Mr. & Mrs. Talman* are Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors who had successful careers in Ukraine but emigrated to escape antisemitism. Now 77-years-old and without a pension, Mrs. Talman suffers from severe depression, anxiety and a host of physical ailments. Early childhood trauma from the Holocaust, including evacuations, losing her parents and physical abuse, coupled with the difficulties of adjusting to life in a new country as a senior, have severely impacted both her physical and mental health. In the past two years she has been hospitalized three times. The strain of caring for his wife was difficult and detrimental to Mr. Talman’s health, and he came down with pneumonia.
Fortunately, DoortoDoor has provided multiple solutions to address their complex problems. The Bernard Betel Centre is now managing the Talmans’ case and coordinating services for them, including:
- Application for Germany’s Claims Conference Holocaust Fund.
- Provision of home care from Circle of Care.
- Delivery of kosher meals through the Bernard Betel Centre’s Meals on Wheels program.
- Financial help to purchase a much-needed walker for Mrs. Talman.
- Regular visits for Mrs. Talman from a psycho-geriatric nurse from Baycrest.
- Connecting them to a Healthy at Home social program, which should reduce their isolation and provide social connections to their peers in the Jewish community.
*Their names have been changed to protect their identities.