We believe that our elder years should be fruitful, abundant, and safe, including those of us who are in the LGBT+ community. We are the local LGBT+ rights activists who felt the need to build our own resources for our elder brothers and sisters. The Connie House ALF is a gay-owned and gay-operated facility and just the first step in the journey. Our intent is to be leaders in our communities by efforts to create safe and loving support programs for our seniors as well as assisting others who share this vision. The LGBT+ community has suffered long enough and the Connie House is a warm, inviting space - a haven for all who want to live in peace, enjoy life, and be who they are. To be clear, we will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their sexual orientation. This means all are welcome. It also means we will not tolerate any homophobia or transphobia in our house.
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It’s everyone. The Connie House does not discriminate. Can straight people live here? You bet. We welcome all. In this house, in this organization, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and the like will not be tolerated. Here, we celebrate all and protect our Tribe Elders, creating opportunities to build and reconnect with community in an intergenerational, age-affirming space. We specifically chose this location, not just because it’s a great house, but because it is close to Compass GLCC, our local LGBT Community Center, located in Lake Worth. We will chauffer our residents to activities and social gatherings as they wish, such as the Prime Timers group, Coffee Clatch at Compass and all kinds of local gatherings and events with the LGBT+ Community.
We are an assisted living facility located in the heart of Palm Beach County, licensed under AHCA for up to six residents. The four bedroom, three bath Connie House ALF is built on love. The home is clean, bright, open and airy, with a large great room and covered patio. The Connie House is located on a quiet, residential street in Boynton Beach, close to everything.
Love and respect for each other is our code; it’s rule number one. The vibe is clean, contemporary, and chill. We are casual, but we can get dressed up to have a party at the house. If you like to tinker, we have a big garage with tools. If you enjoy arts and crafts, they’re on the agenda too. The house is also large enough to find a quiet place to enjoy a good book. We encourage our residents and staff to dine together at the large dining table. This is our home, it’s open and loving and fun.
We believe strongly that although elder years can be challenging, there is still abundant life to be enjoyed. Focusing on mind, body, and spirit wellness, our programs offer age-affirming spaces for LGBT+ older adults. Our programming will be developed by the desires of our residents. You can be as active as you like here. We will venture out into the community as well as invite the community in. We will create opportunities for mentorship and giving back. Physical exercise and meditation will be available and encouraged. Physical care is available when needed, but a healthy lifestyle is the primary focus for our residents.
We believe in the healing power of nature and have put much time and effort into creating a lushly landscaped property. However, we’ll make this garden as varied as residents want to make it. Our spacious covered patio has room for quiet enjoyment or social gatherings. Two ceiling fans, plenty of seating, even a fire pit table and a fountain make this space serene and comfortable all year around. Residents will be afforded outside activities as they desire.
Connie Kurtz and Ruth Berman are our friends and champions who never stopped fighting for equal protections and responsibilities for the LGBT+ community. Ruth and Connie were the first couple to sue the New York City Board of Education for equal benefits. Sadly, Connie has passed, but her pioneering spirit lives on in this home named in her honor. Her partner of many years, Ruth, is making sure of this.
Three meals a day will be prepared on site as well as being brought in by excellent local chefs. We will do our best to accommodate your dietary needs, however we do not have the ability to accommodate special diets. Snacks are always available. All menus are created and approved by a registered nutritionist and dietitian. If your doctor says wine with dinner is fine, we’ll have wine with dinner.
You are welcome here regardless of religious affiliation or not. Near the house is the Metropolitan Community Church, Church of Our Savior, the Al Amin Mosque is about a ten-minute drive, and Temple Shaarei Shalom is about 15 -20 minutes from The Connie House. We are happy to arrange transport for our residents to attend services.
The staff at the Connie House shares a passion for ensuring residents’ well-being. All residents get a personalized service plan. Included in these services are an onsite Resident Services Coordinator, case management services, health and wellness support, and community activities. Trained and capable personal care assistants are in attendance 24 hours a day to lend a hand with daily living activities such as medication management, dressing, grooming, bathing, mobility, and using the restroom.
