February 22, 2018

Jewish Family Service / Kline Galland Partnering to Better Meet Community Needs

Jewish Family Service is referring its current home care clients to Kline Galland’s well-established home care services, while also making additional investments in social services for Holocaust survivors.

Seattle — Jewish Family Service (JFS) and Kline Galland (KG) are partnering to provide culturally appropriate in-home care for older adults in the Puget Sound region. JFS is referring current home care clients to Kline Galland’s well-established service. JFS will continue to provide care management and a full array of social services to the region’s Holocaust survivors and will be investing to meet the increased needs of this population.

“JFS and Kline Galland have a 100-year history of working together on senior care issues facing community members here at home,” observed Jeff Cohen, KG CEO. “The evolution at hand ensures their home care needs will be met with compassion, dignity and Kline Galland support services customized to making a significant difference in quality of life, health and independence, for clients and family members alike.”

To preserve the all-important client / caregiver relationship, JFS is supporting a smooth transition by helping its interested home care aides apply for employment with Kline Galland. The organizations expect the home care realignment to be completed by April 30, 2018.

Jewish Family Service will continue care management for the 60 Holocaust survivors currently enrolled in JFS programs, including coordination for those who will now receive in-home care from Kline Galland. Care management is offered in both English and Russian and additional help can include emergency financial assistance, food bank services, dental services and social supports from volunteers.

JFS intends to consult with its Holocaust Survivors’ Advisory Committee and the agency’s professional staff to determine which social service enhancements can most effectively help vulnerable survivors live with dignity through the remainder of their lives.

“JFS is the only social service provider in Washington state with the expertise to provide specialized services that meet the particular needs of Holocaust survivors,” said Rabbi Will Berkovitz, JFS CEO. “As this special part of our community moves into advanced old age, we know their needs will grow. We are committed to serving survivors currently in our care and to being here for those who may need our help in the future.”

In addition to in-depth services for Holocaust survivors, JFS geriatric care managers assist low-income older adults with health and mental health care navigation, benefits assistance, housing advocacy, basic needs assistance and social supports. JFS also offers a Family Caregiver Support Program for unpaid family and community caregivers.

For over a century, Kline Galland has been committed to being the region’s most comprehensive senior care organization inspired by Jewish values. It is one of highest referred-to care providers in King County with more than 60 community partners and the largest rehab / transitional care unit in Washington. From skilled nursing care, to independent living at The Summit at First Hill, to the evolving community- based services including home care and home health care, Kline Galland is helping shape the future of senior care and serves more than 15,000 residents, patients and family members a year.

Jewish Family Service and Kline Galland are proud to partner in meeting the particular needs of Holocaust survivors in the Puget Sound region. JFS is the exclusive provider of specialized social services for survivors; Kline Galland is the exclusive provider of specialized home care services for survivors.

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