Office on Aging

 Office on Aging

healthbldg98 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079
856-935-7510, 339-8622, or 451-1207 ext.8622
NJEASE Toll Free 1-877-222-3737
FAX 856-339-9546

Executive Director Office on Aging
Sherri Hinchman

Office on Aging staff is ready to assist you with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled, Income Tax and a wide range of other programs.

Salem County Office on Aging email address:
scseniors@salemcountynj.gov

Other On-Line Resources:

 

Advisory Council Office of Aging

Established by Resolution 74-87 with appointed members

Resolution 75-140 amending terms to begin Jan. 1st of year of Appointment & Expire 12-31
Resolution 95-112 expanded Council to 18 members

Director of Health and Human Services:
Rita Shade

Executive Director OOA Office:
Sherri Hinchman

Members:
Glen Donelson (2014)
Kenneth Johnson (2014)
Bishop Eszekial Rolle, Sr. (2014)
Wayne Johnson (2016)
Harriet Laury (2015)
Harvey Saunders (2015)
Dottie Robinson (2015)
Joanne Brown (2015)
Julie McCoy (2015)
David Rodriquez (2014)
Patti Schneider (2016)
Janice Lombardo (2016)
Deborah Covey (2016)
Sara Bailey (2014)
Harvey Saunders (2015)

Meetings: Meets 3rd Tuesday in March, April, September and October, at 1:00 pm, 2nd floor of the OOA Building, 98 Market St., Salem, NJ 08079

The Office on Aging staff is ready to assist you with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled, Income Tax and a wide range of other programs.

“What is relay?”
Relay is a free, government regulated service designed to make it easy for people with hearing loss or speech disabilities to place phone calls.

“How Relay Works”
The relay user initiates a call by typing the phone number they would like to dial into a box on our web site. When they click “Begin Relay Call,” that number is transferred to an operator who dials the number and connects the call.

The relay user types their side of the conversation, while the operator reads it aloud to the called party. When the called party responds, the operator types their spoken words for the relay user, enabling them to read the spoken side of the conversation.

Relay calls are free to the caller and the called party.
Hearing-and-Speech-Impaired

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PHARMACEUTICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE AGED AND DISABLED
PAAD is a program available to senior citizens 65 and over and disabled persons receiving Social Security Disability whose income is under $24,432 for a single person, and under $29,956 for a couple. This program enables eligible people to purchase generic prescriptions for $6.00 and brand name for $7.00. You can also use the PAAD card to get a reduction on your automobile registration.

LIFELINE
This program is available to persons who are 65 or older, or persons receiving Social Security Disability whose income is under $24,432 for a single person and $29,956 for a married couple. The program enables eligible people to receive a $225 credit on their electric and/or gas bills.

SENIOR GOLD
Senior Gold is a prescription program for those who have income between $24,432-$34,432 if single or $29,956-$39,956 if married. You must be 65 or older or disabled and receiving Social Security Disability. There is a co-pay of $15.00 per prescription, plus one half of the remainder of the cost of the medication.

SALEM COUNTY PRESCRIPTION SAVINGS CARD PROGRAM
This is a prescription discount card for any Salem County resident. The program provides a 10-to-50 percent savings on regular retail prescription prices at participating pharmacies. The cost for a household is $20.00 for one year or $40.00 for three years. There are no income limits, quantity limits, or deductibles. Brand name and generic drugs are covered. To obtain an application contact the Office on Aging at 856-339-8622 or 856-451-1207 ext. 8622.

SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION
SALEM COUNTY SENIOR CITIZEN & DISABLED RESIDENT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

If you are a Salem County resident 60 years of age and older or a disabled resident under the age of 60, the Salem County Specialized Transportation Service is available to you.

The County Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Program can be used to transport you to medical appointments including doctor’s visits, physical therapy, radiation treatments, dialysis, or laboratory visits. The system can also provide transportation to congregate nutrition sites, social service appointments, and shopping trips.

Service is available to all fifteen municipalities in Salem County with funds received under the Senior and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Act (Casino funds).

Please note that a minimum 48-hour (2 business days) advance notice is required for all transportation referrals.

To make transportation arrangements, please call (856) 339-8622 or 856-451-1207 ext. 8622. Office staff is available to assist you Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Contributions are voluntary and are returned to the Specialized Transportation Program to help offset costs. Customers are asked to share the costs of bridge tolls for out-of-county transportation.

A project funded under the Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Act (Casino Fund), Title XIX of the Social Security Act (Medicaid), Title III of the Older Americans Act, Title 3 of the Older Americans Act and the New Jersey Division of Senior Services.

ASSISTED TRANSPORTATION
This program provides help for those who are unable to safely ride the Specialized Transportation System alone and have no one to help them ride the van. For more information contact the Office on Aging at 856-339-8622 or 856-451-1207 ext.8622.

HOME DELIVERED MEALS
These are available to homebound senior citizens that are not capable of going to a nutrition site for a meal. There is an evaluation process to determine those most in need of these meals. Contact Peg Marshall at Meals on Wheels, (856) 935-3663.

WEEKEND MEALS
Weekend meals are delivered to homebound senior citizens on weekends and holidays. Saturday’s meal is a hot meal and Sunday’s meal is a precooked frozen meal that the participant must reheat. There is an evaluation process to determine those most in need of these meals. Contact Peg Marshall at Meals on Wheels, (856) 935-3663 to apply.

