By Myra Saturen
Jewish Family Service will soon be offering even better ways to serve its clients through The GO Program, a service that, in collaboration with ShareCare Faith in Action, provides much-needed rides to people without transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and more.
Now, through the generous assistance of Scott Berman, M.D., JFS will be adding a valuable dimension to The GO Program: a state-of-the-art geriatric assessment tool which will help identify GO clients’ needs in addition to transportation. Berman is a psychiatrist specializing in geriatrics.
He is working with JFS clinical staff members on aJFS database to enhance the field evaluations done by Rebecca Axelrod-Cooper, community impact coordinator.
This assessment tool will help Axelrod-Cooper and JFS clinical staff members look at a client’s safety, psychological well-being, cognitive status and other dimensions of healthful living.
At present, the tool is being developed principally for clients of The GO Program. But eventually, it will be expanded to help all geriatric clients in all JFS programs. JFS will have the capacity to perform a comprehensive geriatric assessment that covers all aspects of aging, from fall risk and nutrition to personal safety, legal and financial concerns.
In addition to working with staff on a database, Berman has also taught seminars for staff and interns about the different types of dementia.