For Older Adults

Most services are currently virtual or over the phone due to the pandemic. Kosher Home Delivered Meals is still operating with safety modifications in mind.

Jewish Family Service provides a wide spectrum of services to help older adults remain independent in their communities for as long as they can function safely and effectively. For more information about all of the following services, please give us a call and/or click on the items listed below.

All offices for Older Adult Services are located at
5402 Arapaho Road Dallas, TX 75248

Support Groups

JFS provides a wide array of support groups. Please visit our Support Groups page to learn more.

Services for Older Adults with Memory Loss, Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementias

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JFS professional staff now provides expanded care and services for individuals and families dealing with memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias with the support of a grant from AWARE. Please click here for more information.

Assessment and Care Management

JFS professional staff assess the needs and capabilities of older adults, offering our own services, or making recommendations for physical care and living arrangements as appropriate.

Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy

Our licensed professionals offer one-on-one counseling to address the unique needs of older adults and to help them develop skills to better deal with these issues.

Community Chaplaincy

Jewish Family Service offers the availability of a Community Chaplain for those who are interested in addressing issues of a spiritual nature—or adding a spiritual component to services they are already receiving at the agency.

The Chaplain is available to meet with people of any faith to assist in times of transition or crisis, including end-of-life situations; visit the ill in hospitals or health-care facilities, or those receiving health-care at home; visit people in assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, or prison; and perform burial services for the indigent.

The Chaplain also works with hospice agencies including VITAS Healthcare, which is accredited by The National Institute for Jewish Hospice (www.vitas.com).

In addition, for those in the Jewish community, the Chaplain can serve as a bridge between the unaffiliated and the organized Jewish community.

For more information, contact Rabbi Howard Wolk at (469) 206 –1681 or rabbiwolk@jfsdallas.org

Friendly Visitors

We have volunteers who visit isolated, homebound Older Adults once or twice a month for socialization. During COVID-19 all Friendly Visitor visits are done over the phone or virtual. Clients are matched with a volunteer through a staff member. All volunteers are interviewed, vetted, and trained.

Personal Resource Organizers (PRO)

When paperwork becomes overwhelming, JFS volunteers help clients balance their checkbooks, organize their bills and personal paperwork, and file insurance and medical forms.

Kosher Home-Delivered Meals

We deliver nutritious, kosher meals directly to seniors’ homes, helping them remain independent in their community. This project is offered in conjunction with the Dallas Area Agency on Aging.

Our KHDM Program is also a proud member of Meals on Wheels America 

 

 

 

Kosher Home Delivered Meals is funded in part by the Dallas Area of Aging, Dallas County, and Texas Department of Agriculture.

To register for Kosher Home Delivered Meals please call (972) 437-9950 x340.

Assistance to Holocaust Survivors

We are able to provide case management, counseling, assistance with home care, limited financial assistance, and help with compensation applications.

Get support by reaching out to our Holocaust Care Services in our Older Adults Department

• Yaffa Podbilewicz-Schuller: (469) 445-0616 or Ypodbilewicz@jfsdallas.org

• Debi Weiner: (469) 206-1660 or dweiner@jfsdallas.org

Download Support Resources in Russian or English by clicking here

Content adapted from Seniors At Home’s Center for Dementia Care, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties.

This service is supported by a grant from The JFNA Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care.

 

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Uniper Care Technology
Uniper Care Technology is available on a limited basis.
Since the start of the pandemic, the demand for senior services that address growing social isolation has been outpacing the community’s ability to respond. Until recently, the program had limited video platforms available or the equipment needed to provide virtual services.

Through a grant from Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), in partnership with the

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) we have joined a list of several JFS organizations across the country that now offer Uniper Care technology equipment and services that are easy to use for people with multiple capabilities including some with dementia and across the older adult age span.
Learn more about Uniper at www.unipercare.com
For more information, contact Debi Weiner, Sr. Director of Older Adult Services, at dweiner@jfsdallas.org.
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Counseling for Adult Children of Older Adults

Our professional staff help adult children of older adults better understand the needs of their parents and help them plan for the future.

Psychiatric Consultation

JFS can provide a psychiatric assessment as appropriate.

Guardianship

JFS acts as a legal guardian for people who can no longer make informed decisions and have no family members available to take over affairs on their behalf. Once we become the legal guardian for an individual, we are committed to acting just as a concerned family member would—for the rest of the individual’s life. We provide case management; advising on controversial issues, turning to an ethics committee as necessary; monitor medical, housing, psychological, and legal needs; oversee estate issues, and provide an annual accounting to the probate court. Guardianship is available on a limited basis.

Information and Referral

JFS provides help regarding benefits and finding community resources.

Senior Resource Connect

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Looking for Older Adult Services in other communities? Senior Resource Connect, a service of the AJFCA network, provides information and resources to assist older adults and caregivers in discussing their needs with aging services professionals. Check out this one-stop connection to local service providers.

Indigent Burial

Jewish Family Service’s Indigent Burial Program ensures that indigent members of the Dallas area Jewish community will be able to have a Jewish funeral. The term “indigent” refers to individuals with no income or extremely low income.

The program utilizes Dallas Jewish Funerals, Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral home (with special fee arrangements) and Restland in addition to three cemeteries: Temple Emanu-El, Congregation Shearith Israel, and Tiferet Israel. Jewish Family Service monitors a rotation between the three cemeteries. The Indigent Burial Fund is maintained and administered by The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

When a request for the Indigent Burial Program arises, the family or responsible individual should contact the Senior Director of Older Adult Services, Debi Weiner at dweiner@jfsdallas.org. She will see the family either later that day or first thing the following morning. This appointment is necessary to determine whether the deceased individual or family qualifies as “indigent,” since the deceased’s spouse, children, siblings, and/or parents are expected to pay for a funeral, if possible.

 

How to Get Started:

Call Intake at (972) 437-9950 x340 and leave a message on our confidential voicemail with name, phone number, and type of service requested. You may expect a call within 24-48 hours for an initial intake.

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Complete this short questionnaire and email it to intake@jfsdallas.org and a staff member will contact you to complete the intake paperwork.