Hebrew Senior Care

Services and Support

Dementia Care Consultation:

Navigating the dementia experience is typically overwhelming…for both the person living with dementia, and that person’s care partner(s).  Care consultation offers a practical roadmap during a time of confusion and uncertainty. Our dementia care expert explores the unique components of the person’s experience.    For example:   How has the person’s life history impacted their situation today? How can current strengths and supports be better utilized?  What additional care resources may be available?  Does the caregiver feel confident in communicating with the person with dementia and responding to difficult behaviors?  Is the caregiver prepared to cope with increased future care needs? Guidance is tailored to help with a variety of challenges.  Questions  often heard:
  • “What is mom’s stage of dementia?  How much longer do you think she has?”
  • “How do I get her to stop getting up at night? I’m worried she may leave the house.”
  • “I lose my patience with my dad alot.  He makes the same mistakes over and over again…No matter how many times I try to help him do things the right way, he just doesn’t get it…that’s when I lose my temper….I feel like a terrible son.”
  • “ She can’t do the things she used to love.  She was a baker…an artist..a teacher…now she just sits and watches TV….it’s so depressing.”
  • “My wife hates to shower. She yells and tries to hit me.  Am I supposed to just walk away? It’s my job to make sure she stays clean!”
A detailed Care Guide offers useful tools to make your life easier .  Due to the changing, progressive nature of dementia, an annual follow up consultation is recommended.  Hebrew Senior Care values your trust. In return we pledge our commitment to walk WITH you on this journey- every step of the way.  

Special Approaches and Programs: Most human beings are actually human-DOINGS. Being alive is more than having disease symptoms managed. Through our community partnerships and donor support we have developed several unique programs to provide meaningful engagement in living life.

A Fresh Canvas: An Alzheimer’s Arts Program: Art therapy, music therapy and dance-movement therapy are provided in our Senior Day Center through this grant-funded program.

Horticultural Therapy and Jessie’s Community Gardens:Care of the environment is a natural instinct, and with our stand up gardens on our dementia unit, the sensory garden on the south side of the building and our Jessie’s Community Garden project, we enjoy the act of gardening and giving to others. Our Senior Day Center clients grow produce to make home made food, and donate extra crop to the food pantry at Jewish Family Services.

Support Groups or Community Events and Information

Hebrew Senior Care offers a variety of support groups for individuals in the community as well as surrounding areas.  Members of our support groups feel better as they share the stress that they are coping with when dealing with a memory loss or loss of a loved one.  Please contact Heather Dobbert, LCSW, DCP, at 860-920-1810 to discuss your individual needs.  
Caregiver Support Group 
Hebrew Senior Care’s dementia  care professionals have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Association  to offer  support groups.  The Caregiver Support Group is open to all caregivers including spouses, adult children, friends and other loved ones.  The group meets the 1st Thursday of the month from 3:15-4:30 pm,in the Hebrew Senior Care Board Room.  To contact Heather Dobbert, the support group leader, or find directions, click here hdobbert@hebrewseniorcare.org or at 860-920-1810 
Support groups offer many benefits: useful information about dementia resources, an opportunity to learn from other caregivers with similar experiences, and most importantly a safe place where YOU can speak openly and honestly about the good times, the difficult times, and everything in between.  Caregiver stress is a very real risk factor for many health related conditions. Are you putting yourself at risk? Take this stress test to find out if you are at risk.
As a caregiver, your first responsibility is to your own health and well being.  We’ve all heard the flight attendants remind us: “Please place your own oxygen mask on before placing one on your child.”  You cannot meet the needs of your loved one, if you fall ill to stress related illness.  Self care is not a luxury.  It is a necessity.  Still, many caregivers find it difficult to make time for self care. Click here for a list of ideas to help you find time for yourself. Caregiving Yourself! List of Ideas.
Mild Cognitive Impairment Group
The MCI group is a group of individuals experiencing mild cognitive impairment.  Members are coping with the changes related to early stage cognitive loss.  The group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:00 pm, at Jewish Family Services in West Hartford.  Click here for directions or to contact the support group leader, Ms. Penny Yellen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Jewish Family Services at 860.236.1927 or pyellen@JFSHartford.org.  The group offers a forum for members to explore their experiences, including help in coping with lifestyle and relationship changes. Learn more about Mild Cognitive Impairment,  including  how get a diagnosis as well as updates  on the latest dementia  research,. Click here. 
Facilitators:  Heather Dobbert, LCSW, DCP, Director of Dementia Care Services at Hebrew Senior Care
Penny Yellen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Jewish Family Services
To register for – or for more information about – the Mild Cognitive Impairment Loss Support Group please contact Heather Dobbert at 860.920.1810 or hdobbert@hebrewseniorcare.org or contact Penny Yellen at 860.236.1927 or pyellen@JFSHartford.org.


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