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Kosher Adult Day Programs in New york State

Adult day programs are great. They offer more structured support for the participant than senior centers and needed respite opportunity for the caregiver. Moreover they extend the amount of time an elder can remain at home rather than being admitted in to a facility.

There are three types or “models” of adult day centers: Social (which provides meals, recreation and some health- related services), medical/health (which provides social activities as well as more intensive health and therapeutic services) and specialized (which provide services only to specific care recipients, such as those with diagnosed dementias or developmental disabilities). Sometimes a social adult day program serves a specialized group such as early-stage dementia, but does not list itself as such. The medical model may also provide specialized programming.

We visited three adult day programs and conducted a telephone survey of the adult day programs throughout New York State in preparation for this report. We found all staff to be outstanding professionals,  very  courteous  and eager to assist. Some programs were restrictive as to serving the local community, while others will gladly accept families from other areas.

When researching to make your selection it is important to consider that in the social model you are joining a community with particular interests, so you will want to determine whether you share those same interests. Each had different features. At one program we visit- ed, the buffet food presentation equaled that of a four-star hotel. At the other, professional art therapy was exceptional. At yet another, the camaraderie and so- cialization stood out.

In the medical model, I was particularly impressed with the medication management and the coordination of doctor visits in addition to the therapeutic activities and the excellence of nursing care.

The medical model is ideal for common chronic disease management of conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and conditions requiring physical or occupational therapy.

Of  course,  cost  is  a  major consideration. Adult Day programs range from $50 per session to over $150. All have sliding fee scales based on  financial need. Some insurance plans cover the service, especially in recognition that they reduce inpatient  cost. Medicaid will pay for the medical model.

Most programs offer transportation. At some, the home attendant may ac- company the participant.

A Closer Look

Let’s take a closer look at the program offerings of one social model and one medical model adult day care  program.

Help Social Adult Day  Program

Also entitled Alzheimers Opportunity for Respite and Socialization, it serves adults over age 60 with mild to moderate cognitive impairment- no more than 15 participants each session. Therapeutic activities include word games, puzzles, music, dance and movement, exercise, chair yoga, intergenerational activities, cooking, art, holiday celebrations. A nu- tritious, hot kosher lunch and snacks are served each program day. It operates out of two sites: On Mondays and  Wednesdays 10am-2pm in Long Beach and Fridays 10am-2pm in Oceanside.

Sephardic Nursing &  Rehabilitation Center’s L’Chaim Adult Day Health Care – Medical Model

Services include: Comprehensive Nursing and Medical Care, Medication Management, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies, Social Services, Psychological Counseling, Hot Kosher Meals/Snacks, Therapeutic Recreation, Religious Services, Door-to-Door Transportation, Ancillary Lab Services, Specialty Consultants as well as Alzheimer’s Enrichment Programs

The health care team includes a physician, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, recreational therapists  and  dieticians.  Participants in the program enjoy a full day of in- door activities and programs, as well as the outdoor park, fish pond and putting green.

Below are the results of the survey of adult day programs throughout New York State. It was conducted by L’Orech Yomim volunteer staff. There is considerable  variance  in  program   emphasis,

hours provided, facilities and overall environment. Please bear  this  in mind as you review this listing and conduct your own research for a suitable adult day center. The levels of kosher  food and specialized programming also vary. Noteworthy: The Hebrew Home of Riverdale Elders offers an overnight 7 pm to 7 am service.

The Site Visit

The programs are happy to have potential enrollees visit in advance so that they may decide whether it is the right fit for their particular needs.

Site Visit Checklist

-   Ask the center to provide you with any written documentation such as brochures, calendars and menus.

-  Ask about level of Kashrus and other religious adherence issues of importance to you and your family.

In addition, the National Adult Day Services   Association   recommends  the


following Adult Day Care Center Site Visit Checklist:

  • Did you feel welcome?
  • Were the center services and activities properly explained?
  • Were you given information regarding staffing, programming, and costs?
  • Is the facility clean, pleasant and free of odor?
  • Is the building and site wheelchair accessible?
  • Is the furniture sturdy and comfortable?
  • Are there loungers and chairs with arms for relaxation?
  • Is there a quiet place in the center?
  • Did the staff and participants seem cheerful and comfortable?
  • Are participants involved in planning activities?

