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Chapter 166 of the Public Laws of 2018, created the New Jersey Caregiver Task Force.  The purpose of the Task Force is to determine the availability of caregiver support services in the State, and provide recommendations for the improvement and expansion of such services. Members of the Task Force represent unpaid caregivers who provide care to individuals with a wide range of needs including older Americans, and those with mental illness, disabilities, chronic health conditions, cognitive or behavioral health challenges, or intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The act of caregiving can take a serious emotional and physical toll on the caregiver

  • Caregivers are often the immediate family members of the individual being cared for, but may also be friends or community members thereof.
  • Caring for persons with cognitive or behavioral health problems or disorders, such as persons with a mental illness, disease, or disability, can be particularly challenging, since cognitive or behavioral health issues may cause the person to resist taking medications or reject assistance with daily activities
  • Many caregivers feel that they lack the necessary skill set or institutional support, or both, to perform the various tasks required of them. Because of a lack of sufficient caregiver support services, many caregivers either miss work or are forced to quit their jobs in order to effectively provide caregiving service.  

The NJ Caregiver Task Force has been asked to do three things:

  • Conduct a Survey: Identify and survey caregivers in the state to develop an aggregate summary of caregivers characteristics
  • Hold Listening Sessions: Solicit and receive testimony from caregivers on their experiences
  • Compile Resources: Identify and compile an inventory of existing state policies, resources and programs that are available to support or assist caregivers.

Survey

Caregiver stories are powerful and the NJ Caregiver Task Force conducted a survey to gather caregiver experiences and thoughts in order to inform recommendationsthe task force will send to the New Jersey Legislature. The survey, publicized and available online until July 1, 2021, was designed to help identify what services can be improved, expanded, or introduced to reduce the burden of caregiving and improve people’s lives. 

The data is currently being compiled for analysis.  The task force wishes to thank the nearly 1,000 caregivers who participated in the survey.

 
 
Listening Sessions

The NJ Caregiver Task Force held three virtual listening sessions (March 6, 10 & 18, 2021) to hear from residents on how to support caregivers.  The testimony collected during the sessions and in writing will help shape recommendations to enhance and expand supports and services.  We encourage caregivers and stakeholders to share written testimony with the NJ Caregivers Task Force via physical mail, fax, e-mail or submitted via the registration survey.

    • Physical address: NJ Division of Aging Services, Attn.: NJ Caregiver Task Force, PO Box 715, Trenton, NJ 08625-0715
    • Fax: 609-588-7630
    • Email: Use link above

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