ROCKLEIGH, N.J.– Rockleigh Jewish Home Family President and CEO Carol Silver Elliott presented SeniorHaven for Elder Abuse Prevention – New Jersey’s first and only elder abuse shelter – at a county hearing on the needs of older adults.
“Elder abuse is a significant issue in this country and one that does not receive the attention it deserves,” Silver Elliott said. “Elder abuse can take the form of physical, emotional, sexual, verbal and financial abuse as well as neglect. And this abuse cuts across all lines—socioeconomic, cultural, racial and geographic. Anyone can be a victim.”
"Although there are estimated to be between 3.5 and 5 million victims of elder abuse each year, only 14 shelters for elder abuse victims currently exist in this country."
SeniorHaven for Elder Abuse Prevention opened at the Jewish Home Family in northern Bergen County in July 2015.
The hearing took place at the County Administration Building before the Board of Chosen Freeholders and before a panel of experts at the Bergen County Division of Senior Services Public Hearing of the Needs of Older Adults.
"We are the only elder abuse shelter in the State of New Jersey," said Silver Elliot. "We provide a 90 to 120 day stay at one of our Jewish Home Family organizations at no charge to the victims and we offer them a full range of services including medical care, social services, pastoral care, rehabilitation services, nutritional counseling and legal services.
"We have to do this for them because they cannot do it for themselves."
The Jewish Home Family is the organizational parent of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh – Russ Berrie Home for Jewish Living, the Jewish Home Assisted Living – Kaplen Family Senior Residence, the Jewish Home at Home and the Jewish Home Foundation of North Jersey. The mission of the Jewish Home Family and its constituent organizations is to provide the very best care, service and guidance for the benefit of our elderly and their families, at home and at our facilities, now and into the future, regardless of race, religion or financial ability, consistent with Jewish traditions and values.