Seniors Support

Jewish Family Services offers two distinct Seniors Support Programs: The Thelma Steinman Seniors Support Services, and the Diverse Seniors Support Services. These programs work to support seniors, decrease social isolation and increase quality of life.

THELMA STEINMAN SENIORS SUPPORT SERVICES

The Thelma Steinman Seniors Support Services, at Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, offers comprehensive services to assist Jewish seniors and their families to identify and access needed supports, resources and programs to successfully manage life transitions and changing circumstances. Our professional staff work with you to enhance independent living, safely and meaningfully.

For more information regarding our services/programs please contact Iris Beer, Clinical Supervisor, Thelma Steinman Support Services for Seniors & Manager, Assistance Programs for Jewish Victims of Nazi Germany at 613-722-2225 ext. 311.

Programs

JFS offers a weekly Adult Day Program (ADP) for Jewish seniors dealing with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. The program provides participants with one-on-one opportunities to work with staff on the FitMinds® InterAct Caregiver’s kit, lots of skill development, and social interaction. Staff take an individualized approach, focussing on the strengths of participants and drawing on their needs, interests, and experiences.

The FitMinds® program is more than just a memory program: it’s filled with activities, exercises, and games organized around five areas of cognition:

  • Language and Music
  • Visual/Spatial Orientation
  • Memory
  • Critical Thinking
  • Computation

A hot Kosher lunch and snacks are provided.  Transportation is available for an additional fee.

Click here to download the ADP brochure.

Click here to download policy changes to the program

A comprehensive service available to Jewish seniors and their families that includes:

  • In-home assessments, individualized care plans, and on-going case-management.
  • Coordination of care with government agencies, health professionals and service providers.
  • Navigation of Jewish communal and general Ottawa programs and services for seniors.
  • Dementia consultations for family caregivers.
  • Facilitating seniors and their families to engage in often difficult conversations around Power of Attorney, personal care, and/or finances, etc.
  • Short term individual and family counselling.
  • Assistance with the application process and transition into retirement homes, or long-term care facilities.
  • Information and referral
  • Long distance caregiving

This is a fee-for-service program. A sliding scale is available.

Friends are critical to the maintenance of good health.  They break up isolation, ensure appropriate socialization, and reinforce one’s value.

Jewish Family Services can help arrange for a volunteer to visit in your home on a regular or occasional basis, to take you on outings, to help run errands, or to call you for regular telephone visits.

This program gives Jewish seniors the opportunity to stay connected and feel safe by having a volunteer call at a pre-arranged time each weekday.  Where a client fails to answer the call, an individualized emergency plan is put into action, notifying the right people and ensuring the appropriate help arrives in a timely fashion.

Thelma Steinman Seniors Support Services provide several options for Kosher food security. Kosher Meals on Wheels offers nutritious, Kosher meals on Wednesdays and Fridays that can be tailored to accommodate most special dietary needs, such as no-salt added or diabetic-friendly. Delivered by a friendly volunteer, a quick regular security check is also part of the service. Prices are reasonable, include all taxes and delivery, and are billed monthly to a credit card.

Transportation is available to medical appointments, adult day programs, and social-recreational programs. Drives are available to/from anywhere in the city for only $12 per round trip!  Sometimes in a community van, sometimes with a trained volunteer, and always with personal care and attention.

Preference is given to bookings with 1 week notice.

The objective of The Holocaust Assistance Program at Jewish Family Services is to assist eligible Jewish victims of Nazi Germany to receive the best possible care that enables them to stay in their own homes, and age with dignity.

JFS is able to provide an array of services due to the generous funding of The Conference of Material Claims Against Germany (The Claims Conference), The Azrieli Foundation and The Alfred Landecker Foundation, Inc.

“We can’t change their past…, but we can try to improve their present.”

Services include:

  • Assistance with the application process for compensation programs

For information on the various compensation programs please visit the Claims Conference website: http://www.claimscon.org/what-we-do/compensation/

  • Social work services provided in both English and Russian.
  • Home Care: Personal Support Workers, housekeeping and assistance with personal errands.
  • Assistance to access and pay for needed material goods such as: food, rent, dental care, hearing aids, safety equipment etc.

Please note there are eligibility criteria to access certain programs. There are no fees to access any of the programs.

Jewish Family Services offers a wide variety of programs for Russian-speaking seniors, including

  • English as a Second Language courses
  • Dance and aerobics classes
  • Guest presenters and performers
  • Jewish holiday programs
  • Warm Home parties
  • Outings to regional places of interest

Our Jewish Community Chaplain visits Jewish residents in non-Jewish long-term care and hospice facilities.

Adult Day Program

JFS offers a weekly Adult Day Program (ADP) for Jewish seniors dealing with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. The program provides participants with one-on-one opportunities to work with staff on the FitMinds® InterAct Caregiver’s kit, lots of skill development, and social interaction. Staff take an individualized approach, focussing on the strengths of participants and drawing on their needs, interests, and experiences.

