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THE APARTMENT COMPLEX ON NORDAU STREET, RAMLA – AMIT HOSTEL

RECEPTION PROCESS

ACCEPTENCE COMITEE AND INTRODUCTION MEETINGS

Amit Hostel in Ramla has a four storey building with eight apartments. It houses 37 residents. 10 more residents live in two off-site apartments with a common yard in another neighborhood in Ramla, and there is one more house for six residents who have complex medical needs.
The hostel is for men and women 25 years of age or older, diagnosed with light to medium intellectual developmental disability and recognized as capable for community living.
The applicants are referred to the Hostel by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services via district placement committees, after the applicant has received a diagnosis and a recommendation for community living from the diagnosis committee. Once a reference is received by the district placement committee, an acceptance committee gathers in the Hostel itself.

ACCEPTENCE COMMITTEE – FIRST ENCOUNTER

An applicant referred by the district placement committee will be invited to an acceptance committee in the hostel – an initial introductory meeting which includes the applicant’s family, a local authority social worker, the hostel’s professional staff and, of course, the applicant themself.
The acceptance committee will have the detailed written material sent by the district placement committee, without which the meeting can’t be held, but in the acceptance committee we will want to get to know the newcomer and their family more personally, introduce them to the lifestyle that we offer, and to examine, together with them, if our ways fit their needs.
At the end of the acceptance committee, the Hostel’s staff will gather to make a decision and an answer will be sent within several days.

PRE-RECEPTION – THE BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS AND INTORUCTORY MEETINGS

Once the hostel staff and the applicant’s family have reached a decision, a bureaucratic process begins in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services and in the local authority.
This process may last several weeks, and until its completion we will try to deepen the applicant and their family’s connection with the program, by hosting several introduction meetings with the Hostel’s residents.
Every person has their own ways, and through these meetings we will aspire to nurture a motivation to build a new, common way together: a way of life in a home for life.
The introduction meetings are programmed personally according to the new resident and their family’s needs.

RECEPTION DAY – DAY 1 IN AMIT HOSTEL, RAMLA

ARRIVING AT AMIT

After the bureaucratic process is complete, we will coordinate reception day with the applicant and their family.
Day 1 in Amit Hostel is a joyful day of fresh start, mixed with sorrow of goodbye and fear of the unknown, both in the new resident and in their family.
We prepare for the great challenge and excitement: according to the resident’s character, wills and needs we will structure a personalized schedule for the first day.
Normally they will be invited to the Hostel in the late morning, when the residents are in the activity centers outside the residential building so that the whole staff is free to receive the new resident with joy and festivity.

GOODBYE

After being welcomed and getting familiarized with the staff, the new resident will be accompanied by the housemother to organize their personal belongings in their new bedroom. The resident’s family will stay in the office to finish the bureaucratic procedure, receive some briefing regarding the acclimation period which characterizes a new reception process and to receive answers to any unanswered questions still remaining.
There always are some.
Once the talk is finished the resident’s family will be accompanied by our staff to the resident’s new apartment, where they will say goodbye.
Goodbye? A temporary goodbye, until the first phone call several hours away, until the first visit several days away… And we are here, with the new resident and at your service. Every day, all day long, always and with great joy!

WHAT TO BRING

Once the new resident is received in the Hostel all their needs are met and that includes… everything.
So what should you bring?
We recommend bringing clothes for the first few days, and particularly “something from home”. “Something” can be anything the resident loves and reminds them of home, like a family photo, an ornament or an object of personal value.
At the end of the acclimation period we will want to see that the resident recognizes their new home in Amit not as a substitute for their old one, but as existing alongside it, and “something from home” helps us do that.

ACCLIMATION, CRISIS AND PLACEMENT

THE ACCLIMATION PERIOD IN AMIT HOSTEL, RAMLA

The process of acclimation changes from one resident to the other. Some adjust to their new home and lifestyle very quickly, others take longer. We prepare accordingly and build the reception program according to the resident’s needs and with personal adjustment to their personality and will.
The reception program is built together with the family and normally it will incorporate a routine of regular visits of the family, between once and twice a week, as well as daily phone calls in set times. Staying in touch with the resident through regular calls and visits will contribute a lot to their acclimation and trust in their new home.

RECEPTION CRISIS – “FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT MOM”

The residents usually acclimate quickly, and nevertheless most of them appear to go through a certain crisis period we call the “reception crisis”.
Some have it on the first night, others after several days, weeks or months, and some never experience it. Usually the reception crisis rises from the resident’s difficulty to comprehend the connection between the new home in the hostel and the parents’ home, and the resident’s place between these two homes.
Our experience teaches that the deeper the relationship and cooperation between the family and Amit Hostel staff, the briefer the crisis, and the more quickly a life routine is formed where the resident recognizes their new home in Amit as one that exists alongside their parents’ home.

FINDING A ROUTINE IN AMIT HOSTEL, RAMLA

The routine in Amit Hostel, Ramla changes regularly, relating to the personal development of each resident. The routine aspires to put the resident on a progressive track adjusted to their abilities, needs and aspirations.
A life routine in a warm, supportive and promotive home, our life routine.

SETTLING IN

“I’m going to my parents’ place, I’ll be back tomorrow”, “When will I be back in the Hostel?”, “Talk to you tomorrow”, “Come look at the new photo on the notice board”… such phrases are the first evidence of a new resident settling into their home in Amit and entering the home’s life routine, a life routine of progressive nature, a happy, friendly, loving and supportive routine, the life routine in Amit, our life routine.

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