• CELEB - Meaningful Activities and Services for Homebound Survivors

    Background

    Eshel's network of Café Europa and Britannia social clubs for Holocaust survivors, offer survivors companionship and comfort among their peers. Yet when club coordinators began reporting reductions of up to 20% attendance due to participants' physical or mental ailments, Eshel realized it needed to meet the need of this growing homebound population.  Eshel set about creating a program that would continue the benefits of the social clubs – and other professional services – without requiring them to leave their homes, thus preventing further undue deterioration in their health and wellbeing. 

    Need

    Reduce the social isolation of aging homebound survivors and promote their well-being through a basket of social and recreational services.  

    Program

    CELEB is Eshel’s innovative strategic solution to improving the quality of life of the frailest Holocaust survivors who are confined to their homes due to their deteriorating physical, cognitive and/or emotional health. This program is designed to enrich the lives of survivors while giving them new meaning and strength to combat their social isolation and emotional burden, while also relieving some of the burden on the family or caregiver.
     
    CELEB provides participants with a basket of social and therapeutic services, which are facilitated by professionals. The services and activities provided are as follows: social workers visits, arts and crafts, creative projects, adapted physical exercise, documentation of memories, information on the rights and benefits of survivors and assistance in accessing them, access to medical and paramedical services (nurse, occupational therapist or physiotherapist), a mobile library, use of technological aids (computers, DVDs and tablets) to foster communication between housebound survivors and their friends and family, learning English with the help of volunteer exchange students, private home concerts performed by student volunteers, distribution of planting equipment, assistance in maintaining a home garden, and Shabbat and Jewish holiday home celebrations.
     
    This initiative helps ease their isolation and promotes their well-being through weekly home visits by volunteers and professionals, who engage the survivors in various interactive activities – dance, song, games, simple conversation and documenting memories, to instruction in computer use, learning, occupational therapy, physical therapy, indoor gardening, and assistance with accessing survivor benefits.  
     
    Additional benefits include enhancing the survivor’s sense of vitality by promoting social relationships with individuals other than those responsible for their physical wellbeing, including other survivors and the community at large. This creates an atmosphere of comfort and joy, where survivors can not only honor their past but also grow and take pleasure in the present. 
     
    Since it was first piloted in five locations in 2013, CELEB has expanded to 45 locations, impacting some 3,000 homebound survivors and their families. 
     

    Outcomes

    • Improve the quality of life of homebound survivors 
    • Offer a sense of purpose and meaning 
    • Ability to combat social isolation, emotional burden, and loneliness
    • Build social relationships 
    • Feels secure due to presence of support network 

    Contract Dates

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    Partners

    Ministry of Welfare