By Rochelle Miller

The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are different for various socio-demographic groups, hitting older adults harder than any other age group. Some have suggested that ageism — that is, a discriminatory attitude toward people of more advanced age — may have significantly contributed to the detrimental effects on the health and longevity of older adults with COVID-19.

Human beings are social creatures. Our connection to others enables us to survive and thrive. Yet, as we age, many of us are alone more often than when we were younger, leaving us vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness and related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression, and heart disease.

Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, and more. Confounding the precarious situation further is dealing with the uncertainty generated by the coronavirus. Socially distanced from our loved ones during these turbulent times has, painfully, become the new reality. For our beloved senior citizens, each day is fraught with fear and anxiety.

People who find themselves suddenly alone due to the death of a spouse, separation from friends or family, retirement, loss of mobility, or lack of transportation are at particular risk.

Conversely, people who engage in meaningful, productive activities tend to live longer, boost their mood, and have a sense of purpose. Studies show that these activities tend to maintain their well-being and may improve their cognitive function.

For so many of us, the pain of being separated from our loved ones has been unbearable. Rent asunder from our cherished elders throughout Pesach, we furtively planned spending precious time together against the backdrop of summer’s sweet season. Uppermost on our minds throughout the crisis and when it passes is providing our senior loved ones with opportunities for recreational and social interaction as the key to their physical and mental well being.

In the wake of the pandemic, families are increasingly reaching out to Elite Care to address these needs through their premier signature services. As the gold standard of geriatric home healthcare, Elite Care provides assistance to the elderly and their families when the need for additional care begins to arise. Whether you’re exploring the need for nursing home placement, home care, geriatric care management, or companion care, Elite’s specialists are committed to giving your loved ones the proper care they deserve.

With years of experience and knowledge in the healthcare industry, Elite Care has the expertise to assist you. Moreover, their strong network of healthcare-related facilities and providers allows them to pair your needs with the appropriate caregivers. Regardless of whether you are covered by a specific insurance or choose to pay privately, Elite Care will find the best services that are within the parameters of your budget.

More than merely being a business, Elite is truly a culture, passionately serving its clients as well as the community. An industry leader, the company offers top-tier geriatric care management, sending licensed home health aides, certified nursing assistants, and registered nurses to the homes of those requiring them. Included among the services provided are assistance with grooming/dressing/bathing, scheduling and escorting to doctor’s appointments, meal preparation, home maintenance services, medication management, full housekeeping, grocery shopping, transportation, and more. Offering highly customized concierge service, the company will assign a nurse to work with each family, assessing the patient’s needs. Based on these factors and requirements, a personalized plan will be created to best benefit the patient. There are no minimum shift requirements.

The focus of Elite Care has always been on providing superior one-on-one care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, matching clients with the nurses, caregivers, and companions who best fit the physical and emotional needs of the entire family, whether at home, in a hospital, or at a facility. Eli Kohn, the company’s director of Geriatric Care Services, and his dedicated staff are committed to doing everything they can to keep people happy and independent living in their own home.

“Many elderly people are at home all day,” Mr. Kohn told the 5TJT. “As a result, they can become depressed, which can be detrimental to their physical health. They feel isolated and alone even under normal circumstances, but so much more so now, during this pandemic, as they are isolated from their children and grandchildren.”

Comprising compassionate, caring professionals, Elite Care’s staff is warm, personable, and bursting with life. “We don’t send just anybody,” says Mr. Kohn. “Our caregivers radiate positivity and enthusiasm. We offer a diverse option of multilingual caregivers, all of whom are licensed and bonded and are trained to assist with non-medical care. They undergo a strict screening process and are trusted to assist clients with all their needs. Every person we send represents the Elite Care commitment to providing our clients with the highest level of service, treating your loved ones with respect and dignity.”

Sharing a common goal with the families of the clients they service, the company’s mission is to make sure your loved one is receiving the best care in the best environment. They contribute their best efforts as a group toward a common vision, collaborating to provide superior care to their patients.

Providing world-class care with kindness and consideration of each person’s emotional, spiritual, and emotional needs, Elite Care creates an environment conducive to healing and well-being for all. Whether you live out of town or reside next door, consider Elite Care your extended family to coordinate services seamlessly when you can’t be there.

Kindness and compassion are hallmarks of Elite Care’s Culture of Chesed. Whether teaming up with the Kosher Guru for kosher food or orchestrating multi-generational mitzvah endeavors — each one a kiddush Hashem — you know Eli Kohn and Elite Care will be at the forefront, without any desire for accolades, lending support to every worthy cause. That is the essence of Eli and his lovely wife, Vicki; living their lives according to the tenets of the Torah is how they raise their children and how Eli runs his business. It is also how he interacts with his clients and his staff.

Peruse the following testimonials from extremely satisfied family members:

“Thank you deeply for sending such a caring person to take care of my grandfather,” shared Jennifer G. of NY. “I cannot express how grateful I am for everything your staff has done.”

“Elite Care helped at a very chaotic, stressful time,” wrote Paula B., Bronx. “They really helped take the worry of my father off my mind. The aide that cared for him was very responsible, helpful, and trustworthy. Wonderful and understanding staff that is always there to help.”

“No one is prepared when life takes an unfortunate turn, but Elite Care provided support and strength for my mom and I could truly say that they have had a huge impact on all of us,” said Debbie S., of Bayside.

Elite Care is located at 3838 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234. For further information, please call 718-942-5388 or email info@elitecares.com.

Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at Rochellemiller04@aol.com.

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