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LA Times: Jewish Home plans Westside facility

Originally reported in the Los Angeles Times on September 10, 2012 by Martha Groves.

The Los Angeles Jewish Home, a leading provider of senior housing in the L.A. area, has bought 2.5 acres at Playa Vista and plans to establish its first Westside facility, officials said Saturday.

Plans call for developing a senior care community that would become the hub for a network of related services.

Now in its centennial year, the Jewish Home opened in 1912 in Boyle Heights to give shelter to five residents. For the next few decades, Boyle Heights -- named for Andrew Boyle, an Irish immigrant -- served as the hub of Jewish life in the area.

In 1975, the home followed the Jewish migration to the San Fernando Valley, selling its Eastside home to Japanese American interests that created what is now Keiro Senior HealthCare.

The Jewish Home's two campuses in Reseda now serve about 2,600 elderly clients each year, including about 1,000 residents and 1,600 clients of clinics and other programs.

Most of the residents are people dependent on government assistance, said Bonnie Polishuk, marketing manager. Residents' average age is 90, a figure that has skyrocketed over the years from about 60 when the home first opened, she said.

"Our average age is older than the general population in U.S. nursing homes," Polishuk said.

Jewish Home officials said the push into the Westside was in part a response to pent-up demand. Of 400 people on the home's waiting list, half live on the Westside. The average waiting time is 18 months.

Plans call for developing services for elderly care in the Village at Playa Vista, an as-yet uncompleted portion of the Playa Vista development south of Marina del Rey.

The new facility is expected to serve an additional 500 seniors a year.

Being Jewish is not a requirement for residency.

Among those that have donated funds to create the Playa Vista facility are the Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Foundation and the Saul Brandman Foundation.

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