The JewishCare - Caring for older people living at home brochure summarises the programs provided by JewishCare for older people and their families. Caring for Older people (6.76 MB)
JewishCare provides the widest range of services that help older people to live active and independent lives. This may include access to JewishCare's Mental Health, Disability, Domestic Violence or other relevant programs.
JewishCare also employs an experienced Intake Officer who can provide information, referral and access to programs provided by JewishCare as well as other service providers
JewishCare has a number of ways that it can provide material and financial assistance for members of the community in a crisis. Read more
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JewishCare provides a unique and seamless range of programs that help those who are vulnerable or in crisis.
Some programs like Big Brother Big Sister and Family to Family Respite are proactive and aim to reduce the likelihood of problems occurring later in life. Others programs like Family Support and Family Dispute Resolution provide responses to immediate unforeseen problems. Programs like
Mental Health and Domestic Violence have elements of both, helping to deal with a current crisis as well as providing an ongoing framework to reduce future problems.
JewishCare has a number of ways that it can provide material and financial assistance for members of the community in a crisis. Read more
The aim of the program is to provide positive role models/mentoring support, to young adults between the ages 16 – 25 years in the Jewish community, who may be facing obstacles or challenges in their lives.
Mentoring by a positive role model can open pathways for young people to feel supported, listened to and acknowledged.
The mentors are adults in the Jewish community aged 26+, who are responsible and caring, have excellent communication skills, and have a strong commitment to the rights and needs of young people.
JewishCare is funded by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) to operate 4 houses to support people with disabilities. The support we provide is 24 hour /7 day a week accommodation and support services for people with moderate to high support needs.
The aim of the program is to develop independent living skills in a caring and supportive environment within the community.
The program currently supports 15 people across 4 houses in the Eastern Suburbs
Access to this program is through DADHC.
This program provides flexible support for Jewish adults with a disability who need support to live independently in the community.
The aim is to promote autonomy and independence and to enable the person with the disability to access and utilize a full range of community resources and facilities.
This support can include:
Drop in support at the client's residence at certain times
Helping the clients with shopping, banking
Skill buildingSocial support
The Herta Muller program aims to keep vision impaired people connected to the community by providing regular audio tapes / CDs of relevant media which are sent to the vision impaired person’s home.
The service is available to any person who has problems reading.
The program includes distributing excerpts of The Australian Jewish News each week as well as offering audio versions of various books and JewishCare’s quarterly Keeping in Touch magazine.
There is no cost for this service.
To recieve the CDs call 1300 133 660 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This program aims to improve the self esteem and feelings of wellbeing of young people between the ages of 7 -15 who are experiencing a challenging upbringing by being linked to a suitable Big Brother or Big Sister. This Big Brother or Big Sister will provide the support of a special mentoring relationship.
The Big Brother and Big Sisters are Jewish adults, 18 years and older who are responsible, mature and caring and are prepared to commit to provide consistent, dependable friendship, guidance and companionship to their little brother or sister for a period of at least 12 months.
If you are interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister - volunteer for JewishCare.
All parties involved including the parents of the little brother or sister remain in close contact with the program manager at JewishCare and appropriate training and supervision is provided to all Big Brothers and Big Sisters
A certain number of places within this program are provided for children with disabilities.
This program has been set up on the North Shore and in the Eastern Suburbs to connect local Jewish volunteers with older members of our community.
The volunteers provide social support to clients who are living at home and may be socially isolated.This support is usually by way of regular one-on–one activities which may include.
The program is operated from JewishCare’s North Shore office and as with all JewishCare programs police checks and other relevant checks are carried out on all volunteers.
Connexions assists children and young people with disabilities toreach their potential by providing resources to improve quality of life and participation in thecommunity, responding holistically to issuesand referring appropriately when necessary,Connexions works in a collaborative partnershipwith the individual and his or her family to set and achieve meaningful and realistic goals,focusing on strengths instead of weaknesses.
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR, also known as mediation) provides couples with an opportunity to reach agreement regarding parenting arrangements for their children and/or property settlement in a neutral and informal setting.
The program which is known as Eastern Suburbs Family Dispute Resolution Centre (ESFDRC) has a team of accredited FDR practitioners who are registered with the Attorney General's Department and are able to provide Section 60I Certificates in parenting matters. These certificates are required in cases where there is no agreement and parents need to file an application in court.
