Senior Services

JFS offers a variety of services for the seniors in our community

JFS provides a variety of services for senior adults to help individuals enjoy better nutrition, stay connected to the community, and live comfortably at home as long as possible.

KMOW: Kosher Meals on Wheels

The Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW) program delivers kosher meals to homebound seniors who, due to physical or cognitive impairments, are unable to cook and/or shop for themselves. Volunteers deliver meals throughout Middlesex County, ensuring that seniors not only enjoy proper nutrition but also have someone checking in on them and monitoring their wellness over time.  In many cases, KMOW meal recipients are isolated and volunteers are the only contact they have throughout the day. 

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JFS Kosher Meals On Wheels delivers food on weekdays as well as frozen meals upon request for weekends, with more than 40,000 meals delivered annually. KMOW ensures that seniors, most of whom reside alone and have limited community support, receive proper nutrition. As the average life span continues to increase, there is growing emphasis on ensuring that seniors live happy, healthy, and productive lives during their expanded retirement years. 

JFS works closely with Glatt kosher caterers and expert dietitians to provide nutritionally appropriate meals. Volunteers not only deliver meals but also check on the recipient and report on any unusual conditions or behaviors. 

Holocaust Survivor Services

Since our founding in 1969, JFS has endeavored to provide essential social services to vulnerable members of the Jewish community. The Holocaust Survivor Services program meets the unique needs of survivors, whose lives were interrupted at critical times.

Most survivors were young children during the War who experienced the murder of parents and family members, starvation, the denial of healthcare, and the horrors of ghettos and concentration camps. The long-term effects of such issues are far reaching, with many seniors now facing unique health challenges. JFS strives to address the various issues of survivors, as we provide personal care, housekeeping services, home-delivered meals, socialization programs, case management services, transportation, and other assistance to eligible Holocaust survivors to help maintain independence.

JFS provides personal care, housekeeping services, home-delivered meals, socialization programs, case management services, transportation, and assistance to Holocaust survivors to help maintain independence.

Once a month, JFS hosts Café Europa, a free monthly lunch and entertainment program for Holocaust survivors and their spouses. The name comes from a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden where survivors would meet after the war to find family and friends. Many survivors only feel genuinely comfortable among others who have shared similar experiences and instinctively understand each other. Such experiences are important to the survivors’ well-being, as it helps build and strengthen social bonds and gives seniors something to look forward to every month.  

JFS’ monthly program brings together more than 100 survivors with their caregivers and spouses for a kosher lunch, musical entertainment or a lecture, and the opportunity to bond with others from the same background. Café Europa is an opportunity for survivors to leave their homes, with transportation provided to those unable to drive, and spend time in the company of kindred spirits.  Participants have formed their own close-knit community through the program, developing friendships they might otherwise not have made. 

Social services for Nazi victims are supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

EAP support is provided by the URO Charitable Trust Limited through a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

The JFS Holocaust Survivor Services Program is partially funded by the The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey. 

Aided by multiple grants and donations which help to support Holocaust survivors, Jewish Family Services provides personal care, housekeeping services, home-delivered meals, socialization programs, case management services, transportation, and assistance to eligible Holocaust survivors to help maintain independence.

SHIP

The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) provides free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with or questions about their health insurance. Frequently there are questions about Medicare benefits and claims, Medicare supplement policies, and long-term-care insurance. Counselors, trained in health insurance coverage and benefits that affect Medicare beneficiaries, provide information and assistance for dealing with claims and evaluating health insurance needs. The SHIP program is funded by Middlesex County.

SMP: Senior Medicare Patrol

Senior Medicare Patrol programs, or SMPs, help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries prevent, detect and report health care fraud. They not only protect older persons, they also help preserve the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Because this work often requires face-to-face contact to be most effective, SMPs nationwide rely on approximately 5,000 volunteers who are active each year to help in this effort. SMP of New Jersey at Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County is part of the national SMP network funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Click here for more information on how to avoid fraud, waste, and abuse.

How, exactly, do SMPs fight fraud? SMP staff and volunteers work with individual beneficiaries to review Medicare Summary Notices for accuracy, make presentations to groups about how to avoid getting taken by scam artists, exhibit at community health fairs and more. Their primary goal is to teach Medicare beneficiaries how to protect their personal identity, identify and report errors on their health care bills and identify deceptive health care practices, such as illegal marketing, providing unnecessary or inappropriate services and charging for services that were never provided. In some cases, SMPs do more than educate: When Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are unable to act on their own behalf to address these problems, the SMPs work to address the problems, making referrals to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and their anti-fraud contractors; the Office of Inspector General (OIG); state attorneys general offices; local law enforcement; State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP); state insurance divisions and other outside organizations that are able to intervene.

If you or someone you know is having trouble figuring out the Medicare maze or thinks they’ve been scammed or cheated, call NJ SMP Medicare Patrol – 732-777-1940. To read more about Medicare enrollment, scams and other information, visit the NJ SMP website.

Congregate Meals

JFS hosts lunch programs for senior adults (60+ years of age), where participants can enjoy a Glatt kosher meal and stimulating activities, such as musical performances, lectures by experts, games, and more.

Jewish Family Services (JFS) is ever mindful of its responsibility to provide information to the public regarding the agency’s obligations under Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Title VI regulations and apprise members of the public of the protections against discrimination afforded them by Title VI. Click here for more information on JFS’ Title VI language dissemination of this information.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations at 49 CFR Part 37.17 and 27.13 require agencies to have specific procedures in place to address complaints alleging ADA violations. To read the JFS ADA Policy and Complaint procedures – Click Here

JFS Middlesex recognizes that disabilities are as diverse as the individuals they serve and recognizes the need to make reasonable modifications to its policies, regarding assistance offered to passengers who may require additional assistance to use its services.  Under Title II of the ADA, state and local governments are required to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination.  For those riders who require additional assistance, JFS Middlesex will endeavor to accommodate all reasonable modification requests for such assistance by following the procedures outlined HERE.

Social services for Nazi victims are supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

EAP support is provided by the URO Charitable Trust Limited through a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

The JFS Holocaust Survivor Services Program is partially funded by The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.  

Aided by multiple grants and donations which help to support Holocaust survivors, Jewish Family Services provides personal care, housekeeping services, home-delivered meals, socialization programs, case management services, transportation, and assistance to eligible Holocaust survivors to help maintain independence.

Jewish Family Services & You

“I want to thank you for your assistance in helping me to contact Social Security, for your kindness and you going that step above and beyond. I feel that you were the catalyst to resolving my issue. I want to thank you again and tell you that I feel that you are a credit to your profession.”
– George S, SHIP client

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