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Advanced Directives: Power of Attorney, Healthcare Proxy and Living Wills

There is no way to predict the future, but there are ways to prepare for it. That’s why it is so important to work with your parents and their attorney to create a series of legally binding guidelines called Advanced Directives.

Power of Attorney (PoA)- authorizes someone to make decisions for you and "act on your behalf," may be separated into a medical PoA and a financial PoA, or in some cases, a single document may appoint someone to make both financial and medical decisions for you.

Health Care Proxy- appoints someone to make health care decisions for them if they are unable to make these decisions themselves. The person appointed follows the person’s wishes if they are known and, if they are not, makes decisions based on his or her best assumptions of the person’s wishes.

A Living Will-specifies the treatments that your loved one wants, as well as the treatments that they wish to avoid, as in the case of a terminal illness or injury, if they are unable to make their own decisions.

To find an attorney to assist in preparation of these documents visit the Somerset County Bar Association web site.

Wills and Estate Administration
Somerset County Surrogate Frank Bruno’s duties as Surrogate include the probate of wills, appointment of estate administrators, and supervision over the appointment of guardians, and administration of adoptions.
Functions of the Surrogate’s Office

  • Probate Wills
  • Process adoptions
  • Process contested probate matters
  • Process alleged incompetents
  • Film and record all probate proceedings
  • Invest minors’ funds
  • Appoint guardians of minors  

Surrogate’s Office is located on the first floor of the administration building
20 Grove Street
Somerville, NJ

AHCA (American Health Care Association)

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ALFA (Assisted Living Federation of America)

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Alzheimer's Association of Greater NJ

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey provides:

Helpline at 1-800-883-1180
The Helpline provides community resource information for individuals, families, and caregivers. Toll Free 24 hour service available in 140 languages.

MedicAlert and Safe Return
Nation wide identification, support and enrollment program provides assistance when a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia disorder wanders or becomes lost.

Respite Care Program for Caregivers.

Financial assistance and supportive counseling to families in order to help obtain relief or time from heavy demands of caregiving. 

Learning Institute.

Educational and training programs for general and professional community

Support Groups
Conducted throughout the 14 county regions including specialized groups for early stage individuals, spouses only, and bi-lingual and multi-cultural caregiver support

Visit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey web site

Alzheimer's Information

The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide

Attorney Referral Services

Somerset County Bar Association-POA, legal services

Visit the Somerset County Bar Association web site

Caregiver Coalition

The Somerset County Caregiver Coalition's mission is to promote knowledge of and action around caregiving issues to ensure that all caregivers identifyand have access to the resources, services, education, and support to sustain them in their role.  The Coalition supports caregivers caring for loved ones of all ages with chronic illnesses or disabilities.

Contact: United Way of Northern New Jersey, Stephanie Mamary, 908-253-6534 or

Cooperative Housing Corporation

Cooperative Housing is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide older adults and some special needs populations with housing facilities and services especially designed to meet their physical, social and psychological needs on a cooperative family basis and through the caring "second family" environment, in order to promote their health, security, happiness, and well-being through longer living.
62 East High Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: 908-526-8130 Fax: 908-575-0771

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COPSA (Comprehensive Services on Aging)

Part of UMDNJ-University Behavioral Healthcare (UBHC)
Geriatric Psychiatrists that work as multidisciplinary
Services include-
Memory Disorders Clinic with Memory assessments and evaluation
Case management
Resource center with 24 hour caregiver hotline 800-424-2494
Dementia Day Care

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HCANJ (Health Care Assoc of New Jersey)

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Hunterdon Center for Healthy Aging

Hunterdon Center for Healthy Aging, 908-788-6373 Geriatric/Memory assessments and Case management

Local Hospitals

Hunterdon Medical Center
2100 Westcott Drive
Flemington, NJ  08822
(908) 788-6100

JFK Medical Center
65 James Street
Edison, NJ  08820

Morristown Memorial Hospital
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ  07962

Overlook Hospital
99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ  07902

Princeton Medical Center
253 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ  08540

RWJ University Hospital
One RWJ Place
New Brunswick, NJ  08901

Somerset Medical Center
10 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876

St. Peter's University Hospital
254 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Veterans Affairs Health Care System
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ  07939

Medicaid Benefits

Individuals can receive monetary assistance through Medicaid by qualifying both financially and clinically. Clinically, an individual must be in financial need by state qualifications and need assistance in several activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, toileting, transferring, and ambulating.

Contact the Somerset County Board of Social Services to instruct you on qualifications, application process and procedures.

