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SENIOR SERVICES

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.

Secure@Home Membership Program

Care Management & Aging in Place

Support Groups

Holocaust Survivor Programs

Partner Programs & Social Events

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

Secure@Home Membership Program

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.

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 

Our Brochure ● Membership Package ● Membership Agreement

Worried about aging in your own home?

Feeling concerned about your aging parents?

What our members are saying…

Secure@Home truly makes me feel secure for so many reasons. It shifts so much of the burden of aging and making decisions to a “trusted friend” in the Secure@Home team.

I know you know that you are taking care of me just as much as my mother, but I want you to know that I know it too.

And I am grateful!

You are solace for my soul! With your help, under your guidance, and thanks to your energy, the task of managing my long term care plans, bills, and overwhelming paperwork is getting under control.

We don’t yet need major support, but this program is a secure base for us. When I go on a trip for several weeks, you are there to help my wife and to check in with her periodically. You bring both of us peace of mind.

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.

Geriatric Consultation & Care Management

As a senior, are you having trouble maintaining 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.

IN THE NEWS! Providing Help, Hope, and Healing in a Time of Pandemic

Princeton Magazine feature story highlighting JFCS programs during the pandemic.

Tips, Resources & Support for Holiday Season During COVID-19

Many of us had already faced disrupted holiday celebrations or special occasions during this pandemic, but the upcoming holiday season can pose new challenges, new stressors. See our comprehensive resource guide for tips and support.

Caregiving, COVID-19 and the Holidays

November is National Family Caregivers Month, in these difficult times of COVID-19, we all look to support each other and, particularly, to give extra attention to you who are taking care of your loved ones.

Hospice Myths & Truths, Answers to Your Questions About Hospice Care

JFCS and Secure@Home were proud to partner with Greenwood Hospice Team to present on hospice myths and truths.

November Programs for Seniors

This month we have several partner programs for seniors. Check out the full list!

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.

Light in the Midst of Darkness: Chanukah in the time of COVID-19 for those who are Bereaved

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 at 10:30 AM 

Beverly Rubman, Chaplain, will lead this one-time support group to help you through the dark days of this difficult year. 

Fee: $10

REGISTER NOW  

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.

Caregiver Support Group

Tuesdays (6 Sessions) Beginning Jan 5, 2021 at 2:30 PM

Fee: $50, 6 sessions every other week

REGISTER NOW

Questions? Contact Beverly Rubman at BeverlyR@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 Ext 139 to learn more about the group and upcoming schedule.

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

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.

Bubbe-Meises! Thursday, November 19th at 1:30 PM

Do you remember hearing these sayings when you were growing up or having families of your own? The question is, are they grounded in Jewish, or are they “bubbe-meises” – superstitions or old wives tales?

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Meeting ID# 8970033588

Password 1234

To call in: 1-(929-205-6099) Enter meeting ID and password at the prompts

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.

Next Program – Thursday, December 10 at 12:30 PM

Details TBD

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Meeting ID: 690 753 7060

Contact Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org for the password