A Day in the Life of Jackie

Gidwitz Place at Weinberg Community
Deerfield, Illinois
April 13, 2016

What’s it like to live at Weinberg Community? To give you an idea, we followed Jackie L. around for a full day. Jackie, a five-year resident of Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living, is very involved and engaged in everything the community offers. The account of Jackie’s day follows.

8:15

It’s a new day and Jackie enjoys a nutritious breakfast in the Dining Room with regular dining companion Milt, who keeps her laughing with his witty repartee.

8:45

A quick read of the morning Tribune is a ritual for Jackie.

9:00

If it’s Wednesday, it’s Sue Lewis’s Jewish Studies Class. Jackie joins her other class members and learns about Jewish traditions, culture, and history throughout time.

10:00

She’s helped on the bus by Jerry. Free transportation is one of the amenities at Weinberg.

11:45

Jackie returns with a few purchases just before lunch.

12:00

Another dining option that Jackie enjoys is the Café. She catches a light lunch here every day with her three girlfriends (clockwise L-R) Dorothy, Norma and Annie.

12:30

After lunch, Jackie puts on some sunscreen and goes out to the Patio Garden to listen to the birds and enjoy the fresh air.

1:00

Jackie works out at the Fitness Center. Staff from HealthPro® Fitness keeps watch as residents go through their routines.

2:00

Activity staff member Bridget shows Jackie and the rest of the art class how to create a monoprint using painter’s tape.

2:45

Here’s the finished piece.

3:00

Jackie chats with her friend Nina at the Café as they enjoy coffee and the bustling lounge.

4:00

It’s time for Jackie’s regular check-up at the Wellness Center. Dale, the on-site R.N., checks her vitals and inquires how Jackie feels overall. And the answer is “great”!

4:30

Jackie has an appointment for a manicure.

5:30

There are two dinner seatings in the Dining Room, 4:30 and 5:30. Chef Hugo visits with Jackie as she waits for her dinner companions.

6:45

After dinner, Jackie goes to the Library to check her email and visit a few websites. Weinberg Community is Wi-Fi enabled.

7:30

Jackie relaxes back in her apartment and then cleans up some dishes from an earlier snack.

8:30

It’s time for some of her favorite Wednesday night TV shows. Cable TV is available.

9:30

Time to get ready for bed, but first Jackie puts away some towels from the free household laundry service. Then it’s sweet dreams . . . and goodnight.

Gidwitz Place offers 125 spacious one- or two-bedroom apartments in the active, supportive environment you’ve just seen. If you or your loved one want to live in a vibrant community as independently as possible, maybe with some support with daily activities, we invite you to come to Gidwitz Place and take a tour. Call 847.374.0500.