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Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay

PO Box 150
Sealevel, NC 28577
(252) 225-4411
Fax: (252) 225-1670
Services Offered:
Independent Living, Skilled Nursing
  • Independent Living
  • Skilled Nursing
  • Licenses
  • Independent Living
  • Eligibility
    TUCKED AWAY IN A SMALL FISHING VILLAGE in coastal North Carolina is a beautiful piece of American history that few people are aware of. Sea Level, a small town in the “Down East” area of North Carolina, is home to the oldest retirement community in our nation. This home’s story is worth sharing, and for retired mariners across the world, worth knowing about. Now open to the public, The Sailors’ Snug Harbor is the second oldest charitable trust in the United States, established in 1801 by a merchant and seamen from the city of New York, Captain Robert Richard Randall. Randall’s father, Thomas Randall, was a prominent citizen and a member of the Committee of 100 that essentially established the United States. He was a coxswain on the barge that brought General Washington to the foot of Wall Street at the close of the Revolutionary War. History is an integral part of Snug Harbor and is portrayed through the artifacts, ship models and paintings that adorn the hallways of this renowned retirement facility. The home has the look and feel of an elegant nautical museum rather than an institution due to its extensive maritime art collection, numerous model ships, and nautical artifacts. The home is adorned with 19th- and early 20th-century art transferred from the Staten Island facility. The 102-acre property of Snug Harbor rests on the shores of Nelson Bay and is surrounded by Carolina pines and azaleas. The facility is more than 100,000 square feet and can comfortably house 120 residents. Three wings serve as residence areas, one wing for each level of care. Snug Harbor offers all-private accommodations in independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. With the majority of its staff living within a 10-mile radius from the facility, Snug Harbor witnesses very little turnover, a characteristic quite uncommon in the health care industry. As a result, Snug Harbor’s Health Care Center, the skilled nursing area, has a staffing ratio that far exceeds the state’s minimum requirement. Residents enjoy a variety of activities provided by a full-time recreation staff. Snug Harbor features a ½-mile walking path around its building where residents can find a dock, greenhouse, garden, and woodworking shop. All residential, dining, and medical services are on one floor and under the same roof. Snug Harbor has two physicians on its staff who visit once a week, each on different days. A full rehabilitative therapy program of physical, occupational and speech therapy is also available on site in Snug Harbor’s gymnasium. Many individuals in the community take advantage of respite and Medicare stays upon discharge from the hospital for short-term rehabilitation. Snug Harbor is one of the finest retirement homes in the nation and features one of the largest maritime art collections in the world. Each of the three residential wings is in a T-shape design where four hallways of resident rooms meet at a large skylight area with planted greenery at the base of its four brick walls. Each of the four hallways has either 10 resident rooms or up to five suites for married couples. At the end of every hallway is a lounge area with a screened-in porch. Each month, the recreation staff hosts lounge parties within each wing so that residents may socialize and meet new neighbors. Of importance to many residents is the weekly cocktail hour on Fridays that features an open bar and fine hors d’oeuvres. The cocktail hour takes place in the Governor’s Lounge at the facility’s main entrance, a luxuriously appointed lounge that features 19th-century oil paintings and a large four-sided brick fireplace. A Julliard-trained pianist provides entertainment during these occasions. Well worth the visit, one can reach Snug Harbor by taking Highway 70 East through Morehead City and Beaufort. Sea Level is about 26 miles east of Beaufort on Highway 70. The facility itself is set back from the road and shaded by the many pines that cover its property. A large statue of C
    All genders welcome
    Care Options
    Licensed nursing care provided 24 hours a day
    Physician care by routine visit
    Personal Assistance
    Catheter management
    Foot care
    Medication management
    Care Services
    Eye care
    Mental health counseling
    Occupational therapy
    Physical therapy
    Restorative therapy
    Speech therapy
    Support groups for patients
    Support groups for families and caregivers
    Residents may contract with an outside agency to bring in services
    Behavioral Support Offered for Residents Who...
