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SENIOR SERVICES

Our agency is proud to offer a wide range of senior services to members of our community. We HELP seniors age-in-place and have access to the services to stay in their homes for as long as they wish. Seniors find HEALING through support groups to work through age-related challenges.  Tailored social & educational programs, as well as care management ensure comfort in the golden years.

Once seniors become part of our “JFCS family” through our programs, information is shared, social connections are made and isolation is banished

Care Management & Aging in Place

Support Groups

Holocaust Survivor Programs

Partner Programs & Social Events

NOTICE ON SERVICES DURING COVID-19

In accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines and for the protection of the health & safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers, our senior programs are being delivered remotely. Remote services include video conference support groups and geriatric care management provided by phone and video call.

If you or a senior you know could benefit from our support, call us at 609-987-8100. 

For more COVID-19 resources for older adults & seniors, visit our Resource Page.

Care Management & Aging in Place Services

JFCS believes all individuals are entitled to their right to live their golden years as they choose. JFCS is here to help navigate the maze of senior care and assist seniors in making the best decisions for care, safety and comfort such as how to safely age in their homes, how to make informed decisions about assisted living, in-home care and plan for long-term medical, financial, and legal situations. Our team of geriatric care managers are here to serve as advocates for our clients, ensuring their needs are heard by family, caregivers, friends, doctors and professionals.

Secure@Home® is a non-profit, non-sectarian program from JFCS designed to help older adults in Mercer County age safely, comfortably and independently in their own homes. Our geriatric care managers are here to help you and your loved ones by providing an umbrella of services to promote healthy aging and “aging in place.”  Membership benefits include: care management, assessment, 24/7 emergency phone availability, information & referral, transportation options, monthly hellos and more.

 Worried about aging in your own home? Feeling concerned about your aging parents? 

Secure@Home can provide the comfort and peace-of-mind knowing that you or your loved ones are safe and cared for in their homes.

Annual Membership Fees: $425 Individual  $500 Couple 

Downloads to Share: Our Brochure ● Membership Package ● Membership Agreement 

Geriatric Consultation & Care Management

As a senior, are you having trouble maintaing independence at home? Are you worried about an aging parent or loved one, but not sure where to start on assessing care needs? Consider a Geriatric Care Consultation. This one-time visit not only provides you with a comprehensive assessment to address immediate concerns and planning for the future. Those who receive a one-time consultation and enroll in Secure@Home within 3-months receive a discount on their first year of membership. Schedule an in-home consultation with a Certified Geriatric Care Manager to help you navigate the maze of senior care. Click here for details.

Senior Outreach Service (SOS)

If you are a senior with limited income but in need of support at home, our Senior Outreach Service (SOS) is here for you. SOS provides low-income and isolated older adults with services to age in place including coordination of in-home care, enrollment in meal delivery programs, a personal emergency response services (PERS) [medical alert system], and access to a network of support through JFCS.

Support for this program is provided in part by a grant from Investors Foundation, NJM and The Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation.

Worried about aging in your own home?

The majority of older adults prefer to “age in place” in the homes and communities they have lived in for most of their adult lives. But how do you know if remaining in your home continues to be a safe place? What if family and friends are no longer nearby?

Summer Heat Safety for Seniors

With temperatures rising, seniors can be at greater risk during the summer months. We’re sharing some simply steps on summer heat safety for older adults.

Are your aging loved ones safe at home?

Are you considering the safety and options of remaining in your home? Are you discussing options with an aging loved one? Learn more about senior service options.

Grieving in the Time of COVID-19

We are already grieving the loss of a normal life. The loss of a loved one hits us even harder because the normal rituals of grieving are not available. As illustrated above, these difficult times call forth creativity and a search for new ways to come together to show respect, to grieve, and to share memories.

