Somerset Gardens Director Named NYSCAL Administrator of the Year

Plainview, NY – Dani Laino, Executive Director at Somerset Gardens Senior Living, is the 2022 New York State Center of Assisted Living (NYSCAL) Administrator of the Year.

According to the NYSCAL, the award recognizes an adult care or assisted living administrator who demonstrates outstanding innovation, achievement, and capabilities in their provision of high-quality person-centered care in a service-oriented culture in an adult care or assisted living community.

Laino started working at Chelsea Senior Living (“Chelsea”), parent company of Somerset Gardens, in 2015. She started as a Case Manager at Maple Pointe Senior Living.

Two years later, she was promoted to Director of Case Management. As she continued to develop and show leadership qualities, she earned the opportunity to become an Executive Director at Somerset Gardens in 2019.

The past couple of years, though, provided the biggest challenge for her as she navigated the pandemic. But, her can-do attitude helped keep residents safe while providing innovative ways to keep them engaged despite strict infection control measures.

“I am beyond grateful and shocked to receive such a prestigious honor from the NYSCAL,” said Laino, who joined the NYSCAL Board of Directors in 2021 in addition to her duties as Executive Director at Somerset Gardens. “It has been a whirlwind of emotions battling COVID-19, but I’m lucky to have such a phenomenal staff. Constant communication played a major part in protecting our community and making families aware of changes.”

Laino will be presented with the award on Wednesday. May 18, 2022 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.



For more than 30 years, Chelsea Senior Living has provided premium services and amenities for older adults in New York and New Jersey. Chelsea offers apartments for Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Memory Care with personalized lifestyle and health care services in 21 communities. Each beautiful all-in-one community is unique to its local environment. Chelsea also owns and operates Mt. Bethel Village, a residence for adults with special needs, and Inglemoor Rehabilitation and Care Center. To learn more, visit

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