As the New Jersey population gets older, more and more people are seeking in-home care services for Senior Citizens. With the proper support, people who need long-term care can safely stay in their homes and community for as long as possible. But many families need help navigating the various home and community-based services available in the State.
New Jersey has many different types of home care services, including homemaker services, personal care, and home health care. In addition, Senior Citizens can receive assistance from licensed home care agencies, and health care service firms. Let’s take a look at the various categories of in-home care.
How do I get in-home care in New Jersey?
Each county in New Jersey has an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which assists residents with finding home and community-based services. You can also ask your doctor for a referral or contact in-home care providers directly.
Home Care Services
New Jersey recognizes five categories of home care services. Each type provides support for elderly and disabled people who need on-site care at home. Some of these roles may overlap.
- Homemaker Services help with the general management of the home, such as shopping, cooking, and light housework. You may hear these called Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).
- Personal Care Services assist with daily routines such as eating, bathing, dressing, and toileting. These are also known as Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
- Meal Services bring prepared meals to homes, senior centers, or other community locations.
- Home Health Care assists people with medical needs. They provide personal care and basic health services such as taking vital signs, changing bandages, and administering medication.
- Skilled Health Care provides registered nurses and licensed therapists for rehabilitation at home. This can include physical, occupational, and speech therapy. In addition, Medicare often pays for short-term skilled care following a surgery or hospital stay.
Home Care Providers
New Jersey has different categories of home care providers. For example, Licensed Home Care Agencies and Health Care Service Firms are regulated and monitored by the State to provide both medical and non-medical home health services. However, there are also non-certified agencies not licensed by the State. So, always ask if an agency is licensed by the State of New Jersey before hiring them. Families can also hire independent providers directly. In that case, the family is also responsible for state payroll taxes and worker’s compensation.
Home Care Services for Senior Citizens
Anita’s Angels, Inc. is a Health Care Service Firm licensed and accredited by the State of New Jersey to offer in-home care services for Senior Citizens in New Jersey, such as live-in and hourly elder care. Our compassionate CHHHAs provide personal support, including bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring, and toileting. We also help with transportation, shopping, cooking, and light housework. We are Families Helping Families. Let’s talk about how our family can help yours—call 908-788-9390.