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Caregiver Appreciation Month

When it comes to taking care of those who took care of us, the caregiving team at JCHC goes above and beyond the call of duty. That’s because the work they do is so much more than a “job,” it’s a rewarding expression of selflessness and commitment. You get to care for, and have relationships with, these amazing seniors, and it takes strong and special people like featured caregiver Kendra Asfor, to really appreciate what a privilege that is.

In March, JCHC is going to take a minute to formally thank and honor caregivers everywhere – You are making a difference in the quality of our seniors’ lives, everyday. Your work doesn’t go unnoticed by either us, or them. We appreciate you, we love you and we thank you!

We will be celebrating all the JCHC caregivers this month.

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Building On Our Success
at the JCHC

Thanks to the generous support from donors like you, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) has been meeting the dynamic needs of seniors in our community for over 40 years.

Taking Care of Those Who Took Care of Us

Calling All Shuls!

Are you an active member of your synagogue? Do you have a hankering to give back to the community that has nurtured you? Would you like to be part of helping JCHC raise awareness of our good works?

“Calling all Shuls!” is an initiative we are launching to formally introduce the JCHC to every synagogue in the area and let them know exactly how they can get involved in the work we do for seniors. Whether you are handing out flyers to your congregation, facilitating a presentation of the JCHC at your shul, or even volunteering at our community, we promise that that you will love how you feel making a difference in the lives of these seniors. 

To start, the JCHC would love to conduct a presentation at each synagogue, introducing ourselves and our compassionate senior care services, along with coordinating group tours of our senior living communities in Morris County and Essex County. 

If you feel that your synagogue (or one you know) might be willing to  “shul” some love to the JCHC,  please contact JCHC Director of Development, Amy Epstein, at AmyE@JCHCorp.org to make an introduction. 

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On A Mini-Mission!

The JCHC recently held another “Mini-Mission” in February, where ten special guests toured Jewish Federation Plaza, in West Orange, visited with resident Vicki Goldsmith, who welcomed everyone into her apartment for a chat (and a laugh!), and then capped off the afternoon with a tour and lunch at Lester Senior Living in Whippany

We send our appreciation to Wendy Sabin, of Sabin Elder Care, and JCHC Board Member, Robin Leitner, for working on this with us and look forward to the next one! 

If you, or anyone you know, would like to be added to our notification list for future missions or to set-up individual or group tours, separate of joining a formal mission, please reach out to Amy Epstein, Director of Development, at AmyE@JCHCorp.org . 

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Donate to Make A Difference!

The JCHC and its incredibly special caregivers, will never stop working for our residents and their families. We won’t stop advocating for them, or showing up with our support, and we continue to count on our community to make it all possible.  

Important Information About Matching Your JCHC Gift:

  • The Jewish Community Housing Corporation is not classified as a religious organization by the IRS.
  • JCHC  is a 501(c)3 organization.
  • Our EIN (Employer Identification Number) is 22-2540505. This number is required on certain companies’ matching gift forms.
  • Your company will match your gift only once the JCHC has received your donation. Matching gift programs do not match pledges.
  • Some companies participate in broader workplace giving programs, which may include giving to JCHC through payroll deduction. Please contact your employer or our Matching Gifts department for more information. 
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Tip for Caregivers - Take Care of Yourself Too!

We see it all the time – caregivers putting all of their energy into helping others and not allotting the same time or energy to take care of themselves. In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that you take care of yourself. Here are five simple tips for even the busiest of caregivers:

  1. Schedule Time for Yourself: You need to arrange quality time away from your caregiving situation. The lack of time for yourself can cause you to build up resentment and emotional fatigue. By scheduling “me” time, you can help avoid health problems, irritability and negative emotions.
  2. Work Out: A brisk 30-minute walk or workout at the gym stimulates your brain, improving your mood and energy and leaves you happier and more relaxed. Exercise can also help you fall asleep faster, providing that much deserved rest after a long day.
  3. Sleep: It is important to let your body and brain rest. By getting more sleep, you improve your decision-making, health and mood. No late night binging!
  4. Talk to Family and Friends: Those closest to you encourage you, motivate you, and celebrate YOU! Your relationships generally make you healthier, happier, and give you the ability to tackle those tough situations.

Caring for Those Who Took Care of Us.

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Caregiver Burnout: When it Becomes Too Much

Being a caregiver for your senior loved one isn’t an easy job, and in most cases it isn’t your only job. If you balance work, kids and being a caregiver for your loved one, it’s really a matter of when you’ll become burnt out, not if. If you’re feeling completely exhausted physically or mentally more often than not, it’s time to make a change for the better. That being said, our senior caregivers in Morris County have a few useful tips to help you manage it all. 
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Ways to Support Your
Aging Parent

As our parents grow older, it becomes our responsibility to ensure they receive the care and companionship they truly deserve. The challenges associated with aging can be overwhelming, but there are numerous ways we can enhance the quality of life for our loved ones.
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Caregiver Tips for Getting Seniors Dressed

Getting dressed in the morning helps us all feel more mentally prepared to take on the day. This reigns even more true for seniors. Remember mom and dad come from a time when men primarily wore suits and women chose between a dress or skirt. Dressing up for the day helps seniors feel more confident, and when older adults feel more confident – they become more social with the people around them. 
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Lester Senior Living Updates

We are pleased to report that the first phase of the Lester renovation project, with the focus being on the first and second floors of the Heller Independent Living Apartments and the Weston Assisted Living Residence, has successfully been completed.  Some of the highlights of the completed work include:

  • An upgraded and expanded Medical Suite, enhancing the waiting room and adding more examination rooms, meeting the growing needs among residents for such services and providing better patient privacy and confidentiality for meetings between residents, family members and medical professionals;  Special thanks to the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for their major financial support with this initiative.

  • A reconfigured  Heller community dining room, moving away from the more institutional dining setting to one that is now facilitating resident choice; when and with whom they can eat, as well as proper storage for walkers and wheelchairs while residents are dining;

  • New seating, tables and other furniture that address the mobility limitations faced by a growing number of our senior residents;
  •  Additional fitness opportunities such as a second area in Heller area with work-out equipment and a clear path  on the second floor around the atrium for walking;

  • A new, state-of-the-art cinema experience and improvements to audio and visual systems in other locations throughout the building, making the shared experience accessible to all, including those with hearing and sight issues; and,

  • Other aesthetic, lighting and improvements in community rooms and common areas enhancing socialization, while making the building more visually appealing.

We are now moving on to the second phase of the Lester renovation project, which will focus on improvements to the grounds around the building; reinventing our backyard to incorporate outdoor events with dining, raised gardening beds and a new layout and furniture for more and better outdoor activities and social gatherings. 

Even after the back courtyard upgrades have been completed (hopefully by the end of this coming summer), there will still be much more work to be done at Lester Senior Housing.  There is additional outdoor work that we have planned for the front of the building.  After that, we plan to upgrade both the independent living apartments and the assisted living units, introducing new safety and other accessibility features in our apartments, such as walk-in showers, new kitchen appliances and additional lower shelving.

A look inside Lester's Renovations

We are asking the Greater MetroWest Jewish Community to consider adding your support to these important initiatives. With our work together, resident families have greater peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe, happy, and living with high quality of life.

For questions or information, please contact Amy Epstein, JCHC Director of Development:  
AmyE@jchcorp.org – 973-530-3966

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