Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh

Elder & Senior Care
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Elder & Senior Care

You're worried that your mom or dad isn't eating correctly, taking medication or getting out and socializing. You want your loved one to be as independent as possible, but you need to ensure his or her safety and comfort. That's where JF&CS comes in.

We are a trusted name for quality services to the elderly and are staunch advocates and protectors of our clients' well-being. Whether in the home or in an institutional setting, our services enable older adults to obtain the highest level of independence, comfort and safety consistent with their capacity and preferences for care -- and give their family members peace of mind, no matter the distance or location.

Whether you are local or are trying to manage the special challenges of caring for your loved one long-distance, JF&CS can help you navigate the plethora of available resources and confusing array of benefits and to cope with the stress of managing your own family, work and caring for your aging parent or relative.

Information and Referral

JF&CS is part of AgeWell Pittsburgh, a collaboration of three agencies; JF&CS, the Jewish Association on Aging and the Jewish Community Center, offering a number of services for older adults. One call to the AgeWell Pittsburgh Information and Referral line at JF&CS puts you in contact with a knowledgeable specialist who will help you get the service and support you need—from AgeWell partner agencies or through other community resources.

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Care Management/Coordination

Growing older comes with challenges and decisions that can often be overwhelming. Whether you are local or caring for your parent(s) from a distance, JF&CS is an invaluable resource. Our Certified Care Managers are licensed clinical social workers trained to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor and provide services for older adults, their families and caregivers.

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Home Care

Having a reliable, trustworthy and caring caregiver is often critical to keeping your aging loved one safely at home. Our Caregiver Connection is a Pennsylvania-licensed Home Care Registry through which JF&CS provides fully-screened, trained and experienced caregivers for short- or long-term engagements, with 24/7 back-up coverage as needed.

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Personal Emergency Response

Live independently with confidence with the ElderAlert personal emergency response system. Emergency assistance is available at the push of a button. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.

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Family Consultation

Often the hardest part of caregiving is getting your loved one to accept help—from you or from professionals. Family/sibling dynamics may also be a problem. JF&CS's Certified Care Managers have extensive experience in working with families to address difficult issues and help put together a well-thought-out plan for your aging loved one based on the needs and wishes of those who will be receiving care and of family members.

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Counseling & Support Groups

Aging presents challenges that can be overwhelming for everyone involved. For aging adults, it might be a growing mental infirmity, the death of a spouse or the loss of independence. For adult children, it may be the stress of juggling the care of an older parent with the demands of families and jobs. Our professional staff—licensed clinical social workers, psychologists and consulting geriatric psychiatrist—are adept at addressing the psychological challenges of aging.

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Holocaust Survivors Program

JF&CS's program for Holocaust survivors addresses the unique needs of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution through services including home-based care, counseling and help in filing claims for reparations.

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Senior Transportation Program

AgeWell Rides transportation service is a community program operated by Jewish Family & Children’s Service, a partner in AgeWell Pittsburgh and a collaborator in Open Your Heart to a Senior. AgeWell Rides is a volunteer driver program whose goal is to help older adults remain active and independent by accessing safe and reliable transportation with community volunteers.

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AgeWell Visits

AgeWell Visitsis a community program operated by Jewish Family & Children’s Service, a partner in AgeWell Pittsburgh and a collaborator in Open Your Heart to a Senior. AgeWell Visits is a volunteer program with the goal of helping older adults remain interactive and connected to the community through home visits with volunteers.

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