Tuckahoe Retirement Community to Administer First COVID-19 Vaccines to 72 Residents and 50 Associates Monday

(Tuckahoe, NY )  – More than 120 residents and staff members of The Fountains at RiverVue, a Watermark Retirement Community in TuckahoeN.Y., will receive the first of a two-dose vaccine against COVID-19 Monday. The onsite clinic by Omnicare/CVS is scheduled for a 10 a.m. launch on Monday, Jan. 25 with 72 residents and 50 associates being vaccinated throughout the day until 4 p.m. 

Among the residents is World War II veteran, Frank Caruso, and his wife of 75 years, Anne. Caruso safely celebrated his 100th birthday in 2020, and he is eager to receive the first vaccine alongside his wife and friends in the community. The couple looks forward to resuming much of what they’ve enjoyed at The Fountains at RiverVue, especially the musical events.

 

Fountains at RiverVue Executive Director Monica Lafferty says excitement is high among residents as the vaccine clinic begins – a sign that the community will soon regain much of its vibrancy.  

“Our residents have shown admirable resiliency as they have taken significant precautions to keep themselves and one another safe against the virus. They deserve this gift of the vaccine so that they can have more freedom to reconnect with their neighbors and safely return to the activities that once filled their calendars.

 

For resident Barbara Vahue, that favorite activity is the community’s trivia contests, and for resident Robert Ptofsky, it’s the monthly political roundtables. Both Vahue and Ptofsky are also scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.

 

At the clinic, a registered nurse will be on hand to monitor residents for reactions to the vaccine. Under Watermark’s Stay Safe. Be Well. program, staff has been trained to constantly watch residents for symptoms of the disease and will continue to do so regarding response to the vaccine. 

Tabor Home Memorial Tree

Tabor Home Creates Tribute for Residents Who Lost Lives To Covid-19

Senior Living Communities have been devastated as the COVID-19 pandemic has raged through their residences. Tabor Home, like many others, struggled with outbreaks of COVID-19 over the last few months and have unfortunately lost residents to the deadly disease. There is so much negativity surrounding senior living communities and the pandemic, however Dan Levitt, Chief Executive Officer at Tabor Home stresses the importance of shifting the narrative and especially honoring the very real and valuable lives that were lost. Levitt and his team have created a tribute to the residents that passed away from COVID-19 in order to celebrate, mourn, and pay respect to their residents, loved ones, and friends.

The losses that Tabor Home suffered was tragic for families, residents, and staff. “The whole community was impacted,” Levitt says, “we wanted to honor and celebrate the lives lost. We wanted to show that people in senior living communities are lives that mattered.” Tabor Home created a memory tree, featuring dove ornaments, and photos of those loved ones lost. Evergreen trees are symbols of life, renewal, and hope for seasons ahead. By making this memorial a permanent fixture in the community, it will allow staff, residents, and families to honor, celebrate, and grieve the residents who lost their lives to COVID-19.

As of last week, Tabor has vaccinated over 350 people in their community. They are grateful and hopeful that the vaccine will eliminate the potential of any more COVID-19 losses. Though Tabor and many other senior living communities appear to be out of the woods and moving into the light at the end of the tunnel, Levitt stresses that the lives Tabor and all communities have lost are not just a number, but real people. “When people under 65 die, it’s a tragedy, but when a senior passes away, we often hear ‘they lived a good life’, but every life lost in senior living, especially from COVID-19, is like losing a family member.”

The past few months have been especially difficult for residents and staff in senior living, and Tabor is no different, which is why aside from the tribute memorial, they have counseling services available to everyone. Levitt say their team focused on increasing communication and advocating for different ways to get help. Tabor has an employee and family assistance programs and there are on site counselors for anyone who needs them. During a time of so much loss, Levitt believes enhancing quality of life is extremely important. “Long-term care is about care, but what about quality of care, what about making people want to get out of bed? We have to create an environment that makes life worth living.”

It is easy to look past the large number of senior living residents that have lost their battles to COVID-19, but the goal of Tabor’s memorial is to remind people that each life lost was someone’s spouse, parent, teacher, barber, “someone that mattered to other people,” says Levitt. In addition to their tree of remembrance, Tabor has also created a tribute video to further honor the residents they lost to COVID-19. Levitt says, “there are so many people in this world, it is easy to feel like a number, when you put names, faces, and stories to those residents lost, it makes it more real.”

