Health Department Approves Retirement Care Communities in Broome County and Queens

Albany, N.Y., August 10, 2007 - Two senior residential projects with health services on-site were approved this week - including the first fee-for-service community approved in New York state.

These approvals will allow the two communities to begin marketing to prospective residents. There are 12 continuing care retirement communities in the state authorized by the state Health Department; eight of them have opened and are accepting residents.

"More senior citizens would like to stay in a home-like atmosphere, even if they no longer want to keep up a single-family home," Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., said. "Retirement communities offer independence for seniors with private apartments, with social activities that create a unique neighborhood, and transportation to doctors' appointments and other individual needs.

"Offering alternatives to institutional care is important to the security and well-being of our senior citizens," Dr. Daines added. "Finding appropriate care with the right amount of independence provides the patient-centered atmosphere that we all want for our parents and neighbors. Putting patients first is part of Governor Spitzer's platform to reform health-care delivery in New York and curb costs."

Good Shepherd Village at Endwell Inc. received approval to develop the state's first fee-for-service continuing care retirement community in the Town of Union, Broome County. The fee-for-service continuing care retirement community will provide a qualified elder adult population with independent living, and with access to an assisted living residence, nursing home and certain health and social services.

The community, which will be operated under the name Good Shepherd Village at Endwell, will consist of 150 independent living units, 32 assisted living units, and a 32-bed nursing home. Good Shepherd Village will be located four miles from Binghamton Regional Airport and six miles from central downtown Binghamton.

Good Shepherd Village at Endwell expects to begin construction in July 2008 and anticipates a January 2010 opening.

MTC Senior Housing Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation, will own and operate Skyline Commons, a proposed continuing care retirement community to be located in the redeveloped Building T of the Queens Hospital Center campus in Jamaica, Queens. MTC Senior Housing is affiliated with the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a not-for-profit corporation which provides the frail elderly and special-needs individuals with access to a continuum of quality and innovative healthcare services.

Skyline Commons will provide independent living, enriched housing, nursing home care and certain health and social services, including life care, to a qualified elder adult population. The community will consist of 143 independent living units, 19 enriched housing units and a 40-bed nursing home. Skyline Commons will offer prospective residents both full Lifecare Contracts, which include unlimited skilled nursing home and enriched housing services, and modified contracts, which include 60 lifetime days of skilled nursing home services and 30 lifetime days of enriched housing services.

Construction is projected to begin in 2007 with completion anticipated in September 2008.

Financing Approvals

In addition to new project approvals, the Continuing Care Retirement Community Counsel granted permission for two proposed continuing care retirement communities to seek industrial development agency financing.

Woodland Pond at New Paltz will seek financing through the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency. Woodland Pond, sponsored by Kingston Regional Senior Living Corporation, is a proposed community of 201 independent living units, 60 enriched housing units and a 40-bed nursing home.

Harbor Village at Mount Sinai is a proposed continuing care retirement community of 234 independent living units, 43 enriched housing units and 60 nursing home beds. Harbor Village is sponsored by Mount Sinai Senior Services Inc. The sponsor will seek financing through the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency.

Background

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and fee-for-service CCRCs are residential alternatives for adults that offer, under contract, an independent living unit (an apartment or cottage), residential amenities and access to long-term care services, as residents' health and social needs change over time. Residential and health care services include:

  • Independent housing, including meals, social activities, scheduled transportation, housekeeping and maintenance
  • Access to physician, prescription drug and rehabilitation services
  • Supportive housing and services provided in an adult home, an enriched housing setting, or an assisted living residence (fee-for-service CCRCs must provide residents with access to this intermediate level of care, but while the statute does not require CCRCs to do so, they generally provide access to this service)
  • Nursing home care for residents who become temporarily ill or who require long-term care. Skilled nursing care may be provided in an on-site facility or in an off-site nursing home affiliated with the continuing care retirement community.

To learn more about continuing care retirement communities, please go to www.health.ny.gov/facilities/long_term_care/retirement_communities/continuing_care/index.htm

The 12-member CCRC Council consists of representatives from the Department of Health, State Insurance Department, the State Office for the Aging and the Attorney General, along with eight public members (including two CCRC residents) appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Council acts on applications to establish and operate a continuing care retirement community and to seek financing through the county industrial development agencies. It is also responsible for adopting rules and regulations pertaining to CCRCs.