Bilingual Case Management

Older adults and family members often find themselves navigating through a maze of care options. J-Sei's bilingual case managers can help identify solutions that help promote independence and well- being. Case managers conduct a home visit and assess the older adult's abilities, health, home safety and social supports. This assistance is helpful both in a crisis and for long term planning situations.

Case managers work with families to secure the necessary help and resources such as:

  • Interpreter services for medical appointments
  • In-home care
  • Transportation
  • Re-location to a new living arrangement
  • Legal and financial services
  • Information and referrals
  • Minor home repairs
  • Nutrition programs
  • Friendly Visitors/Caller referrals
ELIGIBILITY
Must be at least 60 years of age.

DONATION/FEE FOR SERVICE
Families are asked to contribute towards the cost of service on a sliding scale basis.

Contact Miyuki Iwata, LCSW, Bilingual Case Manager: 510-654-4000 ext. 11, miyuki@j-sei.org.


Home-Delivered Lunches

THIS PROGRAM IS A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

J-Sei's friendly volunteer drivers deliver hot, nutritious Japanese lunches from Monday through Thursday to older adults who are unable to shop or prepare their own meals. We also deliver meals to older adults who are recovering from an injury or illness and have a short term need for this service. A frozen meals program is available to provide older adults with extra meals to accommodate healthy eating on the weekends.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Must be at least 60 years of age.
  • Should have some level of difficulty shopping, cooking and leaving the home.
  • Must have an assessment and home visit by the Senior Center Coordinator.
  • Must live within our delivery area. Contact Vera for more information.
  • Each attendee must complete an updated registration form each fiscal year.

DONATION/FEE FOR SERVICE
Individuals 60+ contribute $4/lunch if attending more than once per week. Individuals 60+ contribute $5/lunch if only attending once per week.

Contact Vera Yamamoto, MA, RD Senior Nutrition Coordinator: 510-654-4000 ext. 15, vera@j-sei.org.


Nutrition Program

Food is more than a way to simply feed our bodies. Food nurtures our well-being and for J-Sei older adults, hot, nutritious Japanese lunches are a source of daily enjoyment and socialization. A group of older adults gathers at 11:30am Monday through Thursday at the Senior Center in Berkeley for this traditional lunch, oftentimes before or after a Senior Center class. Balanced nutrition is important; therefore each lunch provides 1/3 of the required daily allotments of Vitamin A and C. View the June menu here.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be at least 60 years of age.
  • Please reserve lunch two days in advance.
  • Each attendee must complete an updated registration form each fiscal year.

DONATION/FEE FOR SERVICE
  • The suggested donation for individuals 60+ is $4.50/lunch if receiving a meal more than once per week.
  • The suggested donation for individuals 60+ is $5.50/lunch if only receiving a lunch one time per week.
  • Individuals under 60 contribute $8/lunch

Contact Vera Yamamoto, MA, RD Senior Nutrition Coordinator: 510-654-4000 ext. 15, vera@j-sei.org.


Day Trips

J-Sei organizes interesting and enjoyable day trips to educational destinations in the Bay Area. The Day Trip planning committee pays special attention to venues that have cultural significance or to experiences that the average person could not access on their own. A few examples of past Day Trips include:

  • Marine Mammal Center
  • Azuma Foods
  • Cowboy Museum, Oakdale CA
  • Wakamatsu
  • San Jose Egyptian Museum and Garden
  • New Almaden Quicksilver Mining District

ELIGIBILITY
Participants should be 60 years or older and must be able to walk distances covered in the excursion.

Contact Vickie Kawakami, Senior Center Site Coordinator: 510-654-4000 ext.20, vickie@j-sei.org.


Transportation

Our Transportation Program began in March of 2010 as a way to bring older adults who no longer feel comfortable driving themselves to the J-Sei Senior Center. This program was designed to address two needs that were becoming more apparent in the community: poor nutrition and lack of social options for people who have given up driving. Transportation service is available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to bring seniors to the J-Sei Senior Center for lunch, to a local market for grocery shopping, and even to certain J-Sei exercise classes. On Wednesdays, the van takes riders to a fun destination for shopping or sightseeing.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be at least 60 years of age.
  • Must be able to walk with minimal assistance and sit in van for a maximum of one hour.
  • Each attendee must complete an updated registration form each fiscal year.
  • At this time, our van does not have wheelchair capabilities.

FEE FOR SERVICE
An $8.00 roundtrip fee to the Senior Center is requested for the van service. Costs of rides to other destinations vary upon location.

Contact Ryan Takemiya & George Kono, Van Program Drivers: 510-654-4000 ext. 14, ryan@j-sei.org & george@j-sei.org.


Friendly Visitors & Callers

As we age, keeping up old friendships or making new acquaintances may grow more difficult. Yet having a friend to laugh with or someone to chat with about current events or sports is so important to our health and happiness. J-Sei's volunteer visitors and callers are matched with an older adult who would benefit from lively conversation and companionship. Trained and screened volunteers make weekly connections through in-person visits or phone calls.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be at least 60 years of age.
  • Have difficulty with daily living tasks such as preparing meals, shopping, money management, using the telephone or doing light housework.

DONATION/FEE FOR SERVICE
Families may provide a donation if possible.

LOCATION
Friendly Visitors visit their companion in his/her own home. Friendly Callers call from their own home.

Contact Karen Chiba Waters, Program Coordinator: 510-654-4000 ext. 13, karen@j-sei.org.


Caregiver Directory

In-home assistance for a variety of tasks such as house cleaning, personal care, or shopping is available through the J-Sei Caregiver Directory. This is a listing of experienced in-home care workers who are culturally sensitive and/or bilingual. The Case Managers use the Caregiver Directory to match families with suitable in-home care workers. J-Sei screens potential in-home care workers but the family interviews, hires, supervises and pays the in-home care worker as they are not employed by J-Sei.

CAREGIVER-WORKER ELIGIBILITY

  • Complete and submit the J-Sei application
  • Interview with a J-Sei case manager
  • Pay J-Sei a $15 background check fee
  • Provide references
DONATION/FEE FOR SERVICE
Families are asked to contribute towards the cost of service on a sliding scale basis.

Contact Karen Chiba Waters, Program Coordinator: 510-654-4000 ext. 13, karen@j-sei.org.