This periodic newsletter provides information about resources that our Greater MetroWest Jewish community offers to older adults and to those who care about them. In this issue, we feature programs that provide support for caregivers and/or respite from their responsibilities. (Previous editions have focused on memory care and arts programs for seniors provided by the CARES agencies.)
Greater MetroWest CARES is the department of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ that is charged with addressing the broad range of needs and interests of our community’s older adults. As is well known, our community is aging and the very existence of CARES indicates that Federation endorses practical ways to fulfill the mitzvah to honor parents and the elderly.
CARES acts as Federation’s point of contact with the community for all things senior-related and as an advocate for seniors and those who care about them. By staying attuned to current trends and community needs, CARES also helps to inform Federation’s planning process. CARES’s effectiveness is derived in large measure from its structure as a collaborative network of professionals and lay leaders from 11 Federation partners that serve older adults.
Visit www.jfedgmw.org/cares for more information about CARES and a complete list and descriptions of the agencies in our Greater MetroWest community. For further information about any of the agencies, you can contact them directly.
Along with one’s own changing and often increasing needs, aging often brings new challenges for the caregiver. Many older adults take on new responsibilities as they care for a spouse, just as adult children assume new roles as they provide help to their parents. Caregiving takes many forms and may present physical, emotional, and financial demands. For many caregivers, these demands can be weighty.
Here in Greater MetroWest, several of the CARES agencies provide support for caregivers. Let’s take a look at some of these programs.
Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFS CNJ), whose main office is located in Elizabeth, runs a variety of programs for caregivers, including programs for caregivers of Holocaust survivors through its grant from the Jewish Federations of North America Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care and programs for caregivers of clients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Programs for Caregivers of Holocaust Survivors:
Programs for Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias:
For further information, visit www.jfscentralnj.org or call (908) 352-8375.
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest (JFS MW), whose main office is located in Florham Park, provides a free telephone and online caregiving support program, CARE Consultation, to those living in or caring for someone who lives in Morris, Essex, or Sussex counties. Care Consultation is for those caring for a loved one 55 or older and, if appropriate, the care recipient. It is an evidence-based service designed by the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging of Ohio that has been recognized as a “model caregiver support program” by the National Council on Aging and by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. Because it is telephone- and web-based, Care Consultation is easily accessible to home-bound elderly caregivers of frail spouses and to busy adult children with work and family obligations. Care Consultation offers both information and support to help caregivers find solutions to concerns about health and care, and to prevent crises by helping them prepare for change and plan for their future. The program is both standardized and personalized, focusing on the unique needs of each family.
JFS MW also provides a Memory Café group in Whippany to accommodate those caregivers who want support but cannot leave their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia alone. The Memory Café provides support and community interactions for both caregivers and their family members.
JFS MW’s Care Consultation services in Morris County and its Memory Café are funded by a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.
For further information visit www.jfsmetrowest.org or call (973) 765-9050.
JCC MetroWest (JCC MW), located in West Orange, provides two opportunities for respite, one of which has caregiver support built into the program:
Jewish Community Housing Corporation (JCHC) offers short-term assisted living respite stays at its Judy & Josh Weston Assisted Living Residence in Lester Senior Living in Whippany. It also provides short-term respite stays in its Memory Care Suite (located in the Judy & Josh Weston Assisted Living Residence) for older adults with dementia-related diagnoses. Seniors with memory disorders enjoy the safety, security, and warmth of a home-away-from-home with personalized attention from specially trained caregivers who support each resident’s needs. The respite program also seeks to provide a resident’s relatives with peace of mind. Respite stays are available from ten days to two months and may be used when family members travel or simply need a break. Guests stay in fully decorated apartments, enjoy meals in the dining room, and may participate in the activities offered to residents every day.
Daughters of Israel (DOI), located in West Orange, is a multi-faceted nursing facility. Its Family Council provides an array of educational programming and support services for caregivers. Some of the annual programs sponsored by Family Council include the NJ Mental Health Players, who portray scenarios of typical situations faced by caregivers; an open forum on enhancing communication between nursing staff and families; and Medicaid guidance seminars.
In addition, DOI offers a monthly orientation for new family members and caregiver support group for families with residents in its Special Care Unit. DOI also works with local organizations to bring in additional educational programming; for example, DOI recently worked with United Way of Northern NJ to host a dinner presentation on “Paying for Care 101.”
For further information visit www.daughtersofisrael.org or call (973) 731-5100.
Greater MetroWest CARES is chaired by Amy Ganz Sadeghi.
For more information about CARES, contact CARES Coordinator Marian Marlowe at email@example.com or (973) 929-3051.