Each apartment is home to between 1-6 residents.
The apartments are located throughout the city of Jerusalem.
AKIM-Jerusalem staff takes full responsibility for the needs of residents 24/7—including physical and mental health issues and day-to-day needs.
The number of counselors is dependent on the needs of the residents. There are residents who need the attention of counselors round-the-clock and others who are more independent and need the presence of counselors only in the afternoon and evening hours.
For residents in need of round-the-clock assistance, there are counselors who are there 24/7.
The apartments are the homes of the residents. They remain there for the times they choose and visit their families as they and their families decide is best.
Yes, residents may move to a different apartment, in keeping with their needs.
Of course. Families may visit, and the residents determine their own daily schedules. They can visit their families and their families may visit as they wish.
The professionals who work with the residents engage the parents in each stage of decision-making. Significant decisions are reached through discussion and in collaboration with the parents.
Apartments are funded by the Ministry of Social Services through stipends of the National Insurance Institute which are supplemented by other sources of funding. Eighty percent of a resident’s disability stipend is applied to the cost of the apartment, and 20% is reserved for the family. All living expenses are covered by AKIM-Jerusalem, including rent and home maintenance, board, vacations and leisure activities.
AKIM-Jerusalem encourages active social lives for the residents. They are involved in varied group cultural, crafts and sports activities together and other shared social activities, including annual holiday gatherings on Hannuka, Purim, Independence Day and other occasions. There are evening leisure activities. Each resident is assigned an annual budget to be utilized for varied group lessons and crafts. Residents may also freely choose to take part in activities in community centers and other locales.