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

James McPeak, Owner, McPeak’s Assisted Living, says assisted living for senior citizens proves to be more economical than staying in the home or renting an apartment. Assisted living still provides the independence that many senior citizens desire, but at a fraction of the cost.

The Assisted Living Federation of America reports that the median cost of a private one-bedroom apartment in an assisted living facility in 2010 is $2,575 per month. Prices can range from $800 to more than $4,000 a month, depending on the size of the unit, the location and services offered. More often than not, senior citizens or their families pay the cost of having the assisted living facility, although some facilities offer financial assistance programs. Medicare currently does not cover assisted living care and few states are authorized to utilize Medicaid waivers to help families pay for care.

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.

One expenditure that gets overlooked in the equation is food. According to the U.S. Labor Consumer Expenditure Survey, in 2008, adults ages 65 and over spent $4,682 annually on food. In addition, with the price of wheat and milk having gone up over the past few years, many seniors have restricted their purchases to food at home rather than going out to a restaurant.

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

Local Girl Scouts Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Residents at McPeak’s Assisted Living

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Pictured (left to right): Girl Scouts Emily Antos and Victoria Mercouris and McPeak’s Assisted Living resident Muriel Lizak.

On February 14, as part of their community service, Emily Antos, a Junior Girl Scout from Troop 137, and Victoria Mercouris, a Cadette Girl Scout from Troop 3030, distributed handmade Valentine’s Day cards to residents at McPeak’s Assisted Living. Both girls are from Bay Area Service Unit #32, which consists of Girl Scouts from Bayport, Blue Point, Sayville and West Sayville. The cards that Emily and Victoria gave out put a smile on the residents’ faces and made this year’s Valentine’s Day a happier one for them as well.

McPeak’s Provides Guidance for Recognizing Elderly’s Ability to Live Independently During Holiday Season

Assisted Living Facility Sees More Inquiries as Families Get Together

As seniors age, those who see them daily can often find it difficult to notice changes in their health and behavior. As families get together for the holidays, it may be a perfect time for family members to pay attention to elderly loved ones and discuss their health, well-being and options for assisted living.

“There’s a little surge in the number of inquiries we receive during the holidays because people are finally getting in touch with their parents and loved ones. Quite often, people reach out to family members they are usually not in contact with,” said James McPeak, Owner, McPeak’s Assisted Living. “Assisted living facilities provide quality care for the elderly who may no longer be able to take care of themselves and peace of mind for their family members.”

When visiting elderly parents or family members, people should watch for changes in their loved one’s mental condition, which may be a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 10 percent of people over 65 years of age and nearly 50 percent of those over 85 years have Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. As the population ages, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to increase from 4 million to 14 million by 2050.

Assisted living facilities are often seen as a viable option for elderly relatives who may be experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia or even for those who need help with basic activities of daily living. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 900,000 people nationwide live in assisted living facilities. Assisted living provides senior citizens with housing, personal care and healthcare services to help them with their daily activities while allowing them to be as independent as possible in a homelike setting.

“It can be a very disappointing time for responsible family members because, they see the physical or mental health of a loved one deteriorate and they need to make some decisions about care. An assisted living facility is the perfect option for that loved one. While they are being cared for by staff members, residents are able to live their lives independently. Choosing the right facility can really help improve an elderly person’s physical, mental and social well-being.” Mr. McPeak said.

McPeak’s Assisted Living gives residents the option of either having their own rooms or sharing a room with someone else. Trained, experienced staff members are on hand to provide medications for residents when needed. Meals are served daily, and staff can prepare meals for those who have certain dietary restrictions. In addition, McPeak’s offers recreational activities to give residents a chance to socialize and spend time with each other.

“At McPeak’s Assisted Living, we understand the needs of the elderly and offer a friendly, affordable alternative to living alone by providing a safe, warm and relaxing environment,” Mr. McPeak said.

McPeak’s Assisted Living Undergoes “Green” Renovation

New Energy-Saving Windows, Refurbished Furniture

The lobby at McPeak's Assisted Living has been painted a new color and features new and refurbished furniture. The lobby is also adorned with new artwork and new carpeting.
The lobby at McPeak’s Assisted Living has been painted a new color and
features new and refurbished furniture. The lobby is also adorned with new
artwork and new carpeting.
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A new couch and new chairs at the fireplace area.
A new couch and new chairs at the fireplace area. Enlarge Photo

McPeak's residents Leonarda Kulakowski (left) and Doris Smith (right) relax in the lounge.
McPeak’s Assisted Living residents Leonarda Kulakowski (left) and Doris Smith (right) relax in the lounge. Enlarge Photo

James McPeak, Owner, McPeak’s Assisted Living, announced that the facility has undergone a “green” renovation, updating the 53-year-old facility, while maintaining its boutique, homelike décor. Mr. McPeak worked with Carol Reitz-Butler, Designer/Owner, Alchemy Design, on modernizing and renovating the assisted living facility, at a cost of approximately $100,000.

In saving energy – and the environment – McPeak’s has replaced 33 double-hung windows with double-paned insulated windows. “Our new energy-efficient windows will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint,” Mr. McPeak said. “We put in these windows in the interest of preserving fossil fuels.”

Twenty-eight chairs in the lobby were refurbished and reupholstered. Although it would have cost the same amount of money to purchase new furniture, Mr. McPeak said that, by refurbishing the existing furniture, it would cut down on waste. “We recycled a lot of furniture that was still very useful,” he said. “In the interest of preserving the environment and not creating more garbage, we wanted to see if they could get more life out of them. It’s still very high-quality furniture.”

In addition to the new windows and refurbished chairs, the lobby has been painted and new artwork has been placed on the walls. McPeak’s also replaced 51 beds, including the box springs and the bed frames.

Despite the changes, McPeak’s still retains the same charm that the residents and staff are accustomed to. “The larger facilities tend to be more corporate and have the look of a hotel,” Mr. McPeak said. “Our facility tends to have a homier, boutique-style atmosphere. It also attracts more new customers and it benefits the staff as well.”

Teresa Donovan Celebrates 105th Birthday

teresaTeresa “Tess” Donovan (right), a resident at McPeak’s Assisted Living facility in Patchogue, New York, receives proclamations from Suffolk County Legislator Jack Eddington (left) and Brookhaven Town Councilman Tim Mazzei (center).

Ms. Donovan celebrated her 105th birthday on December 8 at McPeak’s Assisted Living with staff and fellow residents. In celebration of her birthday, they played a game of table bowling, which is Ms. Donovan’s favorite pastime at the facility. She prides herself as being a very good and very competitive table bowler. In addition to the people at the facility and other elected officials, Ms. Donovan was joined by members of her family: her son, Robert Brown, and his wife, Gloria; Jeanne Brown, the wife of Ms. Donovan’s grandson; and Jessica Brown, Ms. Donovan’s great-granddaughter.

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