More than 400 assisted living facilities are available throughout New Jersey to provide seniors with attentive caregivers, healthcare, and access to local activities and social opportunities. Staff members at these facilities help the elderly with housekeeping duties, laundry, transportation, meal services, and offer 24-hour surveillance for safety.
Nationwide in 2016, the average cost for non-medical home care is $20 per hour with the state averages ranging from $15 – $26 per hour. It should be noted that these are average costs from home care agencies. Private individuals can be retained to provide most of the same services with fees that are 20% – 30% lower. However, these independents are typically uninsured, do not go through background checks and may be unable to provide alternatives in case they are not available to work on short notice.
Assisted living communities provide help with basic activities of daily living; like bathing, dressing, feeding and assistance with transferring and mobility. Some states allow assisted living communities to offer medication reminders or assistance. Assisted living facilities differ from nursing homes in that they typically do not offer more complex medical assistance.
Griswold Home Care of Camden County began in 1988 as part of the Burlington/Camden territory. Ten years later, in 1998, it was split out and Joe and Maria Bachich stepped in and transformed and invigorated the territory. Joe and Maria knew from experience what the senior care community needed and worked fast to build a team of professional caregivers and staff who lived with the same passion of providing home care for the ill and elderly.
"Last year, I was looking for assistance for my mom, who suffers from dementia. In an effort to keep my mom's mind stimulated and her body active, I had been researching senior caregiving resources online. My interest was to find a local woman who would understand my mom's situation and act as a companion to her in my absence. Thankfully, upon locating the site, www.synergyhomecare.com, I called and spoke with Rona Fitzgerald, Senior Care Manager and Casey Holstein, the Owner of the company. After hearing how they provide top quality eldercare and Alzheimer's Disease assistance, I was reassured that SYNERGY would be able to fill the void in my mom's life, without tying my family up in a long-term caregiver contract. The company specializes in providing a friendly, helping hand around the house, from basic housekeeping and companionship to personal or memory care services and each of their caregivers is subject to an extensive screening process. Once we were paired with a successful match for my mom, I met with both Rona and the caregiver, Filomena Mora at my mom's house in Roseland in Nov. 2009. Filomena was equipped with a long list of positive references and has turned out to be an incredible asset to my mom. She is friendly, conscientious and has great passion for her work. I feel blessed that we managed to secure someone who has a warm heart and a gentle hand, as my mother trusts her and it means the world to me and my family. If you are struggling to find quality caregivers, I recommend that you give the SYNERGY team a call as they have always been trustworthy and reliable and responsive to our needs."
"I wanted to tell you how amazing Christine was in managing my parents with no power. She did a great job and packed them up so we were able to walk them down three flights of stairs in the dark, so that we could move them to my house this morning for a few days. Elaine also was terrific in getting there this am, and walking up the steps with her luggage with no help. We are so grateful for their amazing care and devotion to my parents! Thank you!"
At United Methodist Communities HomeWorks, we understand the challenges you face taking care of a loved one. You want to provide the full support they need while respecting their independence and personal dignity. You want to be there for them, but the demands of work, family and everyday life just don’t allow you to be present in the capacity your loved one deserves.
The Northern New Jersey metropolitan area generally has the highest home healthcare expenses in the state of New Jersey, with prices ranging from $11 per hour up to $26 per hour and an average yearly cost of around $49,192. The lowest in-home care costs in New Jersey are in the Ocean City area, where they range from $18 to $21 per hour. Here, the median yearly cost runs about $42,900.
After Mom and Dad retired, they stayed so busy. When they weren't traveling, they were playing cards with friends, dining out with the neighbors, volunteering for some community group or church project. When Dad's health took a turn, Mom was determined to stay in the house, taking care of him herself, day and night, for over two years before he died. Now that he's gone, we've noticed she's not getting out much and I don't think she ever has a decent meal. She's too independent to come and live with Sis or me, and we just live too far away to help as much as we'd like to.