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..J.. l. _ .... !.]:jJP311l, JJJ+Jl/ll/JlJJ.. [ll,JJt ,It.'VJll,Im+ItU.+ iI',J+JmtJ.ll+JJll " - 7 ....... HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 4, 2012 i Jewish Pavilio:z on'ers iniornz00 ion PAGE 3B When Karen Selznick was helping a friend find the right facility for her mother, she called the Jewish Pavilion and sought advice. She was told to visit the website: www. There she found a list of questions to ask when select- ing an assisted li.ving facility. Selzpick printed the list and brought the list with her when she went to interview at various facilities. She said, she found it invaluable. Nancy" Ludin. executive director of the Jewish Pavilion, says that most people seeking a long:term care community, have no idea what to look for. They look at the lobby layout, furniture and carpet and referral service for seniors Ludin says that, "People call the Jewish Pavilion when seeking help for an older mem- ber of the family. Due to our Jewish cultural activities in 50 long-term facilities+in Central Florida, we are able to provide first-hand knowledge of how the facilities run. I tell the caller that they are speaking to Nancy Ludin, and I share my personal insights such as when I visited the building on a Sunday afternoon I noted that they had no activities planned for residents at that time. Ludin adds, "I usually give the caller the phone numbers of our volunteers and staff xho visit a facility regularly so that they can share their personal insights. We are often asked for additional referrals such as the need for a geriatric care manager, an elder care attorney, a home health service, a health pla+n, a good pharmacy, how to apply for veterans' benefits, etc. We are always networking, and we are aware of most of the resources for older adults in our community." Ludin and office manager Wen@ Levine provide refer- rals and advice several days a week. Anyone seeking infor- mation is welcome to call. The Jewish Pavilion says it hopes to expand and improve this service in the near future by following up on all callers to make sure all of their needs have been met. and determine whether the place looks nice. They forget to check the ACHAwebsite for their ratings on facilities, ask about the qualifications of the staff, check out the staffing ratios,review the menus and activity schedules and much more. A number of years ago, doctors Bob Kaplan and Luci Belnick prepared extensive materials for the website that tell people what to look for and what to ask when interviewing long-term care facilities. The Jewish Pavilion website has been expanded over the years to include information about selectingahome health service. findingagood doctor, selecting a hospice provider, etc. Israeli man chases world rec,)rd with monthly blood donations imagining that one day he would hold the record for blood donations in Israel. This feat has required dedication and persistence. "There + were even some times they told me they didn't need me to donate, but I insisted and returned after a few days." Steinmetz recalled. Along with the record holder, there are thousands of anonymous blood donors who contribute to this lifesav- Menachem Steinmetz ing supply chain. The average Israeli donor is a 40-year-old man. Men account for 73 percent of all donors and 90 percent of donors are between the ages.of 17 and 40. Last year, Israeli soldiers donated 25 percent of all blood units in Israel. Record-bl'eaking cities in- clude Tel Aviv, where 36,000 blood unitswere collected last year, and Jerusalem. whose residents donated 30,000 units. Haifa came in third with 27.000 and Be'er Sheva collected 25,000 units. .Tel HaShomer has not bro- ken any records, but it's home to Sheba Medical Center. where Steinmetz is a regular visitor. When he arrives, ev- eryone knows why he's there. "What. it's already been a month? "jokes the guard at the doorwhen she sees Steinmetz. "I'm like her calendar." sa+ys Steinmetz with a smile. A 65-year-old Israeli man has taken, tzedakah to a new level, giving of himself, quite literally, by donating more than 272 units of blood to Magen David Adorn, Israel's emergency medical response service, over the course of 41 years. In 2011. bloo'd donations in Israel were down to a record low with only 4 percent of the population giving blood. But Menachem Steinmetz. a 65-year-old man from Rishon Lezion, countered the trend and broke Israel's blood dona- tion record and is 42 units shy of the current world record. And he doesn't plan to stop any time soon. "'I'll donate until the age of 70, if I'm allowed," he said. "And I plan to use every mo- ment. As long as I'm still able to be on the side of donating blood and not the other side. I'll continue to donate blood. Really, why not?" DediCated blood donors iike Steinmetz are + essential for sustaining Israel's blood supply. Magn David Adorn collects, stores, and distrib- utes all the blood for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and 95 Jewish Pavilion executive director Nancy Ludin provides advice to callers who seek services for seniors. Jewish Pavilion at his side At 102, Jack Sigman was living at Horizon Bay Independent Living, walking several miles a day including a daily trip across the highway for doughnuts. He thoroughly enjoyed the bi-monthly Shabbat services, holiday festivities and musicals put on by the Jewish Pavilion volunteers. When he fell at 103, Jewish Pavilion volunteers were again at his side, visiting him weekly while in rehab and providing Shabbat programs. His next transi- tion-to a nursing home--was made extra special by the continued visits of his Pavilion friends, such as Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergartner Jules Soll (pictured). Together volunteers and residents enjoy weekly happy hours and holiday festivities. Wherever Jack went, the Jewish Pavilion followed. A Jewish Pavilion leader says it can be counted on for all seniors as they transition from one long- term care setting to another. percent of blood for the na- tion's hospitals. People who can't physically be in Israel to donate blood to Magen David Adom. can also make a financial contribution to American Friends of Magen David Adom to help support Israel's blood services:AFMDA can be reached online atwww. "Israel's blood supply is an indicator of the overall health of the Israeli people," said Arnold Gerson, chief executive officer of AFMDA. "Donating to this cause is a concrete way to impact Israelis and save lives each and every day." Prof. Eilat Shinar, director of MDA Blood Services; says the low blood supply has "created a real difficulty to meet the needs of hospitals delivering doses and blood components for patients, new mothers and the injured." Even though Steinmetz is the Israeli record holder, he doesn't donate blood for the fame. He does it to save lives. "I donate a lot because it's the best way a person can give" he said. Steinmetz first gave blood as a soldier in the IDF. never Mayp7ower resident Annette Rosch with daughter #annie Leavitt and son-in-law Mark Leavitt. W The Mayflower. Smart. Secure. And Spectacular. For Annette Rosch, moving to The Mayflower from St. Petersburg was a family decision. Her daughter, a physical therapist, and her son-in-law, an attorney, wanted her to live closer "We visited various communines and talked to people who worked in the industry and who had older parents. The Mayflower name kept coming up," says Jeannie: "From the first mirmte of our initial visit here, we knew this was the place. All levels of care are right here." That, as things turned out, was a good thing. Just prior to moving in, Annette broke her arm and wound up going straight Jco The Mayflower's Gold Seal Health Center, followed by rehab and physical therapy right on-site. "It was a wOnderful experience," she says. "The staff was very. gracious; I was well taken care of." Now Annette is settled in her new apartment and couldn't be happier. For her daughter, it is a huge relief. "Morn is in good hands," adds Jeannie. "She has peace of mind and feels secure. And so do we." What's your plan for the future? Call today, and let's talkabout it: 407.6771620. 0 THE MAYFLOWEff 1620 Mayflower Court Winter Park, FL 32792