Continuing to make investments to ensure a safe and comfortable residence while maintaining a traditional home-like setting

new roofWork on a new roof for McPeak’s began today. We lost many tiles during Superstorm Sandy; however, none of the residents were impacted and neither was the resident care. The new roof will be Hunter Green in color. Hopefully, work should be completed by the end of the week.

McPeak’s Assisted Living Celebrates Christmas

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Pictured (left to right): Dito Butigieg, Resident, McPeak’s Assisted Living; Diana McCluskey of Wantagh, Mr. Butigieg’s daughter; Katherine Sheridan, Resident, McPeak’s Assisted Living; Charlotte Corrado of Holbrook, Ms. Sheridan’s daughter; Dennis McCluskey, Ms. McCluskey’s husband.

More than one hundred people came out for McPeak’s Assisted Living’s annual Christmas party on December 14. Residents and their families enjoyed lunch, dessert and live music. Santa Claus also stopped by to hand out presents to all of McPeak’s residents. It was one of the largest turnouts the facility has ever had for the event.

“The Christmas party this year was spectacular. It brought joy to the residents and to their families,” stated Linda Ohlsen, Activities Director, McPeak’s Assisted Living. “We were delighted to see the residents in such high spirits this holiday season.”

For more information, call McPeak’s Assisted Living at (631) 475-0445 or visit

McPeak’s Assisted Living Residents Take Part in Tree Trimming

Pictured (left to right). Linda Ohlsen, Activities Director, McPeak’s Assisted Living; and Evelyn Grasso, Ellen Sminkey, Ruth Beal and Alex Salmin, Residents, McPeak’s Assisted Living.

On December 7, residents at McPeak’s Assisted Living celebrated the holidays by trimming two of the Christmas trees inside the facility’s lounge area and TV room. As residents took turn decorating the trees, they enjoyed egg nog and holiday cookies, listened to holiday music and sang Christmas carols.

This year’s tree trimming was very special for Linda Ohlsen, Activities Director, McPeak’s Assisted Living, as she marked her 25th year in joining the residents in decorating the trees.

For more information, call McPeak’s Assisted Living at (631) 475-0445 or visit

McPeak’s Assisted Living Named One of Long Island Business News’ Health Care Heroes of 2012

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(Left to right): Soraya Rizek-DePaolo, Receptionist; James McPeak, Owner/Operator; Jennifer Turner, Manager; Suzan Csako, Kitchen Director and Diana Ramon, Kitchen Staff Member, McPeak’s Assisted Living.

Due to its “outstanding service” and “safe, clean environment,” McPeak’s Assisted Living was named one of Long Island Business News’ “Health Care Heroes” of 2012 in the Assisted Living Facility category.

McPeak’s Assisted Living was founded in 1956 by two registered nurses, James and Katherine McPeak. The licensed facility is devoted to caring for the elderly and the disabled, while obtaining the most modern safety features and updates. McPeak’s Assisted Living offers many amenities run by its efficient and compassionate staff.

“The goal of the Health Care Heroes awards is to recognize excellence, promote innovation, contribute to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care and, ultimately, recognize the people and organizations whose tireless work, contributions and dedication to healing and caring ensure the well-being of everyone on Long Island,” a representative from LIBN stated.

“We’re very grateful to be recognized by LIBN as a Health Care Hero this year,” said James McPeak, Owner/Operator, McPeak’s. “We truly feel quality care at an affordable cost is something of utmost importance to Long Island, particularly in this climate of economic uncertainty and we are proud to be able to offer that to our community.”

For more information, call McPeak’s Assisted Living at (631) 475-0445 or visit

McPeak’s Assisted Living Offers A Cost-Effective Option for Independent Seniors

Recent MetLife Mature Market Institute Report Shows Assisted Living Is Half the Cost of Nursing Care
James McPeak, Owner, McPeak’s Assisted Living, says assisted living for senior citizens proves to be more economical than staying in a nursing home or renting an apartment. Assisted living still provides the independence that many senior citizens desire, but at a fraction of the cost.

The MetLife Mature Market Institute recently published a report showing the rising cost of healthcare across the nation. Findings showed that, for nursing homes, the annual rate was $81,030 for a semi-private room — a 3.7% increase over last year — and $90,520 a year for a private room, which is up by 3.8%. Annual expenditures for assisted living communities rose by only 2.1% from last year at a cost of $42,600 a year.

