The PACO Senior Center provides one-on-one assistance with the often complicated and confusing process of accessing Medicare, Medicaid and other public and private benefit programs. The seniors also receive information on how to become safety minded and aware of the latest snares and scams frequently practiced on our seniors. Priority is given to elderly individuals who reside in Jersey City, elderly with greatest economic need, older individuals with disabilities and older persons with limited English speaking ability. The PACO Senior Center is cultural sensitive environment for senior citizens.
All programs are made available to Hudson County Seniors
Under the Older Americans Act, an individual qualifies for services if they are:
Specific services may be limited to Jersey City residents only; however, we can assist with identifying and linking our most vulnerable to available resources in their area.
Buenos Días Calls Program is to provide reassurance calls for our most vulnerable. These calls are to ensure that someone is checking-in. We are also taking the opportunity to monitor any health changes that may arise and help our seniors obtain the information they need during this time.
For seniors living on their own, without regular interaction from family members, they are often left feeling alone and neglected. Our goal is to make them feel secure in knowing that they will always have someone who will check on them regularly to ensure their well-being.
For a family living out of town, or busy trying to keep up with demanding schedules, it’s not always possible to check on their loved ones daily. Our service is to provide the family with peace of mind in knowing that their loved ones will be checked on every day.
Please note: This service is limited to calls only Monday -Friday
The Residential Maintenance Program provides free home repairs for seniors. Home Repair Specialists perform repairs to ensure that seniors enjoy healthy and safe living conditions in their own homes. Services may include installation of bathroom grab bars, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also help keep older adults safe in their homes.
Seniors can be homeowner or a tenant with a repair needed that is not the responsibility of the landlord. There are no income requirements for this program and the repair should be related to a health or safety issue.
Medical Transport Services provides high quality, safe long-distance non-emergency medical transportation across the county. Service provides door to door transportation to doctor’s office and even shopping locations. Transportation must be scheduled at least a week in advance other 3 days in advance. Participants must be enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare.
The Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) program is a state-funded program that helps eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on their prescription drug costs.
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Lifeline is a government assistance program that offers discounts to qualified low-income customers
Lifeline plans for home phone service or broadband (internet) service. The broadband discount plan is limited to Fios internet service at a speed of 10 megabits per second or above. If you qualify for the Lifeline discount service, you are eligible to receive a reduced rate on your Verizon monthly bill. Some states also provide a discount on the cost of installing new home phone service and toll blocking is available at no charge to Lifeline customers. Only one Lifeline discount is allowed per household and a household is not permitted to receive Lifeline benefits from multiple providers. Lifeline service is a non-transferable benefit.
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PACO in partnership with Jersey City, assist seniors with access to healthy food all the residents of Jersey City. Services include home-delivered senior meals, a/k/a Meals On Wheels and senior congregate meals at Senior Lunch Sites. Meals on Wheels is available to homebound/bedridden seniors who are unable to provide for their own nutritional needs. For more active seniors that are not homebound, we provide the Congregate Meals Program at Villa Borinquen Community Room. Congregate Meal Sites provide seniors with an opportunity to gather together in one place to enjoy a hot meal accompanied by other members of the community.
Lifeline is a utility assistance program that offers a $225 annual benefit to persons who meet the PAAD eligibility requirements or who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This includes utility customers as well as tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent.
Health screenings include Blood sugar, cholesterol, high blood pressure.
Additional Free Senior Services for Jersey City Residents:
The Office of Senior Affairs offers free movies to Jersey City’s senior citizens on the first Tuesday of every month. There is a choice of one of four new movies at the Newport Theater. Transportation is available from various locations throughout the City. The movies are usually attended by about 400 senior citizens each month.
The Office of Senior Affairs has two buses available for taking senior citizens shopping. These trips are made on a regular schedule; twice a month from 50 different locations to one of the larger supermarkets. The Office of Senior Affairs provides 100 trips for shopping each month.
Based on availability, buses are also available to take organized senior groups on local outings to places such as restaurants, shows, and educational sites. Please call Carol Pasquale at 201-547-4361 for more information on transportation.
We create Senior Photo Identification cards for your group or organization. Each card features a photo, contact and medical information, and emergency contact information for your group or organization. You can come to Suite D2 at 199 Summit Avenue to obtain an ID card every Wednesday between 9:00AM and 1:00PM. Please call Carol Pasquale at 201-547-5750 for more information.
All Senior Center Events have been postponed due to COVID-19. Check back with this section soon.