JCA says thanks

Exceptional care during difficult times

As Australia dealt with the Omicron surge, JCA member organisations continued to provide exceptional services in the aged care space.

Dorrit Mahemoff. Photo: Jimmy Pozarik
Dorrit Mahemoff. Photo: Jimmy Pozarik

During December and January, aged care facilities were faced with unprecedented circumstances. A massively virulent strain of the coronavirus, Omicron, was wreaking havoc. The challenge wasn’t only to keep our seniors safe, it was also ensuring there were enough carers and support staff to care for them, and ensure that they weren’t isolated and alone while trying to avoid the virus.

Frontline JCA member organisations providing exceptional services in this space include COA Sydney, JewishCare, Montefiore, and The Burger Centre.

“I take this opportunity to truly thank all the amazing staff and volunteers who showed up day after day – be it to deliver meals, make a check-in phone call, care for our most vulnerable and make sure our community and organisation stayed operational and functional,” said Alain Hasson, CEO JCA.

This doesn’t happen without our community’s full support and cooperation.

“We want our donors, volunteers and supporters to realise the impact of their donation and commitment to community at times like these. The program and service providers can concentrate on what they do best and leave the funding up to JCA. With a system already under pressure, they know that they have the community’s support behind them,” said Hasson.

While the physical delivery of services was important, it was also crucial to combat social isolation. The organisations were able to connect with clients via Zoom, hosting events that were mentally stimulating as well as fun, and helping to keep families and friends connected.

“JCA’s 2021 campaign raised $13.5M – a real credit to everyone who got involved – with $2.5m of this scheduled to be allocated to support our aged and community care providers and cover a small part of increased COVID-related expenses. We are tremendously grateful to those who supported JCA’s 2021 campaign and to all our volunteers, especially those supporting our vulnerable during the pandemic, who gave of their time and heart during 2021,” concluded Hasson.

JCA’s 2022 campaign will commence in late March and the community will be encouraged to support all our local Jewish community’s needs, including our aged care service providers and our other organisations that embrace education, advocacy and security, Holocaust, history and heritage, culture, engagement and outreach and community care.

For more information, visit jca.org.au

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