Since she opened the home in 2009, Kaplan, a registered nurse, said “it has always been my dream to create a genuine, home-like environment where people with disabilities could eat, live, and grow together as a family.”
Now in its fourth year, she has nurtured Flamingo Care’s reputation to live by its motto of “Safety and Independence,” her personal signature for its caring services and success. As Miami-Dade County’s only Glatt Kosher ALF under the “hashgacha” (supervision) of Kosher Miami, Kaplan’s continued devotion to those under her care has become the hallmark of Flamingo Care’s stature in the NorthMiami Beach Jewish community.
“We specialize in long term and respite care, dedicated to the emotional and physical well being of residents entrusted to us,” she explained. “But of equal importance is providing an environment that is both loving and secure, just as you would desire in a private home with a caring family. “Even upon entering Flamingo Care for the first time, our residents invariably say they have instantly felt at home,” she added. Creating such a warm and caring ambiance is further enhanced by planned activities residents enjoy throughout the day, including arts, crafts, games and other pursuits.
Each morning, supervised strolls along the naturally-beautiful waterline pathway of a nearby canal begins the day for residents who may enjoy exercising, feeding a flock of ducks, or just relaxing under the gazebo.
In addition to its services, Flamingo Care provides many volunteers—young and old—who come from neighborhood homes and schools to spend time with residents, interacting as companions or aiding with personal needs.Certified as a Kosher facility, Flamingo Care welcomes residents of all backgrounds and faiths. Limited to just six beds, Kaplan’s caring touch provides the personal touch which makes the residence perfectly suited for loved ones who desire a homelike atmosphere at extremely reasonable cost. There is also a registered nurse on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Here our residents aren’t a number, they are family — our family,” Kaplan said.
We are ECC (Extended Congregate Care) licensed. The average Assisted Living Facility only carries a standard license. The standard license requires that a resident transfer to a nursing home or other facility with certain illnesses or disabilities. The incurred costs are much higher and the care does not compare to what we offer at Flamingo Care.Having this additional license allows residents to stay in a familiar environment and one where they are comfortable.