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What is the State doing to support older residents? Is there help registering for the vaccine?

Last Updated: 07/09/2021

COVID-19 Vaccines

Individuals aged 65 and older can call a special senior hotline at 856-249-7007 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for vaccination scheduling support. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved for those aged 65 and older. Appointment availability and scheduling varies by location.

In addition, the State is actively conducting phone outreach to residents ages 65 and over and scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The State is also increasing vaccine allocations to megasites specifically for these seniors.

Food Assistance

Senior centers and nutrition sites are reopening across New Jersey. The Division of Aging Services has issued safety recommendations and is urging all facilities to take necessary precautions.

For more information or additional assistance, contact your county Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

In addition, the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program provides financially eligible individuals who are age 60+ with $30 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands in New Jersey.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program page or contact your local AAA.

Property Tax Relief

The deadline for senior homeowners to apply for the Senior Freeze property tax relief program has been extended from December 31, 2020 to February 1, 2021.

The program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax or mobile home park site fee increases on their principal residence. For more information on the Senior Freeze program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the NJ Treasury Department's Senior Freeze program page.

Additional Resources

Through NJ Save, low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses. Seniors can see if they qualify and apply online here: https://njdoas-ua.force.com/njsave/quickstart

For Medicare counseling and general aging services questions call 1-800-792-8820

For NJ Save (PAAD, Sr. Gold, Medicare Saving Programs, Lifeline, and more) call 1-800-792-9745

For access to aging services in your county call 1-877-222-3737.

Additional resources for older residents can be found here.

In addition, to protect the health and safety of the older residents, the State has taken several steps including:

  • Temporarily allowing supervising nurses to conduct required plan-of-care evaluations by phone or video-chat instead of in person. This limits the number of health care providers required to visit patient homes on a routine basis and guards against the spread of COVID-19 from healthcare workers to elderly and medically fragile individuals by making in-person supervisory visits, which typically occur at least every 60 days, unnecessary. The rule waiver, which takes effect immediately, will remain in place throughout the COVID-19 state of emergency.
  • Mobilizing nurse care managers at Medicaid health plans to call high risk populations to identify and address their critical needs including supplies such as durable medical equipment and food;
  • Allowing older residents receiving prescription drugs through Medicaid or the state prescription drug assistance program (PAAD and Senior Gold) to refill their prescriptions early, receive 90-day supplies of maintenance medications, and waiving signature requirements to reduce in-person contact;
  • Partnering with counties to end congregate dining in senior centers while helping to ensure that participants continue to have access to food;
  • Working with counties to support telephone outreach to seniors known to be socially isolated;
  • Encouraging health care providers to use telehealth for routine visits, as appropriate;
  • Working closely with community and institutional providers to ensure resident needs are met; and
  • Conducting phone outreach to our most vulnerable residents seeking enrollment in social service benefits.

Source: https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/news/press/2020/approved/20200318b.html; https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/library/slides/DHS%20Aging%20Services%20Congregate%20Dining%202021-06-23.pdf