful place and a great group of people that work there," one family member says. "I'm sure working there is not easy, but I saw first hand the compassion for each and every one of the seniors."
Tucked in a quiet, tree-lined environment, Sunrise of Huntington provides assisted living and memory care using an individualized approach. The community’s Reminiscence neighborhood, designed for residents living with memory loss, features additional security and easy-to-navigate floor plans. Specially trained Life Enrichment Managers and caregivers are trained in the latest memory care techniques, so they know how to support those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With 24-hour support, residents can rely on routine assistance with personal care, hygiene, continence, medication and meals. Menus are created from scratch by the staff chef, who takes diverse dietary needs and preferences into consideration. The activity calendar features options ranging from exercise to art, with unique offerings, such as music therapy, in which staff encourage residents to get on their feet. The highway and train station nearby, so city amenities are never far away.
Visitors note the community ambiance and kind staff. "We're very pleased with it," one recent visitor says. "The staff who conducted the tour and talked with us was excellent, very helpful and very cooperative ... The apartment was clean and well furnished. The dining area was clean and well taken care of."
Located in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by cedar trees, Sunrise of Plainview is an award-winning assisted living and memory care community. It features a separate neighborhood for residents living with memory loss, with additional security, easy-to-navigate floor plans and extra support. Spaces are designed to help seniors function independently, with living, dining and activity areas next to each other. Caregivers receive ongoing training in the latest dementia care methods, and they’re available 24/7 to help with personal care, daily living and medication management. Using Validation Therapy, caregivers put full focus on every resident and get to know their interests and preferences. Seniors can expect chef-prepared meals each day along with a roster of activities that enables them to express their creativity, exercise their bodies and engage their minds. A book club, tailored fitness programs and spiritual services are also offered.
Loved ones praise the high level of care. "He was very well taken care of here," one visiting relative says. "There were only 18 residents and they all seemed to get good personal CARE. The place was always very cheerful, I was always greeted by the staff. He was kept clean and comfortable."
Recognized with a Silver National Quality Award by AHCA/NCAL, Sunrise of Smithtown is an award-winning community with a full spectrum of care. Located just off the Long Island Expressway, its convenient location provides easy access to urban amenities. For residents living with memory loss, the community features a secure Reminiscence neighborhood designed especially for them, with soft lighting, soothing colors and easy-to-navigate floor plans. Residents also receive the support of a specially trained team 24 hours a day. Using Alzheimer’s Association-approved techniques, they assist with personal hygiene and grooming, clothes selection, mobility and medication. A therapeutic programming schedule keeps residents active, while designated activity areas feature art projects, puzzles, creative and cognitive tasks. Meals are prepared by the staff chef, with snacks and refreshments readily available. Dental services, a podiatrist, X-rays, psychotherapy, physical and occupational therapy are all offered on-site.
Loved ones praise the community's care team. "Thank the entire staff at Sunrise for helping us provide Mom with a warm, nurturing environment," one relative says. "All her needs are met in a manner that lets her retain her dignity, enjoy dining in a fine restaurant atmosphere with a varied menu, provide physical and mental activity."
Conveniently located on Long Island’s South Shore, Sunrise of West Babylon administers assisted living, memory care and hospice relationships with easy access to New York City’s many amenities. Its Reminiscence neighborhood is uniquely equipped to support residents living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia with a secure, easy-to-navigate environment that encourages active participation and socialization with peers. Enclosed outdoor common areas allow residents to connect with nature, while indoor reflection rooms feature soft lighting and soothing music. With Life Enrichment Managers, seniors are paired with professionals who get to know their needs and offer consistent support, coupled with a highly trained team who utilizes the latest evidence-based care techniques. 24-hour care includes assistance with daily living and medication management, and engaging programs nurture personal interests. Reminiscence residents can also enjoy activity areas with crafts, puzzles and arts projects.
Loved ones compliment the compassionate team. "The level of care at sunrise was outstanding," one relative says. "They were all friendly and supportive for our family. The facility is bright and beautiful. The other residents were friendly. When you walk in, you get a great feeling; I was greeted by a friendly dog and smiling staff."
The Bristal Assisted Living at East Northport offers memory care through its Reflections program, which provides support to extended family members as they help their loved ones navigate cognitive disorders. Relatives are encouraged to participate in their loved ones' care when possible to provide a homelike environment. In the community's private and secure memory care neighborhood, residents can receive consistent care in familiar surroundings. Staff monitors this area 24/7, and access is protected by an electronic keypad. Activities include art classes, music classes and reading circles; all goals-based recreational programs are designed to support independence, well-being and social skills. The memory care staff receives ongoing sensitivity training through the Hands-On and Hearts-In program to stay up-to-date on the latest and most effective therapies.
