Let me welcome you to Friedman Place, an assisted lifestyle community for blind and visually impaired adults.
Here at Friedman Place, we believe that losing your vision shouldn't mean giving up your independence or dignity, your privacy or your opportunities to socialize with family and friends. In this community you will have the support you need to experience life to the fullest.
Friedman Place is in the heart of Chicago, at 5527 North Maplewood, just off Lincoln Avenue between Foster and Bryn Mawr. It is accessible to Chicago's many cultural, social, and educational opportunities. We are not just a residential facility but a vibrant community in which people with impaired vision can reach their full potential.
At Friedman Place we have 74 studio apartments and 7 one-bedroom apartments, with a variety of floor plans. You or your family member will enjoy the privacy of a modern, well-equipped apartment home, with carpeting in the living and sleeping areas. Each apartment has a kitchenette with a sink, refrigerator, and microwave oven with Braille or large-print controls. Large, private bathrooms have wheelchair-accessible showers with cedar seats. The heating and air-conditioning in each apartment have Braille or large-print controls. Apartments are all pre-wired for telephones and cable TV.
Help is never far away when you are in your apartment or in any of the common areas. There is an emergency alert system in the bathroom, and you will be given an alarm pendant—one push of the button and the staff person on duty will know that you need help. Our staff members have been trained to work with the blind and visually impaired and are available 24 hours a day.
When you first become part of the Friedman Place community, you will be oriented to your apartment and to the hallways, dining room, and public spaces. Whenever you need a helping hand, staff will provide assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, shaving, and walking. The facility has been designed with your comfort and needs in mind. The hallways have special lighting and strong color contrasts to make them easier for people with limited vision to navigate. All signs are in Braille and large type.
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