An Overall Summary

In  summary,  adult  day  programs are an important and valuable resource to incorporate in your repertoire of elder care support options. There is great variety, from light to comprehensive sup- port. For the participant, an adult day care center’s benefits can be extensive:

  • A safe, secure environment in which to spend the day.
  • Enjoyable and educational activities.
  • Improvement in mental and physical health.
  • Enhanced or maintained level of in- dependence.
  • Socialization and peer support.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks.

Family caregivers also very much appreciate the program, providing them needed relief from the ongoing demands of the role. A visit is important and recommended by the National Association of Adult Day Programs. Many people are unaware of the existence of the adult day service model. One program director related that it is not uncommon for her to receive inquiries as to the age limit thinking that they were a day care center for children. We trust this over- view and introduction was helpful and will gladly provide updates and modifications as they come to our attention. The Kosher Adult Day Program Listing may also be found on the Resources tab at www.lorechyomim.org.



Nassau County

Highfield Gardens Adult Health Care Center

(516) 303-0100

9 am -3 pm


JCC of The Greater Five Towns Come Alive – Social Day Care (not held at the JCC)

(516) 569-6733


10 am – 1:30 pm


Sid Jacobson JCC Friendship Circle Program

(516) 484-1545

10  am -3 pm


Nassau Extended Care Facility Adult Day Care

(516) 565-4800

7:30 am – 4 pm


Parker Jewish

Adult Health Care Center (516) 586-1623

9 am – 3 pm


Forest View

Adult Health Care Center (516) 239-1111

8:30 am -1:30 pm

2 pm -7 pm

JASA Azors/Help Social Adult Day Care Two Location


Long Beach

(516) 432-0570


(516) 766-4341

Mon, Wed 10 am – 2 pm Fri 10am -2pm

Queens County

JASA Far Rockaway

Social Adult Day Center (Kosher Food on Request) (718) 868-6600

10 am – 2 pm


Franklin Adult Day Health Care (Predominantly Asian)

(718) 762-4564

9 am – 2 pm


Hillside Manor

(718) 264-6700

8 am – 4 pm


Margaret Tietz Adult Health Care

(718) 591-4301

7:30 am – 2:30 pm


Rego Park Health Care Adult Day Health Care Program

(718) 463-5000

8 am – 2 pm


Granat Alzheimer Center at Parker Jewish Center for Health Care & Rehabilitation

(718) 289-2105

8 am – 5:30 pm


JASA Adult Day Programs \ Coop City Social Adult Day Care

(718) 379-2228


11 am – 2:30 pm


Elderserve on the Palisades Hebrew Home at Riverdale

(718) 581-1613

8 am – 3 pm Overnight:

7 pm – 7 am


Fairview Adult Day Care Center

(718) 251-5600

9 am – 3 pm


Haym Salomon Home for The Aged

(718) 535-9526

8:30 am – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 6 pm


Lakeside Adult Health Care Center

(718) 688-8800

8 am – 1 pm

1 pm – 6:30 pm


Sephardic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center: L’Chaim Adult Health Care Center

(718) 266-6100

9 am – 2:30 pm


MJGC Adult Health Care Center (718) 621-3600

8:30 am – 7 pm


Palm Gardens Adult Health Care Center

(718) 633-3320

8 am – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 6:30 pm


The Shulman & Schachne Institute Adult Health Care Center

(718) 240-8100

8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Elderserve at the Y

YM-YWHA of Washington Hts.

(212) 942-4188

M-F 9 am – 3 pm


GuildCare- Must have functional vision problem diagnosis (Kosher Food on Request)

(212) 769-7847




Rockland County

Northern Metropolitan Adult Day Health Care Program

(845) 352-9000

8 am – 1:30 pm | 1:30 pm – 6 pm


Friedwald Center for Adult Health

(845) 678-2000, 678-2100

9:30 am – 2 pm


Summit Park Hospital & Nursing Care Center Adult Day Health Care

(845) 364-2875

9:30 am – 2:30 pm


Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center Adult Day Health Center

(631) 715-2520

6 days/week: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm Flex Program: 10:30 am – 4 pm


Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation Adult Day Health Care (Kosher Food on Request)

(631) 439-3121

M-F 9 am – 3 pm


Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Adult Day Health Center(Kosher Food on Request)

(516) 622-7771/70

6days/week | 8:30-2:30

M-F 2:30-7:30


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