Aging & Disability

Aging & Disability Services

JFS Aging & Disability 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.

 

 

JFS Can H.E.L.P.

Help with the EMOTIONAL, LOGISTICAL and PHYSICAL needs of seniors.

Your parents are aging. Each time you see them, whether it’s during an infrequent holiday visit or part of your weekly routine, you notice that daily life activities have become increasingly difficult.

Are there piles of unopened mail? Do you see a change in their grooming habits, weight loss or gain, increased difficulty in mobility? Are there changes from the usual appearance of their home like clutter or stains? Neither one of them should be driving, but how would they get to the doctor or the grocery store if they didn’t drive? You’ve got your own home, family and job to deal with, but you must find a way to help them stay safe and comfortable.

Our HELP services team consists of registered nurses, social workers, therapists and chaplains. They HELP seniors 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

Nearly 15 percent of the US population age 65 and older suffer from depression brought on by health problems, loneliness and isolation, a reduced sense of purpose and recent bereavements. When this significant health risk is combined with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is creeping into many people’s lives with the return of long, dark winter days, you or your loved one may benefit from emotional support.

SAD is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression that usually begin in November and subside in March or April. Minnesotans are especially at a high risk for the “winter blues” because of how far north we live which means less sunlight during the winter. The depression associated with SAD is usually mild to moderate, but occasionally can be severe (major depression). There are treatments for SAD.

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.

Our free grant-funded In Home Art Therapy program uses art and the creative process to facilitate self-expression, communication, and

In-Home Art Therapy

Our counselor and art therapist will provide eight free one-hour in-home sessions that take place over the course of five months. Additional sessions are available to purchase.

Sessions can be delivered in home and at independent or assisted living facilities.

PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active & Rewarding Lives) is free grant-funded short-term counseling for seniors 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 caregivers.

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

Tele-Counseling

The counselors deliver these support sessions in two different ways. They will meet with clients or caregivers in the comfort and privacy of their home, or, for those who live beyond our service area or prefer not to have the counselor in their home or office, we offer tele-counseling. Sessions can be video streamed from any location. For those who do not have a computer or the internet, JFS will provide them.

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.

This service is available on a sliding fee scale.

JFS also offers a Caregiver Support Group that is free and open to the public. The group meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Sholom Home in St. Paul. This is an Alzheimer’s Association affiliated group.

 

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.

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.

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.

This service is available on a sliding fee scale.