Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) is committed to the concept of "aging in place" by enabling older individuals to maintain independent lives in the community for as long as possible.
Family members who struggle to care for an elder relative long distance may find themselves at a unique disadvantage. They are not there to see firsthand what is happening and this can hamper effective decision making. Locally, family members may need assistance in making decisions regarding the ability of their loved ones to live alone.
A comprehensive assessment by a well-trained, objective professional can help you develop a plan of action that keeps your loved one as safe, secure and independent as possible. Our professionally trained geriatric care manager will evaluate current strengths and weaknesses through an examination of your loved ones health status, functional abilities, general living situation, cognitive and emotional well-being, socialization and utilization of community services.
An individual Care Plan will be developed based on identified needs and will include but not be limited to medical care coordination, community referrals for home health aides, companions, transportation, counseling, meals and other social services.
The goal of our assessment is to help seniors maintain an independent and active life while helping to relieve family member's anxieties. .
Families concerned about a frail elder or handicapped adult living in south Palm Beach County can call CareLink to assess the situation.
Caregiver Resource & Referral:
Caregiver education, support and respite to help sustain and nurture caregivers of individuals with dementia and other chronic conditions. Educational topics include home safety, community resources and dealing with difficult emotions. Sessions are held weekly on Fridays at Weisman Delray Community Center at 7091 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, Florida
The Feldman Family Diamond Club:
The Feldman Family Diamond Club provides social activities for seniors 75 and older, through discussions, entertainment, day trips and community service programs. The group meets at The Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center in Delray Beach, on Monday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Feldman Family Adventure Club:
Monthly day trips for very active seniors who enjoy walking in beautiful gardens, visiting museums, going on boat trips and so much more. Bus transportation is provided from the Weisman Delray Community Center.
Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program:
Holocaust Survivor Assistance helps provide for the needs of Holocaust survivors, focusing on maintaining a safe environment, including socialization, and assisting with medical and nutritional needs. JFS has assisted hundreds of elderly survivors in our community with Holocaust Reparations and Claims Conference Funds.
Holiday Teleconference Calls:
Holiday Teleconference Calls allow the homebound to share the extraordinary experience of hearing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah or singing Dayenu at Passover when they cannot attend services. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call to make a difference.
Information and Referral Services:
This is a critical resource JFS provides families and seniors who need to seek access to a wide variety of community services.
Kibbitz & Ride Program:
Kibbitz & Ride volunteer drivers transport JFS clients to medical appointments, socialization programs, shopping destinations and more. The purpose of this Program is to provide alternative transportation for those no longer able to drive.
Person-Centered Trauma Informed Care:
Person Centered Trauma Informed Care (PCTI) presentations provide education about the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors’ trauma. Holocaust survivors suffer from very unique traumas. With awareness and training, professionals are able to provide better care, while staying aware of specific triggers and avoiding re-traumatization.
Senior Companion and Home Healthcare Services:
JFS at Home, an independent licensed private-duty homecare agency, provides trusted, compassionate, pre-screened Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants to clients residing primarily in south Palm Beach County. These professionals are available around the clock to offer quality and caring assistance to promote wellness and independence.
Caregiver Support Groups:
Caregiver Support Groups help provide support for people who are caregiver to loved ones with Alzheimer's, Dementia and other chronic medical conditions. Caregiver groups are held at free of charge and are held on Fridays at Weisman Delray Community Center at 7091 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, Florida (561-558-2100).
Bereavement Support Groups:
Bereavement Support Groups provide a much needed support for individuals who have suffered a loss. Some issues addressed include: adjusting to a loss, the need to cope with widowhood, changing relationships, self-reliance and newly discovered independence. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals are able to share their thoughts and feelings about their new reality.
- Weisman Center Bereavement Support Group:
The Weisman Center Bereavement Support Group, is an ongoing support group for people in early bereavement. It meets weekly on Wednesdays from 1 – 2:30 p.m at the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center at 7091 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, Florida (561-558-2100). Free.
- Delray Bereavement Group-Issues in Bereavement:
This group assists those who have dealt with early bereavement issues and are adjusting to widowhood, changing relationships, self-reliance, and independence. Meets Tuesdays at Temple Anshei Shalom in Delray Beach. Free.
JFS recognizes and thanks the following organizations for their support of our Senior Services programs: