Older Adult Services
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Senior Services is committed to assisting older adults maintain their dignity and independence and remain safely at home. This commitment is expressed through a range of client-centered health and social services and coordination of care to enhance their ability to age in place.
Our skilled and caring nurses offer multiple services to help aging adults. The nursing team is comprised of Registered Nurses who are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team approach to chronic care.
A home visit is made to assess a client's physical and mental status.
As individuals live longer, the challenges of managing chronic conditions can be addressed by healthy lifestyle education. We will assist the older adult to improve their knowledge of their condition and enhance their ability to live comfortably within the confines of their illness.
We will assist the older adult to expand their knowledge of prescribed medications by review and reinforcement with the nurse at every visit. The focus is to avoid duplication of medications and increase awareness of contraindications.
Falls at home pose a significant risk of hospitalization to older adults. Our nurses will assess the functional ability of every client and make recommendations for safety equipment. When necessary, we will arrange for appropriate safety equipment to be installed in the home. Follow-up visits assure the proper use of this safety equipment in the home. In addition, the nurses make recommendations to improve an overall safe environment.
Certified Home Health Aides
To further meet the needs of older adults, JFS offers Certified Home Health Aide service. Under the supervision of the nursing department, CHHA's provide several hours per week of personal care, assistance with ambulation and exercise, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, and shopping.
To help maintain the home environment, JFS offers housekeeper service. Under the supervision of the Nursing Department, homemakers provide light housekeeping and shopping services.
At times caregivers need assistance and relief in providing care to their loved ones. The State Respite Program, under the direction of the Union County Division on Aging, enables us to provide home care services including Home Health Aide and housekeeping for the care recipient as respite for the Caregiver.
Social Work Services
Our skilled and sensitive professionals help older adults to maintain their independence and enhance their quality of life with family and community. Through personalized treatment plans, JFS staff meets the special emotional and practical needs of older adults.
Managing the day to day care of an older adult can be challenging. Case management is a collaborative process among our JFS staff, the older adult and the family. The Social Workers provide case management including a comprehensive assessment, planning, and coordination of services to meet the needs of the older adult.
Counseling and consultation are provided to older adults in their own homes or in our office to address the issues of aging, illness and difficult transitions later in life. Our experienced social workers also reach out to seniors at risk for anxiety and depression. We also provide supportive counseling to family members.
Support and Social Groups
A variety of group experiences are available to clients and/or families. These groups provide a safe environment of sharing, a sense of community, and mutual support.
In Home Services
As well as housekeeping and Home Health Aides, JFS offers Kosher Meals on Wheels, transportation, and friend advocate services to help older adults remain at home.
Kosher Meals on Wheels
A hot, kosher and nutritious meal is delivered to older adults who are homebound. The meals meet 1/3 of the United States RDA (recommended daily allowance) for nutrition.
Our personal transportation program can take an older adult to necessary medical appointments and other important destinations. The service is intended to be door to door and fill the gaps in transportation services for seniors within the County.
Friend Advocate Program
Under the direction of the Friend Advocate Coordinator, volunteers make friendly visits to homebound elderly to assist with bill paying and organizing mail and paperwork.
Caregiver Support Program
The Caregiver Support Program is a collaborative effort between Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey and Trinitas Hospital. It provides caregivers the opportunity to meet with a Social Worker to assess strengths and satisfactions in the caregiver role as well as receive information to better meet the caregiver's personal needs and those of the family member being cared for.
NORC/LiNKS (Living in Neighborhoods Kind to Seniors)
We are committed to help seniors age in place. Through the NORC (naturally occurring retirement community) program, we strive to link seniors to each other and key community members to create a social network that helps them stay safely at home. Regular contact with the seniors and the community by the JFS staff helps to monitor the changing needs of this population.
Holocaust Survivor Services
We recognize this population as having special needs specific to their shared history of oppression during WWII. We are honored to acknowledge our obligation to care for the Holocaust survivors of Union County. Special funding is available to meet the needs of the survivors for all of the above mentioned in home services. We also have emergency financial assistance available exclusively for the survivors. Additionally, the Union County Chapter of the national Café Europa program is held on site. This program provides a variety of social opportunities such as speakers, films, and other entertainment. In addition, our social work staff is available after the program for individual consultation as needed.
Training in Self Management of Chronic Conditions
Developed at Stanford University, this program was designed to help people better manage their health conditions. Six structured and highly interactive workshops are offered in community settings such as senior centers, churches libraries, or on site. Participants learn skills to enhance their ability to live with chronic conditions.