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Services to Keep you Safe at Home

More than 100 caregivers and their family members turned out for the eighth annual Caregiver Retreat on Saturday, October 28, at the Sheraton Hotel in Eatontown. Hosted by Monmouth County’s Office on Aging, the event featured nearly two dozen local care providers who offered information and advice about the various social services to help seniors and individuals regain their independence in the community.

FCS Director of Community Support Services Michele O’Shaughnessy and  our Medicaid Application Assistant Program (MAAP) Coordinator Phyllis Noviello were on hand to outline the services FCS provides including Statewide Respite Care, Home Health Care and Respite Care grants, help with Medicaid’s Managed Long Term Services and Support (MLTSS) and Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving, or JACC.

JACC, is a state-funded program managed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services and administered in Monmouth County by FCS. It provides in-home services to seniors at risk of placement in a nursing home including personal care assistance, home health care, respite care, home modification, transportation and much more

“JACC was designed to keep people living safely at home and to delay or prevent long-term care placement,” Michele explains.

Another FCS administered program, Statewide Respite Care, provides assistance to families by giving unpaid caregivers a break from the daily responsibility of caring for a homebound relative or friend. Grants may be used to give unpaid caregivers time off for personal matters or cope with an emergency, among other things.

“Being a caregiver is both physically and financially draining,” Michele says. “Caregivers need a break in to order to continue providing care for their loved ones.”

FCS’s fee-based MAAP program provides support to individuals who may be eligible for Medicaid benefits, but need assistance completing the complicated  Medicaid Managed Long-term Services & Support (MLTSS) application. This fee-for-service program helps simplify the process, facilitating a client’s ability to access assistance for healthcare-related costs.

Phyllis explains, “By utilizing the Medicaid Application Assistance Programs, individuals and families are relieved from the stress involved in the Medicaid MLTSS application process.”

Of course, there are numerous requirements to qualify for all of our CSS programs. You can learn more or on our website at http://fcsmonmouth.org/what-we-do/#community-support-services or contact FCS Community Support Services at 732-222-9111 Ext. 144 or pradzik@fcsmonmouth.org.

Leaders in the Field of Aging

Samantha White, FCS Director of Volunteer Services, was recently named a 2017 “Leader of Distinction in the Field of Aging” by SCAN, the Social Community Activities Network, an organization which provides activities and resources for those over age 50 in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Samantha, who directs our in-school RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) programs Reading Buddies and Healthy Buddies, as well as our Medicare counseling service, SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) was was recognized for her service to the senior population during SCAN’s annual luncheon, Tuesday, October 17 at Seabrook’s Town Square Building. Congratulations Samantha and to all the 2017 honorees!

Celebrating our Leading Lights!

Our 2017 Leading Lights Gala was an overwhelming success, raising nearly $150,000 for FCS programs and services! More than 210 guests gathered at Navesink Country Club in Middletown on Saturday, October 14, to celebrate 108 years of FCS and pay tribute to six exceptional individuals: former FCS Board President Dolores Klein, former FCS Board member Donald Bush and members of the philanthropic rock band, The Docs of Rock, Lawrence Sykoff, Ed.D, Dr. David Lessing, Dr. Kenneth Grossman and Dr. Scott Woska. (more…)

Get Ready for the 20017 FCS Leading Lights Gala!

Get Ready for the 20017 FCS Leading Lights Gala!

The 2017 FCS Leading Lights Gala is just two weeks away! We’ve planned an enjoyable, exciting evening for our Honorees, former FCS Board President Dolores Klein, former FCS Board member Donald Bush and the talented and philanthropic Docs of Rock, their friends, family and all of our guests featuring outstanding gourmet fare, premium entertainment and two awesome auctions! 


Personalized Pet Portrait


Plan to attend? Then you’ll have the opportunity to bid on some amazing items during our silent auction including: Custom-made shirts from Michael Duru Clothiers; Tiffany Sunglasses from DelNegro and Senft Eye Associates; David Yruman designer jewelry from Leonardo Jewelers; gift certificates to popular restaurants in Red Bank, Sea Bright, Freehold and Asbury Park, voted the Shore’s hottest new dining destination; theater tickets to the Two River Theater,  Count Basie Theater and the Broadway Theater in New York City; a cruise on the Navesink for you and your friends aboard the Atrium’s pontoon boat; a personalized charcoal pet portrait by artist Eileen Fetten; dinner for 8 at the Navesink Country Club; a catered Pink Champagne Luncheon for ten and Much, Much more!


Backyard Bash for 50

For an even more amazing experience, stick around for our Live Auction featuring two incredible offerings: a Backyard Bash for 50 of your closest friends with a raw bar from Lusty Lobster, a slider bar, case of wine, keg of Micro brew beer and your own private DJ, and 2.) Two box-seat tickets to the 2018 Kentucky Derby with accommodations for three nights at Caesar’s Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino, plus private transportation, two ladies Derby hats and two bottles of Kentucky Bourbon. You don’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!



Don’t forget the 50-50! Last year’s winner took home more than $3,500. (And you don’t have to be present to win.)

Can you tell we’re excited?! But let’s not forget what the evening is all about. The Leading Lights Gala is one of the most vital fundraising opportunities of the year for FCS. The funds raised constitute a significant portion of their annual budget and help them fulfill their Mission and Vision to strengthen, protect and preserve the dignity and independence of people in need here in our community.  We appreciate your support of this important event. See you at the Gala!


The 2017 Gala Committee

Our CHHA Graduates, Top of the Class
2017 FCS CHHA Class Graduates

Yvette Gary was unemployed when she received an e-mail notifying her of a free training offered by FCS to become a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA). “I thought, I am a caring individual. This is something I could do,” Yvette recalled. Just a few months later, a very proud Yvette and 15 other women filed into a classroom at Keyport High School to cheers from their friends and family as they received their provisional licenses after successfully completing the CHHA training course.


Seeking Affordable Long-Term Care Solutions? We’re Here to Help

Charles and Esther Haase have been through a lot together. Married 45-years with children and grandchildren, the couple recently faced their biggest challenge; finding affordable long-term care for Esther.  “I was caring for Esther at home, full time, but then I reached a point where I couldn’t lift her,” Charles said. “I couldn’t take the chance she would fall and hurt herself.”

Charles knew Esther needed quality long-term care in a residential facility, but the steep cost of assisted living or a nursing home with fees in excess of $90,000 a year was out of reach for the couple. (more…)

Restoring Human Dignity with a simple Donation

Sometimes it is the little things that make a big difference.

When members of the FCS Navarumsunk Auxiliary donated more than $700 last year to purchase adult diapers and pads for our Home Care clients in need, they had no idea the impact their donation would have on our client’s lives.

“When I first heard of the gift, I was overjoyed,” says FCS Director of Nursing Kathleen Vourlos. “That may seem like a strong reaction to receiving diapers, but when you think about the inability to toilet independently, you can understand why having enough diapers is so vital to those in need.” (more…)

Saying Goodbye to a Dedicated Volunteer

Teachers and students at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School said a bittersweet goodbye last month to one of their (and our) favorite people, 90-year-old Doris Irwin. For 19 years, Doris has been visiting the school to read aloud to kindergarten students as a volunteer with FCS Reading Buddies, a program designed to foster a love of reading and increase the literacy skills of children in undeserved communities. Doris has been with the program since its inception in 1998 as part of the original Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) team. (more…)