Page Reviewed / Updated - Mar. 2015
NJ Alzheimer's Day Care is a state funded program that partially covers the cost of adult day care for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, dementia or other related memory disorders (Vascular, Lewy Body, FTD, CJD etc.). The program's objective is to help support and offer relief from the demands of caregiving for the caregiver. This program is run by the Division of Aging and Community Services and administered locally by over 40 different day care centers.
There are Alzheimer's Day Care centers located in 18 of 21 NJ counties. However, it is not a requirement that the program participant be a resident of the county in which they receive care, therefore should there not be center in one's county of residence, they can seek assistance in a neighboring county.
-New Jersey residents must be diagnosed with Alzheimer's, dementia or related memory disorder.
-They must reside at home (not in a nursing home, adult foster care or assisted living).
-Must be receiving personal care or supervision from an informal caregiver.
-Must have an annual income of less than 600% of Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In 2015, this is less than $4,398 / month. Couples are limited to 700% of SSI or $5,131.
-Assets ("countable resources") are limited to $40,000 for an individual or $60,000 for a couple.
The state of New Jersey will pay up to 75% of the costs of adult day care for 2 or 3 days a week for persons with Alzheimer’s or related conditions. Given the relatively high cost of adult day care in NJ, the annualized value of this benefit is approximately $7,500.
In the Day Care Centers, individuals are provided with personal care, supervision, social activities and meals.
To apply, persons should contact their local area agency on aging or call the statewide number at 609-943-4985. Alternatively one can find local adult day care and inquire with them if they participate in this program. There are approximately 40 participating adult day care centers statewide.