At the beginning of each year, Friedman Place takes a look back at the past year to create a summary of our activities from the past year. The 2016 Annual Profile Report has now been released and it will be available on our website soon. This report is used to help guide our quality improvement, fundraising and leadership each year. Here are some highlights:
Friedman Place provided over 30,000 days and nights of affordable supportive housing, with 24/7 help and service from nurses, certified nursing assistants, activity staff, social workers and others. Our professional kitchen served at least 80,000 nutritious meals. Our nursing staff spent over 8,700 hours on care related to medication management, monitoring and coordination of health-care services. A total of 104,000 hours of service were provided by our 70 employees in 2016.
Our Activities Department arranged nearly 4,200 hours of activities. Residents choose activities both inside and outside the building – 75% of our activities are now approved by the Resident Activities Committee and 97% of residents participated in these activities. This includes a wide variety of activities, such as: bowling and shopping trips, bingo, trips to museums, support groups, movies, plays and special guest performers.
We offer residents tools and training on computers and adaptive technologies to assist their connection to the world outside of Friedman Place. For example, CCTVs (Closed Caption television)which helps people with low vision read their mail; JAWS is software that reads everything on a computer screen out loud; and iPhones/iPads with Sir are just some of the technologies that provided to residents who are interested in using them. In 2016, over half of our residents were trained in adaptive technologies, which exceeded our goals and expectations. We continue to urge residents to use technology and devices available to them that help them read their own mail and keep in touch with the world outside of Friedman Place.