NOVEMBER Care Award
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES is the winner of the November San Diego Dementia Care Award. JFS bestowed this award to Eloise, diagnosed with early stage dementia.
Despite being surrounded by people her age, Eloise felt isolated with her diagnosis, and fell into depression. On her last visit to her medical provider they suggested she try a new program offered at the JFS Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center called Monday, My Way. They explained diagnosed individuals living alone may attend on Mondays at no cost. Monday, My Way participants receive monitoring for safety, additional supportive services such as fresh easy to prepare food to take home and geriatric care management check-ins.
Due to extremely limited resources, even offering Eloise a sliding scale fee of only the cost of lunch per day Tuesday through Thursday was a barrier. By amazing and fortunate coincidence JFS was offered the San Diego Dementia Consortium’s Care Award the same week Eloise began attending. The award will fund 43 days of Eloise’s attendance where she receives support, brain and physical fitness, a hot freshly prepared lunch and daily live musical entertainment.
Attending the Center has changed Eloise’s life. She is happy as evidenced by her beaming smile every day she walks through our doors and greets her new friends. Eloise now feels empowered, supported and self-determined in aging with dignity.
OCTOBER Care Award
Awarded to Margaret Zamora with Next Phase Move Assistance. They bestowed this award to their clients; Bernard & Ruth ages 92 & 88. Bernard has Parkinson’s.
“We assisted with and managed Bernard & Ruth’s move in July. At the time, they were renting a condo owned by their granddaughter. Unfortunately, she told them they needed to move because she was selling the condo.
It broke our hearts they were forced to move at this stage of their lives. Bernard had trouble remembering what we said we would do for them, as he tried to stay on top of all the move details. Our Transition Coordinator, Rebecca, worked with the couple to make sure every aspect of their move was taken care of.”
“Bernard & Ruth rely on senior transportation to get to doctor visits, etc. and are on a fixed income. We know Bernard & Ruth will be so appreciative to be the recipients of the $300 grant!”
JULY Care Award
Awarded to Melissa Leon & Jeanne De Lauarelle with Home Instead Senior Care Coastal/Metro. They granted this award, to their clients Mary & Ronald & daughter Kathy, who suffers with Hashimoto’s disease and major depressive disorder. Kathy cares for her 84 year old mother, Mary who has a dementia diagnosis & “controlled” epilepsy and her father, Ronald-85, who also has been diagnosed with dementia.
With the SDDC $300.00 Care award to Home Instead Senior Care Coastal/Metro, they in turn added additional funds to provide Kathy with 8hrs of home assistance for Mary & Ronald, which included showering, light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, companionship & exercise. Thereby allowing Kathy to safely leave the house to run errands and take care of her self.