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The average cost of assisted living in the county is $7,230 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 9 assisted living facilities in Essex County and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Essex County, NJ
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In a beautiful, suburban setting just 20 minutes from New York City, Brighton Gardens of West Orange offers spacious accommodations, excellent care and exciting activities.
From attractive grounds to an inviting atmosphere, everything at Sunrise at West Essex is built on the principle that a welcoming environment an essential part of senior living.
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Canterbury Village is a non-profit assisted living residence in West Orange, New Jersey. Offering private and semi-private rooms, three meals a day, and compassionate long-term staff members we offer a secure and safe environment to age in place.
Centrally located on Eagle Rock Avenue just east of I-280, Atria Roseland is a brand-new senior community that offers a range of senior living options and services.
In 1903, Job Haines Home opened one of the nation's first facilities designed specifically for senior living. Job Haines Home began as an act of compassion, philanthropy and imaginative vision. For over a century, Job Haines Home has been a…
Offering skilled nursing, medical and rehabilitative care for patients and residents. Whether for a short stay or for an extended period, our Clinical Care Teams are focused on implementing personalized care programs to facilitate recovery and improve well-being.
_____________________________________________ CareOne at Livingston is a premiere assisted living community located near the Garden State Parkway. Our community provides different level of care programs tailored to each resident’s needs. Our community has remarkable architecture and built for senior living. CareOne…
Job Haines Home had religious services and recreational activities with the residents. They did bingo, trips, and shopping if they're able to do so. They had facilities to bring residents to doctor appointments and such. They had a very wide menu, and if you don't like what they're having that day, you can choose somet...Read more Job Haines Home reviews
My wife is in Brookdale West Orange. The communication's a real problem with them. They don't communicate very well. The rooms are decent. The people working there try to be accommodating, but I don’t think they follow through all the time like they should. Everything's fine. The amenities are fair. They don't look lik...Read more Brookdale West Orange reviews
Brookdale West Orange was great. It was very nice. They were very nice people. The staff was amazing. The salesman was a nice guy. The facilities were very good and the place was super clean. They have a very small gym, a hair salon, a place where the residents play games, and a place where they watch movies. The secon...Read more Brookdale West Orange reviews
We visited Brookdale West Orange. It was neat, clean, and the place smelled good. The dining area was nice, and the residents seemed very happy. They keep the residents very active, and when I visited the television was on and playing game shows. They have games, musicals, and they had the library open for the seniors.Read more Brookdale West Orange reviews
The atmosphere at Brookdale West Orange was very positive. The staff seemed very caring and the residents seemed very happy. They had a very good amount of activities and things for the people to do. They showed me different rooms with people doing things and entertainment was very strong. It's an older facility. I was...Read more Brookdale West Orange reviews
According to Genworth’s Cost of Care study, at $7,230, Essex County’s average monthly cost for assisted living is 20% more expensive than the state average of $6,065 and significantly more expensive than the national average of $4,000. Aside from the Vineland area, Essex County is also the costliest region in the state when compared to other, smaller cities such as Ocean City ($4,800) and Atlantic City ($5,100).
Note: Senior care cost data was unavailable for Essex County, so data for the closest city, Trenton, was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
The cost of senior care is based upon a number of factors, particularly location and the degree of care offered. In Essex County, assisted living costs 50% more than either homemaker or home health aide services. These services, while less costly, don’t include living expenses such as rent, utilities, property taxes and home upkeep, so it’s important to factor these into the overall cost of remaining at home. A semiprivate room in a nursing home, which requires a greater level of care, is almost 50% higher than assisted living and twice as expensive as homemaker services.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Medicaid, a national and state-funded system of health care, provides health coverage and services for low-income Americans of any age. In New Jersey, Medicaid is overseen by the Medical Assistance and Health Services division of the NJ Department of Human Services, and it’s administered through NJ FamilyCare Aged Blind and Disabled Programs.
Seniors who wish to receive Medicaid must meet certain eligibility requirements. In addition to being a U.S. citizen and New Jersey resident, single applicants must show a monthly income of $1,041 or less and assets of $4,000 or less. Medicaid considers all sources of income, including wages, bank accounts, cash, investments, pensions and SSI. For married couples with one spouse applying, the only income considered is that of the applicant. According to the American Council on Aging, nonapplicant spouses are entitled to monthly incomes ranging from $2,057.50 to $3,160.50 to ensure sufficient income on which to live.
In addition to all sources of income, investments and any real estate other than the applicant’s primary residence are considered assets. Personal belongings, such as jewelry, household furnishings, an automobile and burial trusts, are exempt.
If seniors are eligible for Supplemental Security Income, they automatically qualify for the Aged, Blind and Disabled program. Monthly income limits for SSI are lower than requirements for Medicaid, at $781.25 for individuals and $1,150.36 for couples, with assets at $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for couples.
Long Term Care Services and Supports
For seniors wishing to live within their communities in assisted living or within their homes, LTSS may be available. Income and asset limits are slightly higher for individuals seeking LTSS, at $2,250 and $2,000. Evaluations for eligibility are administered through two agencies: The local County Welfare Agency conducts the financial review, and the Division of Aging Services conducts the clinical assessment. Applicants must require assistance with at least three or more activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming and dressing.
For more information about New Jersey Medicaid or LTSS, visit the NJ FamilyCare Aged Blind and Disabled Programs page to complete an application online or call (800) 356-1561. Applications may also be printed and brought to the local Essex County Welfare Agency.
Assisted Living Bridge Loans
Those needing short-term funds to help facilitate a move to assisted living may qualify for an Elderlife Financial Services bridge loan. Available as either a line of credit or lump sum payment, these loans have 12-month terms and are easily applied for. Applications can be taken over the phone, and funds are normally available within 24 hours. To learn more about assisted living bridge loans, contact Elderlife Financial at (800) 228-4500.
Veterans Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits
New Jersey veterans who need help with daily tasks or who are housebound may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound VA benefits. There are many different ADLs, and a veteran does not necessarily need to require aid with all of them to qualify for this top-up program. Dressing, bathing, preparing food, transportation and medical management are some of the rudimentary ADLs. Those with disabilities who are bedridden are also considered eligible for A&A, as are applicants who reside in nursing homes.
Veterans who have a permanent disability that confines them to their homes may qualify for Housebound benefits. It is important to note that even if applicants meet the criteria for both Housebound and A&A, they may only receive benefits from one program. To apply or learn more, veterans should contact the Newark Regional Veteran Office at (800) 827-1000.
The Essex County Division of Senior Services is the local branch of New Jersey’s Area Agency on Aging services. It serves the senior community by offering a comprehensive system of services, including transportation, financial and health insurance counseling and home-delivered meals.
Essex County Division of Senior Services
900 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044
Essex County has many day-service options for seniors. The four centers listed below have offerings that range from recreational activities and congregant meals to education and health screenings.
Newark’s Ironbound Senior Citizen Center
226 Rome Street, Newark, NJ 07105
Livingston Senior/Community Center
204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039
Caldwell Community Center
1 Provost Square, Caldwell, NJ 07006
Bloomfield Senior Citizen Programming
84 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
VA pensions, services and programs are available for veteran seniors in Essex County. Interested individuals may visit the Newark Regional Office or their local Veteran Affairs office. Those needing medical services can visit the East Orange Campus of New Jersey’s VA Health Care System.
Newark Regional VA Office
20 Washington Place, Newark, NJ 07102
East Orange Campus of the VA Health Care System
385 Tremont Avenue, East Orange, NJ 07018
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