Office of Aging & Disabilities

Human Services Division

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Our Mission...

is to empower the aging and people with disabilities to become self-advocates and to live independently in the community.

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Visit us at our NEW location:
110 Fifth Street, #900 Salem, NJ 08079

We have lots of parking available!

Primary Contact: Rebecca Gower Ferguson – 856-935-7510 ext. 8210
PASP Contact: Victoria Maurizio – 856-935-7510, Ext. 8449
Transportation Line: (856) 339-8644  |  856-339-8622   |  FAX: 856-339-9268
Email: scseniors@salemcountynj.gov  |  disabilities@salemcountynj.gov

Office Meetings: 6 times a year during: January, March, May, July Sept, and November

Mission

The Salem County Office on Aging and Disabilities connects our residents and their families with available resources to support seniors, and those with disabilities, to remain independent and remain in their homes as long possible. Our office strives to provide accurate information to aide informed decision making about available services, programs, and resources.

Our staff is ready to assist you with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled, and a wide range of other programs.  Guidance is provided on issues such as: Employment, Education, Transportation, Housing.

Confidential Mailing List

Our office also maintains a confidential mailing list to contact those who might benefit from our services. If you know of someone (including yourself) who might benefit from our services, please help us by providing your name, address and phone number.

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Special Needs Registry

The Registry is used by first responders (Police, Fire, Sheriff Officers, Emergency Medical Services, Health Department Personnel, and if necessary, the Army National Guard) to assist in relocating our residents prior to an emergency situation. The Special Needs Registry is free, strictly confidential, and completely voluntary.

You are eligible if you have no place to go during an emergency and have a disability covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act or require additional assistance due to the following conditions:

  • History of stroke
  • Hearing, vision, or speech impaired
  • Frail elderly
  • Walking limitation
  • Severe breathing problem
  • Wheelchair, cane, or walker user
  • Heart problem
  • Mentally challenged

For more information or to get signed up, call our office at (856)-339-8622.

Services & Programs

The Office of Aging & Disabilities Services serves an advocacy role to provide the public with information and service referrals. Contact 856-339-8622 or 856-451-1207 ext. 8622.

Some of the services offered are:

Click here to view some of our Services & Programs

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (PASP)
The Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP) is a self directed program that provides routine, non-medical assistance to adults with disabilities who are attending school, employed or involved in community volunteer work. Personal assistants help with tasks such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, shopping, and driving or using public transportation.  The total number of hours a person can receive is based on the individual, up to a maximum of 40 hours per week.

To be eligible, you must reside in NJ, have a permanent physical disability, be between 18 and 70 years old, be capable of directing your own services and be employed, volunteering or in school.  For more information call Salem County ADRC at (856) 339-8622.

SCREEN FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES (SCS)
An automated tool that prescreens consumers for home and community based services.  The SCS can be conducted either by telephone or in person. An algorithm is built within the SCS to automatically calculate a level of service need (LOS).  If you need home and community based services such as home care, meals, etc. call the Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622

E-NEWS
Senior E-News is an email program to connect individuals with upcoming events and/or new programs in the office.  To participate call the Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622 or email us at scseniors@salemcountynj.gov with your email address and you will receive periodic information about the office.

PHARMACEUTICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE AGED AND DISABLED
PAAD is a program available to senior citizens 65 and over and disabled persons receiving Social Security Disability whose income is under $26,655 for a single person, and under $32,680 for a couple. This program enables eligible people to purchase generic prescriptions for $5.00 and brand name for $7.00. You can also use the PAAD card to get a reduction on your automobile registration.

LIFELINE
This program is available to persons who are 65 or older, or persons receiving Social Security Disability whose income is under $26,655 for a single person and $32,680 for a married couple. The program enables eligible people to receive a $225 credit on their electric and/or gas bills.

PROJECT LIFESAVER
Project Lifesaver works in conjunction with the Salem County Sheriff’s Office to protect wandering patients and give peace of mind to caregivers, families and communities.  It’s an innovative rapid response program aiding victims and families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders such as Down syndrome and Autism. It forms partnerships with local law enforcement and public safety organizations to deploy specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.

SENIOR GOLD
Senior Gold is a prescription program for those who have income between $26,655 – $36,655 if single or $32,680 – $42,680 if married. You must be 65 or older or disabled and receiving Social Security Disability. There is a co-pay of $15.00 per prescription, plus one half of the remainder of the cost of the medication until a deductible is met, then only $15 co-pay is due.

