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Family Care

Family Care is a division within the Department of Older Adult Services at Jewish Family Services. It is funded by My Choice Family Care.

Available Services

  • Care Management
  • Homecare
  • Transportation
  • Home delivered meals
  • Health Education

The Family Care Department serves frail, low income older adults who might otherwise be forced to move into a nursing home, as well as adults aged 18-59 with physical or cognitive disabilities. We work collaboratively with our clients to identify their personal outcomes and develop a service plan that utilizes a combination of informal supports and paid services to help them reach their goals. We are able to provide in-home services to supplement a client’s informal supports, such as personal and supportive home care, transportation, and home delivered meals. These additional services make it possible for clients to continue living in their own homes — and receive the support they need — at a fraction of the cost of a nursing home.

Our Clients

In order to qualify for Family Care, you must be at least 60 years of age and have been identified as having a long-term care need OR be a younger, disabled adult also in need of long-term care services. Since its inception in 1999, the JFS Family Care Department has served more than 600 older adults. At any given moment, our department of 30 care managers, registered nurses, and administrative staff are working with an average of 510 seniors and disabled adults.

Our Staff

Our highly trained and professional staff is what makes the JFS Family Care program so exceptional. Registered nurses play an active role in ensuring a client’s well-being, from assisting with the coordination of doctor appointments and medication management, as well as providing wellness and preventative health education. The nurses are also available to respond to any changes in a client’s health and provide both education and advocacy within the health care system. The care manager is responsible for coordinating the services within the home and monitoring their effectiveness in meeting client outcomes. The care manager is always willing to lend an ear when a client is lonely and needs someone to listen. Oftentimes, the JFS care manager and nurse are the only family a client has, and the caring way we comfort and provide services can help ease his or her current situation.


For more information on Older Adult Services or the Family Care Program, please contact Stacy Ehlers at 414-390-5800 or sehlers@jfsmilw.org.

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