Meadow Park, Catonsville, MD

Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches Cardio Pulmonary Care Program

CATONSVILLE, Md.,  Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center has launched a Cardio Pulmonary Care Program designed to meet the healthcare needs of area residents. Pulmonologist Dr. Mark Gosnell and cardiologist Dr. Ashok Chopra are overseeing the initiative at the 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Catonsville.

Meadow Park’s comprehensive Cardio Pulmonary Care Program aims to promote independence and quality of life through reducing symptoms and decreasing disability in heart and lung patients, while increasing their participation in physical and social activities. Services are tailored for individuals with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, post heart and lung transplants, emphysema, acute myocardial infarctions and acute respiratory failure, among other diagnoses.

In addition to consults with Dr. Chopra, Dr. Gosnell and other board-certified specialists, Meadow Park heart and lung patients benefit from certified nurses on staff, seven days per week therapy services as prescribed, 24/7 access to lab and radiology services, and a range of additional services and therapies. Those include tracheostomy care and management, a wide range of oxygen therapies and nebulizer therapies, as well as IV Lasix and Intotrope Infusions.

“Post-hospital rehab programs are proven to reduce the chance of hospital re-admission and significantly improve health and quality of life – and prolong life spans – for patients who have suffered a cardiac or pulmonary health event,” said Nikki Gachot, regional director of business development at Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports Meadow Park and helped the facility develop the new offering. “Meadow Park’s cardio pulmonary rehab services ease patients’ transition home and also focus on creating long-term lifestyle changes, including an improved exercise and nutrition plan, and stress reduction.”

Dr. Gosnell is board certified in critical care and pulmonary medicine, and is the director of intensive care and chief of pulmonary at MedStar Harbor Hospital, regularly teaching respiratory physiology to residents. He maintains a practice in Glen Burnie, Md., and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Chopra is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has been in private practice for 36 years and attending to patients at Grace Medical Center, formerly Bon Secours Hospital, where he served as the director of the ICU for more than 10 years. Dr. Chopra is also affiliated with St. Agnes Hospital, where he completed his medical residency and Cardiology Fellowship.

“Meadow Park is fortunate to have Dr. Chopra and Dr. Gosnell lead the Cardio Pulmonary Care Program,” noted Gachot. “They will work together with Meadow Park’s dedicated clinical team to provide for the best possible outcomes for heart and lung patients.”

Located at 1525 N Rolling Road, Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care.  As part of its programming, Meadow Park offers education and training for patients and family members, and coordination of home care services. The facility also offers 24/7 admissions direct from the emergency room.
Together with Marquis, Meadow Park has established a resource library of physician-curated content, addressing many topics – including cardiac rehab – of interest for families of patients and the larger community. The library and more information on Meadow Park can be found on the facility’s website, https://meadowparkrehabhc.com.

Based in Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Consulting Services is a highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company currently supporting Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.

The Woodlands at Furman Community Village Exterior

Greenville-Area Retirement Community Completes Major Expansion

Greenville, South Carolina  – The residents of The Woodlands at Furman have watched construction of the 13,000-square-foot Community Village for months and now they can use it every day. To say they are excited would be an understatement.

The locally-owned, non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, located adjacent to Furman University and close to downtown Greenville, invested about $4.5 million on the new building. Features include a wellness center with state-of-the-art pneumatic and cardio equipment, therapy pool, massage room, day spa, gym, locker rooms, a multi-purpose room that can be broken down into two spaces for simultaneous events, activities and exercise classes equipped with audio and visual equipment.

“The Community Village reminds me of a town square – providing a hub for activities ranging from lectures to exercise classes to spa services,” said Mary Lou Merkt, president and CEO at The Woodlands at Furman. “The Woodlands Board and Senior Leadership Team are delighted to open the new Community Village for our residents to enjoy.”

The Community Village was a team effort. Residents, team members, an interior designer as well as a senior exercise physiologist from The Cliffs were asked for input about the exercise equipment and the overall functionality and look of the new building.

“They just did a great job,” said Tom Dowell, resident and Resident Council member. “It’s a beautiful space and the new exercise machines are state-of-the-art. They looked at other centers, asked our opinion and it’s a very attractive building. We knew it would be, but ‘Wow’ is it impressive.”