SALEM COUNTY PRESCRIPTION SAVINGS CARD PROGRAM
This is a prescription discount card for any Salem County resident. The program provides a 10-to-50 percent savings on regular retail prescription prices at participating pharmacies. There are no income limits, quantity limits, or deductibles. Brand name and generic drugs are covered. To obtain an application contact the Office on Aging at 856-339-8622 or 856-451-1207 ext. 8622.

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
This program is designed to respond in critical situations to a request for assistance of Salem County residents 60 years of age or older and to disabled residents 18 years of age or older. The program offers assistance to residents who are in situations of abuse, financial exploitation, neglect or those who need protection of their rights. There must be an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The client is incapable of having control over his or her own life because a physical or mental disability or dementia. To make a referral please call the Salem County Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622 or (856) 451-1207 ext. 8622.  ALL REFERRALS ARE CONFIDENTIAL

SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION
If you are a Salem County resident 60 years of age and older or a disabled resident under the age of 60, or live in certain rural areas in the County as designed by NJTransit the Salem County Specialized Transportation Service is available to you.

The County Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Program can be used to transport you to medical appointments including doctor’s visits, physical therapy, radiation treatments, dialysis, or laboratory visits. The system can also provide transportation to congregate nutrition sites, social service appointments, work and shopping trips.  Service is available to all fifteen municipalities in Salem County with funds received under the Senior and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Act (Casino funds).  Please note that a minimum 48-hour (2 business days) advance notice is required for all transportation referrals.  The charge is $3.00 one way for all rides except medical and to the nutrition site. Medical rides and nutrition site rides are free  Account must be setup in advance and deposit of funds be made to the account before a trip can be scheduled.

To make transportation arrangements, please call (856) 339-8644 or 856-451-1207 ext. 8644. Office staff is available to assist you Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A project funded under the Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Act (Casino Fund), FTA 5310, and FTA 5311 funds.

Non-Discrimination Policy:
Salem County Office on Aging is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from, or denied the benefits of our services on the basis of race, color, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Any person who believes that they have, individually, or as a member of any specific class of persons, been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, may file a complaint in writing to Salem County Office on Aging, or for more information on Salem County Office on Aging obligations under Title VI write to: 110 Fifth Street, Suite 900, Salem, New Jersey 08079 or email scseniors@salemcountynj.gov. Transportation services provided by this agency are in whole or part funded through federal funds received through NJ TRANSIT and as an individual you also have the right to file your complaint under Title VI to Federal Transit Administration by writing to:
Title VI Program Coordinator
East Building, 5th Floor
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Transit Administration, Office of Civil Rights
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

ASSISTED TRANSPORTATION
This program provides help for those who are unable to safely ride the Specialized Transportation System alone and have no one to help them ride the van. For more information contact PRAC at 856-299-5800.

HOME DELIVERED MEALS / WEEKEND MEALS
These are available to home-bound senior citizens that are not capable of going to a nutrition site for a meal. Weekend meals are delivered to home-bound senior citizens on weekends and holidays. Saturday’s meal is a hot meal and Sunday’s meal is a precooked frozen meal that the participant must reheat.  There is an evaluation process to determine those most in need of these meals. Contact Meals on Wheels, (856) 935-3663.

LEGAL SERVICES
This program handles cases involving governmental benefits and entitlements, landlord/tenant relationships, protective services and pensions at no cost to the customers. The legal provider is South Jersey Legal Services; 1-800-510-2492.

CONGREGATE NUTRITION SITE
Salem County has three centers where a nutritionally balanced meal is served. Recreational activities are also provided at the centers. New applicants for the sites must call Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center at 856-514-2200 ext. 103, to see if they are eligible for the program.  Sites are open 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

ADULT DAYCARE
This program provides medical supervision and care in a group setting for adults that should not be left alone during the day. Some financial assistance may be available to help cover the cost. For more information contact Senior Care Center at (856) 878-6035 or Salem County Adult Day Care at (856) 299-1111.

