LIVINGSTON, NJ — JEVS at Home, a nonprofit organization providing non-medical home care support services to disabled and aging individuals, recently partnered with Jewish Vocational Service of Metrowest NJ (JVS) to open an office in Livingston in order to provide services in Essex and Morris Counties in New Jersey.
Addy Bonet, chief executive officer of JVS of Metrowest, said JVS is a perfect way to allow aging family members to stay in their home in an engaging environment. She said one of the reasons the organization moved to Livingston was to expand its reach to residents of West Orange, the Caldwells and other Essex County municipalities, as well.
“The services that we provide are services that most elderly clients need assistance with and our goal is to keep them in their home so that they don’t have to go to a nursing home or rehab center,” she said. “JVS is very experienced in this area, we have a strong presence in the area, and now that we’re partnering with JEVS, we’re going to have much more opportunity to expand our services.”
In addition to providing long-term home care for elderly clients—including taking them to doctor appointments, cooking light meals throughout the day, cleaning, providing companionship and more—Bonet said JEVS at Home also serves clients recuperating from surgery who need short-term assistance as they recover. Since 2012, she said JEVS at Home has come to be known for its excellence of care, dedication to improved quality of life and focus on helping clients maintain as much independence and “normalcy” as possible.
With a service area including Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, Bucks and Allegheny counties in Pennsylvania, JEVS at Home is one of the largest home care service providers in Pennsylvania. According to Bonet, JEVS at Home has more than 1000 clients and a very large staff in the Philadelphia area.
“In less than four years, JEVS at Home honed our approach and capabilities, established our name, and built a stellar reputation in southeastern Pennsylvania,” said Aurora Kripa, JEVS CEO. “We’re excited to now bring all of this energy and expertise to Essex County and its surrounding communities in New Jersey.”
Kripa said the partnership JVS was a natural step for the organization’s growth, adding that JVS has long-standing relationships with many clients in the Metrowest NJ region.
“Receiving care from someone you know and trust is imperative and we will continue to offer excellent service along with the team of caregivers already in place and without interruption,” she said.
According to Kripa, the JEVS at Home partnership will also benefit JVS, as the organization will be able to utilize the JEVS at Home infrastructure for tracking clients’ care plans and becoming a Medicaid provider.
“They are our sister agency, so it’s a perfect way for us to partner and utilize their experience with providing services to a large number of clients and also managing a large budget and staff,” said Bonet. “When they come here, we’ll be able to utilize their infrastructure for billing, staffing and marketing so we can build our program in this area—we don’t have to start from scratch. That’s going to allow us to move quickly to serve the community, to maintain our clients that we’re serving now and also grow our clients.”
JVS also “helps people help themselves” through innovative programs in training, education and career counseling in order to “create pathways to hope, independence and employment,” according a release by JVS. In addition to the home care offices, the Livingston facility also includes a finance department, an IT department, corporate training and career counseling.
According to Bonet, JVS has been doing customized corporate training in the area for more than 20 years. Working with large companies and trainers who are experts in their fields, Bonet said the organization has a niche in leadership, manufacturing and healthcare training.
“Teaming up with a home care agency that has a client satisfaction rate of 97 percent in place is certainly who we want to be coupled with to continue serving those in need,” said Bonet. “Satisfaction like that doesn’t come easily and JVS is proud that, through this partnership, we can extend this high-level of home care service to the communities counting on us.”