By Rochelle Miller

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 distancing 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. These activities tend to maintain their wellbeing and may improve their cognitive function, studies show.

As we practice social distancing, this Pesach will be unlike any we have ever experienced before. For so many of us, the pain of being separated from our loved ones will be palpable. Although the situation is presently untenable and uncertain, Hashem will send a refuah and a yeshuah. While we are in the midst of this unprecedented crisis, and when it passes, providing our senior loved ones with opportunities for recreational and social interaction is key for their physical and mental wellbeing.

Elite Care provides assistance to the elderly and their families when the need for additional care begins to arise. Whether 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 health care industry, Elite Care has the expertise to assist you. Moreover, their strong network of health care related facilities and providers allow 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.

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, and 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 and hourly and live-in options are available.

Since its inception, 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.”

Comprised of compassionate, caring consummate professionals, every member of Elite Care’s staff is warm, personable, and bursting with life. “We don’t just send 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. Working in tandem, 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.

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 New York. “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 who 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., Bayside, NY.

Elite Care is located at 3838 Flatlands Avenue, in Brooklyn. 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, who writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at Rochellemiller04@aol.com.

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