About Friedman Place

Friedman Place is a supported living community for adults who are blind and visually impaired.

Located on the northwest side of Chicago and accessible to its many cultural, social, and educational opportunities, Friedman Place encourages residents' self-determination and independence. We are not just a residence but a vibrant community in which people with impaired vision can reach their full potential.

Residents enjoy both the privacy of their own studio or one-bedroom apartments and the richness of community. Some residents travel to work, school, or volunteer commitments before joining others in the lounges and dining room to eat, talk, and participate in many activities. Others may choose to weave a cloth of many colors and textures or to surf the Internet in our state-of-the-art technology center. Medical and social services, as well as personal assistance with activities of daily living, are provided so that residents' days will be healthy, dignified, and stimulating.

Everything at Friedman Place—from the lighting in the hallways to the exercise area for guide dogs—has been designed with the needs of the visually impaired in mind. Our staff members are caring, courteous, sensitive, and available when residents need them.

Friedman Place is open to blind and visually impaired adults, regardless of economic, race, ethnic, or religious background. We are able to offer apartments to low-income individuals

Facts and Figures

(December 2014)

Residents 

RESIDENT DEMOGRAPHICS

Residents are adults of all ages, although most are over age fifty.

o   Our youngest resident is 23 years old and the oldest 93

o   16% of residents are 71 or older

o   57% of residents are between ages 51 and 70

o   17% of residents are between ages 41 and 50

o   10% of residents are between ages 22 and 40

o   55% of residents are ages 60 or older

o   The average age of residents is 61 years old

 

About two-thirds of the residents are male and one-third female

 

o   35% of Friedman’s residents are female and 65% male.

o   This ratio differs from what is found in Illinois1 and the United States 2, where there are more women than men who are blind or have vision loss. While 35% of Friedman Place residents are women, approximately 60% of people who are blind are visually impaired overall are women. It is unclear why this would be.


The majority of residents are Caucasian, but other races and ethnicities are represented.

 

o   Asian - 2.5%

o   Hispanic - 11%

o   African American - 12.5%

o   Caucasian74%

 

While the statistics describing ethnicity do not reflect the general (visually impaired and non-visually impaired) populations of Chicago or even Cook County, they do generally reflect the population of those with visual impairments across the country. Approximately 79% of persons who are visually impaired or blind are Caucasian, which is higher than Friedman Place’s 74%1.

1.       Prevent Blindness. The Future of Vision, Visual Impairment and Blindness. Retrieved December 23, 2014 from http://forecasting.preventblindness.org/disease-projections/visual-impairment-and-blindness

 

All of our residents have significant visual impairments


o   Forty-five percent our residents experience total blindness and the remaining 55% has significant visual impairments. There is a higher percentage of people who are blind as opposed to visually impaired at Friedman Place when compared to the overall United States, where approximately 31% experience total blindness and 69% visual impairment1.1.       Prevent Blindness. The Future of Vision, Visual Impairment and Blindness. Retrieved December 23, 2014 from http://forecasting.preventblindness.org/disease-projections/visual-impairment-and-blindness

 Most residents have significant chronic health issues

o   90% of residents have another major health issue besides vision loss, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, high blood pressure, seizure disorders, asthma, etc.

o   On average, each resident has 4.9 chronic health conditions, not including vision loss.

                                                                                                                                 

The agency serves approximately 90 people per year.

 

o   Eighty-eight people were served in 2014; the number served typically varies between 88 – 96 per year.

o   Our number served is more than our capacity since several residents move out of Friedman Place each year and are replaced by new residents.

o   The vast majority of residents who move do so due to their needing a higher level of medical care and support.

o   On average, 80 individuals reside at Friedman Place at any one time.

o   132 separate Individuals have been served between 2010 and 2014.o   In 2014, 5 people were discharged from Friedman Place. Three went to nursing homes following a brief period in a hospital. Two moved to independent living situations; one a subsidized housing setting for seniors, and another with family.

 

Nearly all of our residents have very low incomes

 

o   54% of Friedman’s residents have incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Level. This is much higher than the 31.2% of people in the United States with a visual disability who live below the poverty line (according to NFB stats)

o   90% of Friedman’s residents have incomes at or below what Illinois sets at the level of a low income.

 

 

OVER TWO-THIRDS OF OUR RESIDENTS HAVE LIVED AT FRIEDMAN PLACE FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS.

 

o   30% have been residents for less than three years

o   56% have been residents for at least five years

o   16% have been residents for at least ten years

o   Our longest term resident has been with the agency for over 25 years

o   The average length of stay is 6.18 years

               

      

EMPLOYEES & VOLUNTEERS

 

·         Friedman Place's 65 employees remain with the agency, providing a skilled and stable workforce

·         55% of the employees have worked for the agency for at 3 years.

·         26% of Friedman Place employees have worked for the agency continuously for at least 5 years

·         11% of Friedman Place employees have worked for the agency continuously for more than 10 years

·         Friedman Place's 65 employees are ethnically diverse

·         11% Hispanic, 13% Asian, 20% Black, and 56% White

·         Most employees are female

·         70% Female

·         30% Male

·         Friedman Place's 65 employees span a wide age range

·         18% ages 61 or over

·         34% ages 41 – 60

·         23% ages 31- 40

·         25% ages 30 or under

 

· 48% of our staff is trained in CPR & First Aid

 

·        Staff receives ongoing and comprehensive training.

o   Training topics provided to all or nearly all employees in 2014 included Tuberculosis Identification; Prevention and Treatment; Resident Rights; Infection Control; Resident Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Notification; Blindness Basics; Orientation and Mobility; Emergency Contingency Plan and Drills; Crisis Prevention/Behavioral Intervention; Effective Communication; Proper Documentation; CPR/First Aid; Advance Directives; Management Training; Oral Health Care; Diabetes; Mental Illness; Privacy/HIPAA; Preventing Workplace Violence, etc.

The agency benefitted from the use of the services of over 100 volunteers in the last year.

 

Finances

(this information is from fiscal year 2014: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014)


Friedman Place saves taxpayers money and keeps people out of nursing homes.


o   The State of Illinois pays Friedman Place 52% of what it pays to the average Nursing Home in Illinois for each resident.  

o   Since without Friedman Place, most residents would end up in nursing homes, the agency saves the State of Illinois and its taxpayers approximately $20,000 per resident per year.

o   Since without Friedman Place, most residents would end up in nursing homes, the agency saves the State of Illinois and its taxpayers approximately $1,500,000 per year.

o   Friedman Place receives 43% of our income directly from government sources, which is much lower than most nonprofit organizations of our size.

The agency is efficient in how it spends money, assuring that as much as possible goes to directly benefit the residents.


o   Nearly all of the agency’s expenses go directly towards programs and services. Eighty-two and one-half percent (82.5%) of expenses went directly to programs and services, which is much higher than the minimum 65% recommended by the Better Business Bureau’s Standards for Charitable Accountability and 60% by the American Institute for Philanthropy.

o   Friedman Place spends nearly 83 cents of every dollar on resident services and programs and only just over 17 cents on administration costs. 




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5527 North Maplewood: Chicago, IL 60625 Phone: (773) 989-9800