I must say that I feel as though Alpert Jewish Family Service literally saved my life. I know this may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s true! When my beloved husband of 55 years was diagnosed with dementia, I thought I could handle the details of his care.
As the disease quickly progressed, I was overwhelmed with managing his medications and scheduling his doctor’s appointments, and being the sole caregiver in the home. This was all on top of the fact that the brilliant man I married was fading away right before my own eyes. It just broke my heart.
When the pressure became too much, I sought spiritual guidance from my Rabbi. He recommended I reach out to Alpert Jewish Family Service. When I called I spoke with a nice young lady. She determined that AJFS’s ElderCare360® program would be a good fit for our needs. We scheduled an assessment and our care manager guided me from there. She said it was not only important that we care for my husband, but also take care of me. Pretty soon they helped me hire caregivers who were there nearly 24 hours. I had peace of mind, and they handled the details, so I could enjoy our remaining time together as best I could.
When my husband passed, I had the time and space to fully grieve the loss. I mean, you’re never really prepared for losing a spouse, but the support I received from Alpert JFS made a huge difference! I was moved to tears when my care manager visited while we sat Shiva. I gave her a great big hug. She’s like family now.
For more information about the ElderCare360® program offered by Alpert JFS, please call (561) 684-1991 or click here.
About Louise: Louise’s experience is based on real client stories as told to Alpert Jewish Family Service staff. Specific details and circumstances have been changed in the interests of protecting the client’s identity and the confidential nature of programs and services offered by Alpert JFS.