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The New Jersey Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in New Jersey live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for New Jersey with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.
Medicare is a type of health insurance for senior citizens over the age of 65 who have worked (or whose spouses have worked) for more than 10 years. There are two types of Medicare. Medicare A is available at no cost and covers things like home health care, nursing home care, inpatient hospital care, and hospice. Medicare B is available for a premium (which depends on your income) and covers preventative care, medically necessary care, mental health services, ambulance services, and durable medical equipment. There is also Medicare D, which covers prescriptions.
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 state's recently created Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), a managed care system, falls under the Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver. Under this system, there are no enrollment caps, meaning anyone who is eligible to receive services can do so. Via this program, supports for a variety of services are provided in the home, assisted living, an adult foster care home, or in adult day care. Benefits include home / vehicle modifications, meal delivery, personal emergency response systems, and personal assistance. Program participants are able to self-direct certain home-based supportive care, such as personal assistance and homemaker services. This means they are able to hire the individual of their liking, including some family members. The Global Options or GO Waiver was absorbed into this waiver in 2014. 

Medicaid is an insurance program designed for low-income individuals and families. A distinction should be made between regular Medicaid (sometimes called State Plan) and Institutional Medicaid (also called Long Term Care Medicaid). Long Term Care Medicaid is more relevant to the elderly and this webpage. Upon creation, Long Term Care Medicaid was intended to pay for nursing home care, and limited personal care, for individuals who required it, but could not afford it. Over time, programs were added that allowed those who were eligible for nursing home care to receive that level of care outside of nursing homes. These programs are referred to as Medicaid Waivers, and in New Jersey, these programs fall under a Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver. Please note, in New Jersey, Medicaid for the elderly is also called FamilyCare Aged, Blind, Disabled (ABD) Programs.
Seniors remain more engaged and healthier when they receive consistent levels of social companionship. Our services offer this and much more. We provide caring companionship and skilled assistance that helps seniors remain in the comfort of their homes. We serve more than 300 clients in Northeastern New Jersey, so we understand that families depend on our reputation. That’s why our employees undergo an intensive screening process. We only hire one out of every 12 aides — but once those aides become part of our team, we provide outstanding benefits that keep them motivated, energized, and constantly inspired to exceed expectations.
We begin with a no cost and no obligation visit with potential clients and family to discuss and evaluate the needs and concerns of each individual. The visit can be in home or at a facility. Together we create a customized home care plan centered on the family's desired goals. Once all concerns, wishes and questions have been addressed and the comfort level has been achieved; our New Jersey home care staff begins the matching process between client and caregiver.
Terminally ill seniors will find peace of mind at a hospice care facility. There are 82 hospices in New Jersey to choose from, located along the coastline and further inland. Hospices provide professional care during the final months of a senior’s life, through pain management and grief counseling. Staff will be able to guide seniors and their families on how to cover the costs of hospice care through Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurances.

I have extensive experience in all areas of senior care and have been working in both home and long-term care for the past 10 years. I have been certified as a nursing assistant, medication technician, CPR/ First aid, memory care and other various areas of senior care. I also have experience in assessing, creating and providing individualized care plans to suite current needs. Some of my skills include, but are not limited to, all activities of daily living, Foley catheter and colostomy care and maintenance, diabetic sugar checks and insulin injections, light wound care, light range of motion, maintenance of oxygen tanks and concentrators, and specialize in memory care activities that promote independence within cognitive abilities. I have also provided support and information services for loved ones who are unsure of proper caring needs and suggestive care services to assist within a home-care setting.
For a long time, this escape to the shore was a tradition in our family. That is, until my wife's father had a mild heart attack a couple years back. After that, he started moving slower; needed more rest. Soon, trips to the shore were too hard on him. It was difficult for everyone to watch this decline, and all we wanted was to be able to help him. Unfortunately, he required the sort of attention that neither I nor my wife could offer; so it was time to consider options.
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