    Do not sleep through the night
    Need prompting for their personal care
    Diabetes Management Care
    Oral medication
    Self-administered insulin injection
    Health Condition Care
    Bariatric needs
    Breathing support requiring oxygen
    Broken bones
    Colostomy/urostomy care needs
    Developmental disabilities
    Emphysema or other lung diseases
    Heart disease or heart failure
    Immune deficiency
    Incontinence and bladder management
    Management of an I.V.
    Management of a feeding tube
    Memory loss
    Monitored intake of foods and liquids
    Multiple sclerosis
    Parkinson's disease
    Psychiatric conditions such as bipolar/manic depression or schizophrenia
    Tendency to fall
    Traumatic brain injury
    Wound treatment
    Staff certifications and training:
    RN on staff 24-hours, nurse-to-patient ration exceeds state requirements. On-site Inservice required annually, continuing education offered,
    Memory Care
    Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Provided
    Stages of Alzheimer's Progression Accepted
    Stage 1: no impairment
    Stage 2: very mild decline
    Stage 3: mild decline
    Stage 4: moderate decline
    Stage 5: moderate, mid-stage
    Stage 6: moderately severe
    Stage 7: severe, late-stage
    Services for Alzheimer's or Dementia Residents
    Family members able to join at mealtime
    Family members able to participate in care plan
    Specially trained staff
    Safe wandering areas
    Regular assessments by interdisciplinary staff
    Environment that is easy to navigate
    Daily planned recreational and social activities
    Activities tailored to residents' abilities
    Diminished abilities or stage of disease that would result in a transfer or discharge:
    Snug Harbor has a CON filed with the state of North Carolina for a secure unit, but cannot currently care for those who are a severe elopement risk.
    Short Term and Temporary Stay Options
    Respite care
    Rehabilitation care
    Pet Types Allowed
    Smoking accommodations are provided
    Residents may bring their own furniture
    Security Features
    24 hour controlled access
    24 hour up and awake night staff
    Door alarms
    Emergency in-room call system
    Fire sprinkler system
    Security staff on premises
    New staff subject to criminal background check
    Transportation and Parking Options
    Transportation provided by facility
    Resident parking
    Guest parking
    Room Amenities
    Air conditioning
    Cable hook up
    Climate control or thermostat
    Private courtyard or patio
    Private telephone line
    Wheel-in shower
    Walk-in shower
    Wheelchair access
    Opened in:
    This facility is a residential home
    Number of residents: 120
    Dietary Options
    Ethnic meals
    Gluten-free meals
    Low sodium meals
    Low sugar diet and meals
    Vegetarian meals
    Kosher meals available
    Meals Provided
    Dining Styles
    Restaurant style
    Buffet style
    Room service as needed
    On-Site Services
    Activity director
    Beautician and/or barber
    Clubhouse or meeting rooms
    Computer and internet access
    Designated family visiting area
    Gym and/or fitness center
    Fitness trainer
    Guest dining
    Guest lodging
    Laundry service
    Maintenance director
    Billiards or pool room
    Sauna and/or whirlpool
    TV, media room, or theater
    Other recreational activities:
    Bible study groups, Bingo, Friday Happy Hour, Music on Tues. & Fri. w/Julliard-trained pianist, Catholic & Protestant Church Services, Trips, Art Classes, Red Hat Ladies Society, Concerts, Dances, Off-site Lunch trips
    This facility caters to:
    Opened to the public since 2001, Merchant Marine receives excellent benefits from 200-year-old Trust
    Payment Sources Accepted
    Long term care insurance
    Private funds
    Variable rent or other fees based on age, income and/or other qualifications
    Damage or security deposit required
    Damage or security deposit amount: $2000
  • Skilled Nursing
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    Security Features
    Fire sprinkler system
    Number of residents: 22
    Payment Sources Accepted
    US DHHS Skilled Nursing Facility
    License No. 345521
    Issued by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    NC Nursing Facility
    License No. NH0202
    Issued by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
    Issued by Medicare
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