Seniors & Caregiver Resources

Community Resources for Seniors

Services for Older Adults  

SOMA Two Towns for All Ages- Senior Friendly Initaitive 

Recognizing the increasing number of residents over 60 and the desire to keep long-term residents in our communities, South Orange and Maplewood (SOMA) launched "Two Towns for All Ages." Under this new initiative, SOMA is taking a proactive approach to foster healthy aging and enable residents to age in place.For information on Soma Two Towns for All Ages and a range of services, activities and programs for older residents, please go to www.somatwotownsforallages.org

"Conversation of Your Life" (COYL) Program Resources

How to Dispose of Medication Syringes

Please refer to the pamphlet, "Safe Syringe Disposal", from the NJ Department of Health Consumer, Environmental and Occupational Health Service.

Prescription Drug Drop-Off Locations

See the link to the American Medicine Chest Challenge to find the locations to safely dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs. American Medicine Chest Challenge or see the chart below for locations in Essex County. 

PERMANENT COLLECTION SITES FOR
SAFE DRUG DISPOSAL

Belleville Police Dept.

152 Washington Ave., Belleville

Millburn Police Dept.

435 Essex St., Millburn

Bloomfield Police Dept.

1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield

Montclair Police Dept.

647 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair

Caldwell Police Dept.

1 Provost Square, Caldwell

Newark Police Dept.

480 Clinton Ave., Newark

East Orange Police Dept.

230 Fairfield Road., Fairfield

North Caldwell Police Dept.

136 Gould Ave., North Caldwell

Glen Ridge Police Dept.

3 Herman St., Glen Ridge

Nutley Police Dept.

228 Chestnut St., Nutley

Irvington Police Dept.

1 Civic Square, Irvington

West Orange Police Dept.

60 Main St., West Orange

Livingston Police Dept.

333 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston

 

Township Adult Health Clinics

All adult residents, ages 18 and over (whether insured, Medicare enrolled or uninsured) are welcome to attend the adult health clinics which are offered two times a month and are free for Maplewood residents. Services provided include: blood pressure screenings, counseling services on medication, blood labs, weight management and nutrition, carotid bruit screening and diabetes risk assessment and health education.  Call the Maplewood Health Department at (973) 762-8120 x 4300 for the Nursing Department to schedule an appointment or to get the monthly schedule.

Transportation and Township Recreation Activities for Seniors

Please visit the Maplewood Recreation Department's webpage on Senior Programs for information on transportation via 'Dial-A-Ride' and ShopRite Trips and trips to the mall for seniors. Also check this webpage for recreation activities for seniors, held throughout the year. 

File of Life 

The File of Life is a national service, recognized by all first responders. In the event of an emergency, the File of Life would contain life saving information including the patient's medical conditions, medications, allergies, healthcare provider and insurance and can easily be transported with the patient and alleviate medical questions and uncertainty. This packet is free to all Maplewood residents and can be requested at the Maplewood Health Department.

Essex County Division of Senior Services

The Essex County Division of Senior Services, located at 900 Bloomfield Avenue in Verona, New Jersey is the doorway to programs and services located in the Essex County community where seniors and adults with physical disabilities live. It is the primary center for planning, program development and coordination of services to persons age 60 and over.

Programs offered by the Division of Senior Services include:

  • Adult Protective Services
  • Assisted Transportation
  • Caregiver Assistance
  • Care Management
  • Certified Home Health Aide
  • Dental Health Services
  • Emergency Heating and Cooling Program
  • Financial Counseling, Friend/Advocate
  • Grandparent Caregivers
  • Health Insurance (SHIP)
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Home Friend (in-home chore service)
  • Home Modifications (ramps)
  • Legal Services
  • Respite Services
  • Residential Repair
  • NJ State Caregivers Assistance
  • Nutrition Sites
  • Jersey Assistance for Community Caregivers
  • Outreach Programs,
  • Senior Citizen Newspaper- Essex Advisor
  • Socialization/ Recreation
  • Telephone Reassurance
  • Title IIE Family Caregivers Support Services

Main Office Number: 973-395-8375
Information & Assistance Numbers: 
973-395-8365, 973-395-8367, 973-395-8368

The Essex County Division of Senior Services also has a Transportation hotline for Senior Transportation inquiries: 973-618-1280

Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

Main Number (973) 268-3500

The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosts 11 senior citizen social clubs and offers Rhythmatics classes and aquatics exercise classes in various locations, For more information, call (973) 735-6229.

Essex County Office of Housing and Community Development

Main Number: (973) 655-0200

The Office of Housing and Community Development offers a Home Improvement Program in which income-eligible senior citizens can apply for deferred loans to make improvements on heating system, roofing, plumbing, electrical and code violation abatements in their homes. 

Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
(Also known as NJ EASE: Easy Access, Single Entry)
Toll Free Number 877-222-3737
ADRC provides older adults, adults with disabilities, their families and other concerned individuals with information about and referral or linkage to community services.

Cafe in the Park
Enjoy a meal with other seniors Monday through Friday, 10 am-2 pm, lunch served at 12 noon. Cost: $3.00 suggested donation. Must be 60 years of age and older and live in Essex County. This program is sponsored by Chrill Care and funded by the Essex County Division of Senior Services. 

