What distinguishes JFS at Home from other homecare agencies is the long history of trust and respect that Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) has established throughout the community. That reputation is based on over 35 years of providing programs and services with integrity, compassion, social responsibility and humanitarian values JFS at Home, offers: Companion Services and Non-Medical Private Duty Home Care Services, and Geriatric Care Management.
JFS at Home provides quality home care for seniors, allowing them to continue living at home where they feel most comfortable and enabling them to have the greatest level of wellness, dignity and independence throughout life. While home care is often a welcome alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility, JFS at Home provides care wherever you call home.
“To promote healthy aging by enabling clients to maintain their quality of life while they continue to live at home, safely and with dignity. We reinvest a portion of our profits to make these services affordable for those in need.”
JFS at Home will offer our clients a highly coordinated and caring experience, distinguished by the quality of people associated with our agency. Through excellence and innovation in client care, we intend to become a leader in the home health care industry.
It is sometimes hard to determine the level of care needed for you or your loved one and it can seem impossible at times with so many agencies out there. JFS at Home wants to make this an easy process for you and we will guide you along the way to choose the options that best fit your needs.
From your first phone call to starting services, we have simplified the process into 4 steps
A Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) will be sent to your loved one wherever they live for an in person assessment to best understand their needs and level of independence with activities of daily living. We also want to get to know them on a more personal level to match them with their caregiver. ($100 fee for this assessment)
Assessment and requested schedule are shared with the JFS at Home team and we work together to identify the best caregiver to meet your unique needs.
A Scheduling Coordinator will contact you to provide the name of your caregiver and to review the schedule with you.
Marissa is committed to providing quality patient-centered care and adheres to the highest professional standards. Prior to her role as Administrator of JFS at Home, she coordinated the Senior Companion Program at Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.
Marissa is passionate about helping seniors age in place and is known for her ability to ease this process for families and their aging loved ones. Marissa has held a variety of positions including Director of Senior Citizen Transportation at Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Recreation Manager at Sunrise Assisted Living in New York, and Executive Administration Resident at the Veterans Administration, New York Harbor Healthcare System.
Marissa earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Healthcare Policy and Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Marissa resides in West Boca with her Husband Brian and their four sons.
Prior to joining the staff of JFS at Home as the Alternate Administrator, Natasha worked for Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS). At JFS, she assisted the Holocaust Case Management Department with program sustainability and quality assurance. Natasha earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management with a focus in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Florida International University. Natasha has a special interest in learning how to best – address community needs and is especially passionate about helping seniors. During her free time, she enjoys painting and reading. Natasha lives with her husband, Josh and their dog, Griffey.
Rafie Merzel has been with JFS at Home since 2016 working in the capacity of an RN. In her thirty-six years of practice as a nurse, Rafie has worked in many areas of healthcare. Early in her career she worked on a medsurg floor as well as on a respiratory unit with ventilators and traches, then progressed to Geriatric-Longterm rehab Care due to her love of the elderly population and wanting to make a difference in peoples senior years. She then found her niche in rehab and home-care as it proved to be very unique, enabling her to have intimate contact with patients and clients, which satisfied her desire to teach and support them through some of their most challenging times of life experiences. What drew her to this particular field of nursing was the challenge it affords her in her working day, as “No two patients/clients” are exactly alike and “no two days are the same.” Nothing gives a nurse more pleasure than to see someone overcome their medical, physical and emotional challenges and resume their quality of life to a healthy, functional independent state. Rafie received her nursing degree from Farmingdale/ Adelphi Universities in New York. In her free time she loves to garden, soak up the sun, travel and spend quality time with her spouse and her dog. She continues to strive to continue her learning and educational skills/studies by pursing future degrees.
Amy Ort-Zeigen is the Financial Controller for JFS at Home. She joined the company in March 2017. Amy has over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in New York. Amy worked for an accounting firm in New York until moving her family to Florida. She then worked as a controller for a small company in Florida before joining JFS at Home. Amy is responsible for the financial reporting including monthly financial statements and annual budgeting. Amy is the mother of 2 sons and currently resides in Boca Raton
Tricia joined our team in 2021, bringing over 16 years of marketing experience in the senior living industry to her role as the JFS at Home Community Liaison. Tricia’s broad range of positions have included roles at The Health Center at Sinai Residences, Sunrise Senior Living, Brookdale, Humana at Home, and Seniorbridge. These roles have allowed her to focus on sales, marketing, business development, brand awareness, increased revenue, and support to seniors and their families as they seek solutions to their care requirements. Tricia’s compassionate and intentional approach to her work has led to the development of extensive professional relationships in the senior living and medical communities. A resident of Hypoluxo, she is a ceramic artist, passionate about spending time with family and travel.