The News Journal from Wilmington, Delaware on May 19, 1996 · Page 224
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The News Journal from Wilmington, Delaware · Page 224

Wilmington, Delaware
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Sunday, May 19, 1996
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MAY 19, 1996 SUNDAY NEWS JOURNAL KS5 Kutz Home expands and modernizes By JIM PARKS Special to The News Journal FOX POINT - The Milton and Hattie Kutz Home intends to continue practicing an ages-old tradition in a state-of-the-art setting when its expansion and renovation is completed. "There will be no change in philosophy," said Elliott Golinkoff, a director and chairman of the building committee directing the $4 million project. "There is a strong Jewish tradition of revering our grandparents, our elders," he said. "But the Jewish community, like all communities, is assimilated into society with the same options available to it. If we are going to continue, we have to be competitive in what is now a very competitive field." Beyond pragmatic considerations, the nursing home's directors and administration believe "our residents are entitled to a modern, up-to-date place where they can live comfortably," he added. Kutz Home, on River Road just east of Bellefonte, is in the midst of a multi-phase building project. Two new wings and a redesigned entrance and reception area are under construction. The wings are scheduled to be finished this summer and the entrance in the autumn. After that, the interior of the existing facility will be virtually gutted and rebuilt in phases while much of its mechanical system and other infrastructure are replaced or upgraded. That work is expected to take about another year. The original home, an agency of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, was built in 1960 and has since been expanded in several steps. In the process, executive director Karen Friedman said, it has evolved from being primarily an independent-living retirement facility into a provider of skilled geriatric nursing care. "At one time, our residents were still driving cars and leading pretty much independent lives. Average age was late 60s or early 70s and most were still active," she said. "That's changed now. People are living in their homes longer and there are several levels of retirement care from independent Hying to assisted living to full nursing care." Kutz Home has opted to provide the latter. Sheila Mensch, admissions director, said the median age of the home's present 76 residents is 86. There are 60 women and 13 men. The expansion will increase capacity to 90 beds from the present 82. "We are not doing this to get larger, but to get better," Friedman said. Thirty-two of the beds will be in the new wings, but rooms in the existing part of the building will be upgraded so there will be no difference in the standards of either accommodation or care. The rooms will be larger, have new furnish- ings and individual lavatories instead of shared ones. "We'll get as far away from the institutional look as we can," Friedman said. Part of the renovation will create an "activities mall" featuring a variety of resident services from physical therapy to use of a beauty parlor. It will be in an area now occupied by several patient rooms. "We're calling it a mall because it will offer a choice of activities," Friedman said. The police chief has a familiar face DELWARE CITY An official swearing-in ceremony for Delaware City's new police chief positively dripped with camaraderie. In essence, the New Castle County Police officials who attended were welcoming back one of their own. Chief Dan Tjaden spent 22 years on the county force, prompting comments to the effect that "at least we won't have to break him in." Col. Sherry Freebery, the county police commander, did the honors. She officially brought Tjaden back into the county ranks he left two years ago on retirement. Then she transferred him from her jurisdiction into his new job by administering his oath as police chief. Between the two oaths, she told Mayor Dee Bennett that the town council could still change its mind about hiring Tjaden. "I had my doubts about bringing him back into the county force, ' Freebery joked. Tjaden tossed off a one-liner of his own. "The colonel and I were in the same police recruit class," he said. "You 11 note that I retired as a corporal, though," while Freebery became the first woman to head a major police force in Delaware. Bennett and council member Paul Parets used the occasion to praise their riverfront town. s,"Good things are happening in Delaware City," Bennett said, "and Dan is one of them." tor" '-JSS-- ' 1 French citizens now have their own helping hand in Delaware A new French connection has opened in Delaware an organization that helps French citizens abroad. The newest chapter of L'Union des Francais de L'Etranger U.F.E. (Union of French People Abroad) is in Newark. About 200,000 French citizens live in the United States, at least 300 of them in Delaware. "There are local people who need help and they don't want to go to Washington or New York; it s too far," says founder Bernard J. Cavelier. "A lady who spoke to me a couple weeks ago, her husband died and she needed counseling,"says Cavelier. He's also trying to find places in Delaware for about 15 French students for the summer. Cavelier is assisted by Dr. Pierre LeRoy, director of the Delaware Pain Clinic in Newark, and Jean-Pierre Lapayre of West-ville, N.J. The chapter's address: Box 604, Newark 19715. v. Special to The News JournalROBERT CRAIG The Kutz Home on River Road Is undergoing enlargement and renovations. i - 4 v ' 1 1 il it;:, t V - - , B i m Kutz Home is getting bigger and better, says director Karen Friedman. The new lobby will include a large resident-visitor lounge complete with a snack bar. There also will be smaller lounges in the resident areas. A small restaurant-style dining area will supplement the main communal dining room for residents whose physical condition permits using it. Although it remains "Jewish in orientation" and offers the only kosher kitchen in a Delaware nursing home and regular holiday observances, Friedman said Kutz Home does not have a restrictive admissions policy. Almost one-third of the residents are not Jewish and ministers of other faiths are welcome, she said. The home's auxiliary provides funds for "extra touches . . . such as a manicurist, which may not sound like much individually but are very important to the happiness of our residents," she said. Volunteers from area synagogues, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Jewish Community Center assist the home's staff, which has the equivalent of 80 positions held by full- and part-time employees. Residents are charged on a rental basis and Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. 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