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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jewish Family Service focuses on needs of the caregiver

by Ann Sutton Burke, MPA CMC, Director Aging and Caregiver Services, Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati Area

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You’re a caregiver. Whether you’re making a weekly phone call across the miles to check in, or providing 24-hour direct, hands-on care, that’s what you are. You may be caring for your aging parent or perhaps your spouse. There are no pre-requisites or time requirements; it only matters that you care.

But sometimes the burden can be too much. You may find yourself filled with stress and doubt. Are you there often enough? Are the responsibilities beyond your capabilities? Are the demands on your time taking a toll on your physical and emotional well-being? Oftentimes you may find yourself neglecting your own needs to care for theirs.

Jewish Family Service is prepared to help ease your burdens and work with you to make sure your needs are taken care of so you can best take care of theirs.

You can trust our team of experienced, licensed, and compassionate Geriatric Care Managers to provide individual family caregiver counseling to assist you in making decisions and solving problems related to your aging family member. Our staff include Certified Geriatric Care Managers, Licensed Independent and Licensed Social Workers as well as Nurse Practitioners. We are happy to meet with you at a location convenient for you whether at our office or in your home. These services are supported, in part, by Council on Aging via funding from Title III of the Older Americans Act.

Call Jewish Family Service to discuss…

• Consultation, information, referrals and guidance
• Intervention regarding family dynamics
• Assessment and problem identification
• Crisis intervention
• Personal support, stress reduction, and counseling
• Care coordination
• Respite Care to give you some time for yourself
• Support during grief and loss
• Educational programs on care issues

No matter how great the need, Jewish Family Service can provide assistance, resources and support to get you back to what matters most: the enjoyment of spending quality time with your loved one.

To learn more, visit www.jfscinti.org. You will find on our website useful tools and checklists for:

• Aging concerns
• Geriatric depression
• Home safety
• Emergencies
• Managing personal affairs of a loved one and much more.

To meet confidentially with one of our Geriatric Care Managers, contact June at jridgway@jfscinti.org or 513-766-3307 to schedule an appointment.

Jewish Family Service roots date back over 150 years, and we have played a vital role in the Cincinnati area in strengthening the lives of individuals and families. Jewish Family Service is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit social service agency that serves all individuals without regard to religion, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability to pay. All are welcome.

 

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