The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey Announces No Cost Caregiver Respite Services

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New Jersey's Statewide Respite Care Program provides assistance to those who qualify for grant-funded programs.

Cora Jiggetts, 105, pictured with her nurse, Hina Patel (left) and aide, Lenore Buhrig, represents the VNA's fastest growing demographic: area residents over age 80 who need long-term home care assistance.

Aides Foster Elder Independence

“As life expectancies have grown longer and challenging economic times have lingered, access to programs have played a pivotal role in helping us seamlessly meet the needs of elderly clients with limited resources,” - Faith F. Scott, President & CEO.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey provides free caregiver training, certified home health aide visits and other respite services to those who qualify for an array of grant-funded programs made possible through grants received from the State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, County of Morris Office on Aging and the United Way of Morris County.

Average life expectancy when the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey was established in Morristown, NJ in 1898 was 47. By the start of the VNA’s second century, life expectancy had increased to 77 and eldercare emerged as a pressing community need. “As life expectancies have grown longer and challenging economic times have lingered, access to programs funded by government grants and private donors have played a pivotal role in helping us seamlessly meet the needs of elderly clients with limited resources,” said Faith F. Scott, President & Chief Executive Officer.

Someone is now caring for another adult in one of every four households. In fact, just over one of every eight Americans aged 40 to 60 is both raising a child and caring for a parent and many caregivers have nowhere to turn for a respite from the difficult, stressful demands of day-to-day caregiving. Those who unselfishly take on the role of primary caregiver for a sick or injured spouse, aging parent or other loved one who requires constant assistance and supervision too often neglect their own emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Even the most loving and devoted caregiver needs a respite — and when one is not available, caregivers become susceptible to feelings of isolation and depression and stress-related physical illnesses.

The VNA participates in the Statewide Respite Care Program which provides assistance (as limited and defined by the program's guidelines), to caregivers who need a break from the daily responsibility of caring for aging parents or any other sick, disabled or aged family member or friend. The respite services can be used by caregivers to secure time to find a variety of activities including personal errands, shopping, medical care, vacation or a personal or family emergency.

According to the program's guidelines, the services provided may include certified home health assistance, limited RN or LPN support, out-of-home care in a structured social or health-related adult day program, short-term live-in service or short-term in-patient care in a licensed medical facility, nursing home or assisted living facility.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey has been a care at home resource for the Greater Morris County area since 1898 and welcomes every opportunity to help residents age in place, including this valuable Statewide Respite Care Program. Flexible, customized private care assistance is also available a few hours each week or on a full-time or live-in basis. Eligibility requirements may apply. For further information, call 1-800-WE VISIT or go to http://www.vnannj.org online and look for “Statewide Respite Program” in our Community Services section.

About the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey
Statistics show Americans would prefer to age in place at home. However, few are factoring the cost of home care into their retirement planning. Each day, the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey encounters seniors who need a helping hand to realize their best quality of life. Many with chronic but treatable medical conditions and routine symptoms of aging aren't eligible for Medicare home care benefits. That’s why it’s imperative for those who haven’t yet reached retirement age to plan ahead for individual needs. The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey has devoted more than a century to delivering home health services to the residents of Morris County, NJ and neighboring communities who want to return home following hospitalization or need a helping hand to remain in the comfort of home despite illness, disability or advanced age. The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey provides comprehensive home care services, including skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy, hospice, certified home health aides, caregiver training and support and Friendship House, an adult day care center. The Private Care Services program offers certified home health aide assistance tailored to meet specific client needs, lifestyles and resource levels. Private care is available a few hours each week or on a full-time or live-in basis. For further information about VNA services and planning ahead for private care needs, call 1-800-WE-VISIT or go to http://www.vnannj.org.

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