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What is Jewish Assisted Living?

Many of today's senior living communities meet both the medical and spiritual needs of residents. Even communities not affiliated with a particular religion strive to accommodate residents of different faiths. So if you're looking for a Jewish retirement community or nursing home that supports the laws, customs and traditions of the Jewish religion, you have many options. 

Jewish Assisted Living Services

Jewish assisted living communities provide skilled nursing and personal care 24 hours a day. Services may include supervision, medication management and rehabilitation, as well as pain management and hospice care.

Jewish assisted living also provides daily Kosher meals and snacks, private or semi-private rooms, physical therapy, housekeeping and laundry. Most assisted living communities have special units for Alzheimer's or dementia care. Other typical amenities include wellness and exercise programs, full-service dining rooms, on-campus community events, group transportation for medical appointments, shopping and other errands, a library, gift shop, and beauty salon.

In Jewish senior living, residents can expect medical care that centers on the health needs of the patient and keeps with Judaic traditions. Being in a community with others who share in these traditions helps residents build friendships and remain social and happy.

Religious Programs Often Include

  • Synagogue on the premises
  • Kosher meals
  • Celebration of Jewish holy days
  • Observation of the Sabbath
  • Access to local Jewish religious services

Fast Facts About Jewish Senior Living in 2013

  • Number of U.S. Jewish or Jewish-affiliated nursing homes and assisted living communities: 1,000
  • Average length of stay: 22 months
  • Average cost: $3,022 a month for assisted living; $230 a day (national median)

Costs for Jewish assisted living vary based on the residence size, types of services and other factors. In general,  assisted living is a more affordable option than in-home or nursing home care because it includes rent, food, utilities, health monitoring, security, housekeeping, maintenance and more. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), many communities provide financial assistance, and 41 states offer waivers for low-income residents.

Finding Jewish Senior Living

When starting your search for kosher assisted living facilities, you'll want to consider your loved one's health and emotional needs. Most important, is that the assisted living facility feels safe, welcoming and comfortable, with a compassionate staff and friendly residents. It should feel less like a facility and more like home.

Deciding on Jewish Senior Living

Finding a Jewish assisted living facility or Jewish nursing home takes careful consideration and research, as well as instinct. Be sure to tour your top assisted living choices, meet with staff, ask questions and even talk to residents if you can. The place that offers the care and amenities your loved one needs, and also feels right to you, is often the best choice.

Featured Articles

Sources:

A Place for Mom Cost of Care Survey.
Assisted Living Federation of America. 
Association of Jewish Aging Services.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Genworth, Inc.

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