Dowell said his wife Judy enjoys fitness classes and other activities the Community Village offers. It’s just a walk down the hall from their home and very convenient.

The Cliffs’ Vance Ferrigno said he assisted with recommending spacing for the equipment, advised on purchasing and to establish a functional movement pattern for the residents.  He visited The Woodlands at Furman recently to see the completed project and said he was “blown away” at beauty of it. “They did a phenomenal job.”

Ezra Hall, lifestyles director at The Woodlands at Furman, agrees and added the residents are also excited.

“The Community Village space means we can have dual events in the multipurpose room and with COVID, the space allows us to spread people out,” Hall said. “It’s just another tool in our tool belt and a way to keep people active and to engage others.”

Hall said being able to divide the room opens up opportunities and partnerships with local organizations, clubs and community groups. These events can continue and grow as The Woodlands at Furman can accommodate larger groups in the Community Village that he describes as tasteful, classy and well done.

“The Community Village provides The Woodlands with a space to unite its residents who live in apartments with those who live across the street in our single-family homes, called The Villas. Our residents love socializing and learning from one another,” Merkt said.

 

About The Woodlands at Furman
The Woodlands at Furman is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Greenville, South Carolina, offering independent senior living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. And as residents of the only retirement community in Upstate South Carolina that offers Life Care, people at our senior living community can enjoy today even more because they know that the ‘what-ifs’ of tomorrow are taken care of.” For more information about The Woodlands at Furman, visit http://www.thewoodlandsatfurman.org or call 864-371-3100.

Watercrest Senior Living Group Bluffton Richmond

Watercrest Senior Living Group and Harbert Seniors Housing Fund II Announce the Groundbreaking of Watercrest Richmond Assisted Living and Memory Care

VERO BEACH, Fla.,  — Watercrest Senior Living Group and joint venture partner, Harbert Seniors Housing Fund II, are pleased to announce the groundbreaking of Watercrest Richmond Assisted Living and Memory Care in Richmond, Virginia. The 98-unit luxury senior living community, financed by Trustmark Bank and under construction by EMJ Corporation, is scheduled to welcome residents in Summer 2022.

Watercrest Richmond will be a signature Watercrest product, offering 76 assisted living and 22 memory care apartments with resort-style service and world-class care.  The architecture and design will boast a stunning promenade, fireplace, signature water wall, multiple dining options, theater, salon and spa, Bogey’s Scotch & Cigar Lounge, as well as grand balconies, and Southern-style outdoor living spaces.

“We are thrilled to announce Watercrest’s expansion into Virginia and thankful for our outstanding partnership with Harbert in the development of Watercrest Richmond,” says Marc Vorkapich, Principal and CEO of Watercrest Senior Living Group. “We celebrate this partnership and the opportunity to establish an exceptional Watercrest product in the distinctive community of Richmond.”

Ideally located at 5500 Woolridge Road, Watercrest Richmond offers the best of big-city amenities with the delights of Southern charm.  Known as a top destination by Travel + Leisure, Richmond offers plentiful dining, entertainment and cultural venues, just minutes from the rolling hills of Virginia farms, gorgeous state parks, and charming wineries. For information about the community, contact Watercrest at 772-539-4560.

With multiple senior living projects in development throughout the southeast, Watercrest principals, Marc Vorkapich, CEO and Joan Williams, CFO, are setting new standards of quality for seniors and their families in the development of upscale senior living communities.  This is the first senior living development project partnered between Watercrest and Harbert’s seniors housing investment team.

“Harbert identified Watercrest Senior Living as a best-in-class senior living developer and operator with a commonly aligned vision to develop exemplary senior living communities for our stakeholders,” says Brian Landrum, Senior Managing Director of Harbert Management Corporation.  “We look forward to the successful development of Watercrest Richmond and our future partnerships with the Watercrest team.”

About Harbert Management Corporation
HMC is an investment management firm focusing on alternative assets, with approximately $7.5 billion in Regulatory Assets under Management as of November 30, 2020. A privately owned firm founded in 1993, HMC serves foundations, endowments, fund of funds, pension funds, financial institutions, insurance companies, family offices, and high net worth individuals across multiple asset classes. For additional information about HMC, visit www.harbert.net.

About Watercrest Senior Living Group
Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living by surpassing standards of care, service and associate training. A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest specializes in the development and operations of assisted living and memory care communities and the growth of servant leaders. Visit www.watercrestseniorliving.com.

