About Assisted Living in New Jersey

New Jersey is a great place for those who enjoy the outdoors and recreation - from beaches to amusement parks and casinos. It boasts top-notch medical facilities and healthcare, and does not tax social security benefits.

What Options are Available for Assisted Living?

In the state of New Jersey assisted living residence provide apartment-style living as well as congregate dinners and assisted services for 4 or more adults, with 3 categories of assisted living: assisted living residences, comprehensive care homes, and assisted living programs that includes provided services. A disclosure must be provided, including applicable fees and discharges, as well as all policies in relation to Medicaid admission.

Smoke detectors are required in bedrooms, living rooms, studio apartment units, and all public areas of the facility. Fire sprinkler systems must also be installed in accordance to Uniform Construction Codes and National Fire Protection Association standards throughout the building.

What are the Alzheimer’s Requirements for Assisted Living Programs in New Jersey?

Any program that advertises as a facility accepting residents with Alzheimer’s or related dementias are required to establish written policies and procedures, as well as criteria for admission and discharge, and staff training and information. They are also required to provide a list of activities and safety policies and procedures directly related to Alzheimer’s residents.

Senior Assisted Living Details and Costs for Cities in New Jersey

Listed below are some of the larger cities in New Jersey. Each city link provides details on senior assisted living options, independent living, senior apartments and homes, and memory care. Details may include costs, amenities and services offered, medical care, and other useful information.

What Training is Required for Assisted Living Program Staff?

All personal care assistants must complete a nursing aide training course, home health aide training program, or other equivalent approved program. They must also be trained in assisted living concepts and care, including emergency planning and procedures, infection prevention and control, resident rights, abuse and neglect, pain management, and Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Is an Assessment Required Before Move-In?

A resident must be evaluated but an assessment form is not specified.

What Care is Available in an Assisted Living Program?

  • 24 hour supportive personal and supportive services, including assistance with personal care, nursing, pharmacy, and social work services.
  • Dining.
  • Activities of daily living (ADLs).
  • Recreation.

Facilities may contract 3rd party, home health agencies.

How is Medication Managed?

Only certified nurse's (by the Department of Health) staff who have completed the medication aide course and passed the accompanying exam are permitted to administer medication to residents under registered nurse (RN) delegated care.

What are the Bathroom Requirements for an Assisted Living Program?

A toilet, sink, and bathtub or shower must be located in every resident unit, as well as additional toilet facilities should be located in areas accessible to residents, staff, and visitors.

What are the Move-In or Move-Out Requirements?

The state of New Jersey has no entry requirements or restrictions, but residents may not be retained if:

  • The resident requires specialized long-term care (respirators, ventilators, or severe behavior management).
  • The resident is bedridden for more than 14 consecutive days.
  • The resident requires 24-hour nursing supervision.
  • The resident is totally dependent on assistance with 4 or more ADLs.
  • The resident is a danger to themselves or others.

Is an Assisted Living Program Covered by Medicaid in the State of New Jersey?

Yes provided that individuals select a provider from the managed network. New Jersey has consolidated the home and community-based waiver into their Global Options for Long term Care (GO) that provides coverage for assisted living services. Additional services are managed by managed care organizations.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Health
(800) 792-8820