Mary is an 85 year old frail elderly woman from Boca Raton. She is also a Holocaust survivor and a cancer survivor. Because of her recent cancer surgery, Mary has many medical needs. JFS provides her with part time home care three days per week. The aide provides her with transportation to medical appointments, bathing assistance, meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping and shopping. Without help from JFS, she would be at high risk of being institutionalized.
As people grow older, concerns about meeting day-to-day needs and health care increase. Families face many challenges in coping with the changing circumstances of elderly parents and loved ones.
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) is committed to the concept of "aging in place" by enabling older individuals to maintain independent lives in the community for as long as possible.
A Care Management and Referral Service for seniors in need of various types of assistance. Families can avail themselves of a wide range of programs to help meet the needs of a frail elder or handicapped adult.
Care Link provides information and help in maintaining a safe and healthy environment, evaluating nutritional needs, medication and vital personal interactions, including the need for home-health aides, Meals on Wheels or for assisted living or nursing home placement.
Families concerned about a frail elder or handicapped adult living in south Palm Beach County can call CareLink to assess the situation.
The Feldman Family Diamond Club:
The Feldman Family Diamond CLub provides social activities for seniors 75 and older, through discussions, entertainment, day trips and community service programs. The group meets at The Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center in Delray Beach, on Monday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Feldman Family Adventure Club:
Monthly day trips for very active seniors who enjoy walking in beautiful gardens, visiting museums, going on boat trips and so much more. Bus transportation is provided from the Weisman Delray Community Center.
Free counseling is available if you are a resident of King's Point in Delray Beach.
Free Individual Counseling for Caregivers:
You may qualify if you are over age 60 and caring for a relative who is under age 18, or mentally ill, or in other circumstances.
Geriatric Assessment service:
Family members who struggle to care for an elder relative long distance are finding themselves at a unique disadvantage. They are not there to see firsthand what is happening and this hampers effective decision making. Locally, family members may need assistance in making decisions regarding the ability of their loved ones to live alone.
A comprehensive assessment by a well-trained, objective professional can help you develop a plan of action that keeps your loved one as safe, secure and independent as possible. Our professionally trained geriatric care manager will evaluate current strengths and weaknesses through an examination of your loved ones health status, functional abilities, general living situation, cognitive and emotional well-being, socialization and utilization of community services.
An individual Care Plan will be developed based on identified needs and will include but not be limited to medical care coordination, community referrals for home health aides, companions, transportation, counseling, meals and other social services.
The goal of our assessment is to help seniors maintain an independent and active life while helping to relieve family member's anxieties.
Holocaust Survivor Assistance:
Holocaust Survivor Assistance helps provide for the needs of Holocaust survivors, focusing on maintaining a safe environment, including socialization, and assisting with medical and nutritional needs. JFS has assisted hundreds of elderly survivors in our community with Holocaust Reparations and Claims Conference Funds.
"My father is a Holocaust Survivor, residing in Century Village. My mother passed away in July 2004. Since your case manager has become my father's social worker, she has been such a tremendous resource of comfort for me and my family. She has gone beyond the typical social services - she is just a gift to me and my family. She is truly a compassionate and caring woman and I am so grateful she is in my Father's life. Because of the distance, there is great stress on me in making sure he is OK and his needs are being met. She has always been there for my Dad." - HH, Yardley, PA
Holiday Teleconference Calls:
Holiday Teleconference Calls allow the homebound to share the extraordinary experience of hearing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah or singing Dayenu at Passover when they cannot attend services. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call to make a difference.
Information and Referral Services:
This is a critical resource JFS provides families and seniors who need to seek access to a wide variety of community services.
Kibbitz & Ride Program:
Kibbitz & Ride volunteer drivers transport JFS clients to medical appointments, socialization programs, shopping destinations and more. The purpose of this Program is to provide alternative transportation for those no longer able to drive.
The Kosher Konnection:
The Kosher Konnection is a no cost hot kosher senior lunch sponsored by the Volen Center, Inc.and the State of Florida, Department of Elder Affairs and Area on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. in partnership with Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. It provides nutrition and socialization for the elderly.
Caregiver Support Groups:
Caregiver Support Groups help provide support for people who are caregiver to loved ones with Alzheimer's, Dementia and other chronic medical conditions. Caregiver groups are held at Century Village, 1st United Methodist Church, Temple Anshei Emuna and many other places.
Bereavement Support Groups:
Bereavement Support Groups provide a much needed support for seniors who have suffered a loss through divorce or death and are having difficulty getting on with their lives. Some issues addressed include: adjusting to a loss, the need to cope with widowhood, changing relationships, self reliance and newly discovered independence.
Delray Bereavement Support Group:
Delray Bereavement Support Group is an ongoing support group for people in early bereavement. It meets weekly from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Weisman Delray Community Center at 7091 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, Florida (561-558-2100). Free.
Delray Bereavement Group: Issues in Bereavement:
This group assists those who have dealt with early bereavement issues and are adjusting to widowhood, changing relationships, self-reliance, and independence. Meets Tuesdays at Temple Anshei Shalom in Delray Beach. Free.
- geriatric case management
- holocaust survivor assistance
- Kibbitz & Ride Program
- feldman family diamond club
- feldman family adventure club
- shirley & barton weisman delray community center
- volunteer opportunities
- senior companion program