Preparation for Placement in a Home for Aged Visually Impaired Persons

By Edward Berkowitz

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1970

Caseworkers for the Jewish Guild for the Blind, operating out of the Yonkers Home for the Aged Blind, helped elderly clients prepare for residency in the Home by developing intake methods that addressed the dual stresses of aging and visual loss. Staff sought to help the client to plan and participate in this major life transition through individual case work and group sessions. Over a study period of three to six months, clients participated in weekly or bi-weekly interviews, often involving family members, culminating in several pre-admission visits. Group sessions involved a number of applicants and their relatives meeting to talk over their anxieties regarding the clients' new residence, in order to make bearable the transition to group living.

Topic: Social Work, Institutional Care, Elder Care, Disability and Special Needs, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 47/No.2

Page Number(s): 161-168

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Yonkers, New York

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Berkowitz, Edward. Preparation for Placement in a Home for Aged Visually Impaired Persons. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1970: 161-168.


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