The ESFDRC team have a background in psychology, social work and family law and are skilled in addressing emotional and developmental needs of children following separation and can incorporate child inclusive practice.
ESFDRC maintains strong links with family lawyers in the city, Eastern Suburbs and Northern Suburbs and welcomes lawyers' participation in mediation if requested by clients.
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The needs of older people are often more complex than they may at first appear and sometimes it is useful to talk things over with a professional.
JewishCare has a team of qualified and experienced caseworkers who are available to work with ageing people and their families, including carers who look after elderley family members.
These professionals can complete a comprehensive assessment and devise a care plan best suited to individual needs in order to maximise the client’s quality of life and enable them to remain living in their own home for as long as possible.
Caseworkers can also provide advocacy services as well as assisting clients to access assistive devices and adapt their physical environment to help improve their quality of life and in home safety.
The program aims to enable older members of the community to live as independently as possible. To do this JewishCare works closely with other organisations including:
Alzheimer’s Australia: http://www.alzheimers.org.au
Independent Living Centre NSW http://www.ilcnsw.asn.au
Workers from the Aged Casework team are also available to give talks and information sessions regarding supporting people with dementia and specific issues
that may be important when caring for an older Jewish person, especially if that person is a Holocaust Survivor.
The program provides a positive link for a family with another Jewish family in the community. It also provides a different experience of family and relationships for children who may have had many difficulties in their own family.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between JewishCare and The Benevolent Society has been signed to ensure that Jewish children who require out-of-home care are given the maximum opportunity to be placed
As part of the MOU The Benevolent Society will provide information and conduct training for potential Jewish foster carers as well as assisting JewishCare to assess the appropriateness of applicants who have expressed the desire to be part of various foster care related programs.
If you want to know how you can make a substantial difference to a child in the community contact Lyn Brand on 9302 8024 or email@example.com
JewishCare provides a range of therapeutic and practical services for older members of the Russian community. The program employs Russian speaking staff who can provide case management, advocacy and education and liaison with other community organisations with the aim of helping migrants from the Former Soviet Union to more fully access the resources and activities of their area and therefore reducing their feelings of isolation.
The Factory is a drop in centre for people who typically came to Australia from The Former Soviet Union at a relatively late age, live in the Redfern/Waterloo area and have generally not managed to acquire a workable level of English language. They also tend to be of very limited financial means.
The Factory which operates 3 days a week at 67 Raglan St Redfern, involves one worker who is proficient in Russian and English and a volunteer who takes the attendees through a range of activities that include current affairs discussions and outings.
Clients are assessed and case managed by JewishCare’s professional staff and offered services which will best meet their needs. These services may include:
The program assists women and children in domestic violence situations, generally by the provision of casework and counselling by professional social workers.
A first priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of women and children.
This can involve
Domestic Violence 24 hour hotline -1800 656 463
NSW Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017
Violence Against Women Helpline 1800 200 526
Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 8745 6999
Law Access Line 1300 888 529
Meetings, guest speakers, entertaiment and outings. Many special interest groups. Kadimah Gardens. Jubilee Street Wahroonga Last Thursday of each month at 10.30am - 12.30pm Contact Fred Seskin 9449-2773 or Maoi Gordon 9988-0261
Cards, rummy tiles, Scrabble, bingo, guest speakers, outings.
Weekly in Synagogue Hall, cnr. Railway Parade and Noble Street, Allawah.
Wednesdays 10am - 2pm.
Dorothy Clarke - 9528 7259
The Club 50 Survivors of the Shoah Social Club was established in 1995, 50 years after the liberation of the Concentration Camps at the end of World War II, as a joint initiative between JewishCare and the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Descendants.
The Club aims to
To ensure the preservation of the unique identity of Holocaust survivors and provide therapeutic social support activities in a Jewish framework
Club 50 offers
A monthly Tuesday lunchtime function including speakers and entertainers
A Drop-in-Centre in Woollahra providing attendees with the opportunity to play cards or games or just have a chat or a cup of coffee with friends.
