created at: 2013-01-28Your widowed 85-year-old mother lives in Chicago – should you move her closer to you? Your grandfather broke his hip and is getting out of the hospital next Tuesday – what kind of care will he need? Am I eligible for subsidized housing? What’s the difference between a nursing home and assisted living?

These are the kinds of questions the staff of CJP SeniorDirect get every day. In fact, experienced social workers Candice Gould, LCSW, LMHC and Marjorie Raskin, LICSW receive almost 1,000 calls a year from seniors, their families, social workers, physicians, clergy, and others in Massachusetts and across the country.

CJP SeniorDirect is a free information and resource service funded by Combined Jewish Philanthropies and staffed by JF&CS eldercare professionals who take the time to understand questions and connect families with the resources and expert advice they need. Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Candy and Marjorie answer questions and help figure out needs, direct callers to appropriate resources, and help navigate the complex and often confusing elder care system. They are knowledgeable about the issues older adults face and well-versed with the full range of Boston’s eldercare services and government-subsidized programs and benefits.

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