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Adults 60+ and Eldercare

Greater MetroWest CARES

CARES (Committee Addressing Resources for Eldercare Services) is a collaboration among Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union and parts of Somerset counties) and its partner agencies to create a continuum of care for adults 60+ in response to a wide range of concerns, including:

  • physical care
  • mental health care
  • spiritual health and well-being
  • social and vocational services
  • transportation
  • housing.


Our Mission

CARES seeks to bring together agency professionals and community leaders to leverage resources and strengthen the community’s capacity to deliver services to mature adults to foster their independence, reinforce their community involvement and ensure their dignity. CARES also provides leadership on eldercare issues by identifying trends to meet the emerging needs of the Greater MetroWest community, promoting advocacy, facilitating aging in place and encouraging support for family caregivers.

Available Services

Here in Greater MetroWest, we are fortunate to have a wide array of services available to older adults and the people who care about them. Often a good way to start learning about the various supports and assistance our local agencies provide is by contacting your local Jewish Family Service. JFS of Central NJ serves residents of Union County and parts of Somerset County. JFS of MetroWest serves residents of Essex, Morris, Sussex, southern Hudson, and northern Union counties

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ
655 Westfield Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
(908) 352-8375
www.jfscentralnj.org
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ
265 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 105
Florham Park, NJ 07932
(973) 765-9050
www.jfsmetrowest.org

Upcoming Events

  • Continuing the Journey: Aging & Disability

    Sunday, December 3 - 11 a.m.
    JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange
    Thursday, December 7 - 7 p.m.
    JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains
    This is a series of workshops for parents and caregivers.

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    Sunday, December 3 - 11 a.m.
    JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange
    Thursday, December 7 - 7 p.m.
    JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains
    This is a series of workshops for parents and caregivers.

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    Sunday, December 3 - 11 a.m.
    JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange
    Thursday, December 7 - 7 p.m.
    JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains
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    Sunday, December 3 - 11 a.m.
    JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange
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  • Being Mortal

    Thursday, January 11 - 7 p.m.
    Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
    110 South Orange Ave., Livingston
    Join us for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal. Based on the bestselling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them.

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    Thursday, January 11 - 7 p.m.
    Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
    110 South Orange Ave., Livingston
    Join us for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal. Based on the bestselling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families ...

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    Thursday, January 11 - 7 p.m.
    Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
    110 South Orange Ave., Livingston
    Join us for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal. Based...

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    Thursday, January 11 - 7 p.m.
    Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
    110 South Orange Ave., Livingston
    Join us for a free screeni...

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    Thursday, January 11 - 7 p.m.
    Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
    110 South Orange Ave....

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All of the following CARES partner agencies provide services to older adults:

Daughters of Israel is the only Jewish long-term skilled nursing and residential care facility in Greater MetroWest. It offers modern and comprehensive services including long-term care, short-term rehabilitation for sub-acute care, memory care, hospice/palliative care and respite stays. Housed at Daughters of Israel, Metro Transport provides transportation to adults 60 plus in Essex and parts of Morris and Union counties.

JCC of Central New Jersey is committed to providing social, recreational, educational and cultural programs and humanitarian services for individuals and families through all phases of life. The Senior Social Program provides older adults with a wide range of activities including recreation, exercise, intellectually stimulating programs, special entertainment and trips. A hot kosher lunch is prepared in-house.

JCC MetroWest has been providing educational, social, cultural, and fitness programs for over 130 years. Its William Margulies Senior Center offers cultural and recreational opportunities in a four-day-a-week program geared to the older adults. The JCC also coordinates kosher lunch and meals-on-wheels programs and offers senior groups in six senior satellite centers.

JESPY House is a program enabling adults with learning and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential and lead independent lives. As clients age, services are adapted to meet their changing needs.

Jewish Community Housing Corporation develops and manages housing with services for adults 62 or older in Morris and Essex counties. JCHC’s goal is to provide a positive, nurturing, and enriching Jewish environment to its residents.

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ and Jewish Family Service of MetroWest offer a range of client-centered health and social services delivered by compassionate professionals to enhance the independence and well-being of adults and their families as they navigate through the complexities of the aging process.