The Connie House ALF is fully protected against fire with a complete sprinkler system, fire alarm call boxes in the great room, and a fire alarm with strobe light for additional safety in every room. Emergency generators are capable of keeping our home and residents comfortably safe during any power outage that may occur. The Connie House has its own van and can quickly relocate residents to a safer location in the event of a particularly threatening hurricane.
THE CONNIE HOUSE ALF supports in-person visitation for all residents and seeks to comply with the requirements of s. 408.823, F.S. in addition to the requirements for visitation in 429. 28 (1) (d), F.S.
· Visitors are welcome at THE CONNIE HOUSE ALF. Guests and visitors are requested to sign the Guest Log upon their arrival and sign out when leaving the community. This log helps ensure the safety of our residents.
Visitors are welcome to visit between the hours of 9:00am and 9:00pm. Visitation outside of these hours may be accommodated with the prior permission of the administrator. In the event of an infectious outbreak within the home, the number of persons visiting at one time may be limited. Residents and their guests should be cognizant of other residents and noise levels shall be kept to a minimum during hours when residents are typically sleeping. When residents share a room, visitors are expected to show courtesy toward the roommate and may be asked to visit in another area of the community to accommodate the needs of both residents.
· Consensual physical contact is allowed during visitation unless the resident objects.
· Visitors are required to follow the community’s House Rules, visitation policies and procedures and infection control policies and procedures as well as any screening protocols which may be in place. Visitors will not be asked for proof of vaccination status, nor be required to provide proof of any vaccination or immunization.
· Visitors are discouraged from visiting the community when sick or when running a fever to support the health and well-being of all residents, staff members and visitors.
· Visitors include third party providers who must also comply with the community’s visitation policies and procedures in addition to the community’s third party provider policies and procedures.
· The administrator may require a visitor to agree in writing to follow the community’s policies and procedures. The administrator may suspend in person visitation for a specific visitor who violates the community’s policies and procedures.
· THE CONNIE HOUSE ALF does not limit visitation to the following circumstances and supports residents’ right to visit with any persons of a resident’s choice during normal visitation hours from 9am until 9pm. Visitation is allowed in the resident’s room and throughout the community. Unless a resident objects, visitation is supported in all of the following situations but is not limited to these situations:
o End of life
o Adjusting to the community/change of environment
o The resident is making major medical decisions
o The resident is grieving or experiencing emotional distress
o The resident requires cueing or encouragement to eat or drink
o The resident is becoming less verbal
Residents may designate a visitor who is a family member, friend, guardian or other individual as an essential caregiver. Essential caregivers are not required to provide necessary care. Residents who wish to designate an essential caregiver should do so in writing and provide this information to the administrator. Essential caregivers shall be allowed two additional hours of visitation beyond the normal hours of visitation.
Visitors are expected to follow the community’s infection control procedures and to follow enhanced infection control procedures when necessary. (See documents Infection Control Information for Visitors; Enhanced Infection Control Procedures.)
The community maintains a link from the homepage of the website to visitation and infection control policies and procedures.
The community will submit its visitation policies and procedures to the Agency for Health Care Administration with license applications and make such policies and procedures available to representatives of the agency at any time upon request.
The administrator is responsible for ensuring all staff comply with the community’s visitation policies and procedures. Residents and visitors should direct any questions regarding these policies and procedures to the administrator.
Visitors are required to check in upon entrance to the home. Upon arrival visitors will be advised if there are any screening protocols that must be completed due to the presence of an infectious outbreak in the community.
In the case of an infectious outbreak, visitation of ill persons is discouraged.
The administrator may require a visitor to agree in writing to follow the community’s policies and procedures by having the visitor sign an acknowledgement that they have received information on the community’s visitation policies.
The administrator may suspend in person visitation for a specific visitor who violates the community’s policies and procedures.
Visitors will be assisted to take standard or transmission-based precautions as warranted by individual situations. Visitors may be required to wear PPE while in the community except when visiting a resident in her/his apartment and no other resident is present. Visitors should seek any needed assistance from staff while visiting.
Isolation precautions will be discussed with the resident and family before precautions are initiated. Visitors will be instructed on the necessity of maintaining precautions before entering the resident’s room.
Hand hygiene supplies are available throughout the community.
The person responsible for overseeing the visitation policy is the administrator.