Lisa Gaudioso, VPO of Phoenix Senior Living

Lisa Gaudioso Joins Phoenix Senior Living as Vice President of Operations

Lisa Gaudioso was first introduced into the senior living world when she was working in Medicare certified home healthcare throughout New England. Her experiences led her to apply for her first Executive Director position, Jesse Marinko, now CEO and President at Phoenix,  hired her and welcomed her into the world of senior living. Lisa has now come full circle and is ecstatic to be back working with Marinko at Phoenix Senior Living. “Being here is like coming home,” says Gaudioso.

In her new role, her main focus is to spend time developing field operation by collaborating with regional leadership and Executive Director teams. She handles day to day operations and is starting her work by creating a strong foundation for her communities. Her short-term goals include helping teams navigate through the unknown and partner with risk management teams to follow COVID-19 protocols and precautions. Phoenix has implemented numerous safety measures throughout the pandemic such as enhanced screening, temperature checks, and following the state and federal guidelines in place.

Long-term, Gaudioso says, “we plan to be the leading provider in senior care in the South East. We are focused on growth and building a strong foundation so we can replicate the Phoenix model and open communities in other states.” Resident care is always at the forefront of Gaudioso and Phoenix’s mind, and they strive to provide top of the line patient centered care every day.

“When it comes to a loved one, everything matters. We want to have meaningful and personalized interactions with residents and their families. Sometimes it is easy to forget the little things, but often times the little things mean the most,” she says.

Especially amidst the pandemic, Gaudioso says the most rewarding part of her job is the thank you’s she receives on a daily basis. She is constantly overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude for how thankful her residents, their families, and staff have been during this time. Though it has been a challenging year, Gaudioso believes that the demand for senior living will grow as people realize it is the safest place for their loved one to be. To meet this upcoming demand, Phoenix has plans for growth and development in the upcoming years.

Gaudioso is thrilled to be joining the Phoenix Senior Living team and is grateful she was drawn to senior living from her previous occupation. She went from having little experience in the field, to Vice President of Operations, and is confident this is where she is meant to be. Caring for the residents and providing them the quality of life they deserve is infinitely rewarding for not only Gaudioso, but her entire Phoenix team.

Premier Senior Living Announces Development of New Senior Living Community for O’Fallon, Illinois

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Premier Senior Living, a senior living management company, has announced the plan to bring its new Revela brand to Illinois. Revela of O’Fallon, a new assisted living and memory care community, is coming to O’Fallon, Illinois. This 92-unit, 89,000 square foot development is planned to break ground in mid-February 2021, with an opening date of April 2022.  Comprised of 60 assisted living and 32 memory care units, the community was designed by St Louis Design Alliance and will be constructed by Poettker Construction.

“We are excited to bring Revela to O’Fallon and look forward to developing a strong relationship with the O’Fallon community. Our passion is the creation and operation of stellar senior living communities and this furthers our mission and growth,” said Eric Hadley, Executive Vice President of Premier Senior Living. “In mid-2022 we will have the pleasure of welcoming home the new residents of Revela of O’Fallon” Hadley remarked.

Revela of O’Fallon will anchor new development on the eastern edge of O’Fallon, as part of a 26-acre mixed-use development on Seven Hills Road, near the O’Fallon Public Safety facility and YMCA. The overall mixed-use development consists of three components, including office, senior living, and residential land uses. “This project already addresses a goal frequently discussed within our 2040 Master Plan by ensuring residents have optimal housing during whatever stage in their lives they may be in,” says Mayor Herb Roach. “O’Fallon is proud to have Premier Senior Living developing here on Seven Hills Road.”

“When it comes to senior lifestyles and care, Premier Senior Living is leading the way in providing lifestyles and services that are empowering, encouraging and engaging for our residents, our families, and our staff. We are pleased to have the support and active involvement of the City of O’Fallon and, together, we can make O’Fallon home throughout all phases of life,” said Hadley.