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ helps all Jews in need and connects individuals or families of any age or stage of life to a community of Jewish people in ways that are personally meaningful to them. GMW CARES is the Federation department whose mission is to create and maintain a community in which adults 60 plus live and thrive.

Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled of MetroWest provides kosher supportive residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities who require assistance and support in order to live in the community, and promotes opportunities for their integration into the Jewish and general communities.

Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest is a community-based health and human service organization. Through the Ronald I. Coun Center for Creative Maturity, JVS offers homecare, minor home modifications, citizenship services, employment counseling, and vocational rehabilitation.

Joint Chaplaincy Committee of Greater MetroWest provides professionally trained chaplains who visit Jewish individuals, offering them and their family pastoral and spiritual care and guidance in settings including hospitals, nursing homes, senior residences, hospices, county mental health facilities, group homes for people with developmental disabilities, private homes, and assisted living facilities.

YM-YWHA of Union County strives to enrich the life of the Jewish and general community by developing and implementing recreational, educational, cultural, physical, and social programs. Highlights include a hot, glatt kosher lunch program and Life Long Learning university-level courses sponsored through Union County College.

Links to some of the most frequently requested services can be found below. Please contact the agencies directly for further information about their services and fees.


Counseling/Case Management/Caregiver Support


Holocaust Survivor Services


Home Health Aides/Companions/Housekeeping

  • Jewish Family Service of Central NJ provides Certified Home Health Aides and Homemakers under Registered Nurse Supervision. For further information, see www.caregiversathome.org or www.jfscentralnj.org or call (908) 352-8375.
  • Jewish Vocational Service runs Caregiving Companions which provides certified Home Health Aides and Companions. For further information, see www.jvsnj.org or call Frances Ramirez at (973) 674-2415, extension 293.


Home Repair & Maintenance Services

  • Jewish Vocational Service runs the Home Maintenance Solutions program which provides basic repair and maintenance service, including grab bar installation and minor safety modifications. For further information, see www.jvsnj.org or call Frances Ramirez at (973) 674-2415.


Housing

  • Jewish Community Housing Corporation manages more than 460 apartments in four communities that have been developed for the special needs of active seniors and, in one case, seniors requiring assisted living. Subsidies may be available for apartments in each building for those who qualify. For further information, see www.jchcorp.org or call (973) 929-2725.


Kosher Meals


Nursing Home/Rehabilitation


Pastoral/Spiritual Care

  • Joint Chaplaincy Committee of Greater MetroWest provides professionally trained chaplains who visit Jewish individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, senior residences, hospices county mental health facilities, group homes for people with developmental disabilities, private homes and assisted living facilities. For further information, see www.jfedgmw.org/chaplaincy or call Cecille Asekoff at (973) 929-3168.


Recreation/Social Programs/Education/Travel

Each of our area community centers runs programs for older adults. Please contact each community center for further information:

  • JCC of MetroWest provides programs in West Orange and Whippany. For further information, see www.jccmetrowest.org or call Sharon Gordon at (973) 530-3480 (West Orange) or Sharon Rogovin at (973) 530-2917 (Whippany).
  • JCC of Central NJ provides programs in Scotch Plains. For further information, see www.jccnj.org or call Barbara Weisbart at (908) 889-8800, extension 207.
  • YM-YWHA of Union County provides programs in Union. For further information, see www.uniony.org or call Susan Silberner at (908) 289-8112.


Special Needs

  • JESPY House is a program enabling adults with learning and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential and lead independent lives. As clients age, services are adapted to meet their changing needs. For further information, see www.jespyhouse.org or call (973) 762-6909.
  • Jewish Family Service of Central NJ provides counseling, caregiver support, advocacy, and information and referral. They also provide Support Coordination through the Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD) provides kosher supportive residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities who require assistance and support in order to live in the community. JSDD provides supervised, supportive residential services and enrichment and continuing education opportunities in a range of areas. As clients age, services are adapted to meet their changing needs. For further information, see www.jsdd.metrowest.org or call (973) 272-7148.


