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Jefferson Elder Care offers clinical and consultation services for older adults in the Delaware Valley. Please see details below or call (215) 503-6791 or email eldercare@jefferson.edu for more information.

Clinical Services

For Individuals with Memory Loss

Memory Loss
My wife followed me around the house and it was
hard to get anything done. I learned strategies to
manage day to day, and things are better now.

This service is for patients with memory loss (Alzheimer's disease/other dementias and Mild Cognitive Impairment) who have Medicare Part B.

A healthcare professional will conduct an in-home evaluation. If the patient qualifies for therapy, the therapist will help improve safety and participation in daily tasks and meaningful activities, teach skills for caregiving and make home safety recommendations

This service includes elements of both the Skills2Care™ program for family caregivers and the Home Safety Assessment as ensuring home safety and preventing falls is an important part of dementia care.

For Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Dementia

This service is for patients with intellectual disability diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia living in the community or in a supportive living environment who have Medicare Part B.

A healthcare professional will conduct an in-home/on-site evaluation. If the patient qualifies for therapy, the therapist will help improve safety and participation in daily tasks and meaningful activities, teach skills for caregiving to support staff and families and make environmental modification recommendations.

This service includes elements of both the Skills2Care™ program for family caregivers and the Home Safety Assessment as ensuring home safety and preventing falls is an important part of dementia care

For Individuals Aging in Place

This service is for patients who have difficulty doing daily activities at home and may be at risk for falls or injury; who have Medicare Part B

A healthcare professional will conduct an in-home evaluation. If the patient qualifies for therapy, the therapist will help improve daily function and safety.

To access these clinical services, a physician prescription is required . Please call (215) 503-6791 for more information and to request our services.

Consultation Services

Skills2Cares
Skills2Care
I feel like my home is safer and I’m better prepared
to deal with challenging behaviors. I’m happier and
so is Mom.

Caring for a family member with dementia can be difficult. Skills2Care™ is a program to help caregivers manage more effectively. An occupational therapist (OT) visits your home to learn about your care challenges and evaluate the home environment. The OT then develops and helps you implement, a set of care strategies that are customized to address the unique needs and environment of each family. The OT will help you:

  • Manage challenging behaviors such as wandering or
    refusing help
  • Make your home safer
  • Reduce your stress
  • Engage your family member in meaningful activities

Home Safety Assessment

Home safety is an important component in helping to prevent falls. An occupational therapist can assess the home and make safety recommendations to reduce fall hazards such as:

  • Appropriate bathroom equipment to ensure safety and ease of function when bathing or showering
  • Placement of furniture and objects in order to promote a sense of security and easy access to areas that are safe
  • Safe storage of medications and other potentially harmful items so they are not used inappropriately
  • Proper lighting and accessible passageways interior and exterior to the home in order to promote safe mobility
  • Location and storage of daily items (e.g. clothes, kitchen utensils) to promote safe and easy retrieval and use.