Aging & Disability Services

Aging Services

JFS Aging Services ensure clients and their caregivers have the support, information, and services they need to remain living successfully and safely in their own homes. JFS works in partnership with many other health care systems, programs, and organizations so clients live full and meaningful lives; contribute their wisdom and experience in the communities where they are rooted; and engage in intrinsically meaningful activities.

Help for Caregivers

The caregiver services team consists of registered nurses, social workers, therapists and chaplains. They help people who need care remain in their homes in an appropriate and secure manner that allows for self-determination through family consultation, personalized assessment and individualized care plans.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

To provide the best possible care for a loved one, caregivers often sacrifice their own physical and emotional needs. The experiences involved with providing care can strain even the most capable person. The resulting feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, isolation, exhaustion—and then guilt for having these feelings—can exact a heavy toll.

PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active & Rewarding Lives) is free grant-funded short-term counseling for caregivers who suffer from low mood or depression. The skills and tools offered in the program help participants address life’s problems and make ongoing plans to engage in a variety of pleasurable, meaningful activities. PEARLS is also available to adults 55+.

PEARLS counselors provide eight free one-on-one support sessions over the course of five months VIA PHONE OR COMPUTER DURING COVID. After the sessions are complete, counselors offer monthly follow up phone call sessions for an additional four months.

Contact Tara Burns via email at tburns@jfssp.org or by phone at (763) 300-3146 for more information.

Tele-Counseling

Caregiver Coaching works with caregivers to help them make changes to improve everyday life at home; whether by promoting better self-care or by offering tips to deal with their loved one’s disease-related challenges. Caregiver Coaching also works directly with people in the early stage of their disease to plan for their own future.

Contact Bonnie Jaffe via email at bjaffe@jfssp.org or by phone at (651) 497-8248 for more information.

This service is available on a sliding fee scale.

JFS also offers a Caregiver Support Group that is free and open to the public. During COVID, the group is meeting via Zoom.  Contact Tara Burns via email at tburns@jfssp.org or by phone at (763) 300-3146 to learn more.

LOGISTICAL SUPPORT

You can work with our Care Coordination team who become the primary coordinators for the delivery of multiple services. If you live far from your loved one or have daily demands on your time, you can rely on a JFS Care Coordinator to provide transportation to medical appointments and serve as your loved one’s advocate during the appointment if needed. The coordinator can also provide wellness checks.

Care Coordination

Clear and detailed reports and education on their condition will be provided after each contact with your loved one.

Care coordination is tailored to your unique situation and typically involves significant in-person interaction with the client and caregivers.

Contact Bonnie Jaffe via email at bjaffe@jfssp.org or by phone at (651) 497-8248 for more information.

This service is available on a sliding fee scale.

PHYSICAL SUPPORT

The Care Planner will meet with you and your loved one to clearly articulate and prioritize the challenges. This may sound obvious, but it is easy to lose sight of what is most critical when faced with myriad problems.

Additionally, seniors can be resistant to help while their caregiver can unintentionally try to take away their control over their own lives. An objective professional can guide everyone through problem and solution identification.

The planner will then provide you with a prioritized step-by-step list of the actions that need to be taken to ensure client safety and comfort. From homemaking, personal care, nursing, meal delivery and transportation, help is available. The planner will work through a manageable division of responsibilities. Family, friends, neighbors and professionals can all play a role in your loved one’s care.

Contact Bonnie Jaffe via email at bjaffe@jfssp.org or by phone at (651) 497-8248 for more information.

This service is available on a sliding fee scale.

Advance Care Planning is making decisions about the healthcare you would want to receive if you happen to become unable to speak for yourself. These are your decisions to make, regardless of what you choose for your care, and the decisions are based on your personal values, preferences and discussions with your loved ones.

Advance care planning can help alleviate unnecessary suffering, improve quality of life and provide better understanding of the decision-making challenges facing the individual and their caregivers. An advance care plan can be used at any stage of life.

The Advanced Care Planning services available at JFS include working with our certified professionals. They will guide you through the completion of all the necessary documents to ensure your wishes are respected and followed. They will work with and counsel your family to the degree you choose.

Contact Bonnie Jaffe via email at bjaffe@jfssp.org or by phone at (651) 497-8248 for more information.

This service is available on a sliding fee scale.