The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents with permanent physical disabilities that they may be eligible for assistance under the Personal Assistance Services Program, a statewide program designed to foster independent living.
“The Personal Assistance Services Program has been making a meaningful difference in the lives of Union County residents for more than 30 years,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The entire community benefits when people with disabilities can fulfill their potential for employment, professional development and volunteer service.”
The Personal Assistance Services Program provides funding for trained assistants to help with essential tasks of daily living. These can include dressing, bathing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, shopping and errands.
Personal assistants may also help with driving, using public transportation, and correspondence such as bill paying.
Persons who are eligible for the Personal Assistance Services Program must be between the ages of 18 and 70, and must be employed, enrolled in post-secondary training, or engaged in volunteer work for at least 20 hours per month.
To be eligible, an individual must also reside in Union County and be capable of self-direction for needed services.
Eligibility is not based on income or assets. However, residents may be required to contribute to the cost of their services based on their income and family size.
For more information about The Personal Assistance Services Program in Union County and other services for individuals with disabilities, contact the Union County Department of Human Services, Office for the Disabled, at 908- 527-4845.
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