Despite being known as the “Crossroads of the East,” New Jersey has a lot to offer seniors looking for a place to settle down.
The median monthly cost of a care home in New Jersey is about $3,000. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in New Jersey.
In New Jersey, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
As with many other upper East Coast states, living in New Jersey is considered more expensive than the national average. However, this is due in part to the state's proximity to the New York City, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. This results in New Jersey being home to some of the most expensive neighborhoods in the country.
These scores are based on a sliding scale where 100 is equivalent to the national average.
New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the country. The population tends to be divided into three distinct sections – Northern New Jersey shares close ties to NYC and is often associated with the classic East Coast attitude made famous in TV shows like The Sopranos. Central Jersey tends to be associated with suburbs and highways, as many people use the turnpike to travel to Philadelphia or NYC. South Jersey is considered to be more rural than the more metropolitan parts of the state to the North.
New Jersey has a very moderate climate that is tempered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Delaware River to the west. The northern part of the state has a continental climate, which means that the city experiences four distinct seasons. The southern part of the state is considered to be humid subtropical. This means that the summers tend to be hotter and muggier than in the north, while the winters tend to be milder.
Moderate air quality conditions means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor activities.