Transportation

  • Metro Transport is a non-profit community transportation program that provides rides to senior citizens and adults with special needs. It was established with seed funding from the The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and is a collaborative program between Daughters of Israel and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Transportation Service Provided To:
• Medical Appointments (routine appointments, chemotherapy/radiation, same day surgery, physical therapy)
• The JCC and Affiliated Senior Centers
• Nursing Homes and Hospital Visits

Locations Served:
All of Essex County, Lower Union County (Summit and Springfield) and Lower Morris County (East Hanover, Florham Park, Morristown, and Whippany)

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Special Accommodations:
Metro Transport is able to accommodate wheel chairs.

To Schedule a Trip:
Contact Metro Transport at (973) 325-1359 or email MetroTransport@daughtersofisrael.org. Please book your reservation at least three days prior to the date of your trip.


Vocational Services

  • Jewish Family Service of Central NJ provides a career counseling service with help printing resumés, job search skills, interview preparation, support groups, and utilizing social networks
  • Jewish Vocational Service runs several programs for older adults, including:
    • Maturity Works which provides job placement services for unemployed and underemployed adults ages 45-85+
    • Work Center on Aging which provides vocational rehabilitation, case management and other services for individuals with disabilities ages 55+
    • Work Activity Center at Daughters of Israel which provides vocational rehabilitation and social supports for residents and day program participants.

For further information, visit www.jvsnj.org or call (973) 674-6330.


For further information, please contact Marian Marlowe, the CARES Coordinator, at (973) 929-3051 or mmarlowe@jfedgmw.org.

  • JCC MetroWest Memory Center

    JCC MetroWest, in collaboration with JFS MetroWest, is opening a new JCC Memory Center for Senior Citizens with memory impairment. The Center will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and will be located at JCC MetroWest. For more information, contact Sharon Gordon: / (973) 530-3480
    Center made possible due to the generous support of Jonathan Littman and the Healthcare Foundation of NJ.

    JCC MetroWest, in collaboration with JFS MetroWest, is opening a new JCC Memory Center for Senior Citizens with memory impairment. The Center will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and will be located at JCC MetroWest. For more information, contact Sharon Gordon: / (97...

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  • Anti-Fraud Toolkit

    Senior citizens – individuals 60 and over – are targeted more frequently by financial fraud and scams than any other age group. Today's seniors are prime targets of fraudsters for several reasons, starting with their financial assets. Members of their generation are most likely to have a substantial "nest egg," own their homes, or have excellent credit.

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    Senior citizens – individuals 60 and over – are targeted more frequently by financial fraud and scams than any other age group. Today's seniors are prime targets of fraudsters for several reasons, starting with their financial assets. Members of their generation are most likely to have a ...

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Greater MetroWest CARES

Greater MetroWest CARES Resource GuideGreater MetroWest CARES (Committee Addressing Resources for Eldercare Services) is a collaborative effort of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and its agencies to create a continuum of care for the elderly; a comprehensive, consumer-oriented network of services, including physical and mental health care, spiritual health and well being, social and vocational services, advocacy, transportation, and housing. download brochure

CARES is grateful to the Iris Teen Tzedakah Program for a generous grant that supports the printing of the CARES Resource Guide. To obtain a hard copy of the Guide, call (973) 929-3051 or email mmarlowe@jfedgmw.org.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF CENTRAL NJ

JFS of Central NJ runs an extensive Alzheimer’s and Dementia program, including support groups for caregivers, staff training, New York University Caregivers Intervention Program, and, most recently, a Memory Café. This venue will provide a light lunch, music and entertainment, and activities for both the caregivers and the client with the illness. This monthly event will take place at the Elizabeth office of JFS of Central NJ.

CONTINUUM OF CARE SERVICES AVAILABLE

Basics
Home Delivered Meals
Caregiver Support
Transportation
Home Care

Maintaining Independence
Case Management/Geriatric Assessment
Home Repair
Kosher Nutrition
Job Training

Giving Back
Donation of Goods
Estate Planning
Volunteer Activities 

Housing Options in Greater MetroWest
Alternative Housing
Assisted Living
Long Term Care
Alzheimer's Special Care 

Spirituality & Chaplaincy
Bereavement
Chaplaincy & Religious Support
Indigent Burials
Wellness and Sprituality 

Additional Resources
State  National