A Change Is Coming to the Heart of Long Island

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Life Plan Community Sponsor Enjoys Outstanding Reputation for Service, Care

Fountaingate Gardens Site PlanIf you ask Herbert H. Friedman what excites him and the members of his board of directors, he’ll tell you that they enjoy tackling complex problems.

The Executive Vice President/CEO of Gurwin, one of Long Island’s largest senior care organizations, explains, “We’ve always looked to add services when we see a need, where we feel we can help people and make a difference. That’s one of the reasons we are pleased to be developing Fountaingate Gardens. We really believe that bringing Commack its very first Life Plan Community (also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC) provides a significant upgrade in retirement living to the area’s boomers and seniors.”

A Vision for Active, Independent Seniors

Each and every day over the next 19 years, roughly 10,000 baby boomers will retire. As the country’s population ages, Long Island — where the percentage of the population aged 65 or older is higher than the state average — must prepare for the fast-approaching influx of retirees. But this vast generation of boomers and young seniors, particularly New Yorkers, is looking for something far beyond the stereotypical retirement community lifestyle.

Fountaingate Gardens will become only the 14th Life Plan Community in the state and the fourth on Long Island. The proposed community will feature spacious one- and two-bedroom Parkview or Terrace apartments, some with dens and balconies. In addition, residents will enjoy an extraordinary clubhouse complete with on-site restaurants, a bistro, a theater, an indoor heated saltwater pool, classrooms, visual arts studios, underground parking and the opportunity to customize the finishes in their brand-new homes. Most importantly, residents will also have access to trusted, on-site assisted living, memory care and skilled care should they ever need it.

The community, which has not yet broken ground, already has more than 110 priority depositors in its Charter Club program. Sales and Marketing Specialist Susan Foley says she and her team are delighted with the overwhelming response to the proposed community.

“People are depositing $1,000 to show their interest in the community and reserve their spot in line,” explains Susan. “The money is fully refundable, so there is little risk to joining the priority deposit program. But, people understand there is far more demand than availability. It just goes to show that Long Island really needs this type of option for today’s active senior.”

A History of Care, a Reputation for Quality

It makes sense that Gurwin is expanding its services to become a Life Plan Community. After all, Gurwin is known as an innovative, not-for-profit healthcare organization committed to blending the art of caring and the science of care. Compassion, clinical excellence and state-of-the-art facilities have cemented Gurwin’s reputation as the healthcare community of choice for seniors in the New York area.

In 1988, Gurwin opened its nursing care facility in Commack with a commitment to providing the ultimate in quality care. Since that time, the Gurwin continuum of care has expanded to include a world-class nursing and rehabilitation center, a vibrant assisted living community, exceptional home care programs and an outstanding adult day health program. And now, that reputation of excellence will extend to a new lifestyle option for active, independent seniors on Long Island … Fountaingate Gardens.

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the Fountaingate Herald. To see the full issue, please click here. 

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