Want to find love? This matchmaking service could help
RESIDENTS of a long-term care facility for seniors are seeing the potential for romance blossom once more thanks to an innovative matchmaking service.
The Hebrew Home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, in New York City, arranges blind dates for its residents in hope of them finding love and companionship later in life.
The matchmaking service called G-Date - aka Grandparent Date - sees applicants fill out a two-sided form, answering questions such as 'what kind of relationship are you looking for?' and 'what do you like to do?'
This is then handed to the Hebrew Home's team of social workers who go through the applications thoroughly to find the best match.
Each senior is then told of their match and arrangements are made for a blind date to take place at The Hebrew Home's on-site café, overlooking the Hudson River.
The match-making service aims to acknowledge senior's emotional and sexual needs, something which can be complicated after the loss of a spouse or partner.
The Hebrew Home's Director of Social Services Charlotte Dell told independent Jewish news website Forward.com: "Love is ageless.
"Needs don't change as you get older, that need for intimacy and companionship."
As such, the Hebrew Home was the first senior residence of its kind in the United States to institute a sexual expression policy, which allows residents to engage in any form of consensual sexual activity they wish.
The policy came about at the nursing home in 1995 when, according to the New York Times, a nurse walked in on two residents having sex.
It is understood that the G-Dates service has not yet resulted in any full-blown romantic relationships, but friendship between residents have developed.