UNION COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
DIVISION ON AGING

Caregiver Services

Caregiving is the act of providing unpaid assistance and support to family members or friends who have physical, psychological, or developmental needs. Caregiving can range from hands-on care with bathing and grooming, daily visits to check on the person’s well-being, to shopping for groceries or supplies.

There are over 1.06 million caregivers in New Jersey alone and more than a quarter of the adult population has provided care for a chronically ill, disabled, or older family member at some time. Caregivers are twice as likely as non-caregivers to report physical and mental health complications and experience 63% more mortality risks than non-caregivers. In addition, family caregiving accounts for 80% of the long term care provided in the US. (www.njcaregivers.org)

The Division on Aging offers two State-funded caregiver-specific programs to provide relief and assistance to unpaid caregivers: Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC) and the Statewide Respite Care Program.

For further information about these programs, call the division’s toll-free number: 1-888-280-8226, or 908-527- 4870 or 4858.