Special Categories of Homes

Kosher Homes

More than 20 years ago, Angel View was approached by a group of concerned parents looking for a culturally sensitive environment for several Orthodox Jewish children with developmental disabilities. A wonderful partnership began that has lasted through the decades.

Angel View operates two ICF/DD-H Kosher houses in Desert Hot Springs where 12 adults with developmental disabilities currently reside: Joel’s House and Friedman House.

We provide 24-hour compassionate care, but these residences are far more than long-term care facilities. The houses are truly homes where our residents thrive. We have created warm, caring environments with full Kosher kitchens; we make every attempt to honor Jewish holidays and to incorporate our residents’ religion and traditions into their lives.

Many thanks to our friends at Jewish Federation of the Desert and Tamarisk Men's and Women's Associations for their steadfast support of these special homes. 

Haber House 

In 1999, a pilot program was established by the State of California to test a new category of healthcare facility. The new category was designed for individuals with developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions. Thanks to the program's success, this has now become a regular licensing category called Developmentally Disabled - Continuous Nursing Care (DD/CNC). It provides care for individuals who otherwise would need to stay in a sub-acute facility.

The Melvyn Haber House, named in honor of Angel View's president emeritus, is the only facility of its kind in the Coachella Valley. The home features 24-hour continuous licensed nursing care, physical and occupational therapy, speech and recreational therapy, psychological services, individualized special programs, hydrotherapy, and community integration.

Admission Criteria

  • Tracheostomy care with ventilator dependence
  • Frequent medical and/or nursing intervention such as: respiratory therapy, hemodialysis, special feeding requirements, IV administration of medicines, wound care.

Surnow House

Angel View's Jack Surnow House is a licensed Congregate Living Health Facility (CLHF). This six-bed home serves individuals with muscular dystrophy; all residents are ventilator-dependent. Like Haber House, it is one of its kind in the desert.

The home features 24-hour licensed nursing care and a comprehensive activities program. Also included are physical and occupational therapy, speech and recreational therapy, psychological services, individualized special programs, hydrotherapy, and community integration.

Admission Criteria
  • Tracheostomy care with ventilator
  • Complex medical and nursing needs
Clients with special feeding needs such gastrostomy tubes can be accommodated.

Timmy

Timmy’s Story

Timmy spent his childhood baffling the medical community. His digestive issues and seizure activity were so profound, doctors didn’t understand how he could still be alive. His mom devoted herself to medical research and finding a place that could care for her son. Between hospitalizations, he lived in various group homes in New York. At the last one, he had so many injuries his mom sought another solution. They headed west.

Since moving into an Angel View home, Timmy is calmer, more expressive, and has far fewer seizures. He loves the staff, his housemates, our therapy dogs and his word board. He’s so adored by staff, his mother says happily, “Now he has more than one mommy.”