About Premier Senior Living: Based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Premier Senior Living manages and develops senior living communities.  Premier seeks intentional growth with a desire to preserve local community presence and identity.  Senior living: including independent living, assisted living and memory care, is our core purpose. www.premierseniorliving.com

About the City of O’Fallon: Located along Interstate 64 in Southern Illinois, O’Fallon is a key part of the St. Louis Metro East. Home to national retailers and local businesses alike, it is among the fastest-growing cities in the region and ranked as one of the best places to live by several national publications. www.ofallonillinois.org

Peter Stanton, CEO Stanton Communications

Changing the Conversation: How Senior Living Can Counter 2020’s Reputational Damage

Author: Peter Stanton, CEO of Stanton Communications, Inc.

The past year was not kind to the senior living industry. Media from The New York Times to the BBC carried sensational stories of nursing homes in crisis, of more than 100,000 COVID-19 related fatalities in long-term care facilities nationwide, and of the impact on staff, medical professionals and, especially, families who were prevented from visiting loved ones because of the coronavirus pandemic. While the coverage was shocking, it was not always wrong.

The Wall Street Journal reported in December that “The pandemic is reshaping the way Americans care for their elderly, prompting family decisions to avoid nursing homes and keep loved ones in their own homes for rehabilitation and other care.”

This all adds up to a reputational black eye leaving many in the senior living profession wondering if a path exists for the repair of the industry’s image and the rebuilding of a more favorable perspective for individual communities and companies. The answer is a resounding “yes,” but hard work and a unified effort is required.

A change in posture with respect to media engagement may also be required. One senior living executive recently described granting more than 14 media interviews during the height of the pandemic, none of which, in his view, turned out well. He reported not a single resulting story was fair or even correct. His willingness to engage is now fully exhausted.

A pervasive sense of communication reticence and caution may be understandable in light of such experiences. That reluctance to engage, however, is entirely contrary to the goal of restoring the foundation of trust on which the senior living industry depends in order to recover from the reputational hit of the past year. Instead, a comprehensive approach is needed that involves the industry’s leading organizations, senior living companies, and even the grassroots of families, care givers and administrators. Four core elements to a reputational campaign must be adopted:

Tell the Truth

The impact of the pandemic on nursing home residents was devastating. COVID-19 cases among residents were numerous and deadly. This necessitated significant changes in methods of operation, safety protocols, and service delivery. Many of those changes produced positive results and provide valuable lessons for the future. Communicators in the industry must be willing to talk about the impacts, but balance that dimension of the story with lessons learned that make senior facilities today far safer than perhaps they have ever been. Discussing improvements, sharing insights, and showcasing new standards are essential first steps toward rebuilding trust.

Tell the Positive Story

Seniors receive a level of care in nursing homes that is nearly impossible to replicate if they are living at home. In senior living communities, residents are enjoying an active, social and engaged lifestyle essential to good physical, mental and emotional health. Now is not the time for the industry or companies to go silent, but instead the time to showcase programs for senior wellness and socialization. Further, with seniors at the head of the line for vaccines, more opportunities exist to demonstrate all the industry is doing to improve the health and vitality of residents. And while The Wall Street Journal talks about the increasing percentage of seniors being kept at home, the industry must counter with news of enhanced service and the toll that home care imposes on families, budgets and seniors now isolated from peers.

Put Residents & Families Forward

While the industry’s credibility may be injured, residents and families have the capacity to serve as advocates. No one knows better the fear that prevailed, but also the care that was provided throughout the pandemic. As vaccines allow patients to turn the corner to a more hopeful future, providing ways for them to tell their stories on web sites and social platforms can be a powerful rebuttal to pervasive negative perspectives. Few can speak with more authority or respect than those who lived through the experience and maintained trust in their care givers and communities.

Be Proactive & Relentless

An industry op-ed in response to The Wall Street Journal is sorely needed, but even more important is a consistent and ongoing initiative of outreach and engagement with the media, with families and with care givers. Such outreach must be multi-dimensional consisting not only of a fully engaged media effort, but opportunities for dialogue on social platforms, delivery of data and updates on system enhancements, and creation of content in a variety of forms from video to graphical to written. Such a diversified campaign must be sustained, measured and refined as it unfolds. Coordinated messages about the value and validity of nursing homes for seniors needing round the clock care and of senior living communities for those seeking a means for staying connected to family and neighbors have never been more important or necessary.

The reputational impacts of the pandemic on the senior living industry have been dramatic, but they are not permanent if a concerted and consistent effort is undertaken to change the change the narrative, counter the negative, and maintain communications well into the future.

