Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between PALS and an assisted living facility?
PALS is an assisted living program, which offers the same services that someone would receive in an assisted living facility (for example: medication management, assistance in bathing and meal preparation), but provides them in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.
What does PALS provide?
- Ongoing health monitoring
- Nursing services
- Supervision and coordination of health care appointments
- Medication administration and management
- Social work services
- On-site nurses and aides 12 hours/day, 7 days/week
- Registered nurse on-site or on-call 24/7
- PALS coordinates regular onsite/in-home visits from specialists- including an ophthalmologist, dermatologist, podiatrist, physical therapist and dentist.
- Shared home health-aids, who provide the following services:
- Basic food preparation and heating meals
- Basic house cleaning
- Help with personal care (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, etc.)
PALS is a system of support. With regular check-ins, familiar faces and individualized care plans, PALS allows clients and their families the peace of mind of knowing that there’s a team of support behind them.
How much does PALS cost?
There is no fee for individuals who qualify for New Jersey’s MLTSS Medicaid program. To learn more about applying for MLTSS, please check out the NJ Dept of human services informational page, https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/clients/aging/. For those who do not qualify for MLTSS, a private rate can be negotiated. The cost of PALS (whether out of pocket or paid for through Medicaid) does not include rent and utilities.
How does someone qualify for MLTSS?
To qualify for MLTSS, one must meet clinical and financial eligibility requirements. Clinical eligibility means that a person needs assistance in some of the activities of daily living. A nurse can assess this. Financial eligibility means that a person earns less than $2313 per month and has less than $2000 in the bank.
How do I apply for admission?
Currently, PALS is available in two buildings in Northern New Jersey. Do you know of a building where PALS services are needed? Come talk to us! We can decide together if PALS is right for you and help with this process.
What is PALS?
PALS is an assisted living program that offers clients a way to age in place as care needs increase. PALS is an alternative to moving out and entering an assisted living facility or nursing home.