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April 29, 2022

When to Consider Senior Living

Being a part of a caring community—whether it be family, friends, or an organization—is known to reduce stress. When determining whether it’s time for senior living, ask yourself or a trusted loved one the following questions:

  1. Am I frequently socializing and connecting with others?
  2. Am I exercising regularly?
  3. Am I eating fresh, nutritious meals?
  4. Am I setting goals and enjoying a sense of purpose?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then it may indicate it’s time to consider senior living. Fortunately, you don’t have to decide alone; Jewish Pavilion is here to help.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.

April 22, 2022

Choosing a Home Care Company

At the Jewish Pavilion’s Orlando Senior Help Desk, we’re often asked to recommend a home care company. There are a number of things to consider, such as your caregiver’s experience level. Ideally, your caregiver will have experience working with individuals whose medical needs are similar to your own. Any home companion you hire should have good training and continuing education. In addition, consider the interpersonal skills your caregiver should possess: warmth, compassion, attentiveness, patience, etc.

Here are other questions to ask an agency:

  • What specific services do you offer, and what are your fees?
  • What certifications do your caregivers have?
  • Do you conduct a background check for all employees, including references and criminal history?
  • How long has your agency been in business?
  • Is there a minimum number of hours for hiring a caregiver?
  • Are family members included in your design of a care plan?
  • How does one add or reduce shifts on the care plan?
  • How is technology used to improve the quality of care?
  • Who do I call with questions or complaints, and how are problems resolved?

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.

April 15, 2022

An Introduction to Home Health Care

Getting extra support at home can be a tremendous source of relief. Often, Medicare and Medicaid will pay for some home care following a hospital stay.

One option to find that extra help is through a companion care agency, where you can hire CNAs (certified nurse’s assistants) and HHAs (home health aides). Normally, companion care providers have completed a course on home care. Another option is hiring a skilled healthcare provider such as a nurse or physical therapist. These professionals have undergone years of education and training.

Home care providers generally assist with transportation, cleaning, cooking, bathing and personal hygiene, toileting, doctor’s visits and communicating with healthcare providers, and errands. Please call the Orlando Senior Help Desk at the Jewish Pavilion for a referral or assistance with finding community resources.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.

April 8, 2022

Empowering Patients and Their Loved Ones

Bring a notebook or tablet and take notes during medical visits, whether you are visiting a doctor or entering the hospital. It is important to ask your health care provider about the benefits and side effects of any medications or procedures they recommend. I suggest that you, or a loved one you trust, research your health condition or treatment plan to help you stay well informed. Sometimes a second opinion may be warranted, particularly before a surgery.

I also recommend bringing an advocate with you to important medical visits. It can be difficult to process so much new information, especially when your health is involved. When a trusted loved one accompanies you to an appointment, they can help you understand your medical situation. You may also consider hiring a care manager. Care management companies explore all issues pertaining to seniors, from health and finance to housing, legal issues, and more.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.

May 6, 2022

Transportation Issues While Living at Home

For many people as they get older, the instinct is to stay at home as long as possible. Even if a person at home has visitors, they may still be alone most of the time, especially if they no longer drive. The cost of hiring a driver on top of living expenses may amount to more than the cost of senior living.

Relying on others when you need to go somewhere can be challenging and frustrating. When a person moves into a senior community, however, they gain access to scheduled bus trips to the supermarket, banks, convenience stores, and more, as well as fun outings like theater and restaurant trips. The residents also receive transportation, usually in a car or van, to local appointments for beauty appointments and medical visits.

Many senior communities offer concierge services to schedule medical appointments so that the resident has seamless transportation. Having one’s transportation taken care of in this way may be safer than having elderly drivers on the road.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.

May 13, 2022

Housekeeping as a Senior

Home injuries are a leading cause of adult hospitalization, particularly for women. One of the most common ways home injuries happen is when household chores like cooking, tinkering, and cleaning go wrong.

It’s understandable that most seniors prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible—but it goes without saying that the elderly are at a greater risk of home injury. One fall can be fatal, which is why seniors should be extra careful when doing chores. Sometimes, hiring a home companion is the solution. Many home care agencies offer light housekeeping and meal preparation services to mitigate the risk of injury.

Housekeeping can be quite challenging for seniors who no longer have the energy or mobility to scrub, polish, or do laundry. Tasks like changing linens require a great deal of strength and coordination, as do yard work and property maintenance. In senior living communities, housekeeping, linen service, and maintenance are provided by a professional team.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.