Relatives express appreciation for the capable staff and cheerful surroundings. One reviewer says, "The Bristal is beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean, serves fine food and has a cheerful staff that is kind and loving toward their residents."
With a convenient location near Long Island’s historic Three Villages district, The Bristal at Lake Grove provides a full spectrum of care coupled with abundant amenities. Reflections, the community’s private memory care neighborhood, is overseen by a certified dementia practitioner and keypad-protected for added security. Residents are given personalized care plans so services align with their needs, and they receive consistent support from a highly trained team. The 24/7 caregivers in Reflections learn the latest memory care approaches and therapies, while also assisting with everyday needs. Therapeutic programs include exercise classes, puzzles, art, crafts and music. Meals are served in the country club-style dining room, and seniors can also enjoy the swimming pool, putting green, cinema and fitness room, plus outings into the local community.
Visiting loved ones compliment the caring team. "What stands out to me is the staff," one resident's daughter says. "Everyone from the front desk staff, Community Relations, Health Center, up to the Executive Director... are knowledgeable, professional and kind. It is their kindness and commitment to their jobs and the residents that really is remarkable."
Situated on Long Island’s South Shore, The Bristal at Massapequa is a peaceful senior living community with easy access to the Great South Bay. For those living with memory loss, the community’s Reflections neighborhood provides a high level of care. Programming is overseen by a Certified Dementia Practitioner, who implements an extensive selection of therapeutic activities including exercise, reading circles, art programs and music classes that enhance memory and foster interaction. Experienced caregivers are educated in the latest memory care therapies and approaches, including sensitivity training through the community’s innovative Hands-On & Hearts-In program. Available 24/7, the team develops customized plans to ensure that residents receive adequate support, including help with daily living and medication. With 24-hour security surveillance, emergency response systems in every apartment and keypad protection in the Reflections neighborhood, loved ones can have peace of mind knowing residents are safe.
Visiting family members mention the friendly, caring team. "All staff with whom I have been in contact have been attentive, professional, responsive and kind," one relative says. "Staff, starting with the front desk, are loving and friendly and go out of their way to engage residents and family members. The...[community]...has done an extraordinary job."
At Somerset Gardens, residents enjoy a wide range of on- and off-site activities, which allow them to maintain independence and high quality of life while receiving close care. A full-time director of activities arranges the event calendar to include spiritual services, crafts, games, live music and light therapy. Bookworms and film buffs may appreciate the library and movie theater, and all residents can look forward to three healthy meals served in a restaurant-style or private dining room. The community offers specialized around-the-clock memory care with the support of a skilled team of nurses and comprehensive assessments by social workers and geriatric psychologists. For added safety, this is a secure community with 24-hour emergency response.
Residents agree that Somerset Gardens has exceptional activities. One relative writes, "In addition to the many activities for my mother and the other residents, the Chelsea provides many special events that include families from car shows and casino nights to holiday parties and egg hunts. Everyone is made to feel very welcomed. The staff is wonderful."
Village Green offers a holistic approach to the well-being of their residents as they enter their later years. The trained team focuses on the physical, psychological and social health of those under their care. Residents of the memory care neighborhood get support through the Heartfelt Connections program, which offers individualized, ongoing care. The tools of this program help ensure residents live with dignity and good quality of life, free of anxiety. The staff learns about the details of each community member's life and their likes, hobbies and interests. Communal spaces encourage positive social interaction between residents, and the attractive pastel colors of walls and furnishings provide a soothing effect. Residents are free to wander in the community's enclosed courtyard for a touch of sunshine and fresh air.
Families are very happy with this community. A daughter says, "What a blessing Village Green has been to my Mom and my whole family...The environment is nurturing, supportive, loving and fun!" Another family member comments, "The staff is friendly and caring. The place is bright and cheerful and the directors are concerned for my mom's needs."
Surrounded by woods and across the road from the St Catherine Medical Center, Whisper Woods of Smithtown is home to a memory care community for those living with Alzheimer's and forms of dementia. The community has built its mind and memory program around human connection. As part of the program, residents have access to a range of activities designed to improve physical, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual wellness. Art therapy helps seniors to express themselves, while the Benchmark Connections program helps residents use technology to keep in contact with loved ones near and far. Exercise, outings and recreation all help increase engagement and provide social outlets. Management is on-site and available daily, while caregivers are on hand 24 hours a day to provide constant support. An emergency medical response system summons assistance when needed.
People love the care at Whisper Woods. One visitor writes, "The facility was excellent from beginning to end. The care we received as soon as we arrived was great. The clients looked very content and happy." Another writes, "It makes you feel like you're in a 5-star hotel. It's beautiful when you walk in and it's very spacious."