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Elderlink: Information and Referrals
Resources to Help Older Adults and Their Families
Elderlink is a telephone/web-based information and referral service administered by JFS that focuses on providing elder care information and referral services for older adults, caregivers, professionals, and the community at large.
Recognizing a Need in the Older Adult Community
We recognize the struggles that older adults, their families, and many caregivers face in identifying services. Elderlink is staffed by the JFS intake and information and referral staff who provide dedicated case management support to families who need attention and help in locating the proper resources.
Elderlink can offer guidance on these and other questions you have. The JFS Elderlink service is based at the JFS Florham Park office. All calls are confidential.
- 973-765-9050 x 1740
Communicating About Difficult Topics
With modules for adult children starting a conversation with aging parents and for older adults struggling to talk with their children, this comprehensive website offers booklets for download, communication tips, conversation starters and a skills assessment quiz. Click here to to connect with the 40-70 Rule and 70-40 Rule from Home Instead.
DOROT Brings Learning, Socialization, and Resources into Seniors’ Homes
University Without Walls links seniors to learning opportunities and friendship over the telephone. Using a regular phone, students participate from home in interactive classes on a variety of topics such as museum discussions, music, performing arts, health, Judaic studies, games, holidays, and human interest. There are also support groups. All classes are lead by professional facilitators.
Caregivers Connections offers individuals caring for an elderly loved one the opportunity to participate in phone-based workshops and support groups to help manage the challenge that caregivers face. Conference calls are held mostly in the evening.
All programs provide camaraderie, information and support to older persons and the family members who help with their care. Click here for information on these programs.
Elder Abuse And Neglect
Every year, 2.1 million older Americans become the victims of physical, psychological, or emotional abuse and neglect. The American Psychological Association Office on Aging offers extensive information about this disturbing issue including definitions, causes, case examples, signs of abuse, prevention strategies and what caregivers and family members can do to stop abuse. Click here to connect.
Family Caregiver Guide To Hospice And Palliative Care
Detailed guide to hospice and palliative care with comparisons of options, included services and what families should expect, published by the United Hospital Fund. Click here to download.
Legal Services of New Jersey
Legal Services of New Jersey coordinates the statewide legal services system, providing free legal assistance to low-income residents of New Jersey for civil legal matters. The organization has 23 local offices, including Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union and Hudson Counties. Click here for the home page.
Living At Home Safely
Older adults often need modifications to their homes in order to remain living there safely as they age. Back Home Safely has a team of experienced, licensed, and insured contractors capable of providing safe and accessible home modifications such as ramp installation, doorway widening, walk-in bathtubs, stair lifts, grab bars and other renovations. Click here for information.
Medicare and You
Official U.S. government Medicare handbook for 2015 published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with comprehensive and detailed information about Medicare costs, coverage, drug plans and patient rights. Click here to access the Handbook.
MetroWest Housing Options
Jewish Community Housing Corporation (JCHC) serves as an umbrella operation responsible for housing, with services for the senior citizens 62 years of age and older, in five locations.
- Jewish Federation Plaza, West Orange: (973) 731-2020
- Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation, South Orange: (973) 763-0999
- South Orange B’nai Brith Federation House , South Orange: (973) 761-4602
- The Lester Senior Housing Community, a 180-unit complex, including 123 Independent residences and 60 N.J. licensed assisted living residences on the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany: (973) 428-0300, ext. 217
The Charles Bierman Home of Daughters of Israel in South Orange offers housing for the elderly.
United Way Of Northern New Jersey
The Caregivers Coalition of Morris County is in initiative of the United Way of Northern New Jersey. Click here for information.
Aging In-Place Design Checklist
The National Association of Home Builders has created a checklist of design elements and considerations for consumers to modify their homes for aging family members. Click here to access their checklist.
Coping With Stress and Anxiety Fact Sheet
The American Psychological Association’s Office of Aging has published a brief guide of tips for caregivers dealing with stress and anxiety. Click here to access the guide.
Click here for access to JFS caregiver support information and resources.
Click here for information about the JFS Care Consultation Service. Care Consultation is a telephone-based program designed to serve family caregivers as well as the care receivers. There is no charge to participate in this program.
Addressing a Range of Elder Care Issues
Recognizing the struggles that older adults, their families and caregivers face in identifying services, Jewish Family Service (JFS) launched Elderlink in December 2006. Elderlink is a telephone and web-based program, administered by JFS, whose sole focus is to provide eldercare information and referral services. Rooted in the Jewish values of showing respect for elders and caring for those in need, the Elderlink website has been established to assist seniors, their families, professionals, caregivers and the community at-large in their efforts to navigate eldercare resources.
Elderlink offers a concierge-level of assistance and a one-stop connection to the vast array of eldercare resources available in the MetroWest community.
A call to Elderlink can help you navigate the care options for a loved one who is aging. This may include addressing issues such as Alzheimer’s support, housing options, transportation to medical appointments, and/or making social connections. Contact us at 973-765-9050 X ext. 1740