Jeffersons Ferry broke ground on a 89M expansion renovation project

$89M Expansion Begins at Jefferson’s Ferry

South Setauket, NY – ​Life plan community Jefferson’s Ferry secured tax-exempt bonds from the Town of Brookhaven Local Development Corporation and on Dec. 10 broke ground on an $89M expansion and renovation project during a private, socially distanced groundbreaking ceremony at One Jefferson Ferry Drive, South Setauket. Once completed, the 165,000 square-foot project will “enhance the lifestyle and experience for current residents and appeal to the desires and needs of a whole new generation of Long Islanders planning for retirement,” according to Jefferson’s Ferry CEO Bob Caulfield.

The expansion will add 60 new independent living one- and two-bedroom, plus den apartment homes with open floor plans to ​Jefferson’s Ferry’s existing 220 apartments and 28 cottages​. A new marketplace café, bistro-bar, destination dining room with alternating types of cuisines, and other enhanced services and amenities will cater to both current and future residents.

The new Healthy Living Center will incorporate a modern and fully-equipped gym and fitness room with access to professional trainers, plus a state of the art wellness & rehabilitation center. Residents can continue to access preventive care from a team of wellness experts in audiology, internal medicine, cardiology, dentistry, podiatry, psychiatry and ear, nose and throat specialists. Lab services and assistance with making medical appointments and filling prescriptions are also available.

“Our community is designed for aging better for longer, whether you live in independent living, assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing,” explained Caulfield.

The construction project includes an addition to the existing Vincent Bove Health Center, including a new state of the art Assisted Living building specifically designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s dementia and other memory impairing diseases. Existing dining, activities and community spaces in the assisted living and the skilled nursing center will be renovated to allow for more space and create a fresh, open-air feel.

Called “The Journey Toward Renewal,” the project is part of the award-winning community’s larger strategic initiative launched in 2018. “We’re building on a promise made by our founders in 2001,” said Caulfield. “We were the first to offer Long Islanders the all-inclusive services of a life plan community — also called a continuing care retirement community — and we’ve been delivering on our promise to help seniors thrive and age successfully ever since.”

Jefferson’s Ferry is a​n active lifestyle community that promotes dignity, privacy, individuality and independence. The physical design of Jefferson’s Ferry and the diverse programming and luxury amenities make staying active easy for residents as they age. The onsite care continuum offers security and peace of mind.

Supporting Long Island’s Economy
In August 2020, Jefferson’s Ferry was awarded low-cost energy by the ReCharge NY energy program to support a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project. The state-run program supports businesses and nonprofits that commit to add jobs, expand operations, or otherwise invest in their local communities.

Jefferson’s Ferry currently employs 350 people and is expected to add 41 jobs in exchange for 435 kilowatts of power for a seven-year period. “The cost savings are significant to Jefferson’s Ferry, and, in turn, to residents living on fixed incomes,” said Caulfield. “Reducing our energy costs through this program goes a long way in helping us control the amount of fees we charge our members, giving them peace of mind about their future.”

Interest in Jefferson’s Ferry’s new apartments is high. Caulfield said total reservation deposits from prospective residents required by the New York State Department of Health to obtain approval to start construction exceed requirements prior to securing tax-exempt bonds issued through the Town of Brookhaven Local Development Corporation (LDC).

“The Brookhaven ​Local Development Corporation is pleased to play a small part in the expansion of this outstanding residence and health care facility,” said ​Frederick C. Braun III, chairman of the Brookhaven LDC.

Elissa Gargone, vice president of sales and marketing at Jefferson’s Ferry, said the benefits of living in a life plan community became more obvious during the pandemic, especially to Long Islanders and out-of-state seniors who are used to traveling and living active, social lives.

“Our depositors miss their pre-pandemic social life,” said Gargone. “They miss their friends and they miss having access to activities and routines that give them purpose and joy. Jefferson’s Ferry provides safe access to the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to living.”

