A Fall Doesn’t Mean the End of Freedom

Joe and Clara have been happily married for more than 65 years.  Clara managed the home and raised their four children while Joe was an engineer who was also a cub-scout leader for many years.  This past winter, Clara suffered a fall and fractured her leg.  Joe was beside himself after she came home from rehabilitation because had to oversee all of the many tasks Clara had done all their married life.  He had never grocery shopped before or done the laundry.With their children living out of town,  they noticed how overwhelmed Joe seemed on the phone.

Their daughter, familiar with JFCS, called to ask what services were available to help her parents.  The first step was to provide resources and training for Joe so that he could feel more confident as a caregiver for Clara. They contracted with the Senior Concierge HomeCare program help care for her so that he could once again get out of the house to run errands and meet with friends for coffee.

Now that Clara’s leg has healed, they still have a homecare aide come once a week to help do light housekeeping so that Clara does not get overly tired. As a result of the services and support this couple received from the JFCS Klein Older Adult Services, both Joe, Clara, and their children have been able to get through this trying time, and they have been able to remain in their home.

The Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS) Klein Older Adult Services strives to maximize independence, ensure safety and preserve the dignity of older adults in our community while supporting family members through the challenges presented by the aging process. If you or a loved one is struggling to age in place at home, call us today at 502-452-6341.

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