Guide to Senior Care Resources in Central New Jersey
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Central New Jersey Senior Care Resources
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197 Route 18 South
Suite 308 North
East Brunswick, NJ 08816-1440
Middlesex County Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
The office is the recognized lead agency for ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Connection), the statewide system that coordinates access to services, care management and support services for seniors and the disabled. The office is responsible for taking the lead in providing information, referral and assistance to seniors, the disabled, their caregivers, provider agencies and the general public who need to obtain services in the county.
Senior Meal Program – is available to Middlesex County Seniors aged 60 and older. The program is funded in part by a federal grant and relies on client donations for support. The recommended fair share contribution is $2.25 for congregate meals. The program has a varied menu of tasty entrees. We also offer a daily vegetarian menu and accommodate specialized diet for diabetics.
Office Of Aging And Disabled Services
Middlesex County Administration Building
75 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone ( 732 ) 745 - 3295
Fax ( 732 ) 246 – 5641
Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT)
MCAT provides essential transportation services to older adults (60+) and people with disabilities through a reservation-based service. MCAT also provides community-based transportation through fixed route shuttles.
Types of Services:
Demand Response/Reservation – MCAT provides transportation, for a $3.00 per trip (one way) fee, to seniors 60+ and disabled residents of Middlesex County. The general purpose of the program is to make intermittent transportation available and accessible so that residents may obtain the necessities of life, with priority given to non-emergency medical services. Registration and reservations are required.
If you need assistance or accommodation with any Middlesex County Area Transit services, please call a MCAT representative at 800-221-3520.
NJ Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Ombudsman Protects and Advocates on Behalf of Elderly
As aging occurs, issues often arise that concern the elderly, those who love them and those who provide necessary care. The NJ Long-Term Care Ombudsman (NJLTCO) works to protect the rights and preserve the health, safety, and welfare of New Jersey residents age 60 and older who live in long-term care facilities. All services are free and confidential.
The office serves multiple needs. Staff answer questions, and provide information. Officials also review proposals to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment in end-of-life situations in long-term care.
The NJLTCO handles complaints concerning residents' rights and welfare as well. Anonymous complaints are accepted. The Office is empowered to conduct public and private hearings, subpoena documents or personal testimony and has full, unrestricted access to elderly residents and long-term care facilities. Every effort is made to resolve disputes. Complaints received by the Ombudsman's Office are assigned to a Field Investigator who will make an unannounced visit to the facility and conduct a complete review of the facts, obtain records and interview residents and staff.
When necessary, substantiated complaints are referred to the appropriate county prosecutor or state licensing agency. For instance, the Office refers concerns to the state Department of Health, which licenses long-term care facilities. The Office also refers concerns to the Office of Medicaid Fraud in the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety and boards and committees that oversee professional licenses for health care and other professionals.
If you (or someone you know) lives in a long-term care facility and has a problem or concern, contact the NJLTCO at 877.582.6995.
This office assists the 21 county Area Agencies on Aging in developing comprehensive, coordinated service systems for adults aged 60 and over. Services funded and available through the Area Agencies on Aging may include information and assistance, outreach, transportation, case management, homemaker, visiting nurse, respite, telephone reassurance, hospice, escorted transportation, adult day care, legal assistance, education, caregiver support, etc. Meals provided in a group setting and delivered to the home are also available through the Area Agencies on Aging.
Alzheimer's Adult Day Services
The program partially subsidizes the purchase of adult day care services for persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
Congregate Housing Services Program
This program provides supportive services to individuals who are elderly and disabled residing in selected subsidized housing facilities.
Statewide Respite Care Program
This program provides relief for unpaid caregivers by ensuring their loved ones are cared for while the caregiver takes personal time.
New Jersey State Strategic Plan on Aging, 2009-2013 [pdf 1.6mb]
This U.S. Administration on Aging approved plan establishes priorities for meeting the needs of New Jersey's older adults.
LICENSE RENEWAL FOR SENIOR DRIVERS
New Jersey drivers of all ages, at the time their current driver license expires, are required to renew their license in person at a local MVC office. In addition to taking a vision test (see below) which is mandatory for all applicants, you may in certain situations be asked to take a written knowledge test as well. There are no restrictions on senior drivers in New Jersey. In preparation for the test, you can review the New Jersey Drivers Handbook and take practice tests before going for your license renewal. For any queries, you can call the MVC at (609) 292-6500 or toll-free in NJ (888) 486-3339 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Medicaid provides health insurance to parents/caretakers and dependent children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind or disabled. These programs pay for hospital services, doctor visits, prescriptions, nursing home care and other healthcare needs, depending on what program a person is eligible for.
- be a resident of New Jersey
- be a U.S. Citizen or qualified alien (most immigrants who arrive after August 22, 1996 are barred from Medicaid for five years, but could be eligible for NJ FamilyCare and certain programs for pregnant women)
- meet specific standards for financial income and resources
- Families with dependent children
- People who are 65 years of age or older, blind, or permanently disabled
- Pregnant Women
Within New Jersey Medicaid there are also a number of special programs designed to meet the specific medical needs of certain groups of people who would not otherwise qualify for the program. These include:
- Medical Emergency Payment Program for Aliens
- Home and Community Based Services Waiver Programs (described below)
- NJCEED - New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program
- The Division of Aging Services in the Department of Human Services administers a number of Home and Community-Based Programs for seniors.
- The Division of Disability Services in the Department of Human Services administers Home and Community-Based Services for people with disabilities.