Regular bus outings, including cemetery visits around the Chaggim
Referrals to other internal services and external agencies as necessary
4a Nelson Street Woollahra 2025
Val Rubel - 9302 8050
Club 50 is supported by The Claims Conference
This program offers a range of supports for people experiencing mental health issues.
Referral can be made to other services or professionals as required
JewishCare's Mental Health program has extensive links and Memorandums of Understanding with leading mental health organisations.
The Burger Centre is a joint venture between JewishCare and the Montefiore Home located at 120 King Street Randwick.
The Centre provides:
A Day Centre program and
A Positive Ageing program.
The aim of both programs is to enhance older peoples’ capability to remain living independently in their own homes as well as facilitating their good health and social connectivity within the community.
Clients are given nutritious kosher meals including a delicious hot lunch.
Burger Centre buses collect people from their own homes and drop them off again in the afternoon.
Based on recent research which shows that preventing a first fall is a key to enabling people to live safely and independently in their own homes, the Centre initiated the Fit2Fit program.
This program includes conducting a mobility and shoe assessment, enabling clients to access relevant skills training, walking aids and correct fitting footwear which have been shown to help reduce the risk of an older person experiencing a fall.
The Burger Day Centre program is funded by both Federal and State Government as well as from a grant from JCA
Attendees are asked to pay a small fee although those who cannot afford to pay will not be denied access to the Centre.
While clients are at The Centre they may be able to access a range of other JewishCare and Montefiore services.
Currently funded via a grant from the JCA, this program is aimed at well older people in the community. The program aims at keeping individuals active, connected and educated. The program follows the current trends in what is considered healthy ageing and promotes activities that help acquire skills in keeping fit and preventing falls.
Current activities include:
A modified form of Tai Chi runs twice a week by a Tai Chi master who is also a qualified doctor. The classes are very popular and many people return each term to build on the skills they have learnt. Tai Chi is an evidence based mind/body practice that can offer real results in improving balance and reducing the risk of a fall.
Hydro-cise, or gentle water exercises run weekly in the Eric Dreikurs Aquatic Centre, the largest hydrotherapy pool in the Southern Hemisphere. Classes are fun and invigorating and a great experience. The gentle support of the water can provide relief for those who suffer arthritic pain and other mobility related ailments or injuries
A number of classes are run on term time schedule (10 week terms), and there are plans to expand the range of activities being offered including Yoga.
All classes attract a small fee and lunch is offered before or after any of the classes.
To enquire about entry into this program call The Burger Centre on 8345 9147 or see www.burgercentre.com.au
The aim of the program is to link inmates with the Jewish community to reduce the possibility of re-offending as well as educating Department of Corrective Services staff about the religious and social needs of Jewish inmates.
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Meal preparation. COA can be contacted for Kosher Meals on Wheels . http://www.coasydney.org
Transport to appointments
Showering and dressing
Socialising and companionship
Respite for carers
Advocacy and liaising with other service providers
Access to wider range of JewishCare services.
The program may also be suitable for families who have members with a severe illness and require extra support.
The program can also be used to provide respite for a carer.
This service can be provided in the person’s own home or in a residential facility.
The type of support that can be provided by care workers is typically similar to those provided under Funded Packages of Home Support (see above).
There are two types of fees payable for the Care Worker Placement program.
• A one-off placement fee which is payable to JewishCare
• Fees payable directly to the care worker
Please discuss these with the program co-ordinator
To enquire about entry into this program call FirstCall on 1300 133 660 or firstname.lastname@example.org -
Thanks to funding from The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) JewishCare is able to offer special services to Holocaust survivors.
Club 50 which as part of JewishCare's Community Club Network provides therapeutic social support to Survivors
Funded home support packages which help survivors to remain living independently in their own homes are available to those assessed as being financially less well-off
Aged Case Work and Assessment which facilitates the provision of appropriate inputs and resources to meet each individual's needs
Emergency funding which can be used to provide short term emergency help for financially less well-off survivors
Restitution support which helps survivors and their families to submit restitution claims
The Claims Conference distributes a weekly e-mail bulletin on current restitution developments and Claims Conference activities. You may subscribe to this free service through the homepage of the Claims Conference's website (click the button below or type this address into your address bar: www.claimscon.org or by sending an email to email@example.com