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Older Adult Services

Older Adult Services

Life’s later years can often present challenges, and families sometimes need extra support. At JFS, we have skilled, sensitive social workers to help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults.

We offer numerous services, including:

  • Therapy (Counseling) www.thrivecounselinga2.com
  • Transportation
  • Medical Appointment Accompaniment
  • Caregiver Support
  • Phone reassurance
  • Care planning
  • Support group(s)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Coordination of services with other agencies
  • Friendly Visitors

Aging in Place Services

Navigating the complex array of services available to older adults who may have chronic, progressive illnesses and those in need can be confusing and frustrating. JFS Older Adult Services staff can help families and individuals find appropriate, available resources and alleviate barriers to access - including lack of knowledge, language skills, etc. We partner with community agencies, hospitals, pharmacies and attorneys to ensure our clients receive just the right services and support to maintain independence and dignity throughout their lives.

Caregiver Services

JFS works closely with caregivers both locally and long-distance to ensure their loved ones are receiving proper services. Our programs provide the educational and emotional support necessary to give caregivers peace of mind no matter they live.

  • Caregiver Consultations: sessions with a licensed social worker with the goal of creating the best care plan possible for the older adult and his/her caregiver utilizing local resources.
  • Caregiver Conversations, a monthly support and educational group (from 6:30pm-8pm on the first Tuesday of the month) is facilitated by an experienced social worker and is held at JFS where peers share experiences and support. This group is open, and all are welcome. RSVPs are encouraged.

Call JFS (734-769-0209) and ask for the Older Adult Services department for more information and to set up an appointment.

Medical Appointment Accompaniment: Partners in Care Concierge (PiCC)

In PiCC, trained and screened ‘Partners’ are paired with older adults who wish to have support before and during medical appointments, and who need transportation to those appointments. Partners offer comfort and confidence, and support both clients and caregivers. Partners use consistent reporting methods to keep caregivers and loved ones informed of what transpired at appointments. PiCC provides critical support to full-time employed caregivers or out of state family members who aren’t able to be at their loved one’s side for all appointments. Visit www.jfspartnersincare.org for more information, or call (734-769-0209) and ask for the PiCC program coordinator to set up an appointment.
 

ElderLink Program (Cultural Competency Training)

When a Jewish senior leaves their own home to live in an older adult community, having new caretakers who understand their culture is priceless. Without a dedicated Jewish residential facility here in Ann Arbor, the JFS ElderLink program fills a vital need in the community.  ElderLink provides independent, assisted living, and nursing homes the tools they need to meet the unique needs of Jewish residents, including cultural sensitivity training, education, and programming.

To become an ElderLink Partner, contact Sarah Okin by emailing sarah.okin @jfsannarbor.org. 

For more information on which organizations are ElderLink certified in Washtenaw County, please see our page on ElderLink or contact Leah Zaas: leahz @ jfsannarbor.org.

CareVan Transportation Services

The JFS Transportation Program helps clients maintain their independence and self-sufficiency by providing transportation to cultural, social and religious activities, grocery stores and pharmacies, work, as well as medical appointments.  The service is available to anyone disabled or over the age of 60. There is a modest roundtrip fee, and reservations are required at least one week in advance.

See the Transportation page on our website for further information, or call (734)-769-0209 and ask for Andrei Vinter.

New Americans Community Club

The JFS New Americans Community Club (NACC) combines social support with practical assistance for foreign-born older adults. We help these new  neighbors access social and medical services, plus direct psychological support, so that the members can successfully integrate into the greater Ann Arbor community. We offer services in English and Russian and include translation, English as a Second Language classes, emergency  financial assistance, resource advocacy, case management, and cultural programs. Visit the NACC page on our website for more information.  

Friendly Visitors

These special friends provide companionship and socialization opportunities to isolated older adults. Volunteers meet once per month (or more if agreed upon by both volunteer and older adult) with older adults in their homes, and participate in activities ranging from playing board games, to sitting and chatting, to taking walks or going on short outings. All volunteers are carefully screened, matched, interviewed and trained before working with older adult clients. In addition to adult volunteers, older teens (16+) are welcomed as Friendly Visitors, and often develop a special “surrogate grandparent/child” relationship that can involve the entire family.

Contact us by calling (734)769-0209 or emailing info@jfsannarbor.org for more details, or to make an appointment.