A number of options are available in our state for elderly citizens who need some level of care during the day. Programs vary and their appropriateness is dependent upon one’s physical and mental capabilities.
- 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. ADRC, Aging and Disability Resource Connection, (formerly known as NJ EASE) 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.
SeniorGuidance.org provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long-term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.
When Long-Term Care is Needed
More information on long-term care services and financing the cost of such services can be found in:
A Guide to Community-Based Long-Term Care in New Jersey.
CareLike Offers a Database Resources and Reference Material
This resource offers a searchable database of listings for over 110,000+ senior service providers in the U.S. Their comprehensive listings include all licensed senior housing and Medicare-certified home healthcare providers across the country as well as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), independent living retirement communities, and facilities that provide assisted living, residential care, nursing, and rehabilitation. Data on the site is collected from public and private authenticated sources.
The reference material offered includes decision support tools, and information about home care, home healthcare, adult day care, hospice care, elder law attorneys, geriatric care managers, hospitals, transportation services, move managers, State Units on Aging, Title VI, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, financial services, durable medical equipment, real estate agents and more. Visit this website for further information.
FamilyAssets offers comprehensive guides and eligibility tools for senior care and financial assistance available for seniors, their families, and caregivers. These comprehensive guides cover everything from health conditions, how to select the right care provider, and how to pay for care using Medicaid and other financial resources. In addition to the resource guides, FamilyAssets also created a free tool that allows families to search, find, and learn more about care providers closest to them.
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 aides, private duty nursing, and other assistive services. To learn more call Aging and Disability Resource Connection (formerly known as New Jersey EASE) at 877-222-3737.
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