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“Malka was the best. I can’t say enough about her professionalism, knowledge and the compassion she had for my client. My client had no family in the States, so even though I have known him for over 40 years, I’m not family. At times I was uncertain what to do. Malka did and that I will always appreciate.”

— Rod St. Pierre, Shrewsbury (MA)

When you need expert guidance navigating the challenges that come with aging, the elder experts of JFS Allies in Aging can help.

Contact us today to learn how we can help your loved one live better, longer.

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According to the CDC, individuals who are 65 years of age and older are at higher risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19.

One of the steps you can take to protect yourself is to stay at home as much as possible. Of course, if you’re staying at home, how can you get the things you need like food, prescriptions, soap to wash your hands and cleaning supplies to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces?

Shopping During Senior Hours

It’s important to know that many local stores have “senior hours” first thing in the morning, when shelves are freshly stocked, and the store has been cleaned and sanitized overnight. If you choose to do your own shopping, please wear a mask and either bring sanitizing wipes or use wipes (if offered by the store) to disinfect your shopping cart. Be prepared to likely stand in line before going in as stores are now limited to 40% occupancy, including both staff and shoppers.

Some stores have created one-way aisles to maintain a safer distance, at least 6 ft., between shoppers. Please pay attention to social distancing while shopping and while waiting in line to check out. There may be lines marked on the floor by the registers to maintain distance between and protect other shoppers who are waiting, as well as the cashier. When unloading your groceries, stay at the end of the conveyer belt and wait for the cashier to call you forward to the register to pay. If you can, bring hand sanitizer or wipes with you in case you need to touch the keypad to complete your transaction (using a debit or a credit card) and for wiping the handles of your cart. Lastly, make sure to wash your hands when you get home!

Senior Hours of Local Grocery Stores:

Having Food and Supplies Delivered to your Door

There are home care services that will shop for you. You give them a list and they will go shopping for you. You can also order online, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a delivery slot. Store’s where you can shop online are Wegmans (Instacart), Whole Foods (Amazon Prime) Stop&Shop (Peapod) Market Basket (Instacart) Specialty Stores (Mercato) and Sudbury Farms.

 

If you are having difficulty accessing food or supplies, please call us and we will help you.

Allies in Aging JFS Elder Care Solutions are your partners in safety during this time of COVID 19. 

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Malka Young, LICSW Leads a Discussion on Issues related to Aging

JFS of Metrowest, in partnership with the Massachusetts Alzheimers Association is pleased to offer a virtual support group for all family members and friends caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

The support group is intended to be a supportive and educational gathering and is facilitated by both Malka Young, LICSW, Director of Allies in Aging JFS Eldercare Solutions and Dr. Jane Joiner, MD (retired), a JFS volunteer.

This group will meet one hour each week, please note that this support group is not meant for professional caregivers, but for family members and friends of those living with these diseases.

To register and receive information on how to join this group, please (800) 655-9553 or visit the JFS Elder Care Contact Page.

 

 

Worried about an aging loved one? Read “Supporting a Loved One during the Coronavirus Crisis” by Malka Young
to learn ways you can ensure the safety and well being of your loved ones during the Coronavirus crisis.

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ASK A GERIATRIC CARE MANAGER

QUESTION:

I my mother is in her 90s – what can I do to ensure her safety and well being during the Coronavirus crisis?

ANSWER:

More and more cases of Corona virus are being identified every day. The situation is changing very quickly. How at risk is your loved one? Are you wondering how prepared our local hospitals are? We have some data from China, Italy, Japan and South , but how does it apply to us?

We know the Corona virus causes symptoms similar to flu, only it can lead to more severe complications such as difficulty breathing, pneumonia, and even death. There is no treatment and we are at least a year and a half away from an effective vaccine. So much to worry about and we are helpless in the face of this new type of Corona virus COVID-19.

Our loved ones fall into the high risk categories. The older our loved one is, the more likely they are to develop complications and perhaps be hospitalized. If they are immune compromised or have chronic illnesses such as COPD, Emphysema, Asthma, CHF and others they are also at higher risk. The only way we know how to protect them is to keep them away from other people who might already be infected and not know it, or who are actively sick. This disease is now spreading in our community from person to person, and from droplets sprayed into the air landing on other people or on hard surfaces where these droplets, containing the virus, stay active much longer than the flu we are accustomed to. This is why we are told to not touch our face, maintain social distance and to clean and disinfect everything we touch in an attempt to minimize the spread of this disease.