Here is a list of Cafe in the Park locations: 

  • Branch Brook Park, 1 Park Rd. Steven Adubato Sports Complex Building, Newark
  • Independence Park, Van Buren St., Newark
  • Verona Park Boathouse, B475 Bloomfield Ave./ Lakeview Place, Verona
  • Watsessing Park, 29 Conger St., Bloomfield
  • Nutley Senior Center, 44 Park Ave. Nutley
  • Weequahic Park, 92 Carmichael Drive, Newark
  • Bethany baptist Church, 275 West Market St., Newark
For more information or to register, call Chrill Care (973) 744-8103 x244
TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED. Call Chrill Care at the phone number listed above. 
 
  • Senior Resource Guide (Essex, Hudson and Union Counties): The Senior Resource Guide is an online resource with listings for senior housing, health services, professional services, and community resources serving elderly and senior residents of Essex County. 
  • Family Connections: Family Connections- Senior Connections Program helps older adults living in Essex County to get the services and support they need to maintain their independence and improve their health. Services are provided free of charge and in the home.
  • Comfort Keepers: Provides in-home care and is an excellent resource for individuals who who wish to remain in the comfort of their own homes. 
  • Care Patrol: Helps families find quality and safe independent living, assisted living,  and memory care communities. Contact the Senior Care Consultant, Jim Tretola at (908) 377-7702.
  • SAGE Eldercare: SAGE Eldercare in Summit, NJ provide a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help you and your loved ones lead the most independent and active lives possible. Services include: Adult day programs and activities, home care, meals on wheels, medicare counseling and information and referrals. 
  • Seniors In Place: Seniors In Place provide a range of services for seniors so that they can live safely and independently in their home or residence. Help is available anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, hourly or live-in. They provide companion and personal care.  (973) 376-1600
  • Ascend Home Health Care: Home health care provides medical treatment and support services for those recovering from an illness, injury or hospital stay; those who are disabled, chronically ill or terminally ill; those in need of medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment; and/or those in need of assistance with daily living activities. The goal of providing home health services is to help patients recover, regain independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. Ascend Home Care offers health care services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
  • SeniorBridge: SeniorBridge is a private-pay, care management company that provides a personalized plan of care to help the elderly stay at home - wherever home may be. They can provide a multitude of services including hourly or live-in home care, case management, private duty nursing, and companion care for elderly who have basic custodial care needs, medically complex cases, memory issues or patients who cannot self-direct and psychiatric needs or behavioral management issues. 

Health System Senior Services 
 

End of Life/ Palliative Care

New Jersey Department of Health Palliative and End of Life Care: Resources available from the New Jersey Department of Health on Advanced Directives, Templates for Advanced Directives and Proxy Directives, Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), Palliative care, and Hospice options. 

Conversations of Your Life

Conversation of Your Life is a program of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s Mayors Wellness Campaign. The program aims to bring advance care planning conversations to NJ communities. Conversation of Your Life is generously supported by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. To learn more, visit www.njhcqi.org/COYL

 

Informational Resources for Seniors

Senior Medicare Patrol

A program through the Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County, the Senior Medicare Patrol educates Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers about preventing, detecting and reporting health care fraud.

Billions of health care dollars are lost each year due to fraud, abuse, and waste. The SMP staff, along with dedicated volunteers, conduct presentations, distributes information and printed materials at community events such as health fairs, meet one-on-one with beneficiaries to review Medicare Summary Notices, answer questions and concerns, and research suspected cases of fraud, waste and abuse. As a result, SMPs help preserve the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as help individuals protect their personal identity and prevent them from becoming the victims of a scam. 

https://www.jfsmiddlesex.org/senior-medicare-patrol/

The website, DrugWatch is an awareness group that aims to educate the public about prescription/ OTC drugs, medical devices, health procedures and the numerous health issues affecting specific populations, including the elderly: www.drugwatch.com/seniors

Personal Care Provider Agencies that Service Essex County

This list is provided by the Essex County Office of the Disabled (2017). The list provides contact information for companies that provide various home care, nursing services and needs assessments for elderly, homebound, chronically ill and disabled.

For the Caregiver
Caregivers of elderly parents or a sick loved one, also need support and respite.  Here are some resources for caregivers within the community that are here to help and listen.

United Way Caregivers Coalition promotes knowledge of and action around caregiving issues to ensure all caregivers identify themselves in this role and have access to the resources, services, education, and other support needed to sustain them as caregivers.

United Way "Pathway for Caregivers" Guide (PDF)   * Pathway for Caregivers is a one-of-a-kind resource full of information, advice, and ideas about how to get the support caregivers need for their caregiving journey. It includes separate sections on caring for loved ones who are aging, have disabilities, or mental health issues. There is also information about veterans’ services. 

To obtain a printed version of this guide, please call 888.33UWCARES (888.338.9227).

The United Way Caregivers Coalition has a FREE educational video series designed to help caregivers navigate the challenges of caring for a loved on with disabilities, mental illness or issues of aging.

The United Way Caregivers Coalition meets monthly at various locations throughout five counties. To download their 2017 calendar of meetings, click here.

An excellent source for caregivers with a full list of local and accessible resources.

Overlook Medical Center also houses the Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center, the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey, offers a soothing environment where caregivers can relax, receive support and access helpful resources.

Barnabas Health offers a Caregivers Individual Counseling Service.  
Contact: 908-910-7009