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From the Desk Of 
Caryl Greenberg, MSW, LSW 
 

 

The Home Care World Gets Shaken Up!

 

In most situations it would be most prudent to hire someone through an agency if you need home care as opposed to privately hiring an individual to care for yourself or loved one. There are many reasons for this and I’d like to share a few with you. According to Caring Connections, when a family hires an aide they become the employer and it is required that all taxes be paid including Social Security, Payroll and Unemployment. The aide also must be an independent contractor and pay her/his own taxes as well. Most of the time families want to save money and there is some risk involved with this tradeoff. Families usually don’t vet the person, do background checks or call references increasing the risk for exploitation. Home health aides are trained to provide care under the supervision of an RN. Without this oversight there can be care mistakes. Additionally, if an aide gets sick or doesn’t show up you are stuck without coverage. If you are paying’ under the table’, there can be ramifications if you want to eventually apply for Medicaid; for example, significantly delaying the approval of the program. Why did I title this ‘Home Care World gets Shaken Up?

The NJ Division of Consumer Affairs has implemented a statutory accreditation process for all home care agencies. All agencies must go through the process and become accredited by May 21st ,2019 or must cease to be in business. They have known about this for a long time.

This is a costly and time consuming process according to business owners but the accreditation assures that all agencies are meeting the same standards which will protect the health and safety and welfare of those who receive such services. By the time you read this I will have checked with all the agencies I recommend to make sure they have an accreditation designation. This is really a big deal for all agencies providing care because there are now protocols and oversights that were not in place prior to this law.

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Monthly Bereavement Group: Monday, June 17th 10:45am Anyone who has suffered the loss of a spouse or partner


                   
Questions? Please call Caryl x 7212 is welcome to attend the monthly bereavement group. 

 

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What's
 on Your Mind 

"What's On Your Mind" meets on Fridays at 1:45 p.m. to discuss current events and information that interests you. We welcome new members.  You can drop in anytime.  Call Caryl for more information. 


Monthly Bereavement Support Group
Ongoing support group. Participants offer mutual support to each other as we share our struggles and grief in a safe non-judgmental venue.

Book Club
A weekly group using literature as a conduit for discussion. Participants share thoughts and feelings about what they have read and relate it ‘if applicable’ to their life experience. We meet every Thursday (except the first Thursday of the month) at 10:30 am. Please call Caryl for more information.

VISION LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Meets the first Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room.  This is an opportunity to meet new people, share information and benefit from mutual support. 

Veterans 

Veterans age 55 + meet monthly to share stories and strive to re-create the camaraderie that is experienced when sharing a common bond. This group meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:45 a.m.

Social Work Services
As more individuals are choosing to ‘age in place’, the senior center offers ‘home visits’ by the Social Worker to the HOMEBOUND elderly. We can provide limited case management services, emotional support and counseling. Many issues include loss, care giving concerns and tensions, coping with health problems, relationship issues, independence, depression, substance abuse, isolation and more.  The Social Worker also sees individuals and couples on site. Please contact Caryl Greenberg for further information. 

Notary

I am now a NOTARY PUBLIC in the state of NJ. If you need something to be notarized, free of cost, to ensure you are not disappointed please call first to make sure I am in.

Office on Aging
Christine Wildemuth

cwildemu@sbtnj.net
Director
Senior Center
540 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
732-329-4000 x7670
or
732-438-0918
(rotary phones)
Transportation
732-329-4000 x7363
Center Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sundays
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.