Services in the Home

Many older adults are able to continue to live in their homes or in their communities—and avoid institutional care—with the help of certain programs.

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Learn more about the services ensuring that New Jerseyans can address the financial, transportation-related, or medical challenges that can arise when aging at home.

  • Home-delivered meals
  • Managed long-term care support and services (MLTSS)
  • Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
  • Community Choice
  • Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC)
  • Lifeline

Home-delivered meals provide healthy food to homebound seniors and help them stay in contact with members of their community. To learn more about your local program, call the ADRC hotline at 1-877-222-3737, or click here and follow the instructions to narrow by county.

Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) refers to the delivery of long-term services and supports through New Jersey Medicaid's NJ FamilyCare managed care program, many of which are based in the home. The comprehensive supports and services provided by the managed care organizations can include home-based supportive care (meal preparation, grocery shopping, money management, light housework, laundry), residential modifications (such as the installation of ramps and grab bars and widening of doorways), private-duty nursing, and other services as determined by your care management. To determine whether you qualify for MLTSS services, contact your local AAA for more information and to set up a screening.

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is an alternative to MLTSS without the limitations normally imposed by Medicare on these programs {1}. The participant’s care plan usually integrates some home care services from the PACE team with several visits each week to the PACE center, which serves as the hub for medical care, rehabilitation, social activities and dining. PACE is available to eligible individuals who live in the ZIP codes covered by individual PACE agencies, a list of which can be found at the bottom of this page. For more information on the program, call DoAS at 1-800-792-8820 or the PACE agency in your coverage area, whose contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Community Choice program ensures that residents of nursing facilities and hospital patients are aware of various community-based alternatives by providing information about in-home services, housing alternatives, and community programs. If you think you or a loved one could benefit from the program, ask to speak with the facility’s assigned Community Choice counselor or call 1-609-588-6675.

Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC) offers a broad array of in-home and community-based services to individuals age 60 and older who meet clinical eligibility for nursing home level of care and who desire to remain in their homes within the community. Each participant’s services are determined by an individualized plan of care, which can include chore services, homecare services, home-delivered meal services, and others. More information can be found by calling the ADRC hotline at 1-877-222-3737 or clicking the following link.

Lifelife is an assistance program that offers $225 to eligible New Jerseyans to help pay their gas and utilities bills. Applying for this program is done through the NJSave application, which also checks for enrollment in pharmaceutical assistance programs, Medicare Savings Programs, and other benefits. To see if you’re eligible for Lifeline and other programs, call 1-800-792-9745 or click the following link from the DoAS website.