Seniors Services

JFSA Seniors Department Works with Seniors and their Families to Help Navigate the Aging Journey.


From your first call to the JFSA Seniors Department, you will be assured of our expertise, confidentiality and professionalism. During that call our geriatric specialists will help to identify your needs. We will provide accurate information about our Community Programs and services such as Care Management and Home Support as well as those in the community.

The goal of the JFSA Seniors Department is to work with seniors in a variety of supportive ways to help them remain safe and secure in their own homes for as long as possible. JFSA has developed a comprehensive Continuum of Care that meets the needs of seniors and families at all stages of the aging journey.

In addition, we facilitate nutritious community meal programs to decrease social isolation including: Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW), a weekly congregate meal program at Temple Sholom, a monthly community kitchen in Richmond and a monthly lunch at Maple Crest.

Home Support

JFSA provides personalized, professional home support to seniors in the Lower Mainland. Our qualified home support staff provides a comprehensive range of services to maximize independence. JFSA Home support managers are all trained professional social workers and the primary staff brings more than 25 years experience in geriatrics

JFSA’s commitment to quality Home Care or Support means that:

  • Our home support staff members are screened, police checked, supervised and provided with ongoing staff development. We hire only those with the training, experience, and personality required.
  • We hire only staff for our clients that we would hire for our own family.
  • We believe that home support should be tailored to each individual, including one’s physical, social, emotional, language and cultural needs.
  • We believe it important to maintain an ongoing relationship with each client to best respond to evolving or changing needs. Our social workers visit regularly, and maintain contact by telephone.
  • We are committed to respect and support Jewish values and culture.
  • We strive to be responsive, creative and flexible in creating each individualized care plan.

JFSA caregivers can help with a variety of daily activities such as:

  • Housekeeping
  • Medication reminding
  • Laundry and bed changing
  • Accompaniment to appointments
  • Shopping
  • Alzheimer’s Care- relieve family or caregiver
  • Meal preparation and clean up
  • Errands, care of pets
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Companionship
  • Transferring
  • Short term convalescent care
  • Sleep overs
  • Long term live in help

For more information about Home Support Services, please contact:

Elaine Perzow, BSW, MSW, Home Support Coordinator

at 604.257.5151 ext. 1-203 or

Beginning this fall, JFSA will be offering monthly group discussions for adult children with aging parents. We’ll be offering a support group for adult children with ageing parents. Over the last three years, our Seniors team has seen an increased need to support children who caring for, or planning care for parents with health issues. We believe several children have expressed an interest in meeting together to talk about resources, care options, and navigating the health system, as well as an opportunity to talk about the difficulty of this role.

Sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Judith Globerman. Dr. Globerman brings a long history of research and practice in gerontology focusing primarily on the impact of caregiving on families. She recently retired after 12 years as the Executive Leader of Care Services at the Louis Brier Home and Hospital and the Weinberg Residence. Dr. Globerman is currently an Associate Professorship Emeritus at the University of British Columbia.

Next sessions at the JFSA Offices:

Wednesday January 21st @ 7 p.m.
Wednesday February 18th @7 p.m.

This program is open to all members of the public. Refreshments will be provided

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Meals are prepared weekly and frozen immediately to retain freshness. A meal consists of soup, challah or rye bread, entrée, starch, vegetable and apple sauce. All meals are Glatt Kosher. Meals are packed in containers suitable for conventional or microwave ovens.

To order, call 604.257.5151 ext. 1-218 (Donna) or ext. 1-220 (Jacqui). Please order meals one week in advance.

Menu Items


  • Brisket with Gravy
  • Cabbage Rolls
  • Roast Beef with Gravy
  • Pot Roast/Beef Stew
  • Salisbury Steak with Gravy
  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  • Sweet & Sour Short Ribs


  • Honey Garlic Chicken Legs
  • Roast Chicken (Dark or White)
  • Skinless Unseasoned Chicken


  • Salmon Steak


  • Roast Turkey with Gravy
  • Skinless Unseasoned Turkey
  • Turkey Cutlet with Spanish Sauce


  • Veal Cutlet


  • Beef and Barley
  • Butternut Squash
  • Chicken Matzo Ball
  • Chicken Supreme
  • Mushroom Barley
  • Potato Leek
  • Spicy Lentil
  • Split Pea
  • Tomato Rice
  • Vegetarian Vegetable


  • Buns
  • Challah
  • Rye


  • Applesauce


Kosher Meals are $11.50 per meal. Billed monthly, payments can be made by cheque, Visa or MasterCard. Subsidies available based on financial income. Accepted by D.V.A.


Frozen meals are delivered every second Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or can be picked up at JFSA at 305-1985 West Broadway, Vancouver.

