Whether due to a lack of access or other barriers, adults may find it increasingly difficult to get medical care as they age. That’s why Atlantic Visiting Nurse offers a free Senior Support Program that helps patients of Morristown Medical Center manage their health from the comfort of their home. Our social worker can coordinate:
- Referrals to community-based programs
- Assistance scheduling medical appointments and transportation
- Psychosocial support and counseling
- Long-term care planning
- Education about medications and chronic illnesses
These services are designed not only to preserve independence, but also to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
The Senior Support Program is open to Morristown Medical Center patients who have a chronic condition, but don’t qualify for home care or hospice services under Medicare, or are at a high risk for frequent hospital admissions.
Additional Home-Based Community Services
The Healthy Aging Program at Atlantic Health System suggests the following resources to help seniors find information on home-based services in the community:
Home Repair and Chore Services
These programs can help seniors with home maintenance and repairs so that they may remain safe at home.
- Catholic Charities – Project LINC
Supports older and disabled adults in upper Passaic County with transportation to medical appointments, shopping assistance and companionship.
Pompton Lakes, NJ
- PROCEED, Inc.
Offers low-cost home repairs to income-eligible Union County residents.
- Home Care Options – Seasonal Cleaning Service
Offers intermittent household cleaning service for elderly and disabled individuals in Passaic County up to four times per year.
- Hope House – Chore Services
Chore Assistant offers low-income Morris County seniors assistance with light household chores.
- Hope House – Operation Fix-It
Offers minor health- and safety-related low-cost home repairs to Morris County seniors who meet eligibility requirements.
- JVS Home Maintenance Solutions and Caregiving Companions
JVS provides a wide variety of home maintenance, repair and safety services, as well as companions to assist with household chores.
East Orange, NJ
- NORWESCAP – Safe Housing Program
Provides security measures, accessibility improvements and home repairs for those more than 60 years old and living in Sussex and Warren counties
- SAGE Eldercare Small Home Repair Service
Helps older adults with small home repairs so that they can continue to live safely in their own homes.
- Union Township Community Action Organization (UTCAO)
UTCAO’s Companion Aide Program offers Union Township and Union County seniors assistance with light meal preparation and housekeeping. Their Safe Housing Program helps Union County homeowners with minor household repairs and seasonal yard care services.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
The program provides a home energy audit to see how much money can be saved on energy bills by weatherizing and the installation cost of energy efficient measures and assists with tasks such as installing insulation, weather stripping, wrapping hot water tanks, and repairing or replacing heating systems.
Medical equipment includes assistive devices that can enable people to maintain their independence, such as walkers, commodes, wheelchairs, nebulizers, specialty beds or oxygen. Some equipment may be covered by insurance. It is possible to check with local ambulance corps, health care and community organizations for availability of used or donated equipment.
- AtHome Medical
This company provides durable medical equipment including home oxygen, respiratory equipment, home enteral equipment, specialty beds and support surfaces.
Morris Plains, NJ
- Goodwill Home Medical Equipment
This non-profit organization provides refurbished durable medical equipment to anyone, with priority given to those with limited resources for getting such equipment due to lack of health insurance or coverage of specialized equipment.