Frequently Asked Questions

Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service


Q. Will my adult child have a peer group?
A. Our residents range in age from early twenties to mid-sixties. Friendships develop through the ages.

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Q. What about religion. Do they have to be Jewish?
A. Most, but not all of our residents are Jewish. Residents may practice whatever religion they choose. We expose everyone to universal Jewish values.

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Q. What about diagnosis?
A. Our residents are placed in programs based on function not diagnosis. Some are significantly learning disabled, some developmentally disabled, some chronically mentally ill.

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Q. We don’t live in Florida. Would you still be right for my child?
A. Many of our families live out of state. We facilitate visits to families and families’ visits to us. It’s easy to get to Florida.

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Q. What about jobs?
A. We are contracted with a privately funded, community-based employment service which specializes in placing job seekers who experience barriers to employment. These specialists come to our activity center to interview our residents, provide job preparation skills and build a successful resume with the ultimate goal of making the best job or volunteer placement possible.

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Q. Tell me about the social aspect.
A. Parents receive a copy of the monthly social calendar. It includes on-going activities such as groups, cooking classes, exercise, shopping, games, Friday Shabbat services and ordering dinner in to our clubhouse. It could also include going to the Kravis Center, or other local venues, for a concert or a play, going to sports events, movies, monthly birthday bashes or events in the community. We also plan yearly trips to places like Disney World or Busch Gardens.

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Q. Is there transportation available?
A. LJRFS maintains a fleet of cars and vans, many donated by the Department of Transportation, which are used to transport residents to work, social events, doctors appointments, grocery shopping, etc. A few residents have their own cars.

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Q. So far, so good. What about the staff?
A. Our staff is trained to care about our residents in a personal and professional way. In addition to our regular day time and weekend staff, we have a trained, awake person in the office all night.

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Q. How does the family know what’s going on?
A. A care plan is developed by the family, the staff, the clinical director and the resident. The care plan encompasses areas such as nutrition and exercise, vocational goals, medical and psychiatric needs, in-home supports, finances and interpersonal goals. Phone calls are made by staff to families on a regular basis. Quarterly family meetings are held.

 

Call Andrea Cohan, Director of Admissions
at 561-713-1909 for more information

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