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Elder Day Care and Long-Term Care

A number of options are available in our state for elderly citizens who need care.  Programs vary and their appropriateness is dependent upon one’s physical and mental capabilities.

Elder Day Programs

Day Programs provide a safe place for elderly citizens who need some level of care during the day. Examples of these programs include:

  • Adult Day Care Programs are for individuals who do not need medical attention but would benefit from supervision for some portion of the day
  • Adult Day Health Services were created for frail elderly citizens who need to be in a safe environment while their caregivers are at work. 
  • Residents with Alzheimer’s disease are eligible for adult day services specifically geared to those with that condition or similar dementia.

Other homes and community options for long-term care are growing more popular over recent years and there is increased recognition that in many cases different levels of care are more successfully provided in one’s home or in group settings within the community with beneficial effects for elderly residents who wish to remain where they are rather than move to a long-term care facility.  For those in that situation, there now exist options that will reimburse citizens who choose to hire and direct their own service providers.

Eligibility and costs for services vary according to a resident’s income and the amount of assistance he or she needs.  The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is our state's senior service delivery system. Your best first step to finding out about in-home services is a call to ADRC toll-free at 1-877-222-3737.
Learn more about these programs.

Long-Term Care

Long-term care involves a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health and personal care needs during a period of time. These services help individuals live as independently and safely as possible when they are unable to perform everyday activities independently.

Long-term care guide People can receive long-term care at their own home, the home of a family member or at a residential facility, assisted living, or nursing home.

Read A Guide to Community-Based Long-Term Care in New Jersey. to learn more information about services and financing the cost of such services. 

To find resources, services and providers, visit the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), our state's senior service delivery system. Call ADRC at 1-877-222-3737 for more information.

When you Need a Break from Caregiving

The NJ Statewide Respite Care Program provides respite care services for elderly and functionally impaired persons age 18 and older to relieve their unpaid caregivers of stress arising from the responsibility of providing daily care. Services available under the Statewide Respite Care Program include companions, home health aides, adult daycare, private duty nursing, and other assistive services.  To learn more call the Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 877-222-3737. For more information, read this brochure on the statewide program. 

Research Sources Include

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-long-term-care
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/choice/
http://web.doh.state.nj.us/apps2/healthfacilities/fsSearch.aspx
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/