Understanding assisted housing, Part I

Many who opt for assisted living facilities note that they didn’t want to ‘bother’ their children ‘with every little thing; They are busy, and have their own lives to lead.’

March 23, 2017 10:43
Retirement home

Retirement home (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)


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Protected/assisted housing (diur mugan) is defined, as per the 2012 Protected Housing Law, as a group of apartments where residents (a single or with a life partner) of at least 60 years of age lead independent lives and pay for services over and above maintenance, cleaning or guards.

Sarit and her husband Gil, a couple in their early 80s, lived alone. For years, their children begged them to move into an assisted living facility. “I panic every time the phone rings,” their son told them. “I expect to hear that you have fallen, had a stroke, or worse.”


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