Listed below are current community needs in the area of Seniors. If you have any questions after reviewing the information provided, please contact Beatrice Fine.
Epsten Gallery: Art Therapy for Jewish Seniors
Epsten Gallery would like to provide art therapy to Jewish residents at assisted or skilled nursing facilities other than Village Shalom. It is hoped that the therapy will allow clients to maintain motor and cognitive skills as well as give them an outlet to discuss their Judaism. Art therapy has been shown to help reduce depression, loneliness, and anxiety, while increasing socialization, cognition, and self-esteem. Support this program with your fund
Jewish Family Services: Care Management (Formerly JSN)
The Care Management program helps older adults live in their own homes with as much independence as possible. Professional care managers assist clients with navigating the challenges of aging by providing connection to support and resources. A goal of the program is to reduce admissions to more acute levels of care including hospitals, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Support this program with your fund
Jewish Family Services: Help @ Home
Help @ Home supports older adults’ desires to age in place and to remain independent, comfortable and in control of their daily lives for as long as they choose to stay in their homes. The program provides dependable home repair and chore services, computer troubleshooting, home organizing, home safety assessments, information and referral and educational programs. Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Support this program with your fund
Jewish Family Services: Home Care for Holocaust Survivors
Beginning in early 2017, members of our community served by Blue Card, a national organization whose mission is to serve needy Holocaust survivors, began to have their services reduced or denied. JFS has stepped in to assist these survivors, many of whom are struggling to afford basic needs like adequate food and access to healthcare. They are frequently desperate for uncovered expenses such as dental care and hearing aids and are often home-bound. On average, $2,000 is required for JFS to provide approximately 25 hours per week of homecare to one survivor. Support this program with your fund
Jewish Family Services: JET Express
JET Express utilizes community volunteers, driving their own vehicles, to provide transportation to older adults, helping to ensure they are able to access required medical treatment, perform necessary tasks such as grocery shopping, and enjoy outings such as going to the hairdresser, synagogue, or visiting with friends. Support this program with your fund
Torah Learning Center: Kosher Meals on Wheels
In this program, volunteers deliver nutritious kosher meals to elderly and/or disabled populations. Along with the food, the volunteers bring joy, conversation, community connection and friendship to the isolated participants. The program currently provides 40 people with meals 5 days a week. Support this program with your fund
Village Shalom: Financial Assistance
The Financial Assistance Fund provides essential, life-sustaining care to seniors who do not have the monetary resources to cover the cost of their care. The fund provides subsidies to residents who require skilled nursing, assisted living, or the day-stay (memory care) program. In 2013, Village Shalom provided $1,399,050 in financial assistance – a 12% increase over the subsidy provided in 2012. Support this program with your fund
Village Shalom: Miscellaneous Needs
· $60 pays for a Blue Ray player that would screen movies, provide access to the Internet, and provide games and activities for residents.
· $150 funds one new “chair volleyball” net and heavy balloons for residents living with dementia in the Shalom Suites and Great Days Social Club participants. Chair volleyball keeps wheelchair-bound residents active, engaged, and relieves anxiety.
· $300 pays for a portable projection screen for movies, meetings, events, and Village Shalom University classes.
· $450 funds a Smart TV used to enhance programming for the Shalom Suites 2/3 residents. Word association and trivia games are great activities for residents with dementia, and a Smart TV would create a visual aid to add to programs.
· $800 covers a new piano dolly for Village Shalom's front entrance’s grand piano. Moving the piano is a frequent occurrence, so having a dolly would save time and ensure the continued quality of the piano.
· $1,100 covers an Otis Spunkmeyer Commercial Oven with all the accessories (3 stainless steel cookie trays, cookie dough, oven mit, 200 paper bags, tongs, tray liners, and timer). This creates a more homelike environment for those residents living with dementia. The pleasant smell of cookies baking in the oven may provide a familiar and calming environment.
·$1,300 feeds 400 hungry runners after the 30th annual Father’s Day Run, which takes place on Sunday, June 18.
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