407-645-5933 ext. 236 marisa.west@shalomorlando.org

About one in five adults in the U.S. is a caregiver, according to the CDC. Caring for a loved one can be a stressful responsibility, and sometimes an emotional roller coaster. It’s important to have an outlet—someone you can talk to like a trusted friend or a support group—where you can be honest and open about your emotions.

Consider speaking with a JFS counselor, now available from the comfort of your own home via telehealth. Call (407) 644-7671 to request a counseling appointment. From our emergency food pantry to our RIDE program, JFS Orlando also has many services to help. Call us at (407) 644-7593 or visit JFSorlando.org to learn more.

An Introduction to Assisted Living

Many people call the Orlando Senior Help Desk at the Jewish Pavilion to inquire about assisted living. Often, what they’re really looking for is assistance with living, and an assisted living community may or may not suit their needs.

So what is assisted living?

Assisted living communities are for seniors who want to retain their independence in a home-like setting, but require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like eating, bathing, and dressing. Community size ranges greatly. Residents typically pay rent monthly for a private apartment or room, in additional to any fees pertaining to their care.

Residents enjoy access to shared common areas for cooking, games, crafts, and more, in addition to outdoor spaces. Assisted living communities can vary widely, from those that offer basic dining and activities to those with luxury accommodations, spas, and bars. Assisted living communities are generally staffed around the clock, providing up to three prepared meals a day, housekeeping, and transportation services.

Assisted living communities allow seniors to continue living somewhat independently, despite what chronic health conditions, memory loss, or mobility issues they experience. Whatever your specific needs, the Jewish Pavilion is here to help. For more information, please contact the Orlando Senior Help Desk at (407) 678-9262 or visit www.OrlandoSeniorHelpDesk.org.