LEGAL SERVICES
This program handles cases involving governmental benefits and entitlements, landlord/tenant relationships, protective services and pensions at no cost to the customers. The legal provider is South Jersey Legal Services; 1-800-510-2492.

CONGREGATE NUTRITION SITE
Salem County has three centers where a nutritionally balanced meal is served. Recreational activities are also provided at the centers. New applicants for the sites must call Home Care and Hospice Care of South Jersey, Inc., at (856) 878-6035, to see if they are eligible for the program.

Sites are open 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

ADULT DAYCARE
This program provides medical supervision and care in a group setting for adults that should not be left alone during the day. Some financial assistance may be available to help cover the cost. For more information contact Melinda Lodge of Home Care and Hospice Care of South Jersey, Inc., at (856) 878-6035.

STATE HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SHIP)
Trained counselors are available to provide you with information on the various health insurances available to all Salem County residents on Medicare and to help you make an informed decision in regard to health insurance. To make an appointment, contact the Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622, (856) 451-1207 ext.8622

IN-HOME SERVICES
This is an in-home service program that could provide a certified home health aide to assist with personal care and home maintenance. For further information contact Ann Clark at BAYADA Nurses at (856) 327-6800.

JERSEY ASSISTANCE FOR COMMUNITY CAREGIVING
JACC provides a broad array of in-home services and supports that enable an individual at risk of placement in a nursing facility to remain in his/her community home. A uniquely designed package of supports is intended to supplement and strengthen the capacity of caregivers and to delay placement in a nursing facility. JACC is not a Medicaid program and requires a cost share based on income only. The individual may own a home and car and have countable resources below $40,000 for an individual and $60,000 for a couple. For further information, please contact the NJEASE Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622 or (856) 451-1207 ext.8622

GLOBAL OPTIONS ( GO ) / NJEASE HOMECARE
GLOBAL OPTIONS is a uniquely designed program to supplement the assistance an individual receives from his/her natural support network as well as from community agencies and volunteer groups. This program has all the services available through the State Medicaid Program. The individual may own their own home and car, but cannot have resources above $2,000 or an income above $1,737 per month. Contact your NJEASE Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622 or 856-451-1207 ext.8622.

Matter of Balance & Project Healthy Bones
Matter of Balance:

Managing concerns about falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults. The class covers four weeks, two classes a week, Tuesday & Thursday, two-hours per session.

During the class participants learn to:

  • view falls and fear of falling as controllable
  • set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
  • promote exercise to increase strength and balance

The program was designed to benefit older adults living in the community who:

  • are concerned about falls
  • have sustained a fall in the past
  • restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • are age 60 or older, mobile and able to problem-solve

Project Healthy Bones:

This is an exercise and education program for people with, or at risk of osteoporosis includes exercises that the program has demonstrated improved balance, increased strength, improved nutrition, home falls prevention and increased socialization among participants, and targets the body’s larger muscle groups to improve strength, balance and flexibility.

If you are interested in participating please call our office at 856-339-8622 and ask to speak with Cindy Knight or Marikay Green.

PHYSICAL FITNESS
This program provides exercise and fitness programs at no cost to the participant. Weekly fitness programs for seniors are offered through the Campbell Fitness Center in Salem and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Carneys Point. For more information contact Charles Washington at the Campbell Center, 856-935-7789 or Louise Foley at the YMCA, 856-299-1493.

NOTARY PROGRAM
This program program notarizes simple documents for Salem County residents who are at least 60 years of age or those under 60 who are disabled. A photo ID is required to verify eligibility and authenticate the identity of the person requesting the notary service. This office will not notarize Power of Attorney (POA), Wills, or other similar legal documents. To MAKE AN APPOINTMENT please call the Salem County Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622 or (856) 451-1207 ext.8622 or the Office of Disability Services at (856) 935-7510 ext. 8316.

MIPPA (Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act)
Do you want to save money? This program could help pay some or all your Medicare Parts B & D premium, deductible, co-insurance and/or co-pay costs. Other programs the grant includes are the Medicare Savings Programs known as QMB, SLMB and QI-1, low income subsidy known as “Extra Help” and PAAD. Call the Office on Aging for an appointment to be screened 856-339-8622.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Employee’s of the Office on Aging are available to speak to your organization.
Please make requests for this service through the Office on Aging.

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
This program is designed to respond in critical situations to a request for assistance of Salem County residents 60 years of age or older and to disabled residents. The program offers assistance to residents who are in situations of abuse, financial exploitation, neglect or those who need protection of their rights. To make a referral please call the Salem County Office on Aging at (856) 339-8622 or (856) 451-1207 ext. 8622.

The Salem County Office on Aging provides Adult Protective Services to people age 60 or persons with disabilities 18 and over.

For our office to investigate:

  1. There must be an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  2. The client is incapable of having control over his or her own life because a physical or mental disability or dementia.

Other services provided by Adult Protective Services may include:

  1. An attorney may be consulted to determine if legal action is needed.
  2. A psychiatrist may be contacted to evaluate the customer, and if necessary, other persons involved in the situation.
  3. Arrangements can be made for meals and homemaker services.
  4. The police, medical services, financial institutions and other family members may be contacted for assistance or information.

If you, a friend, or family member needs Adult Protective Services, please contact the Salem County Office on Aging at 856-339-8622 or 856-451-1207 ext. 8622.

ALL REFERRALS ARE CONFIDENTIAL