According to Gargone, Jefferson’s Ferry wastes no time making depositors feel at home. There are virtual wine pairing events, Zoom get-togethers to meet current residents, and webinars to help them prepare for the move. During the lockdown, Gargone and the marketing team packed and delivered bags of food and essential supplies to their doorsteps. “Depositors may not live in our community yet, but they’re part of the Jefferson’s Ferry family,” she said.
Attending the groundbreaking ceremony were Jefferson’s Ferry’s CEO Bob Caulfield, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elissa Gargone and Project Manager Matthew Moroney; Jefferson’s Ferry Board Chair Vivian Viloria-Fisher and board member and Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Valerie Cartright; Director of Economic Development and CEO Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and CEO Brookhaven Local Development Corporation (LDC) Town of Brookhaven Lisa M.G. Mulligan; and KBE Building Corp. Project Manager James Glaser. Additional Jefferson’s Ferry project partners include ​KDA Architects​, ​Tritec Building Company​, ​HJ Sims​ ​and ​Merlino Design​.

About Jefferson’s Ferry​ ​- Located along Long Island’s north shore at One Jefferson Ferry Drive, South Setauket, New York, Jefferson’s Ferry is a nonprofit life plan community for active adults ages 62 and above. The community offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services on-site, along with programs, services, and amenities designed to enhance resident life through health/wellness activities, lifelong learning, the arts and music, spiritual development and social opportunities. Jefferson’s Ferry has been consistently named “Best Retirement Community” and “Best Assisted Living” on Long Island by the “Bethpage Best of Long Island. For more information, visit ​https://www.jeffersonsferry.org​ or call ​(631) 650-2600.

Well-Known Author and Chef Michael J. Longo, CEC, Named Executive Chef for Legend of Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO –Legend Senior Living reaffirmed its reputation for and emphasis on culinary excellence in senior living by naming Michael J. Longo, CEC to the top chef position at its new Legend of Colorado Springs Assisted Living and Memory Care residence, which opensJanuary 5, 2021. Legend of Colorado Springs will be the 40th senior living community for the Wichita-based company, with residences in six states.

“We’re exceedingly fortunate –and needless to say excited –to have a renowned chef and culinary master such as Michael Longo leading our team of chefs and staff,” said Karen Stewart, Residence Director for Legend of Colorado Springs.“Our new community in the Springs is groundbreaking in so many ways. Michael’s vision and rich, unique background will take the Legend culinary experience to heights worthy of our Rocky Mountain view.”

Longo is an award-winning Certified Executive Chef and the author of two cookbooks: Let’s Take a Leek: a book about a Chef, fabulous Soups, and a slightly different sense of humor and The St. Joseph’s Table –a Sicilian Tradition. Chef Michael has worked at such esteemed culinary venues as The Broadmoor Hotel, Glen Eyrie Conference Center, where he was instrumental in starting the wonderful Madrigal tradition. He also owned and operatedNana Longo’s Restaurant and First Impressions Catering.

“Rarely does a chef have the chance to realize a vision from the ground up and then personally see that vision materialize,” said Longo of his new position. “When you do, you call on every single skill and experience in your book. Legend has charged me with creating a unique experience for residents, in a new cutting-edge community –pardon the pun, but here it’s appropriate.”

Speaking of books, Longo has turned his experience into two popular cookbooks with unique and often humorous accounts of the chef’s life. His interests are a diverse menu: He has judged both professional and amateur culinary competitions throughout the Front Range.When he is not enjoying free time with his wife, Pam, two sons and grandchildren, Longois an avid fisherman, rod builder and fly tier, a hobby he actually turned into a mission. While Executive Chef for The Springs Rescue Mission, Longo began the ministry of “Fisher of Men” to introduce the joy of angling to people in the program.

Longo earned his status as a Certified Executive Chef, Art and Science of Culinary Preparation, from the American Culinary Federation, a distinction he has maintained for more than 25 years as a chef. “My experience in senior living goes back a decade. Legend’s mission to serve is so well-aligned with my own that it feels like it was meant to be,” said Longo. “And I’ll tell you one thing about preparing food for older adults. They have the most discerning tastes and open minds of any diners. It’s a fun and joyful experience to design a menu that covers everything from traditional American favorites to haute cuisine.”

“Besides looking forward to the leadership of this unique talent –we’re all just very anxious to taste his food,” added Stewart.

About Legend Senior Living:Legend Senior Living® is a privately held senior housing and services company based in Wichita, Kansas. Legend owns and operates 40residences –independent living, assisted living, memory care, and personal care–in Florida, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Legend of Colorado Springs is set to open January 5, 2021 and Windsor Pointe of Jacksonville will become Legend’s 41st community when it opens later inthe year. Legend has just been certified as a Great Place to Work® for the third consecutive year