STATE HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SHIP)
Trained counselors are available to provide you with information on the various health insurances available to all Salem County residents on Medicare and to help you make an informed decision in regard to health insurance. To make an appointment, contact the Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622, (856) 451-1207 ext.8622

IN-HOME SERVICES
This is an in-home service program that could provide a certified home health aide to assist with personal care and home maintenance. For further information contact BAYADA Nurses at (856) 327-6800.

JERSEY ASSISTANCE FOR COMMUNITY CARE-GIVING
JACC provides a broad array of in-home services and supports that enable an individual at risk of placement in a nursing facility to remain in his/her community home. A uniquely designed package of supports is intended to supplement and strengthen the capacity of caregivers and to delay placement in a nursing facility. JACC is not a Medicaid program and requires a cost share based on income only. The individual may own a home and car and have countable resources below $40,000 for an individual and $60,000 for a couple. For further information, please contact the Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622 or (856) 451-1207 ext.8622

HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS

  • Matter of Balance
    Managing concerns about falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults. The class covers four weeks, two classes a week.
  • Project Healthy Bones
    This is an exercise and education program for people with, or at risk of osteoporosis includes exercises that the program has demonstrated improved balance, increased strength, improved nutrition, home falls prevention and increased socialization among participants, and targets the body’s larger muscle groups to improve strength, balance and flexibility.
  • Health Ease
    A health education program given once a week for 7 weeks for 1 hour.  Session topics are: physical activity, nutrition, medication management and maintaining memory to name a few.

Contact your Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622 or 856-451-1207 ext.8622 to find our more information on when the next class will be held.

PHYSICAL FITNESS
This program provides exercise and fitness programs at no cost to the participant. Contact our office at 856-339-8622 for information about our Tai Chi classes.

NOTARY PROGRAM
This program notarizes simple documents for Salem County residents who are at least 60 years of age or those under 60 who are disabled. A photo ID is required to verify eligibility and authenticate the identity of the person requesting the notary service. This office will not notarize Power of Attorney (POA), Wills, or other similar legal documents. To MAKE AN APPOINTMENT please call the Salem County Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622 or (856) 451-1207 ext.8622.

MIPPA (Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act)
Do you want to save money? This program could help pay some or all your Medicare Parts B & D premium, deductible, co-insurance and/or co-pay costs. Other programs the grant includes are the Medicare Savings Programs known as QMB, SLMB and QI-1, low income subsidy known as “Extra Help” and PAAD. Call the Office on Aging for an appointment to be screened 856-339-8622.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Employees of the Office on Aging are available to speak to your organization.
Please make requests for this service through the Office on Aging.

HOUSEKEEPING
Light or heavy house cleaning such as laundry, dusting or mending, and washing floors to be provided by a non-professional staff person. Call PRAC at 856-299-5800.

RESIDENTIAL MAINTENANCE
Yard and sidewalk care (leave and/or snow removal).   Replacing locks on windows and doors, and outside lights. Improvements which improve health and or safety issues.  Work that cannot be done by themselves and/or are at risk on institutional placement. Call PRAC for more information at 856-299-5800.

MEDICAID MANAGED LONG TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS (MLTSS)
Medicaid Managed Long Term Ser-vices and Supports (MLTSS) is a Medicaid waiver program. MLTSS is designed to provide expanded community based care for eligible participants. Services may include home delivered meals, home care, and PERS in addition to the Medicaid healthcare services a participant is eligible to receive. A participant works with a care manager from their Managed Care Provider (MCO) to develop a plan of care that best suits his/her needs.

To be eligible for MLTSS one must be 65 years or older or eligible for Social Security Disability or declared disabled by the State of NJ. Income for 2017 must be below $2205 a month with assets below $2000. Please contact the Salem County ADRC at 856-339-8622 for more information and a screening.

LOAN CLOSET
There is a loan closet that contains items to assist with mobility. Items such as: wheelchairs, canes, and walkers. We have some new toilet items such as commodes, or high seats. We also have safety items such as bedrails and grip bars. All are on loan to any Salem County resident. To use a piece of equipment you can call 856-339-8622, to see if that particular item is available. If it is, you need to complete a short application. The equipment typically is loaned out for 3 months. However, if you need something longer please discuss that at the time of pickup.

If you have gently used items you no longer need please consider donating them to our loan closet. Please call us at 856-339-8622 to provide information regarding the item you would like to donate. We ask that items be dropped off during normal business hours. However, if that is not possible we may be able to arrange for pickup.

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