Premier Residential Programming for Adults with Disabilities
Are you looking for the perfect blend of support and independence for your loved one with a disability?
Are you tired of searching for a program that is both clinically strong and rich in social programming?
Would you like to find a place that your loved one can finally call “home?”
Located in the heart of Palm Beach County, Florida, our cutting-edge residential program provides a continuum of services for those who may be developmentally disabled, significantly learning disabled, and/or chronically mentally ill. Our goal is to optimize our residents’ potential, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives in a least-restrictive environment. At the Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service (Levine JRFS), we are committed to working with you to provide a safe, nurturing environment for your child or loved one, in which they continually progress, and establish, and meet their own personal goals, through an individualized care plan.
We have many heartwarming success stories. Our program plans are developed for each individual so that the men and women in our “family” are developing self-confidence, independence, life skills and are becoming involved in the community at-large at their own pace. Residents are able to obtain jobs or volunteer positions in Palm Beach County, thanks to our vocational preparation programs. They are able to become more independent and responsible, developing skills that they didn’t know were able to achieve.
Making a life decision for and with a loved one is not easy. At Levine JRFS, you can rest assured that they will have a home, a family, and place to belong that is equipped with stability and structure, with the goal of their leading a rewarding and fulfilled life.
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With your input, we will determine the appropriate levels of supervision, monitoring, structure and support necessary to promote the highest level of independent functioning for the individual. With our assessment and your input, we will learn as much as we can about your loved one to provide the care that you expect and they deserve.
Our Activity Center, located within walking distance of the residents’ apartments, is the hub of all group vocational, life skills and social interaction, as well as medication management. Fully equipped with computers and WiFi, a piano, arts and crafts supplies, large comfortable couches, a wide-screen TV and mini-kitchen, it is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. When the activity center is closed, awake staff is available in a two bedroom apartment onsite. Residents receive assistance in menu-planning, grocery shopping and meal preparation, as needed, to maximize their potential and promote a fulfilling lifestyle.
At Levine JRFS, we pride ourselves on providing the most innovative continuum of care for adults with disabilities in the country. Our continuum of services allows for various levels of monitoring and supervision, and an easy transition between programs when a resident’s functional level changes. Residents in the group home and apartment programs socialize with one another, and feel part of a larger community. People are not static; needs change across time. The key to increasing independence for adults with disabilities is to find the right “fit” of structure and support,
All Residents Benefit From:
- Two Board-Certified On-Staff Psychiatrists
- Ivy League-Educated Full-time Clinical Director
- Professional Licensed Counseling Staff
- Facilitated Medical and Psychiatric Care
- Vocational Coordination and Programs
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Participation in Community Programs and Events
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will my adult child have a peer group?
Our residents range in age from the early 20s to mid-60s. Friendships develop through the ages.
What about religion. Do they have to be Jewish?
Most, but not all, of our residents are Jewish. Residents may practice whatever religion they choose; we expose everyone to universal Jewish values.
Will you be there for my child after we are gone?
Levine JRFS is designed to care for your child or loved one for the duration of their life. We offer myriad levels of care, and a structure designed to create a model for optimal living and maximized potential across the lifespan.
What about Diagnosis?
Our residents are placed in programs based on function not diagnosis. Some are significantly learning disabled, some developmentally disabled, some chronically mentally ill.
We don’t live in Florida. Would this program still be a great fit for us?
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!
What about jobs?
We are contracted with a privately funded, community-based employment service that specializes in placing job-seekers who experience barriers to employment. These specialists come to our activity center to interview residents, provide job preparation skills, and help them to build a resume with the ultimate goal of making the best job or volunteer placement possible.
What are the social aspects of your program?
Parents receive a copy of the monthly social calendar. It includes ongoing activities, such as groups, cooking classes, exercise, shopping, games, Friday Shabbat services, and ordering dinner in to our clubhouse. There may also be a trip to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, or other local venues, for a concert or a play; going to sports events; movies, monthly birthday bashes; or events in the community. Yearly trips to places like Disney World or Busch Gardens are also planned.
Is there transportation available?
Levine JRFS maintains a fleet of cars and vans, many donated by the Department of Transportation, that are used to transport residents to work, social events, doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, etc. A few of the residents have their own cars.
What can you tell me about the staff?
Our staff is trained to care for our residents in a personal and professional way. In addition to our regular daytime and weekend staff, we have a trained, awake person in the office all night long. You will certainly have the opportunity to speak to and meet many members of the residential team during your visit.
How do you keep the family “in the loop” about what’s going on?
A Care Plan is developed by the family, staff, clinical director, and resident that encompasses nutrition and exercise, vocational goals, medical and psychiatric needs, in-home support, finances and interpersonal goals. Phone calls are made by staff to families on a regular basis. Quarterly family meetings are held.
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