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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:

  • Counseling
  • Home visits
  • Phone reassurance
  • Care planning
  • Support group
  • Crisis intervention
  • Coordination of services with other agencies
  • Transportation
  • 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 where they live.

Services include:

• Caregiver Consultations: individualized sessions with an older adult social worker, with the goal of creating the best care plan possible for the older adult and his/her caregiver

• Caregiver Conversations: A monthly support group for adult caregivers providing information and peer support.

Partners in Care Concierge  Program

Partners in Care Concierge is an accompaniment program that provides support for older adults while attending medical appointments/procedures. A trained volunteer facilitates communication between our client and the health care provider during the appointment, and provides a written report for the patient and caregiver for enhanced communication.

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 Andre.

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.

Funded by the Area Agency on Aging, NACC was developed by Jewish Family Services in order to assist foreign-born older adults in accessing social and medical services, to offer them direct support, and to make their environment friendlier by promoting the process of acculturation and integration of older adult immigrants into the larger community.

Intake services are offered in English and in Russian on an on-going basis and additional translating services are available, as needed.

During the intake process, clients are presented with options available from an array programs and services. NACC currently provides assistance in the following areas:

  • Case Management / Social Services
  • Housing Referrals /Discounts
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Burial Services Assistance
  • Referrals/ Resource Advocacy
  • Transportation
  • Interpretation/Translation Services
  • Assistance with issues related to immigration and naturalization
  • English as a Second Language Program
  • Language Partnership Program
  • Vocational Services (working in partnership with the Senior Aide program in Washtenaw County)
  • Meals-On-Wheels referrals and arrangements
  • Friendly Home Visits
  • The Professional Clothes Closet / Food Pantry Program
  • Therapeutic and mutual help group participation
  • Short and long term counseling
  • Health education
  • Cultural and other educational program
  • Field trips

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