The FitMinds® program is more than just a memory program: it’s filled with activities, exercises, and games organized around five areas of cognition:

  • Language and Music
  • Visual/Spatial Orientation
  • Memory
  • Critical Thinking
  • Computation

A hot Kosher lunch and snacks are provided.  Transportation is available for an additional fee.

Click here to download the ADP brochure.

Click here to download policy changes to the program

Social Work Services for Jewish Seniors

A comprehensive service available to Jewish seniors and their families that includes:

  • In-home assessments, individualized care plans, and on-going case-management.
  • Coordination of care with government agencies, health professionals and service providers.
  • Navigation of Jewish communal and general Ottawa programs and services for seniors.
  • Dementia consultations for family caregivers.
  • Facilitating seniors and their families to engage in often difficult conversations around Power of Attorney, personal care, and/or finances, etc.
  • Short term individual and family counselling.
  • Assistance with the application process and transition into retirement homes, or long-term care facilities.
  • Information and referral
  • Long distance caregiving

This is a fee-for-service program. A sliding scale is available.

Friendly Visiting

Friends are critical to the maintenance of good health.  They break up isolation, ensure appropriate socialization, and reinforce one’s value.

Jewish Family Services can help arrange for a volunteer to visit in your home on a regular or occasional basis, to take you on outings, to help run errands, or to call you for regular telephone visits.

Teleshalom

This program gives Jewish seniors the opportunity to stay connected and feel safe by having a volunteer call at a pre-arranged time each weekday.  Where a client fails to answer the call, an individualized emergency plan is put into action, notifying the right people and ensuring the appropriate help arrives in a timely fashion.

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Thelma Steinman Seniors Support Services provide several options for Kosher food security. Kosher Meals on Wheels offers nutritious, Kosher meals on Wednesdays and Fridays that can be tailored to accommodate most special dietary needs, such as no-salt added or diabetic-friendly. Delivered by a friendly volunteer, a quick regular security check is also part of the service. Prices are reasonable, include all taxes and delivery, and are billed monthly to a credit card.

Transportation Services

Transportation is available to medical appointments, adult day programs, and social-recreational programs. Drives are available to/from anywhere in the city for only $12 per round trip!  Sometimes in a community van, sometimes with a trained volunteer, and always with personal care and attention.

Preference is given to bookings with 1 week notice.

Holocaust Survivors

The objective of The Holocaust Assistance Program at Jewish Family Services is to assist eligible Jewish victims of Nazi Germany to receive the best possible care that enables them to stay in their own homes, and age with dignity.

JFS is able to provide an array of services due to the generous funding of The Conference of Material Claims Against Germany (The Claims Conference), The Azrieli Foundation and The Alfred Landecker Foundation, Inc.

“We can’t change their past…, but we can try to improve their present.”

Services include:

  • Assistance with the application process for compensation programs

For information on the various compensation programs please visit the Claims Conference website: http://www.claimscon.org/what-we-do/compensation/

  • Social work services provided in both English and Russian.
  • Home Care: Personal Support Workers, housekeeping and assistance with personal errands.
  • Assistance to access and pay for needed material goods such as: food, rent, dental care, hearing aids, safety equipment etc.

Please note there are eligibility criteria to access certain programs. There are no fees to access any of the programs.

Russian Speaking Seniors

Jewish Family Services offers a wide variety of programs for Russian-speaking seniors, including

  • English as a Second Language courses
  • Dance and aerobics classes
  • Guest presenters and performers
  • Jewish holiday programs
  • Warm Home parties
  • Outings to regional places of interest
Chaplaincy

Our Jewish Community Chaplain visits Jewish residents in non-Jewish long-term care and hospice facilities.

DIVERSE SENIORS SUPPORT SERVICES

This service ensures that diverse seniors receive help with daily living, offers opportunities for socialization and recreation, and provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health information and support to seniors and caregivers.

The goal is to allow seniors from diverse populations to live in their communities with dignity, respect and independence for as long as they are able. Improving cultural competency of health services is one step towards a more responsive, effective system.

Services

  • Volunteer coordination
  • Health and fitness activities
  • Friendly visiting
  • Telephone reassurance calls
  • Case management
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Social and recreational opportunities

Languages Offered

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • English
  • French
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Somali
  • Urdu
  • And more…

Click here to download for more information Diverse Seniors Support Services

Contact Information

For more information on Diverse Seniors Support Services, please contact Laura Thomas, Manager at 613-722-2225 ext. 313.

For services in Arabic contact South East Ottawa Community Health Centre 613-247-1600 ext. 327.

For Services in Chinese or Mandarin contact Ottawa Chinese Community Services Centre 613-235-4875 ext. 137.

For services in Somali contact Somali Centre for Family Services 613-526-2075 ext. 229.

For services in Punjabi, contact 613-722-2225 ext. 497.

For services in French and Kinyarwanda contact Economic & Social Council of Ottawa-Carleton 613-248-1343 ext. 331.

For services in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi or other languages contact Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization 613-725-5671.