There is no minimum age requirement, although the principal mandate of the Centre is to provide long-term care to the geriatric community. While the average age of our residents is 87, we also have some residents in their forties, fifties and sixties.
The waiting time for a bed depends on a number of factors, including the number of requests for admission, the urgency of each case, the number of hours of nursing care required and the gender of the resident (2-bedded and 4-bedded rooms are separated by gender).
While some residents or their families choose to have a companion attend to some of their needs for a specific number of hours per day or week, there is no requirement to have a companion with you.
The Donald Berman Jewish Eldercare Centre has issued a Policy on Companions, a copy of which may be obtained from the Admissions Office or from your Head Nurse.
The policy specifies that companions must not perform certain specific responsibilities for your care. For your safety and well being, only our nursing staff must handle these specific tasks, and it is important that any companion you hire be made aware of our policies and follows them without exception.
Recognizing the importance of religious faith to its residents, the Centre rigorously follows all Judaic customs and practices. All meals are prepared and delivered according to the strict rules of Kashruth, under the supervision of the Vaad Ha’ir (Jewish Community Council of Montreal). Non-Kosher food is not permitted, except in a resident's own room.
When first arriving at your new home, please bring the following items with you:
- Daytime clothing and pyjamas or nightgowns. An 8-day supply of clothing is the minimum recommended. Clothing that is machine washable and easy-to-care-for is strongly suggested. Dresses with zippers are preferred since they are easier to put on and buttons frequently fall off during laundering.
- If you regularly use a wheelchair, you will need clothing that is looser fitting than you would normally wear. This allows for comfort and ease of dressing. The Occupational Therapist will be able to provide more information about adapted clothing, which is available from certain suppliers.
Avoid clothing that requires dry cleaning, since this service is not available on the premises. However, an outside cleaning service is available at regular dry cleaning prices.
All clothing must be labelled with your name by the laundry services department, within the first five days of arriving at the Centre – whether or not you plan to use the private laundry service. The labelling helps identify any misplaced clothing items.
- Non-slip footwear and slippers.
- Personal care items: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hairbrush, comb, soap, shampoos and conditioners, deodorant, body lotions, electric shaver (for safety reasons, manual razors are forbidden), denture containers and cleaning tablets or solutions, denture adhesives, make-up, paper tissues, etc.
- For visits to our gardens or for summer outings: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses and insect repellent.
- Telephone (Touch Phone/ hearing or visual impaired adapted equipment). A personal extension number is available at a standard fee, which will be added to your monthly statement.
- Your Medicare card and Social Insurance Number.
- A copy of your Mandate, Power of Attorney or Living Will, if available.
- A wheelchair, walker or cane, if you presently own any of these items in good condition.
- Photos and mementos, which will bring back special memories as you adjust to your new surroundings. Please do not bring valuable jewellery, artwork and other items, as we cannot guarantee their security.
- DO NOT bring any medications with you when you arrive at the Centre. All medications will be provided by our on-site pharmacy.
- Non-slip footwear and slippers.
A free laundry service is also offered at the Centre. Please advise the admissions officer when arriving at the Centre, or your head nurse at any other time. Your clothing will be picked up once a week, laundered, and returned to you within 2 days.
All clothing must be labelled with your name by the laundry services department, within the first five days of arriving at the Centre – whether or not you plan to use the laundry service. The labelling helps identify any misplaced clothing items.