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OFFICE OF AGING AND DISABLED SERVICES
Freeholder Chairperson:
Blanquita B. Valenti
Director
: Laila Caune
Office E-mail: answersonaging@co.middlesex.nj.us
County of Middlesex
75 Bayard Street – 5th floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone ( 732 ) 745 - 3295
Fax ( 732 ) 246 - 5641

 

 

 

Office Services:

The Office of Aging and Disabled Services has the responsibility to administer federal funds and contracts approved by the State under an Area Plan. Funds are then granted to local providers for support services in: legal assistance, adult day care, telephone reassurance, outreach, transportation & assisted transportation, congregate nutrition, home delivered meals, nutrition education & counseling, language translation, friendly visiting, visiting nurse, homemaker home health, care management, residential maintenance, senior center support, information & assistance, caregiver education, caregiver support, adult protective services, physical health and mental health.

The office conducts an Annual Service Needs Survey of Older Adults. Approximately 1,200 seniors respond to the survey in which they are asked the type of services they use and what they might need in the future.

The Office of Aging and Disabled Services also directly provides information and assistance, medicare insurance counseling, care management for specific programs, congregate and home delivered meals. Specific programs operated within the office include:

Carrier Link - The County Office of Aging and Disabled Services and local senior centers will aid vulnerable older adults in the community by enlisting the help of postal workers who will be trained to identify certain danger signals that could indicate assistance is needed.

A uniform county wide identification will be issued to older residents registered on the program to allow postal workers to identify participant homes. A phone call from the postal office to the locally designated senior agency will help a person obtain immediate help to avert a crisis situation or to link them into support services in the community. A phone call to the County Department on Aging or the municipal senior center will provide more specifics on the program.

Farmer’s Market – The senior farm market provides eligible individuals with vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at approved local farm markets between June and November.

File of Life - A county wide initiative coordinated by the Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services. This new safety net for senior citizens is being circulated throughout Middlesex County to its most vulnerable population. Specifically targeted to the homebound senior, it is available to all seniors residing in the county. The File of Life is a red magnetic refrigerator pouch which holds a reference card that captures vital health and emergency information including doctors, medications, medical conditions and emergency contacts. This tool will assist the police and emergency response teams who are called to the aid of a senior resident of the county. The File of Life will be distributed by local senior centers, meals programs and agencies that contract with the office.

Global Options (GO) Program - The GO long term care system is designed to offer a variety of services for individuals who meet nursing home level of care needs. A person must meet the Medicaid financial eligibility and clinical health criteria to be eligible. Age requirements are over age 65 - or disabled age 21-64 years old.

This program promotes self-direction and participation in decisions that emphasize dignity, individuality and choice for services in a home environment. Individuals can be residing in a home in the community, in an assisted living residence, or comprehensive personal care home.

The N.J. Department of Aging Services works with approved provider agencies for care management services. Clients have a designated care manager to help develop individual care plans and authorize allowable services.

Depending on the needs identified, GO clients may be eligible to obtain such services as home health aide, adult day care, meals, transportation, medical supplies, personal response system, respite care, or environmental modifications.

Health Promotion - the Office conducts health awareness campaigns for seniors to provide information and encourage older adults to participate in important health related programs such as flu and pneumonia shots, mammograms, pap smears, medication management, mental health and nutrition education.

Information and Assistance - the direct provision of specific information or assistance which links or enables individuals to obtain available services, benefits or entitlements and assistance with completion of applications for programs. Older persons and persons with disabilities who appear to have multiple problems and require extended assistance are referred to a care manager for more indepth assessment. The Office maintains an inventory of resource materials for distribution to seniors, the disabled, caregivers, local providers and the general public. A Resource Directory of services and programs for seniors and the disabled is published as well as county specific booklets on housing options and long term care settings. Upon request, speakers are available to address various groups. Caregivers looking for assistance should call the office and ask our information and assistance staff about available programs.

Information and Assistance for the Disabled – Via direct contact with the county ADA Coordinator consumers or their caregivers are provided information and referral services to link them to available services, benefits or entitlement programs. Consumer advocacy is also provided to disabled individuals residing in Middlesex County. Upon request, disability training is available to community agencies and service providers.

JACC - Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving provides a broad array of in-home services and supports that enable an individual at risk of placement in a facility to remain in his/her community home. This program serves individuals over the age of 60 who are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicaid waiver services. The program care manager helps to strengthen the capacity of caregivers by supplementing their efforts with a uniquely designed package of home supports including: respite care, homemaker services, home delivered meals, social adult day care, adult day health, transportation, personal emergency response systems, special medical equipment, chore services, environmental accessibility modifications and caregiver training. A state established sliding scale cost share is required.

MCMAP - Middlesex County Multi-Assistive Program casts a broader safety net to assist those individuals with slightly higher income levels than Medicaid and other state funded programs within the Office. Services available include: prescription assistance, home health care, medical and social day care, meals, medical supplies and durable medical equipment. While the majority of clients are senior citizens, many younger disabled persons also utilize the program.

Middlesex Rx - A prescription discount plan for all county residents with no other prescription coverage. The program provides a discount on the wholesale price of the drug and savings vary depending on the drugs. The savings have average about 28% off regular prices. For more information click on the link for Middlesex Rx.

PASP Personal Assistance Services Program gives adults with physical disabilities opportunities to work, attend school or vocational training and live independently in the community. Services are available to individuals who are employed, preparing for employment, attending an educational or training program and/or to support active participation in community-based activities, such as volunteer service or parenting.

Project Lifesaver Program uses radio technology to help locate missing persons. It is available FREE to eligible county residents who have a history of wandering due to illness or disability, (for example Autism, Alzheimer's disease). Participants wear a bracelet, equipped with a transmitter, which can aid specially trained Sheriff's Officers in locating them. A caregiver must live with participant and be able to check the bracelet battery signal daily.

Project Medical Card is a USB drive, the size of a credit card. It allows for medical history to be entered for keeping track of medical information to assist in relaying important medical history during an emergency situation.

Senior Meals Program - provides a 1/3 DRI meal and social interaction five days per week to seniors at seven locations around the County. For frail/disabled homebound seniors there is a home delivered meal program available for weekday and weekend meals. A special "Ensure Seniors Are Nourished" program provides Ensure Plus to eligible seniors who are not able to partake in regular food diets due to certain health conditions. Locations and hours.

SHIP Counseling - the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides FREE assistance to anyone enrolled on Medicare Health insurance who has questions or problems. Under the Office SHIP Coordinator, there are over 50 trained volunteer counselors located at local sites around the County to provide easy access for enrollees. Medicare enrollees needing assistance should ask to speak with a SHIP Counselor.

Also available free online is MEDICARE INTERACTIVE (www.medicareinteractive.org) a Medicare reference guide from the Medicare Rights Center that features thousands of Medicare answers written in straightforward user-friendly language, including New Jersey specific information.

Statewide Respite Care Program - provides respite care services to the elderly, disabled and functionally impaired persons to allow their unpaid caregivers relief from the stress associated with the responsibility of providing daily care. Based upon an assessment of need, the care coordinator for the program can arrange for the following services: companion, homemaker/home health, medical or social adult day care, temporary care in licensed medical facilities and private duty nursing. Eligibility requirements are based on the client income and assets, not the caregivers. Cost share fees are determined on a state established sliding scale basis.

 

See also:
Message from the Director
Mission Statement/Department Information
NJ Ease Access Points
U.S. Census Bureau

Middlesex Rx

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