Somerset County Board of Social Services
73 East High Street
P.O. Box 936
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: 908-526-8800
Fax: 908-231-5091

Medical Alert Systems Reviews

For seniors, the importance of being independent is critical in maintaining a sense of self-worth and well-being. But one of the biggest barriers in achieving lasting independence is the fear of being unable to simply remember to take daily medication or at worst not being able to call for help when faced with a medical emergency.

Fortunately, there have been technological advancements in medical alert systems that can help solve these problems. Many systems on the market can be used in case of a fire or home break in, and some devices will remind seniors when it's time to take their medication. Mobile medical alert systems with GPS technology are even available for seniors who need protection when away from home. All these new technologies can be quite confusing, therefore the team has worked hard to provide seniors and their families with a resource that will help guide them through all the available options. They do this by providing an in-depth guide featuring expert reviews, detailed comparisons, and data-driven ratings. All this information is completely free, accessible to everyone, and centralized in one location to help centralize all the available information.

By using this resource, communities have access to the most comprehensive and in-depth information about medical alert systems that can provide safety and independence for seniors and their families. The value of the resource is clearly seen in the quality of work. The team, which is comprised of researchers and industry experts, dedicated over 100 hours examining and evaluating 44 different medical alert systems. Based on a number of data points, they were able to narrow that list down to 8 standout systems. With these 8, the team conducted a thorough analysis of each options, assessing it on 33 different features. The end result is a data-driven, unbiased rating for each of the medical alert systems.

You can find the resource here:


The Mesothelioma Center is an up-to-date resource on all mesothelioma issues ranging from asbestos exposure to malignant mesothelioma.

Visit the Mesothelioma Center web site

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services offers information on Long-Term Care (LTC) planning, Global Options, and Respite.

Visit the Division of Aging and Community Services web site

Outside support systems to keep loved ones at home longer

Sometimes a caregiver is the one who one needs temporary assistance. For example, a much-needed family vacation, or out-of-town business trip that may not have been feasible, can now be accommodated, thanks to this unique, but growing service. Respite care is typically designed for stays of a week to several months.

Respite care programs are often available at senior living communities or through home care.

Visit the Avalon Assisted Living Respite Program pages
Visit the VNA of Somerset Hills-Respite:

Respite Care Services

VNA of Somerset Respite & Caregiver programs
(Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills)

Visit the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills web site

Somerset County Board of Social Services (BOSS)

Somerset County (Board of Social Services)

Visit the Somerset County Board of Social Services web site

Somerset County Coalition on Affordable Housing (SCCOH)

Somerset County Coalition on Affordable Housing (SCCOH):

SCCOAH provides low and moderate-income families with the information that they need to make informed and reasonable decisions to achieve their housing goals. The services that we provide to low and moderate income families include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Eligibility and application processes for the state and federal affordable housing programs
  • Information for special needs housing in Somerset County, including senior housing and housing for the disabled
  • Foreclosure and delinquency counseling
  • Financial Literacy (budgeting, tracking expenses, credit debt, etc.,)
  • Housing rehabilitation opportunities
  • Home buyer education (pre & post purchase)
  • Information and referrals on emergency and transitional housing
  • Fair Housing Information
  • Grant and Down payment Assistance Programs (Federal/State/Other)
  • HUD eligibility requirements for senior housing programs, subsidized housing and shared living programs

Visit the Somerset County Coalition on Affordable Housing web site

Somerset County Office on Aging - programs & services

Somerset County Office on Aging -programs & services assess needs of older persons and plans programs and services to meet those needs. Offers information and referral services, outreach, senior centers and home-delivered meals, wellness and care coordination, legal counseling and eldercare services.

First Floor
27 Warren Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: 1-888-747-1122 or (908) 704-6346
Email: Office

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Veterans Benefits

Disability Pension VA Benefits
Aid in Attendance

What is Aid & Attendance?
Benefits for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home/assisted living because of mental or physical incapacity.

Aid and attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home, or assisted living.

Who is Eligible?
Any War Veteran with 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during a period of war. A surviving spouse of a War Veteran-marriage must have ended in death. The individual must qualify both medically and financially.

How do I qualify for this benefit?
Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation.

Contact Somerset County Office of Veterans Service for assistance in determining eligibility for benefits and assistance in completing proper applications

Somerset County Office of Veterans Service
P.O. Box 3000
27 Warren St
Somerville, NJ 08876
Fax: 908-575-3910

Veterans Pension Program

Veterans Medical Assistance
VA New Jersey Health Care System
Information on physician services, prescriptions and more