Understanding assisted housing, Part II

It takes a lot of money to live in dignity as you get old. But you need even more to do so within the shelter of protected housing.

June 15, 2017 17:24
Nursing home (illustrative)

Nursing home (illustrative). (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)

True story: A 95-year old woman was advised that she should move into a retirement home, also known as protected/assisted housing – diur mugan in Hebrew. She found one that looked promising, walked inside, took a look around, and declared that protected housing wasn’t for her because “everyone here is old.” She then turned on her heels and exited the building.

Aside from the legal definition of protected housing, there is a different way to describe the phenomenon. Kobi Yona, manager of Jerusalem’s Golden Hill assisted living facility (ALF), explains that residents in an assisted living facility have everything they need at their fingertips: physical security, medical care, food, activities, intellectual stimulation, privacy if they want it and social opportunities if they don’t.


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