Caregiving may be one of the most important, and challenging, roles you’ll ever take on. No matter where you are in your caregiving journey — starting to plan; taking care of a family member in your home, in a facility, or from a distance; or managing end-of-life caregiving responsibilities — having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier.
AARP developed this family caregiver guide with you, the caregiver, in mind and as a starting point to help you find the services and support you might need throughout your journey.
To order a print copy of this online guide, call the toll-free AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line at 877-333-5885 and indicate which state(s) you would like to receive. A copy will be mailed to you.
- Supporting Family Caregivers in Your State
- AARP has a website dedicated to providing you with information about how we’re advocating for caregivers in your state
- NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148 toll-free | 2-1-1)
- 2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in New Jersey, you can find information about resources in your community.
- Aging & Disability Resource Connection of New Jersey (ADRC) (877-222-3737 toll-free)
- Assists seniors and caregivers in finding services in New Jersey. This includes: details on publicly and privately funded services, screenings to determine level of need, assistance with eligibility processes and applications.
- Caregivers of New Jersey (800-372-6510 toll-free)
- General resources for caregivers, including advocacy, respite care references and training.
- NJ Family Care (800-701-0710 toll-free)
- NJ FamilyCare is a federal- and state-funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access affordable health insurance. This program is for people who do not have employer insurance.
- NJ Medicaid (800-356-1561 toll-free)
- Medicaid provides health insurance to parents/caretakers and dependent children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind or disabled. It covers hospital services, doctor visits, prescriptions, nursing home care and other health care needs.
- Health promotion and disease prevention resources for older adults, with the goal of promoting, supporting and sustaining them in living healthier, more independent lives.
Home- and Community-Based Resources
- I Choose Home NJ (855-466-3005 toll-free)
- This program helps those living in a nursing home or developmental center for 90-plus days, and who are eligible for Medicaid, move back into the community if appropriate.
- Jersey Assistance for Community Caregivers (JACC) (877-222-3737 toll-free)
- JACC provides in-home services to seniors at risk of placement in a nursing home, including: respite care, homemaker services, environmental accessibility adaptations, emergency response systems, meal service, caregiver training, social adult day care, health services, medical equipment and supplies, and transportation.
- AARP Benefits QuickLINK
- Find public benefits that can help you pay for food, medicine, health care, utilities and more by using AARP Foundation’s Benefits QuickLINK tools.
- NJ Helps
- This site will help you see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid).
- NJ SAVE (800-792-9745 toll-free)
- NJSave is an online application to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs and other living expenses.
- Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) (888-576-5529 toll-free)
- LSNJ is a nonprofit organization that provides civil legal assistance, advice and referrals to low-income residents of New Jersey.
- New Jersey Office of the LongTerm Care Ombudsman (NJLTCO)
- Complaints: 877-582-6995 | General Questions: 609-826-5090
- NJLTCO is an independent advocate for individuals 60 and older receiving long-term care. Representatives of the office investigate, resolve and/or refer complaints to the appropriate agency for further action.
- New Jersey Adult Protective Services (877-222-3737 toll-free)
- An APS investigation is a thorough assessment of a potential at-risk adult. If someone you know is 18 years of age or older, is living in the community and is the subject of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation, contact your county APS office.
- Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace
- AARP offers valuable resources to help employers create a caregiver-friendly workplace.
- New Jersey Family Leave Insurance Program
- Eligibility for Family Leave Insurance benefits has been expanded to include care for a child, spouse, parent or domestic partner, as well as parents-in-law, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, any blood relative, or anyone with whom you have a close, family-like relationship.
- New Jersey Paid Sick Leave
- New Jersey requires employers to provide paid sick leave that can be used to care for yourself or a loved one — including someone related by blood, marriage or civil union, or someone whose relationship is like family.
- Affordable Housing: New Jersey Housing Resource Center (NJHRC) (877-428-8844 toll-free)
- The NJHRC is a free, online searchable registry of housing units including affordable rental housing, affordable for-sale housing and housing with accessibility features.
- Homelessness Prevention Program: NJ Department of Community Affairs (866-889-6270 toll-free)
- Provides limited financial assistance to low- and moderate-income tenants in imminent danger of eviction due to temporary financial problems beyond their control. Funds are used to disburse payments in the form of loans and grants to landlords on behalf of eligible households in danger of homelessness.
Specific Audience Resources
- AARP Caregiving Guides
- AARP offers free caregiving guides for specific audiences, including guides for military families and LGBT individuals. The guides, also offered in Spanish and Chinese, are designed to help develop and implement a caregiving plan.
- Care 2 Caregivers (800-424-2494 toll-free)
- Care2Caregivers is a free, confidential help line for anyone concerned about or caring for someone with memory issues.
- Alzheimer’s Association — Greater New Jersey Chapter (800-272-3900 | 973-586-4300)
- The association offers consultations, support groups, education, connection to respite care, and community resources.
- Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey (908-233-0060)
- The association can provide resources and education for terminally ill patients and their families on services available in homes, nursing homes or dedicated hospice units.
Care for Caregivers
- Statewide Respite Care Program (877-222-3737 toll-free)
- The Statewide Respite Care Program gives short-term, intermittent relief to caregivers. It may be able to arrange home care, adult day care, or inpatient care at an assisted living or other facility for short periods.
- United Way Caregivers Coalition (973-993-1160)
- Offers a range of responses and programs that are free and open to all, and that promote knowledge and action around critical issues, and provide access to help for unpaid family caregivers in New Jersey. Services include caregiver support groups, educational workshops and a free educational video series.
- Mental Health Association in New Jersey (866-202-4357 toll-free)
- Staff of mental health professionals who use their experience and understanding of the mental health system to provide individuals with information and connect them to the mental health services they need, such as: legal, housing, employment, rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient, self-help and more.
- Community Connections
- AARP Community Connections is a new website that offers steps to get or give help. You can organize online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas and support those in need.
- Create the Good
- Create the Good connects you with volunteer opportunities and project ideas to share your life experiences, skills and passions in your community.
AARP Resources for Family Caregivers
- AARP Family Caregiving Website (en español: aarp.org/cuidar)
- AARP’s Family Caregiving website is your one-stop shop for tips and tools to help you care for a loved one. It has valuable information about handling medical issues, health records and advance directives, home safety, financial and legal issues, caregiver life balance and much more.
- AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line (877-333-5885 toll-free, en español: 888-971-2013 toll-free)
- Connect with a real person and learn how to access local resources via our toll-free family caregiving hotline.
- AARP Family Caregivers Facebook Group
- Join the AARP Family Caregivers Discussion Group on Facebook to connect, ask questions and share ideas with other family caregivers.
- Community Resource Finder
- Community Resource Finder, a joint service from the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP, is a database of dementia- and aging-related resources powered by Carelike. The online tool makes it easy to find local programs and services.
- I Heart Caregivers
- Join the thousands of family caregivers who have shared their experiences through AARP’s storytelling initiative, I Heart Caregivers. Your story will help AARP continue to fight for more support for family caregivers.
- AARP Online Caregiving Community
- Join our community and connect with other caregivers like you.
- AARP HomeFit Guide
- The AARP HomeFit Guide can help individuals and families make their current or future residence age-friendly. It can also help elected officials, policymakers and local leaders learn about and advocate for the types of housing features and designs that communities need so that their residents can live safely and comfortably and thrive.
- National Resources for Family Caregivers
- A listing of national agencies, groups and organizations that can connect family caregivers with direct services and supports.