Supporting your loved at home:

  • Cancel any unnecessary doctors’ appointments.
  • Have a plan if their usual caregiver gets sick or is exposed to a person with the virus. If your caregiver comes from an agency, find out what they are doing in response to the Corona virus.
  • If multiple caregivers are coming into the home, consider changing to live-in care to limit the number or people coming in from the outside and protect your vulnerable loved one.
  • Make sure they have an adequate supply of prescription medications, adult diapers, ensure or other special foods. They may need extra help getting organized and understanding what they may need to do.
  • Identify activities that your loved one can do when they are alone or remotely with others to combat social isolation when keeping social distance.
  • Wash your hands when you arrive and when you leave.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, key pads, doorbells, counters, toilets, faucets, light switches) and then disinfect.
  • If you live out of state, identify someone who can help your loved one if they need anything or were to become sick.

Supporting a loved one living in a nursing home:

  • Follow the policies of the facility. (Nursing homes and Assisted Living Residences in Massachusetts are restricting visitors) This also means no outside entertainment or volunteers are coming into the facility.
  • Appoint one person to communicate with the facility who shares information with the rest of the family. The staff is busy taking care of the residents.
  • Find out if outside medical providers, doctors, therapists, etc are coming into the facility. Ask how this impacts your loved one’s care plan.
  • Call or text loved one frequently.
  • Send cards, pictures, magazines or books by mail.
  • Watch a TV show together (you at home and loved one in the facility) and then talk about it.

Supporting a loved one living in an assisted living residence:

  • Follow the policies of the facility.
  • Be aware of changes to your loved one’s daily schedule. Outside speakers, entertainers and other programs have been temporarily halted during this crisis. Meals may be served in residents’ apartments.
  • Communicate regularly with your loved one.
  • Call or text often.
  • Send cards, pictures, magazines or books by mail.
  • Watch live streaming events on Facebook together; Arrange a time to sign onto online game sites like Words with Friends or MahJongg Time to play a game together. Invite them to share your Netflix account or Amazon music and share movies or favorite songs.

Keeping Yourself Well:

  • Your ability to stay well is affected by the your overall state of health
  • Get enough rest
  • Exercise
  • Drink Water
  • Get outside (just keep your social distance)
  • Decrease stress (meditation/guided relaxation)
  • Accept that it is hard for everyone when their routine changes
  • Understand that you may not be able to do as much as you would like
  • Limit the amount of exposure to the news
  • Know who to call if there is a mental health crisis or Crisis Hotline

This is a difficult time for everybody. It is harder for you, the caregiver, because you are caring for a loved one. However you don’t have to do it alone. If you need help managing these challenges, a geriatric care manager can help.  Contact me to learn how partnering with a geriatric care manager can provide you with the guidance and support you need to ensure the well-being of your loved ones.

Do you have questions about caring for an aging loved one? We have the answers. Send them to me today and receive free information about caring for an aging loved one!

 

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On Sunday, January 26th, Malka Young, LICSW,CCM Director of Allies in Aging JFS Eldercare Solutions presented as part of Congregation Beth Elohim’s Adult Education Series Things We Need to Know for Ourselves and Our Parents:  A series of presentations about end of life issues. Almost two dozen people gathered to learn how to plan for their own aging and ways to better care for their parents.  Click to watch the presentation:

Many attendees had questions – below, Malka answers some of the group’s most pressing concerns.

Do you have a question for Malka? Submit your questions here and she will address them in future blog posts.

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If one is privately engaging and paying for care, are there any organizations that help with the tax, workman’s comp, etc?

A household employer has certain responsibilities, both state and federal.  Here is a link to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue with an overview of these responsibilities.  The five steps below are only the beginning.

  • Apply for an Employer Identification Number with the IRS
  • Report New Hires
  • Submit employment and wage detail report
  • Register with Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
  • File a withholding tax return/make payment (quarterly)

This is why many families hire an accountant or sign up with a private household payroll service for a monthly fee.

Are you finding the management of a loved one’s in-home services challenging? We can help.
Contact us today to learn how we partner with families to ensure their
loved ones are getting the care and services they need.

 

 

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Elder Healthcare – Things We Need to Know for Ourselves and Our Parents

Join elder expert Malka Young on January 26th at Congregation Beth Elohim when she will share practical information that will help you help your parents or prepare for your own later years. How to find healthcare? What are the pitfalls to avoid? What does Medicare cover? What do you do if you are concerned about your parents’ driving? These and other questions will be answered in an interesting and informative workshop.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Congregation Beth Elohim
133 Prospect Street
Acton, MA 01720

This is Presentation #2 of the Adult Education sponsored series of four presentations about end of life issues at Congregation Beth Elohim.

