Frequently Asked Questions

What is Jewish Senior Life?

Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older adults of the Detroit Metropolitan Jewish Community through the provision of personalized, high-quality residences, programs and services that support aging with dignity and choice, maximize independence and embrace Jewish values. Jewish Senior Life is recognized as a premier provider of services, activities and programs for older adults which emphasize wellness and respect Jewish traditions. All of our residences provide nutritious kosher meals. JSL values the independence of every resident by the way we enhance the quality of their lives.

What types of programs are available for older adults through Jewish Senior Life?

In addition to community events throughout the year, and programs that open our residences to the community during holidays and regular occasions, Jewish Senior Life offers these programs: the Dorothy & Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Care Program, The Club in the Plaza,  Jewish Community Chaplaincy & Outreach Program, Program for Holocaust Survivors & Families, The Elder Abuse Prevention Center at JSL, Jcare Inc., The Levine Institute on Aging, The Art of Jewish Caregiving, Transportation and the Marvin & Betty Danto Family Health Care Center.

What is One Number?

248-661-1836 (TTY 711) is the one single number to call for information, referrals, programs and services for older adults. In partnership with our sister agencies, Jewish Family Service, JVS and the Jewish Community Center, as well as the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, we seek to make it easy for you to find what you need for yourself or the older adults in your life. This One Number is the single portal for satisfying all needs for our older adults.

Older Adults who seek to live in a Jewish Senior Life residence, often ask the following questions:

Can I still see my own doctor?

None of the JSL communities have a medical director or physician who is employed by JSL. However, there are doctors in the community who will make house calls to see a resident.  Specialists include internal medicine, podiatry, dermatology, geriatric psychiatry. These visits are billed to your insurance by the physician directly. You are welcome to continue to see the physician of your choice in the larger community.

Are meals included in my rental fee?

At Fleischman Residence/Blumberg Plaza, three daily meals are included in the rental fee.  At our other communities, dinner is offered five days per week.

I live out of state and want to visit my parent once they move in. Can I stay in her room?

Residential rooms at Fleischman Residence/Blumberg Plaza are not equipped for guests. In our other communities, a guest may stay in a resident’s apartment for a brief, limited period of time.

My loved one currently attends the Brown Center. If he/she moves in, can he/she still go to the Brown Center?

Yes. Additional costs apply.

Can I bring my own furniture?

At all of our communities, we encourage residents to bring furniture that makes their surroundings feel comfortable and familiar. Fleischman Residence/Blumberg Plaza does supply furniture for residents.  However, bringing your own is encouraged and welcomed.

Does Jewish Senior Life provide transportation for doctor appointments and other outings?

Transportation is available for a fee for various types of appointments, both medical and social.  The front desk at each community schedules transportation.  We also offer transportation from our sister agency, Jewish Family Service, as well as scheduled social transportation to markets, shopping venues, libraries, post office, banks, entertainment and other venues.

What is the difference between Hechtman I and Hechtman II?

Hechtman is a very large building with two attached residences – Hechtman I and Hechtman II.  Hechtman I has 102 federally-subsidized one-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors and those needing amenities offered in a handicapped-equipped or barrier-free apartment.  Meals, which are a requirement of tenancy, incur an additional cost.  Rent is based on an individual’s income.  Hechtman I Apartments’ waitlist is closed effective April 1, 2017. Hechtman II offers 96 one-bedroom market-rate apartments; monthly rent includes meals.  Both Hechtman I and Hechtman II share spacious common spaces, including dining room, library and activity rooms.

What is the difference between Hechtman and Meer Apartments?

Both are independent living communities and provide the same services and programs.  Meer has 1 & 2 bedroom apartments; Hechtman has only 1-bedroom apartments. Hechtman has market-rate and federally-subsidized apartments, while Meer has only market-rate apartments.

Is a person able to live at the apartments temporarily to see if they like it?

All of our apartments require a one-year lease. However, if you want a short stay, you may in any of the apartments, including Fleischman Residence/Blumberg Plaza, for a period of time.

What is the difference between independent living and assisted living?

Independent living consists of apartment living, meal service and activities.  Support services are available to allow individuals to age in place.  Assisted living is a higher level of care and provides three daily meals, housekeeping, and assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, medication supervision, and other services.

What is JCare?

When requested or needed, JCare is a support service of Jewish Senior Life, which provides personal care services for residents living at our residences.  These services allow residents to age in place. There is a fee.