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New Staff and New Elder Care Options at JFS

Donna Gordon, MSW, LICSW

SPRINGFIELD – Donna Gordon, MSW, has joined Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts as clinical director.
In her new role, Gordon will oversee the counseling department which includes social work, counseling for individuals, families and couples, support groups, older adult outreach, geriatric care management, and the Community Support Program (CSP). Since Donna’s arrival this spring, she has been actively involved with volunteer training, staff development and community outreach.
“My commitment to social work, to strengthening the lives of individuals and families, coupled with my love for Jewish life, make this position a perfect fit. I am beginning to evaluate the social service needs of the community and am looking at ways that JFS can support your needs,” Gordon said.
One pressing need already addressed by Donna is Geriatric Care Management. Geriatric care management provides guidance and resources for older adults. Geriatric care managers are trained to assist older adults in attaining their maximum functional potential. The process begins with an assessment which includes an older adult’s physical safety, nutrition, cognition, social wellness, medical history, legal and financial situation. With a thorough assessment, JFS staff is able to address an older adult’s immediate needs. The level of ongoing care management services is adjusted as needed over time, making certain that the elder’s best interests, safety and happiness come first. There is a small fee charged for geriatric care assessments and care management services.
Gordon can be contacted at (413) 737-2601, ext. 106 or d.gordon@jfswm.org.

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