Department of Health and Senior Services
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Phone: (609) 292-7837
Toll-free in NJ: 1-800-367-6543
Promoting Dignity, Independence and Choice
Community Choice is a statewide program created in 1998 to assure that senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and their families are aware of the choices they have when it comes to long-term care.
Community Choice helps nursing facility residents and hospital patients explore various community-based alternatives by providing information about in-home services, housing alternatives, and community programs. The program encourages participants to make well-informed decisions about what is best for their long-term care.
Community Choice assigns counselors – registered nurses and social workers – to meet with nursing home residents and hospital patients and their families. The counselors:
- Assess health care needs to determine the level of care required and suggest appropriate alternatives
- Offer information about in-home services, housing providers, and community programs
- Explain any financial and medical eligibility requirements
- Recommend services that will support dignity, choice, and independence
If you, or someone close to you, is in a hospital or nursing facility and could benefit from this program, ask to speak with the Community Choice counselor assigned to that facility or call our toll-free number at 1-877-856-0877.
Remember: There are options to nursing home care!