Gurwin Healthcare System has started preliminary construction work on a 62-and-over independent living complex on its Commack campus.
Gurwin recently received Huntington town approvals that allowed infrastructure work to begin. Groundbreaking for the $115 million project is expected this fall.
The project is expected to be completed in 2022.
To be called Fountaingate Gardens, the facility will take up 10 acres and include 129 apartments. It will also have dining venues, a fitness center, social gathering places, a spa and other amenities. The entire Gurwin property is about 34 acres.
Gurwin said about 65% of the apartments are reserved. Upfront costs range from $350,000 to $1 million. Residents or their estates get 50% to 80% of the upfront cost back when they die or move out, Gurwin said. Monthly costs will range from $3,500 to $8,500, depending on the amenity and care options selected.
The independent living complex will be located on the same property as Gurwin's assisted living facility and nursing home, thus turning Gurwin into a full life plan community, said Stuart B. Almer, the group's president and CEO.
Fountaingate will be "a high-end residential living facility" with "a very active, country lifestyle," he said.
Residents will have the option to buy into Gurwin's new Home for Life program, which guarantees a resident nursing home or assisted living support if it becomes necessary.
"This program has remained very successful for the industry, even as other parts of [elder care] has faced challanges related to the pandemic," Almer said, adding that residents who want to participate in the home for life program must do so up front.
"It's a safety net, and most residents choose to do this," he said.
Gurwin, like businesses that operate nursing homes throughout New York, have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Gurwin has temporarily shut down its adult day care programs due to a state mandate. The programs see 130 adults per day.
About 200 nursing home residents contracted COVID-19, and about 60 died, Almer said. Gurwin has about 460 beds in the nursing facility. It has 370 residents there.
Long Island hospitals sent COVID-19 patients to nursing homes during the peak of the health crisis, under a March 25 state order which said nursing homes could not refuse a person simply because they were COVID-19 positive. Nursing homes, however, did not have to accept the patients if they could not care for them safely, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.