LIVING SERVICES (PALS)
Everyone should be able to safely
age-in-place, regardless of income.
PALS offers a way for seniors living in subsidized housing to age-in-place and receive customized care, allowing them to maintain independence and safely remain at home. It is an Assisted Living Program (ALP), which are licensed by the State of New Jersey.
PALS is the only ALP in Bergen County, and the only ALP with a full-time social worker on-staff in the state.
Portable Assisted Living Services (PALS) program is Bergen County's only licensed assisted living service catering to low-income older adults residing in subsidized housing. PALS aims to address the unique challenges faced by this population, who are priced out of traditional assisted living communities but still require essential support as they age and need assistance with daily activities. PALS offers a lifeline for older adults to maintain their independence and age with dignity in the comfort of their homes, avoiding the need to relocate to costly facilities or require premature placement in a nursing home. Our dedicated social worker ensures personalized care planning, fosters community engagement through social activities, and connects clients to vital social services. With PALS, we aim to uphold trust, efficacy, and dignity, tailoring care to individual needs and preferences.
PALS care includes the following:
Help with personal care, such as bathing,
dressing, using the restroom, grooming, etc.
Nursing & social work services
Supervision and coordination of
Medication administration and management
Laundry and light housekeeping
Help with meal preparation
Assistance with accessing transportation
PALS partners with healthcare providers who visit each of its buildings regularly, including:
Lab Work Technicians
PALS currently operates in three subsidized apartment buildings:
Westwood House in Westwood, NJ, as well as Golden Tower and Belmont Gardens of Garfield Housing Authority in Garfield, NJ.
There is no fee for individuals who qualify for New Jersey's MLTSS Medicaid program. A generous, sliding scale private rate is available for those who do not qualify for MLTSS. PALS provides some services in partnership with Bergen County Division of Senior Services at no charge to eligible clients. Tenants of all buildings continue paying rent to property management.
Staffed with nurses and aides 7 days per week, 8 AM to 8 PM with a registered nurse on-site or on-call at all times, PALS offers consistent, continuous care for its clients.