Your Forever Diamond

Community licensed to provide care at virtually every stage of life.

The small stretch of 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan is one of New York City’s most iconic areas. It’s a bustling block of commerce where merchants and shopkeepers buy, sell and trade diamonds the way brokers buy, sell and trade stocks.

Flanked at Fifth and 47th by diamond-shaped streetlamps, the area known as the Diamond District is where Anna Simon worked for her father and eventually met her husband.

“My father had a jewelry store there, and I used to run errands for him,” Anna remembers. “I actually met my husband on a blind date. He was in the diamond business, too. He was a diamond setter, and he wound up working for my father.”

During their 50 years of marriage, Anna and her husband raised three children and moved their home base to Florida, where he owned a jewelry store and later a bicycle shop.

After his passing a couple of years ago, Anna devoted herself largely to volunteer work while still living alone in the family’s Tampa home. When caring for that home became too great of a chore for Anna, her daughter suggested she move.

“I gave up driving recently, and my family wanted me to move where I had people who could look after me a little bit,” Anna explains. “It was my daughter who suggested Weinberg Village.
When she did, I thought, I remember Weinberg Village. I used to play mahjong with some ladies there. I remembered it was a very nice place, so when my daughter mentioned it, I thought, We should go and see what it’s like.”

All Are Welcome

Amid a warm environment where the independence of private living is combined with the security of knowing assistance is always available, Weinberg Village offers residents a blend of assisted living, memory support and respite care.

The community is situated on a beautiful 21-acre campus, with a pond and 75 spacious private apartments, where residents can celebrate the best in Jewish heritage, culture, traditions and values. But Weinberg Village is not exclusively a Jewish community.

“We welcome diversity,” says Dan Sultan, executive director at Weinberg Village. “About 35 to 40 percent of our residents are not Jewish. They simply chose us for the quality of care we provide.”

Weinberg Village holds an extended congregate care (ECC) license that allows it to provide care at virtually every stage of a resident’s life. That care is provided through a variety of health disciplines, including hospice care.

“We have the capacity to help our residents transition into memory care,” Dan notes. “That is a transition that is made over time. It’s not as though one day you’re in assisted living and the next day you’re in memory care. That’s a plus for the resident and family.”

Helping to make those transitions is a nurturing staff of more than 50 employees who have more than 325 combined years of senior care experience. Dan notes that many have been with Weinberg Village since it opened in 1995.

No matter their level of experience, each staff member’s objective is to help residents enjoy the fullest, most active and meaningful lifestyle possible. They achieve that by creating a friendly, engaging atmosphere and providing care in a dignified manner.

“I’m very content here, and I love the way they treat everyone as if they’re all members of their own family.” – Anna

Those efforts are enhanced by an array of amenities that includes multiple activity/lounge areas, two dining rooms, reading alcoves, a well-stocked library, hobby and craft rooms, a beauty/barber shop, therapy/exam rooms and a sanctuary.

“One of the qualities that makes Weinberg Village truly unique and sets us apart from other senior living communities is that our campus is multigenerational,” Dan notes. “By that I mean we have a preschool here as well as a community center.

“Before COVID-19, the preschoolers would come over and create lifelong memories sharing activities with the residents, and the residents enjoyed participating in many of the programs going on at the community center. That way, it’s not all about seniors all day every day.

“We’re eager to get back to our normal activity schedule because it’s very robust. We regularly have entertainers of different kinds who come and perform, including piano players, guitar players and opera singers. Every month we have painters come in or people who do portrait drawings. And of course, we have a community bus that takes our residents to places and events outside of our community, such as the mall or the Straz Center.” The coronavirus pandemic has not forced Weinberg Village to abandon all of its activities. Many events are offered through the community’s television channel, which allows residents to participate virtually from the comfort of their apartments.

Personal Attention

Anna appreciates the personal attention she receives at Weinberg Village, where she and her daughter decorated her spacious apartment with many of the furnishings and keepsakes from the home she shared with her husband.

“This is my home now,” Anna says of Weinberg Village. “I feel comfortable and secure here. I’m very content here, and I love the way they treat everyone as if they’re all members of their own family. Someone is always dropping off a book or something else they think I might want to read and asking if there’s anything they can do for me. They look after you very well here. There’s nothing I need that they can’t get for me or take care of for me.

“On Fridays, I like a bowl of matzo ball chicken soup, and they make a very good matzo ball chicken soup here. In fact, everything they make here is very good, and there’s always plenty of it.

“But the best thing I like about Weinberg Village is how everyone is treated here. They make everyone feel as if they are someone special. That’s what makes Weinberg Village so special to me. It’s why I’m comfortable calling it home.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings.Photos courtesy of Weinberg Village. mkb
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