Senior Services


    Sunday, May 22, 2022

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Jewish Family Services offers a range of services for older adults and their families including information and referral, counseling, caregiver support, case management, transportation, and Jewish programming. We run a weekly English as a Second Language (ESL) program for older adults from the FSU. If you are new to town or have decided to get involved, we can direct you to a range of activities in the community designed with older adults in mind. If you are a caregiver, call us for information, counseling, and general support. JFS believes that no one should go without care. A free consultation is offered and sliding scale is available those who qualify. The agency can accept some Medicare plans. Confidentiality is strictly maintained.

  • Clinical Social Work

    Anxiety and depression are major factors contributing to diminished quality of life for older adults. These are of course treatable conditions, and our Masters prepared licensed social worker can provide highly professional and compassionate therapy.

    We also can provide help for caregivers in the form of therapy, group support, or supportive counseling.

    Contact Janet Kanode, MSW, LCSW, 336-852-4829 ext. 226.

  • Congregational Nurse

    JFS has the services of a Congregational Nurse, a masters prepared licensed RN, who participates in the Cone Health System’s Congregational Nurse program. The mission of this program is to enhance the lives of older adults by focusing on health and education and wellness counseling. Congregational Nursing brings a holistic approach to well-being, looking at the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of health.

    Call Marlene Baruch, MSN, RN, (336) 852-4829 ext. 224.

  • Former Soviet Union and Holocaust Survivors Case Worker

    Older adults from the Former Soviet Union and Holocaust survivors have a range of needs and particular benefits for which they are eligible. A professional caseworker, fluent in Russian, is dedicated to their concerns and is available at Jewish Family Services. The agency’s goals are to assure dignity and well-being in the later stages of life.

    Contact Cantor Diane Torres, (336) 852-4829 ext. 223.

  • Chai Notes

    Chai Notes works with older adults, their families, and individuals across the generations to foster connections and increase socialization for older adults primarily in senior facilities. The program emphasizes the use of the arts, particularly Jewish music, as a way to do this. Programs for dementia patients are included as are intergenerational programs. This program is sponsored in part by the Carolina Foundation for Jewish Seniors.

    Contact Cantor Katy Claussen, (336) 852-4829 ext. 228.

  • Transportation Services

    Door to door service for older adults and disabled riders is provided by the JFS Van and is available for doctor’s appointments, shopping, social events and religious services. The van is $2 each way and free on Shabbat through the generosity of donors. Our J-Drive program is available when the van is booked.

    Call (336) 852-4829 ext. 222 three days ahead to schedule a ride.