JFS values and promotes cultural sensitivity. 



Because of this value, JFS offers cultural training, education and programming for organizations that serve Jewish older adults.

JFS provides staff training for care facilities and home care agencies in the area of cultural sensitivity – with special focus on Jewish culture. This education enables caregivers to provide culturally conscientious care to their clients, resulting in higher levels of satisfaction and understanding.

ElderLink provides programming to care facilities with Jewish residents as well as to home care agencies that serve Jewish clients throughout the year. All are welcome to ElderLink events, and encouraging wide participation leads to greater collaboration and understanding. 

When a facility for older adults or home care agency chooses to join the JFS ElderLink Network, they are choosing to ensure high-quality services for clients.

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What do ElderLink Network Partners provide to their Jewish clients?

Jewish clients of the ElderLink Network’s partners receive culturally conscientious care from their caregivers

What does JFS provide to ElderLink Network Members?

JFS provides to the ElderLink Network Members training for all staff members in a wide range of topics including but not limited to:

  • Culture and history
  • Holidays and celebrations
  • The local Jewish community and its resources
  • Kosher and Kosher-style dining options
  • Issues specific to Jewish older adults
  • Materials for holiday celebrations, including Judaica items and music

ElderLink Programmatic components include:

  • Jewish holiday and social programming at your facility and Transportation for residents to attend Jewish programs and religious services around the Ann Arbor area
  • Consultations on how to appropriately and sensitively observe upcoming holidays
  • Help with access to Kosher meals, Jewish hospice, and other services not readily available in Ann Arbor
  • Collaboration to meet the unique needs of individual residents
  • Opportunities to network and conduct business with other Network Members
  • Referrals, visibility and additional publicity within the Jewish community

Reviews from ElderLink Training Sessions at Partner Facilities:

  • “Knowing about people when you enter their homes and how to respect them was the most valuable part of this program!” -Doris G.
  • Learning about the different dietary laws was very informative; I can use this as a way to enhance the care I give my clients.” -Angelique F.

How can I make sure that my loved one is in an ElderLink facility?

If your loved one is not yet living in a residential facility, contact a social worker at JFS. We provide referrals to our ElderLink Network facilities with the confidence that they can create a welcome home for a Jewish elder.

Which facilities are members of ElderLink?

We are happy to be working closely with many independent-, assisted-living and hospice facilities as well as home care agencies to ensure a high-quality experience for Jewish residents.

How can I find out more about the ElderLink program?

To become an ElderLink certified partner, or for more information for your loved one, please contact JFS by calling (734) 769-0209 or email us directly at info@jfsannarbor.org.

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