Q: What is your relationship to other Jewish senior living communities?
A: Sarah Chudnow is an independent, not-for-profit senior living community with its own on-site administrator and support staff. It is unique in its suburban location and offers a full continuum of care. The Community enjoys a working relationship with Chai Point and the Jewish Home and Care Center, enabling the residents of Sarah Chudnow to partake in activities and services offered on any of the campuses as desired or necessary.
Q: What kinds of care do you offer?
A: Sarah Chudnow is a unique senior community offering a full continuum of living and care options in one location. There are 41 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for independent and assisted living; 25 studio and one-bedroom assisted living apartments; 9 studio apartments in the memory care center; and a 25-bed skilled nursing center providing rehabilitation services, long-term care, respite care and end-of-life care. When needed, residents living in the senior apartments have the option to purchase nursing assistance and other services on an à la carte basis. Our assisted living licensure offers up to 28 hours per week of combined nursing services to meet the needs of individuals who may require assistance with their activities of daily living.
Our Memory Care Center offers a stimulating, safe and secure environment for individuals who suffer from mild to moderate memory loss. The Rehabilitation Center is able to meet clinical needs of individuals recovering from joint replacement, heart attack, stroke or an injury from a fall. Although this area of the Community is geared for post-hospital recovery, we do offer long-term placement, respite care and end-of-life care as well.
Q: How is your facility rated/evaluated?
A: All facilities licensed to provide nursing care in Wisconsin are regulated and monitored by the State of Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance (DQA). To help support the seniors we serve, we offer our full-continuum Community by providing Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) care, Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) care, and also Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC) care. On average the DQA will evaluate a rehabilitation center (SNF) once per year, and biannually for assisted living (CBRF & RCAC).
The DQA will conduct resident and family interviews, and will perform a comprehensive evaluation of our policies, procedures and systems related to patient care. What this means to you is that when you need care, you can rest assured that you are receiving only the best. During the 2010 annual state survey, the SCC Rehabilitation Center enjoyed a “cite-free” survey, in compliance with all federal health care regulations.
Q: What can I expect as my health care needs change?
A: As your health care needs change, our team of professional nurses, along with our therapy department and social services professional, is available to evaluate your overall level of independence. If desired, a support program will be developed and tailored specifically for you. A support program can provide assistance with dressing, bathing and mobility, and is intended to provide you with as much support as you want or need.
In most cases residents can receive assistance through a support program while remaining in their current senior apartment! Because we offer a full continuum of care ranging from independent senior apartments through skilled nursing services, we can accommodate virtually any level of care one may require. As your care needs change, your address doesn’t have to. You’ll always have a place at Sarah Chudnow.
Q: What do you mean by “traditional” Jewish setting and will I be comfortable in that setting?
A: Religious, activity and dietary staff incorporate Shabbat and Jewish holiday observance and life cycle celebrations into daily Community life. The Community follows kosher dietary traditions. Non-kosher foods may be enjoyed in the residents’ apartments and designated areas throughout the Community.
Q: How do you meet the spiritual needs of residents?
A: The Community employs a coordinator of pastoral services and invites religious and spiritual community leaders to participate in Community programming. Programming is varied, including regular Shabbat services, Friday night dinners, holiday observances, guest lecturers, music and much more.
Q: Isn’t Sarah Chudnow only for the very wealthy?
A: Looks can be deceiving. Although our Community is big, beautiful and located in one of the most desirable areas in all of Wisconsin, it is surprisingly affordable. We offer a wide range of living and pricing options to suit virtually any budget. Sarah Chudnow Community is also a Family Care provider. You can live in one of the premier Wisconsin locations for a lot less than you may think!
Q: How much money do I have to put up front?
A: Unlike many other senior housing communities, we do not require anyone to pay a large entrance fee up front. Other facilities will charge large sums of money just to get in the front door, and that does not include your monthly rent! Here at the Sarah Chudnow Community, we understand that you worked hard for your nest egg, and you shouldn’t have to give it up. That is why the only money you will need to put up front is a deposit equal to one month’s rent. Period.
Q: What is included in my rent?
A: Included in the rent are ALL utilities: gas, electric, water, air conditioning. Also included:
- Basic cable television
- Free wifi
- Small pets are welcome
- Individual storage locker
- Private USPS mail box
- Maintenance of apartment and grounds
- Social activities
- Regular shopping excursions
- Exercise classes
- Educational seminars
- Musical entertainment and galas
- Religious services
- 24-hour security service
- 24-hour wireless emergency response system
- Receptionist service
- Access to a social worker and wellness clinic
- Regularly scheduled health screenings
Q: How will you meet my transportation and mobility needs?
A: Sarah Chudnow Community has its own van with a certified driver, and transportation to community-sponsored events, including regular shopping trips, is always free to our residents. For a nominal fee, the van and driver are available to any resident who may require transportation to and from personal appointments. Also, our concierge service will be happy to arrange local taxi service for you.
Q: What about activities, programs, exercise? How will I keep mentally and physically active?
A: The activities department at Sarah Chudnow Community is led by a professional staff who put the needs and interests of our residents first. We offer a wide variety of programs to help keep your mind, body and spirit active. Programs include live musical performances from local, national and international performers. Evenings at the symphony, opera and musicals are also scheduled throughout the year. Guest lecturers from our local universities speak on a wide variety of topics ranging from world and national politics and the global economy to health and legal issues. Trips to the movies, museums and shopping are regular events. Play cards with your friends, attend a book club meeting or participate in planning a special celebration. We offer classes on Yoga, Tai Chi, and exercise programs for all fitness levels, plus so much more.