Click here to learn more and register.

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It’s normal to feel overwhelmed when you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness or someone close to you has died. You may be struggling to cope, feeling sadness or uncertainty, and maybe guilt as well.  Feeling alone or isolated in your grief or worry may make your situation feel even harder.

Support groups can help.  These bring together people who are going through a similar experience, whether it is illness, injury, grief and bereavement, or the ravages of dementia, the stresses of caregiving, or addiction in its many forms.

There are many different kinds of support groups. A professionally facilitated group is led by an expert, such as a social worker or therapist, who keeps the discussion on topic, encourages interaction and makes sure no one person dominates the session. A peer support group has no designated leader, but is run by the members; this is the model used famously by Alcoholics Anonymous.  There are online groups too, both ongoing and time-limited, which offer an alternative to people who are crunched for time, have limited choices in their location, or prefer anonymity.  A simple Google or Facebook search will lead you to a myriad of options.  Educational groups focus heavily on information sharing and feature a guest speaker and are often sponsored by associations (such as the Alzheimer’s Association), hospitals, and assisted livings or universities.

The benefits of support groups are well documented. Talking openly and honestly can relieve stress and anxiety.  Members develop a clearer understanding of what to expect.  Group members are able to get (and share) practical advice from others in the same situation.

If you’re not sure which kind of support group is best for you, try out a few.  I also recommend going more than once before deciding whether or not this is the group for you.

JFS will be partnering with other local organizations to offer two different support groups this fall:

Alzheimer’s Support Group for Family Caregivers at the Natick Community Senior Center (117 East Central St, Natick MA 01760) — Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 2:00-3:00 PM

The next Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting will be Wednesday, November 20.

Bereavement Support Group at Temple Shir Tikva (141 Boston Post Rd, Wayland MA 01778) — Meets twice monthly on Monday evenings, 7:30-8:45 PM

The next Bereavement Support Group meeting will be Monday, November 18.

 

If you need help finding or selecting a support group, please call me.

I can walk you through your options and help find the best fit for you.

Malka Young is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Care Manager.  Email her at myoung@jfsmw.org.

Click to read what our clients are saying about Allies in Aging – JFS Elder Care Solutions

 
 About the Author

Malka Young, LICSW, CCM

– Director of Allies in Aging JFS Elder Care Solutions
– Advanced Professional Member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA)
-Certified Care Manager

Malka Young and her multi-disciplinary team provide a full range of life care management services for older adults and their families. With over 40 years experience they support families and elders in the community, in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospices, assisted living residences and at home.
Specialties:
– Customized Plans & Assessments
– Short & Long Term Planning
– Guidance with Housing Options
– Care Coordination
– Discharge Planning
– Advocacy & Monitoring
– Family support
Contact Malka today to learn how JFS Elder Care Solutions 
can help your loved ones live better, longer.
Phone: 800-655-9553
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If you or a loved one is struggling with the challenges that come with memory loss, join Malka Young, LICSW and other elder experts for this free 5 week interactive series designed to educated and connect people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia and their care partners to one another and resources. Space is limited – call (508) 532-5980 ext.4108 and register today.

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TESTIMONIAL

Malka Young was an exceptional resource to our family. She was very professional, courteous and thorough. She gave us a lot of good advice. She has excellent follow-up skills and she always promptly answered our questions. We are grateful to have had her involvement in the difficult decision to move my mother-in-law to senior housing and I would definitely recommend Malka Young to others.”

— Lisa Schwartz, Newton (MA)

 

When you need expert guidance navigating the challenges that come with aging, the elder experts of JFS Allies in Aging can help.

Contact us today to learn how we can help your loved one live better, longer.

 

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TESTIMONIAL

 

“I have nothing but the highest praise for Judy as an individual and as a professional. She has made a significant, positive effect on my cousin’s life and care. She is thoughtful, incisive, and knowledgeable, as well as creative in suggesting and then implementing new ideas into my cousin’s care. I would give her all “A’s” for her work!”

                                                                                           — Walter, New London (NH) —

When you need expert guidance navigating the challenges that come with aging, the elder experts of JFS Allies in Aging can help.

Contact us today to learn how we can help your loved one live better, longer.

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