The report also showed that home care was less expensive than assisted living and nursing homes. The annual cost for having a home health aide or a homemaker was at $21,840 and $20,800, respectively. While the cost of a home health aide remained the same since last year, employing a homemaker cost 5.3% more than last year. However, the additional expenses of living at home were not factored into the equation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2011 Consumer Expenditure Survey, senior citizens ages 65 and over spent $39,173 on food, clothing, utilities, transportation, mortgage payments and other expenses. As the price of food and gasoline has gone up over the past 12 months, these costs and those associated with home health care will exceed that of assisted living.

Assisted living can be a great solution for people who do not require the full services of a nursing home and offer a less expensive alternative to home health care. They also allow seniors to save on the expense and hassle of owning and maintaining a home.

When figuring out the numbers, the cost of an assisted living facility is favorable compared to living at home. Seniors who live at home must buy their own food and pay the mortgage or rent, utilities (phone, cable, heat, electricity) and, if applicable, home health care. For those living in a condominium, the cost may be higher because of maintenance fees. In order to save money, many seniors living at home have to cut back on social activities and entertainment.

For assisted living facilities such as McPeak’s, the monthly cost includes food, utilities, housekeeping and on-site personal care. There are no additional out-of-pocket expenses for the residents or their families to pay.

“McPeak’s Assisted Living is a great value because you, the resident, or your loved one receives the benefit of the optimal level of healthcare in this setting,” Mr. McPeak said. “Combined with the attention and personal care given by the trained staff and the heartfelt empathy of the administration, McPeak’s is an unparalleled choice as an assisted living residence in a boutique-style setting.”

For more information, call McPeak’s Assisted Living at (631) 475-0445 or visit

McPeak’s Resident Maria Teresa Brana Celebrates 100th Birthday


On January 26, Maria Teresa “Tess” Brana celebrated her 100th birthday with fellow residents at McPeak’s Assisted Living. After lunch, the residents sang “Happy Birthday” to Ms. Brana and were treated to birthday cake.

Ms. Brana was born on January 26, 1912 in Italy. When she was eight years old, her family came to the United States and moved to the New York City area. She worked at her family’s candy store before becoming a retailer at Macy’s, where she worked for 30 years. She said her strong work ethic helped to contribute to her longevity.

On January 15, 2009, Ms. Brana came to McPeak’s. She became one of the more active residents as she helps decorating the facility for holidays and special occasions. She also enjoys the pet therapy sessions at McPeak’s and, whenever she sees a dog, likes to pet and talk to them.

McPeak’s Assisted Living resident Maria Teresa Brana (right) blows out the candles on her birthday cake that was brought over by Linda Ohlsen (left), Activities Director, McPeak’s, during Ms. Brana’s 100th birthday celebration on January 26.

The Long Island Advance | Her Work Ethic Got Her to 100 | February 2, 2012

Residents and Their Loved Ones Celebrate the Holidays at McPeak’s Christmas Party

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McPeak’s Assisted Living resident Ruth Faustich (right) is joined by her daughter Lynn Spitznagel (left) during McPeak’s Christmas party on December 16.

On December 16, residents at McPeak’s Assisted Living were joined by their loved ones during McPeak’s Christmas party. Residents and their family members were served a delicious lunch and enjoyed live musical entertainment. James McPeak, Owner, McPeak’s Assisted Living, offered a champagne toast to wish everyone a happy holiday season.

Patchogue-Medford High School Key Club Members Strike a Pose at McPeak’s Assisted Living

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McPeak’s Assisted Living residents Ruth Beal (front row, left), Madeline Pedota (center) and Josephine D’Elia (second from right) and Activity Director Linda Ohlsen (right) join members of the Patchogue-Medford High School Key Club wearing their fashions of different time periods during a fashion show at McPeak’s on June 28.

On June 28, members of the Patchogue-Medford High School Key Club put on a fashion show for the residents at McPeak’s Assisted Living.

In this blend of “old meets new,” fifteen students modeled the latest fashions from their senior prom and from years past while a student DJ played music from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and the 1980s. After the show, students asked the residents which decade was their favorite and asked them to share their memories from that decade.

These students have volunteered their free time at McPeak’s by playing games and taking part in intergenerational activities with the residents. Intergenerational programs allow seniors and young adults to share talents and resources to create a unified group identity. Older adults benefit greatly from these programs because they enhance socialization, increase interaction with the youth and prevent isolation and boredom in their later years.

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