Whether you want to make sure you have chametz free options during Passover or you want an assisted living property that caters to Orthodox Judaism, you can find it in Los Angeles.
First and foremost, there is the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda. It is a sprawling campus with beautiful outdoor space, kosher meals and vibrant Jewish life. The residential buildings service seniors who are semi-independent, mobile and are mentally alert. The buildings offer single and shared rooms. Seniors needing a higher level of care or a secured memory facility live in one of the Jewish Home's skilled nursing buildings.
The Jewish Home also operates two upscale continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), Fountainview Gonda at Eisenberg Village in Reseda and Fountainview Gonda Westside in Playa Vista. These luxury communities provide a continuum of care from independent living through skilled nursing. Residents "buy-in" paying a one time entrance fee and additional monthly fees depending on the size of their apartment.
On the westside of Los Angeles, there are two kosher assisted living communities: Beverly Hills Carmel and Garden of Palms. Beverly Hills Carmel operates two buildings on Burton Way. Much like a gracious European retirement hotel, the communities offer afternoon high tea, Friday and Saturday Shabbat services, 24-hour care, short and long term stays. I often have people move into Carmel for a short term stay after a procedure at Cedar-Sinai, which is nearby.
Garden of Palms on Fairfax Avenue gives residents the feel of authentic Jewish life with Shabbat both Friday night and Saturday, Jewish history discussion groups and RCC certified Kosher food prepared by a hotel-trained chef. They also have a secured memory care unit catering to individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia.
Many of the other senior living communities, from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills, Encino and Studio City hold Shabbat services and honor the holidays. Whether you choose a Belmont Village property, Sunrise Senior Living, Brookdale or one of the myriad independent places, you will find Jewish community and a brand new group of mishpocha.
Whatever your needs, Sarah Ordover and the team at Assisted Living Locators will help guide you to the right place with knowledge, thoughtfulness and compassion. Don't try to figure it out alone. Call 310-853-8282. www.assistedlivinglocatorsla.com