Care Management

JFSA acts as a link between Lower Mainland seniors and relatives who live in or out-of-town. Staff members monitor seniors through telephone conversations, home visits and office visits. We also liaise with family, arrange assessments, discuss housing options and provide individual and family counselling and support. Concerned families can get professional assistance from a team of health care professionals at JFSA.

We know that Care Management is a Process

The first step toward effective Care Management is to gather a comprehensive picture of each older adult, through an extensive assessment. This assessment includes an in-home visit, conversations or visits with family/significant others, and medical and community professionals if relevant.

The second step may be to put in place a combination of in-home and community supports and services to maximize independence and safety. JFSA has a Home Support service that provides hourly help on a sliding fee scale based on annual income.

Click here for more information about the sliding fee scale.

Our care managers are knowledgeable about community resources such as adult day care, therapeutic lunches, recreational, social and mental stimulation programs.Care Management can also include assistance with the choice of alternative housing. The care manager can explore options, take seniors to view assisted living, and work with government case managers to facilitate placement in congregate care. Care Management services may be on a short-term basis or continue for several years. The process includes ongoing home visits and assessment of physical and psychosocial changes, as well as ongoing communication with family members and other professionals.

JFSA prides itself on offering professional, caring, and comprehensive Care Management services. Adjunct services include volunteer matching, access to peer counselling, driving to medical appointments, Holocaust Survivor Services, equipment loan, and KMOW delivery.

Our outreach counsellors serve the Lower Mainland including:

  • West Vancouver
  • Richmond
  • Burnaby
  • New Westminster
  • Coquitlam

For more information on Care Management Services please contact one of the staff members below:

Donna CantorSeniors Outreach Counsellordcantor@jfsa.ca604-257-5151 ext. 1-218
Gisi LevittSeniors Outreach Counsellorglevitt@jfsa.ca604-257-5151 ext. 1-219
Jacqueline SankoffSeniors Outreach Counsellorjsankoff@jfsa.ca604-257-5151 ext. 1-220
Zanna LinskaiaSeniors Outreach Counsellor (Burquest)zlinskaia@jfsa.ca604-552-7221

Better at Home

Helping seniors live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their community.

Kerrisdale, Oakridge, Marpole (KOM) Better at Home

Hosted by Jewish Family Service Agency

Better at Home is program that helps seniors with non-medical, day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes, and remain connected to their communities. The Government of British Columbia funds the program, United Way of the Lower Mainland manages it, and local non-profit organizations provide the services.

Services available in KOM

  • Light Housekeeping
  • Transportation to appointments



Services are available to all seniors 65+ living in Kerrisdale, Oakridge, Marpole (Ontario St. – Blenheim St., W33 Ave. – SW Marine Dr.)


Priced on a sliding scale according to the individual’s income level

Individual Income Household Income Subsidy Hourly Fee
Below $15,900 Below $25,600 100% $0 (donations appreciated)
$15,901-$23,700 $25,601-$35,800 50% $11.00
$23,701-$35,000 $35,801-$70,500 23% $17.00
Over $35,000 Over $70,500 0% $22.00

Individual Income Household Income Subsidy Within 15 km Roundtrip Over 15 km Roundtrip
Below $15,900 Below $25,600 100% $0 (donations appreciated) $0 (donations appreciated)
$15,901-$23,700 $25,601-$35,800 50% $6.00 $9.00
$23,701-$35,000 $35,801-$70,500 25% $8.00 $13.50
Over $35,000 Over $70,500 0% $12.00 $18.00

For more information or to register

Marla Simcoff, KOM Better at Home Coordinator

JFSA’s Community Programs for Seniors:

Weekly Lunch at Temple Sholom

Every Tuesday, JFSA coordinates a kosher three-course lunch followed by an educational or cultural program. Cost: $10 (subsidies available).

Maple Crest Congregate Meal

JFSA coordinates a three-course congregate meal for residents of Maple Crest and their guests the last Tuesday of every month. Cost: $5.

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Volunteers deliver Glatt Kosher meals to clients every two weeks. Each meal consists of soup, bread, entrée, vegetable and dessert. Orders are taken Monday through Wednesday. Meals are delivered frozen each every second Thursday. Cost: $11.50 per meal (please note that those eligible for D.V.A. benefits will receive a subsidy).

Volunteer Services

Our volunteers provide a variety of services and support to seniors including: accompaniment to appointments, friendly visiting, and shopping assistance.

 The Continuum of Care:

We understand that when coping with significant health changes in either yourself or a significant other, it help to reach out to someone. At JFSA, we understand that transition and all its accompanying needs. JFSA has developed a comprehensive Continuum of Care that meets the needs of seniors and families at all stages of the aging journey.

Our Continuum of Care provides seniors and their families a range of services from information and referrals to community resources, professional assessment, Care Management, financial aid, medical equipment loans, professional Home Support, and counselling services. Many services are provided on a sliding fee scale. Our experienced social workers also work with adult children and other caregivers.



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