We all know an aging senior in need of assistance. Various types of support are necessary for our elderly population to remain living independently. The Plainview-Old Bethpage community is fortunate to have a valuable resource in its own backyard to help seniors accomplish this and more: The Mid-Island Y JCC’s (MIYJCC) POB Cares/Project PACE. The POB Chamber of Commerce is proud
to be “adopting” this worthy organization, acting as one of its “good will community ambassadors” through August, 2017.
The MIYJCC’s POB Cares and Project PACE (Plainview Assisting Community Elders) are non-sectarian programs offered to residents age 60 and over. They provide on-site programs at the Mid-Island Y JCC, free in-home services and referrals to community resources. These programs have been in operation for over a decade. Alana Rosenstein has been program director for the past two years and sees the value of the programs going way beyond the services themselves. “It’s very much about building relationships with people and earning their trust as you guide them through the various stages of the aging process,” she explains. “Trust and continuity are important elements of our programs. We have assisted some seniors now for ten years, helping them navigate through their changing needs while maintaining the best quality of life possible.”
Alana is proud to note the program’s many success stories. She cites one in which POB resident, Rich, faced a frightening homecoming after a lengthy hospital stay. A widower with no children, Rich lives alone in Plainview and his relatives were spread across the country. No longer allowed to drive and subsisting on a very limited income, Rich didn’t know how he would be able to stay in his home of 40 plus years. Thankfully, his neighbor and friend (Alana calls them good will community ambassadors) reached out to the Mid-Island Y JCC. Within days, staff and volunteers from Project PACE stepped in to assess Rich’s needs and implement services. A social worker helped him to identify benefits and tax exemptions to help make his bills more manageable. A community health nurse helped him establish a consistent routine for his medication and avoid further health crises. Rich was registered for a weekly shopping bus to get his groceries, and a social work intern was assigned to meet with him weekly for supportive counseling.
“It wasn’t easy to ask for help,” Rich admits. “But your people give a damn,” he told Alana in an interview. “They all give a damn. Your people there do mitzvahs every day. You guys are amazing and I love you all.”
According to Alana, Rich’s relationship with the program continues to this day. He looks forward to riding the shopping bus each week, receives food from the Jewish Communal Fund Food Pantry (including special deliveries at holiday times) and welcomes visits from the nurse and social workers. “Rich is pleased to give back by sharing his story,“ says Alana, “so that others might be inspired to reach out for help when they need it.”
If you would like to be part of the POB Cares/Project PACE success stories, become a good will community ambassador by spreading the word, volunteering or donating. Please contact Director Alana Rosenstein at email@example.com or 516-822-3535, ext. 385
Pictured on the homepage: Rich, a POB Cares/Project PACE client, receiving assistance from a caregiver.