Senior Support Services
One of the top priorities of Jewish Family Service is serving the needs of older adults because for many people the later years can be lonely and stressful.
Senior Support Services aims to help older adults maintain their independence and enhance their quality of life and ensure that they are able to remain in their own homes and live with a quality of life and dignity that respects them and their family members as individuals and contributors to communal life.
Our geriatric, licensed social workers, provide in-home mental health services, case management, caregiver support and community resource information and assistance.
With Support from the Susan and Steve Darien Fund for Senior Services and other funders.
Cooking Companions Program
The Cooking Companions Program is designed to enhance quality of life for frail, homebound, community-dwelling older adults by addressing social isolation and depression, inadequate nutrition, and poor health through volunteer visits to provide meal preparation and to offer companionship during meal times. These volunteers will be recruited, trained, and supervised by JFS social workers.The Cooking Companions Program is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Home Senior Shopping Program
The Somerset County Home Senior Shopping Program is designed to assist individuals ages 60 and over who are homebound due to acute or chronic illnesses or disability. Community volunteers will provide weekly grocery shopping, food delivery and visiting services with the primary purpose of enabling older persons to maintain themselves in their place of residence by removing barriers to their care and well-being. This service requires a referral from the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services.
Geriatric assessments include activities of daily living, day to day functioning, relationships, mental health and physical health concerns and home care needs, financial and transportation needs.
Mental Health Counseling
Counseling is available for those seniors coping with psychological problems, depression, anxiety, problems in relationships and loss and bereavement.
Good Deeds Corps
JFS Good Deeds Corps volunteers are screened, trained and matched with seniors living in the community who need assistance with transportation to medical appointments, light home maintenance, meal planning and preparation, (especially during or following a health related event, telephone reassurance, help with a specific task. Click to read more…
Case Management includes supportive counseling, problem solving, caregiver support, resource information and linkage to community services as needed.
Caring for an elderly loved one can be stressful. JFS offers individual counseling and group support for caregivers.
Family Mentoring Program for Seniors
A volunteer visitation program matching trained and caring community volunteers with homebound, frail seniors for weekly home visits. A social worker provides case management services to the older adult and supervises the volunteers who make a year commitment to the program. Interested in volunteering as a mentor?
Information and Community Linkage
Sometimes the right piece of information can makes all the difference. JFS has experienced staff to provide up to date information on community resources for older adults and their caregivers.
Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program
Grants from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany and the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims have been obtained by Jewish Family Agencies of New Jersey to assist Holocaust survivors. Jews who resided in European countries, which were subject to Nazi rule and control between 1933 and 1945, are eligible.
They also must currently reside in the state of New Jersey. Services include home health care and companion services, case management services and Café Europa, socialization program for Nazi victims supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Other Resources for Holocaust Survivors