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Helen M. Sawyer Assisted Living Facility

An assisted living, multi–service facility providing low-income elderly residents with a safe and comfortable place to enjoy their golden years.

The Helen Sawyer Assisted Living Facility is located at 1150 NW 11 Street Road, Miami, FL 33136.

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Concerned with the lack of affordable services that would allow the elderly to “age in place”, Miami-Dade County through its Public Housing and Community Development converted the public housing development Helen M. Sawyer Plaza into an assisted living facility (ALF) in 1998. The Helen M. Sawyer Plaza ALF is the first facility of its kind to be transformed from public housing.
Helen M. Sawyer Plaza ALF is a multi-service facility providing a continuum-of-care for low-income elderly residents who wish to maintain their independence without worrying about difficulties with one or more of the essential activities of daily living.
The property was named after Helen M. Sawyer, a former housing agency employee who was known as a humanitarian; however, the facility is licensed under Miami-Dade County.

The Facility
The facility, built in 1976, is comprised of 104-units in an eight-story high-rise building, covering 2.38 acres of land. There are 83 efficiencies and 21 one-bedroom units.
The property is part of PHCD's continuing initiative to provide housing for low-income residents who require minimal assistance to live with dignity and independence

In the Neighborhood
The Helen M. Sawyer Plaza, ALF is accessible to public transportation. The property is within walking distance of the Culmer Metrorail station and provides easy access for families who wish to visit their loved ones. The facility is also near Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Veterans Medical Center, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Care Center. A major supermarket and shopping centers are also located close by.

The Helen M. Sawyer Plaza, ALF provides a range of amenities and services enabling the elderly residents to age with dignity. These amenities include: accessible telephones on every floor, cable TV, community room, air conditioning, emergency alarm systems, and housekeeping services. Other amenities included:

  • 24-hour staffing
  • Private living quarters 
  • On-site food preparation facilities that provide three meals and three snacks daily 
    Community dining area 
  • Transportation to cultural and recreational events (supervised activities and field trips ) 
    Secure Facility/Electronic entry system
  • Coordination of transportation to medical appointments (escort provided if necessary)

Eligibility Requirements
Residents of Helen M. Sawyer Plaza ALF must be:

  • Elderly
  • Medicaid-eligible
  • Able to perform daily living activities with supervision or assistance
  • At-risk of being prematurely placed in a nursing home
  • In addition residents must not require 24-hour medical attention, licensed professional mental health treatment, must not be bedridden, and must be free from communicable diseases.

More Information
For more information about the Helen M. Sawyer Plaza, ALF, call 305-545-3410

License: AL9359

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