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Home and Community Based Services

Since most people prefer to stay in their own homes and live independently for as long as they can, there is a need for programs that cover services and supports in that setting. To meet that need, federal and state government agencies have collaborated to develop several programs that will arrange for extended services and supports to be provided in home and community-based settings. Whether or not you are eligible for these programs will depend on your income and resources; your need for assistance; and the availability of funds. In some circumstances, these programs will supplement coverage you have through traditional sources.

The following gives an overview of the types of programs available and provides a link to sites where you can find out more detailed information on each program and specific eligibility requirements:

Programs available through the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
The programs found at this link are available to individuals who meet financial eligibility requirements and have disabilities that require a certain level of support. They encompass programs for those who are over 60, those who are under 60 with physical disabilities (including traumatic brain injury) and those who have developmental disabilities. This site also has information about the LIFE program (Living Independence for the Elderly), which is a comprehensive program providing a broad range of services that include primary medical care, transportation, personal care and more.

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Programs available through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging
The programs found at this link cover an array of services available to people over the age of 60. They include in-home services (home delivered meals, personal assistance, personal care, etc.), transportation (shared ride), pharmaceutical assistance (PACE and PACENET), protective services, respite services, shopping and laundry assistance, the Family Caregiver Support program and more.

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