JFCS is a leader in the community response to Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases. We offer dementia education and early-identification memory screening, and connect caregivers to services and resources. We provide services directly to people living with the disease and also provide extensive coaching and assistance to the care partners. We facilitate Dementia Friends training sessions to the broad community as well, including clergy, local businesses, police and fire departments.
Care coordinators are matched with clients and become the primary coordinator for the delivery of services, individualizing and adjusting services when needed and connecting to family members, friends, clergy, outside agencies, community professionals and other programs at JFCS. Care Coordinators are culturally sensitive, and Russian-speaking coordinators are available.
Deikel Transportation provides rides for clients who reside within a defined service area in Hennepin County. It’s a convenient, reliable way for ambulatory adults 60 years and older to get to a doctor’s appointment, friend’s house, grocery store and more. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale.
Caregiver Coaches work directly with family members to guide them in making changes to improve life at home. This includes an in-home assessment, comprehensive report and care plan, caregiver education and behavior/communication analysis and training. Coaches help coordinate services to benefit the person living with dementia and assist the caregiver in promoting better self-care. Russian-speaking staff are available. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale.
Many services, including housecleaning, transportation, kosher Meals on Wheels, shopping, bathing assistance, care coordination and more, are available free of charge to Jewish survivors of Nazi persecution as they encounter the challenges of aging, thanks to funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
JFCS provides kosher Meals On Wheels to clients within our service area. Kosher meals are delivered directly to the clients’ homes.
Senior Care Planning helps when families notice changes in parents and/or spouses, including increased forgetfulness; withdrawal from social activities; decreased confidence or ability in driving; becoming overwhelmed by normal tasks; or other changes. Before a crisis arises, Senior Care Planning helps families articulate issues and challenges, learn about available resources, create a plan for maximizing independence and more.
Senior Companions establish an ongoing relationship with clients through regular activities such as reading books and writing letters, and social activities such as shopping, running errands, sightseeing, going for a walk and more. Grocery shopping services provide clients with a personal escort for shopping and other errands. The shopper provides transportation, and clients have the opportunity to make three stops in each two-hour session, such as the grocery store, bank and post office.
Save the Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017, Adath Jeshurun Congregation
This conference provides a Jewish perspective to caregivers, family members, lay leaders, rabbis and professionals by sharing practical approaches for caregiving, tactics to take care of the caregiver, plus educational and research updates about dementia. *A partnership between JFCS and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul. View more information here.