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Case Management & Advocacy

The Healthy Aging Program at Atlantic Health System suggests the following helpful resources to help people navigate through the eldercare maze of services and formal resources available to help advocate when needed.

Case Management

Case managers help connect clients with community and state resources and work to develop plans that comprehensively address the health, financial and psychosocial needs of the elderly.

Private Geriatric Care Management Services can assess needs, handle crises, navigate the transition from home to a long-term care facility, help solve family disputes, locate community resources, or simply fill in for family caregivers who find it difficult to manage their loved one’s care, either due to time/personal responsibilities, distance, or other factors. These are private pay services, however, some long-term care insurance policies may reimburse the cost of an assessment by a geriatric care manager.  

Aging Life Care Association (ALCA)
Offers a national membership directory of private geriatric care managers. 

Community Case Management Services assist at-risk, vulnerable seniors with the development, implementation and coordination of an individualized plan of care.  These services are provided by county or local non-profit organizations and usually offered at low or no cost, depending on income and resources. This type of case management services are not as “hands-on” as private pay services, but rather provide linkage to other services and supports.  

Adult Protective Services

Adult protective services provide assistance to those 18 years of age or older, who are living in the community and are subject to abuse, neglect or exploitation either through another person or self-neglect. Each county offers an adult protective services office which investigates complaints. To learn more about the role of Adult Protective Services or to find your county’s APS office, contact the NJ Department of
Human Services at 800-792-8820 or online > 

Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse

Domestic violence is a pattern of violence or intimidation by an intimate partner. This may happen when abuse started earlier in life and persists into older age or begins in later life as a result of disability, changing roles, or substance abuse. Older women are more often at risk for abuse late in life, but anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. 

Elder abuse can affect older men and women of all backgrounds and social statuses. In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult.

The Healthy Aging Program at Atlantic Health System suggests the following helpful resources: