For 175 years, Jewish Care Victoria has been responding to community needs, providing continuity of care and support. We help people feel safe, heard and know they have somewhere and someone to turn to in times of need.
Jewish care is there for our elders as they age, helping them to maintain their independence with home support which is tailored to their individual needs. Extra help can be provided around the house, as well as running errands, assistance recovering from a hospital stay or ongoing support.
We have a large team of dedicated Jewish Care BlueStar support workers (carers) who are trained and committed to providing the best care and support to our clients.
Our clients are funded by various sources including:
• CHSP Commonwealth Home Support Program (Government)
• HCP Home Care Package (Government)
• Claims Conference (Holocaust Survivors Support Program)
Jewish Care make it a priority to also keep the community socially and culturally connected. The two Active Living Centres in Windsor and Caulfield provide a wide range of recreational and social groups, including allied health and well-being programs to support people living in their own homes.
Designed to support clients in regaining, maintaining, and optimising their health and wellbeing, our Active Living Centre offers a wide range of supports, groups and programs which include Jewish cultural activities.
On Site Social Support Programs:
• Health and wellness groups (including exercise groups)
• Social support groups & activities and outings (and associated transport)
• Respite programs
Allied Health services including:
• Occupational Therapy
• Exercise Therapy
Jewish Care also offers a Holocaust Survivor Support Program, which is committed to supporting first generation Holocaust survivors living in Victoria. Melbourne has the largest of survivors per capita outside of Israel, and consideration for their specific needs is embedded in all we do.
From time to time, restitution grants are made available to Holocaust survivors, their spouses and children. Each of these grants has varying eligibility criteria which can make the complex application process confusing.
Jewish Care provides vital assistance in this area by providing:
• Information about the various types of compensation programs, funds, pensions and grants available
• Information about eligibility criteria
• Practical assistance to complete applications and follow up correspondence
Claims Conference Funded Supports
The Claims Conference provides funding to Jewish Care support services to Holocaust survivors. The funding enables us to provide services and expense coverage to eligible Holocaust survivors. The Claims Conference is dedicated to providing a ‘measure of justice’ for Holocaust survivors through negotiation, compensation, restitution and advocacy.
Limited funding is available for products and services such as:
• Home care, personal care and respite care
• Meal preparation
• Transport to medical appointments
• Escorted or unescorted shopping
• Medical aids and equipment
• Dental expenses
• Minor home modifications
• Home maintenance costs
• Nursing services
• Allied Health Services
At the other end of the spectrum, as people’s care needs change, we can also provide high-quality respite and permanent aged care to residents in a welcoming and caring environment. We have three residential aged care homes, Smorgon Family Building in Carnegie, Gary Smorgon House in Caulfield and the Hannah & Daryl Cohen Family Building in Windsor.
Please call Simone Illarietti on 0455 303 783 to book a tour of one of our State-of-the-art homes or to find out more about any of the Jewish Care services please visit www.jewishcare.org.au or contact us at the Front Door on 03 8517 5999.