Statewide Respite Care Program

caregiver webAre you caring for an elderly loved one at home? Are you finding this role overwhelming? If you answered yes to either of these questions you are not alone and we may be able to help with respite care services. Family & Children’s Service administers the Statewide Respite Care Program in Monmouth County.

What is the Statewide Respite Care Program?

  • The Statewide Respite Care Program is designed to provide assistance to families by giving unpaid caregivers a break from the daily responsibility of caring for an elderly or disabled relative or friend.
  • Respite services may be used so that unpaid caregivers can shop, get medical care, attend to personal matters, rest, vacation or cope with an emergency.
  • Respite may be used occasionally or at regularly scheduled times.

Who is eligible? To qualify you must be:

  • a resident of New Jersey with a chronic physical or mental disability requiring supervision or assistance with basic daily needs from a caregiver
  • age 18 or older
  • income at or below $2,022 per month ($4,044 for couples)
  • liquid resources of less than $40,000 ($60,000 for couples)
  • based on income, you may need to share in cost of care

What services are available?

  • Companion – adult “sitter” or basic supervision provided in-home, on
    an hourly basis
  • Homemaker/Home Health Aide – in-home, hourly or overnight service by a trained individual, including personal care and housekeeping
  • Caregiver Directed Respite Program – Permits qualified participants to be reimbursed for a broad array of purchased respite services
  • Social or Adult Day Health Services – out-of-home care in a structured, social and health-related day program
  • Private Duty Nursing – in-home, hourly RN or LPN service
  • In-patient Care – short-term placement in a licensed medical facility
  • Campership – short-term day or overnight placement in an accredited
    camp facility