Board & Care Facilities
Rooming and Boarding Houses, as well as, Residential Health Care Facilities serve a population with diverse backgrounds and needs: the construction worker who needs a bed, veterans, persons with disabilities who can function with community support, the senior citizen who may need some help with activities of daily living.
There are over 400 board and care homes in the State of New Jersey. Approximately half of these are Boarding Homes and half are Residential Health Care Facilities. Boarding Homes are licensed by the Department of Community Affairs and Residential Health Care Facilities are licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services. In addition, both are monitored by the Board of Social Services in each county.
Approximately 40% of the homes serve those suffering from mental illness. Another 40% serve the elderly. The remaining 20% are a mix of specialized homes that serve Alzheimer's, AIDS victims, Substance Abuse, Veterans, Halfway Houses, Abuse Shelters and the Developmentally Disabled.
To learn more about the homes that serve your community/county contact your local Board of Social Services (see our links page for contact information). You may also click on one of the links below to view the facilities in your county.
Last updated in August 2016.
LEVELS OF LICENSING UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
A Class A license is valid for rooming houses only. A rooming house is defined as a unit of dwelling space forming a single habitable unit used or intended to be used for living and sleeping, but not for cooking or eating purposes.
A Class B license is valid for rooming houses and for boarding houses offering no financial services and no personal services other than meals and other food services and laundry only.
A Class C license is valid for all rooming and boarding houses offering financial services and personal services.
A Class D license is valid for boarding homes under contract with a State Agency. (e.g. Department of Corrections).
A Class E license is valid for Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centers that are non-profit and part of a religious group.
RESIDENTIAL HEALTH CARE FACILITIES LICENSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES:
Residential Health Care Facilities are licensed by the State Department of Health and Senior Services. "Resident" means a person who is 18 years of age or over, mobile under his or her own power, with or without assistive devices and able to effectuate his or her own evacuation from the building where they reside. A licensed physician must certify that the resident does not have medical or personal care needs which exceed the level of services provided in a residential health care facility, is free from communicable diseases (that is, does not have a reportable, communicable disease which is not controlled through prophylaxis or medication), and does not require skilled nursing care.
The main purpose of this level of care is that it provides for many individuals (who are primarily elderly) and their families, a delivery system that allows for a home-like atmosphere, while maintaining continuous supervision of health care and daily activity needs. This atmosphere encourages independence for as long as possible, while assuring safety.
Licensed Residential Health Care Facilities provide the following services:
- 24-hour supervision
- Provision of assistance with personal hygiene, management of funds for clothing and other purchases and supervision of all medications.
- Health Maintenance and Monitoring Services include assessment of medical, social, and health history needs and corresponding plans to meet those needs. (Registered Nurse).
- Dietary Services.
- Arrangements for activity participation in and outside the facility.