Sheltering in Place: How older adults can stay connected and active

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Holocaust Survivor Programs

We provide care, support and social activities to Holocaust Survivors residing in Mercer County. For Holocaust Survivors who qualify for income based in-home services, funding is available by a grant from The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Aging-in-Place Support

JFCS provides Holocaust Survivors with the services needed to remain in their homes. In order to better support older adults who wish to age in their homes, we provide Holocaust Survivors and their families supportive services which enable these individuals to age in place. Survivors who qualify for services receive in-home nursing care, cleaning services, transportation services, and general support from our dedicated care manager.

Cafe Europa

Cafe Europa is a social program that meets monthly for Holocaust Survivors in Mercer County. Cafes provide an opportunity for socialization and to develop a support network. Programs include a Kosher lunch, holiday celebrations, musical performances and engaging lectures and activities.

Transportation available to those who need it.

If you are a Holocaust Survivor or know a survivor residing in Mercer County who can benefit from our support, contact Janice Baer at JaniceB@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 Ext 233.

Support Groups

JFCS offers a number of support groups to address life challenges often faced by seniors.

When so many traditions and observances are focused around the gathering of family and friends, it can be especially hard to celebrate when grieving the loss of a loved one. Our Handling the Holidays series is held ahead of the major Jewish holidays, Passover, Yom Kippur & Rosh Hashanah, and Hanukkah, to help those who are grieving.

Upcoming Virtual Program

Together, Yet Apart: High Holidays in the Time of COVID-19 for Those Who are Bereaved
A support group led by Chaplain Beverly Rubman

Two separate, one-time sessions:

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 10:30-11:30 AM

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:00-7:00 PM

Fee $10 for a single session

Advance registration and payment required. Registration Link.

Questions? Contact Beverly Rubman at beverlyr@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 Ext 139.

For those seeking extra support during the upcoming holidays due to the challenges of social distancing, join our webinar on August 27 “Holiness at Home: Observing the High Holidays Outside of the Synagogue.” 

THURSDAYS at 9:30 AM Zoom Event: Social Support Group (For Older Adults)

Drop-in to connect and share with others who are feeling the emotional and psychological impacts of isolation during COVID-19 restrictions. Shirley Bellardo, LCSW, LCADC (Director of Clinical Services) will help facilitate the conversations, provide resources and advice. There is no formal structure, you are invited to speak, listen, and learn.

REGISTER NOW  Registration link valid for all future sessions

Are you a caregiver for your loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s or another chronic disease or illness? Caregivers face unique challenges due to the long term and day to day responsibilities of caring for a loved one. If you are struggling to manage the emotional and personal impact, know that you are not alone.

Our non-sectarian group provides tips, techniques and resources to help you live your life while supporting your loved one.

Upcoming Virtual 6-Session Group

Beginning Tuesday, September 15 at 2:30-3:30 PM (every other week)

$50 for 6 Sessions

Advance registration and payment required. Registration Link.

Questions? Contact Beverly Rubman at beverlyr@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 Ext 139.

Following the death of a loved one, each of us moves in our own time and in our own way, through a process of grief, mourning and adjustment. But we do not grieve alone.

JFCS hosts a Jewish Bereavement Group open to any who have lost a spouse or partner witin the past 18 months. Groups are held throughout the year for multiple sessions per group.

If you are interested in any of our support groups, contact Beverly Rubman at BeverlyR@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 Ext 139.

This isn’t my support group, it’s my survival group.

Partner Programs & Social Events

Staying active and social are important to a healthy lifestyle in your golden years. JFCS is proud to partner with local synagogues to offer lunch & lecture programs for older adults in Mercer County.

Beth El Synagogue 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor NJ 08520

Each month, JFCS co-sponsors the Beth El Seniors Club to present a speaker or program of interest to older adults in the East Windsor (Mercer County) area.

Programs are provided free of charge to attendees.

Check back for upcoming programs!

Congregation Beth Chaim 329 Village Road East, West Windsor, NJ 08550

Once a month, JFCS partners with Congregation Beth Chaim for a “Nosh & Knowledge” event for seniors in West Windsor (Mercer County) NJ. Attendees are invited to bring their own Kosher-style lunch to enjoy during the program.

Requested donation of $5 from program attendees.

Check back for upcoming programs!