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SERVICES & PROGRAMS

Friedman Place is “all inclusive,” a single monthly payment, includes a private apartment with full bathroom and kitchenette, utilities, internet, cable tv, three meals per day plus a snack, basic telephone services, nursing and personal care, social work services, activities and outings, housekeeping, maintenance services, etc. Most residents receive Medicaid insurance coverage which substantially subsidizes their costs.

Nursing Care at Friedman Place

NURSING

  • Available licensed practical and registered nurses
  • Medication administration and management
  • Assessments and service plans
  • Coordination with the pharmacy (medications are usually ordered by the nurses and delivered to the building) so residents never have to worry about getting their medications.
  • Health monitoring & education
  • Coordinating medical appointments and arranging transportation as available
  • Serving as key contacts for our in-house podiatrist, psychiatrist, optometrist, dentist, and primary care physician
Friedman Place staff

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS (CNAs)

  • Available Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)
  • Assistance with personal care, including bathing, dressing, grooming, laundry, etc.
  • Reminders to take medications
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Socialization
  • General support and monitoring
FP Social Work

SOCIAL WORK

  • Available Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Social Work Interns
  • A wide range of case management services, including obtaining and maintaining public entitlements, finding social/recreational/educational, vocational resources in the community, etc.
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Managing the admission process from responding to inquiries, providing tours, completing assessments, etc.
Friedman Place activities

ACTIVITIES

  • The Activities Department provides a range of activities both within and outside of the building
  • In-house activities like exercise classes, music events, meditation, arts & crafts, crosswords, reading of the newspaper, poetry, computer training, adaptive technology, etc.
  • All-inclusive trips outside the building. Past trips have included adaptive sailing lessons, Chicago-area tours, museums, movie theater, adaptive bowling, local festivals, Chicago Park District events, concerts, sporting events, etc.
  • Managing the “independent outing” activities which allow residents to go on activities outside the building on their own, with $25 of the cost paid by the agency
  • Weaving activities
  • Coordination of Braille and large-print menus and activity calendars and the phone “activities hotline”
Resident in the kitchen

DINING SERVICES

  • The kitchen serves three meals per day plus an evening snack.
  • For lunch and dinner there is always a “Healthy Choice” option and a “Special Entrée”, and there is also an extensive menu of sandwiches, salads, etc. that are always available
  • Most meals are eaten in the main dining room but residents are welcome to bring them back to their own apartments and to get “to-go” meals when they are planning to be out of the building.
  • In the 2017 Resident Satisfaction survey, 88% of the residents said that the quality of meals here is “good or very good” and 87% said “I agree or strongly agree that the servers are courteous, informative, and responsive to requests for assistance”.
Housekeeping at Friedman Place

HOUSEKEEPING / MAINTENANCE

  • Housekeepers and maintenance staff work very closely with one another.
  • Weekly housekeeping of each resident’s apartment.
  • General maintenance and repairs.
Learning Center

DAVID HERMAN LEARNING CENTER

  • The David Herman Learning Center (DHLC) is based at Friedman Place but its activities extend to multiple locations, and formats, both inside and outside of the Agency.
  • Purposes are to empower residents and others who are blind or visually impaired to develop their learning and technology skills to their greatest desire and capacity and provide learning opportunities to increase engagement with the world and decrease feelings of isolation among residents.
  • Areas of focus include technology and adaptive Devices, education and the therapeutic arts; and entrepreneurial and vocational accomplishments.
Transitional Living

TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM

  • Located in a 3-bedroom apartment in our Annex building
  • Provides affordable housing and various case management services intended to assist Residents who live there to learn independent living skills.
  • The primary program goal is for the Resident to move out to a higher level of independence within two years.
  • All TLP residents are blind or visually impaired and have a low income. While technically not a part of our Supportive Living Program, it is operated fully by Friedman Place.