Thursday, 28 June 2012

Have you heard of The POOPs Program?

Our Aged Care Team believe in the benefits of companion animals and looking after pets as you age.

We've found a service that provides assistance to those of you looking after pets.


The Pets of Older Persons (POOPs) program - assists socially isolated elderly people by offering assistance with their pets in times of crisis. The POOPs Program aims to keep pets and their elderly owners happy, healthy and together in their own homes for as long as possible.

POOPs was established by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) at St Joseph’s Hospital Auburn in 2003 to temporarily care for the pets of elderly people who were admitted to hospital. The RSPCA became involved to provide assistance with veterinary care and emergency boarding.

POOPs is based in Sydney yet assists clients throughout NSW whenever possible through RSPCA NSW Shelters and Branches.

POOPs services:

• Temporary foster accommodation and/or emergency boarding of the pet should the owner require medical treatment, respite or other assistance
• Assistance with veterinary treatment at the RSPCA Sydney Vet Hospital
• Assistance with pet grooming
• Home visits to assist the elderly with basic pet care

Who is eligible for POOPs?

POOPs is specifically designed to help people 65 years of age or older who are socially isolated and require assistance with care of their pets.
Palliative care patients of any age who are socially isolated may also access POOPs services.

What does it cost?

Where possible, clients pay the veterinary, grooming and boarding fees at the time of service. POOPs clients receive a discount on all services and payment plans can be arranged if required.
All cases will be assessed on an individual basis.

The POOPs program is not government funded and relies on donations and grants for support.

For more information, email or phone: 02 9782 4408.

Volunteering and Foster Care for Pets Of Older Persons (POOPs)

If you’re interested in assisting POOPs with any of the following tasks, please contact the POOPs Team on 02 9782 4408:
• Transportation of animals to local vets
• Walking or feeding animals - mostly dogs but also cats, birds, fish and other small animals
• Temporary foster care of animals whilst owners are in hospital or respite – mostly dogs and cats but also birds, fish and other small animals
• Donating goods, time or money to POOPs

Our Aged CaseWork Team thinks that this is a very important service for older people living at home knowing that their pet/s are safe and being well looked after.
Depending on your circumstances; volunteering with animals is an incredible rewarding experience which will assist with your health and wellbeing

Monday, 25 June 2012


It is literally weeks before the move to our new offices in Newland Street will commence. Everyone in the community is very excited about the move which will be completed by the end of July.

On 10 July renowned USA speaker, columnist and author Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser will be talking about the debilitating effects of addictions including eating disorders. The event is aimed at school counsellors and educators in the community. Space is limited so if you would like to attend call Warren on 93028005 or

JewishCare’s Annual Citizenship Ceremony is being planned for later this year.
If you or anyone you know is eligible to become a citizen let me know.
It is invariably a wonderful occasion so don’t miss out.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Active and Healthly

What a great tool!!!

Check out ‘Active and Healthy’ organised by NSW Government Health


It’s a great resource that is simple to use.

Find great exercise, yoga, dance and pilates programs or informative classes on different areas that relate to older peoples' health and wellbeing -

And check out their active and healthy guide to improve your overall health and wellbeing -

JewishCare’s Aged Casework Team likes the sound of tap dancing and the Stepping On workshops.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Launch of Mental Health Foundation

Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries joined other community leaders to launch JewishCare’s Mental Health Foundation on 18 June.

The aim of the Foundation is to accept donations and bequests to ensure JewishCare will be able to meet the future mental health needs of the community.

Thanks to JCA and a private donor, JewishCare has been able to operate the community’s most extensive and effective mental health program providing ongoing support to 150 people each year.

JewishCare President Allan Vidor noted that effectively dealing with mental health requires partnerships between clients and various other organisations as well as private mental health practitioners. He pointed out the recent partnership between JewishCare and B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages (supported by a NSW government’s State Community Building grant) as well as the ongoing work with The Black Dog Institute. Michael Sluis from Black Dog Institute mentioned the close relationship between our two organisations and the value of JewishCare’s program in keeping people connected to their communities.

For more information about the Mental Health Foundation call Claire Vernon on 93028028.


The Economist magazine published this interesting article that stresses the importance of people with Asperger's (as well as ADD and Dyslexia) in the modern business world:

Friday, 15 June 2012

Do you need help getting to the shops?

Holdsworth Community Centre and Services provides support to older people living at home


They provide a variety of shopping services to support peoples individual needs

1. The Community Links Assisted Shopping Program
They will link a volunteer with someone who wants to go shopping but requires extra assistance and friendly support. 

2. Shopping Bus
Offers a door to door bus service to either Bondi Junction or Edgecliff shopping centres.This is perfect for older people who can do their own shopping independently but have difficulty using public transport.

3. Individual (LIST) Shopping Service
This service support people who can't do there own shopping for health or medical reasons. They will collect your shopping list and organise delivery.

4. Individual Transport to medical appointments

Holdsworth Community Centre and Services provides a lot of others programs so visit the following links for more information.
Some activities may incur a fee, require a doctors certificate or may only run in certain areas.

The Aged Casework Team at JewishCare like community programs that support older  people to continue living at home. 


Thursday, 7 June 2012

11th -17th June is Skin Health Week

Love the skin you’re in!


11th-17th June is Australia’s first Skin Health Week in Victoria, their aim is the aim is to raise awareness of about skin conditions and No matter what age we are we all need to look after our skin!

Get your skin checked regularly:
• For new moles
• For suspicious looking spots
• Or for any changes in existing moles

Protect your skin by:
• Wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs
• Applying 30+, broad-spectrum sunscreen as directed every two hr
• Wearing a broad-brimmed hat that covers your face and neck
• Seeking shady spaces when spending a lot of time out doors
• Wearing wrap-around sunglasses 

Remember that he sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m so stay clear of highly exposed sun areas.

Check out the following Interactive display - click on age and gender to learn more about skin health information

For more info about sun and skin care:

If you have any queries speak to your local GP or contact the SunSmart Infoline: (02) 9334 1761 an initiative by the Cancer Council

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Mission to Lars

A new documentary called "Mission to Lars" is to receive a limited release in the UK this June. The film follows a journalist as she tries to help her brother Tom, who is diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome, to achieve his lifelong goal of meeting Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich:

Monday, 4 June 2012

Mental Health initiative

State Government supports Mental Health initiative by JewishCare and B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages (BBRV)

The State Government has provided $40,000 in funding for essential modifications for a two home units that BBRV intends to purchase to provide homes for people with mental health issues.

Henry Wirth Chairman of BBRV said “This is a perfect partnership, we have the expertise in acquiring and maintaining properties for members of the community with specific needs and JewishCare is our community’s largest and most respected provider of services for these people”.

To date BBRV has purchased and will maintain a one bedroom unit in the vicinity of the current BBRV Princess Gardens in Princess Street Rose Bay while JewishCare will provide appropriate clinical services to the individual who will occupy this residence.

Allan Vidor President of JewishCare said “This is great example of collaboration within our community that also demonstrates how we are working creatively to ensure the best outcomes for our clients at the most efficient cost to the community”.

Gabrielle Upton Member for Vaucluse said she had no hesitation in recommending that the NSW Government support this valuable initiative with a Community Building Partnership Program grant of $40,000.

"This initiative provides a template for all community organisations to combine their individual capabilities and resources to help people with special needs live independent lives,” Ms Upton said.

Watch Ruth Cromer's story: