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Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program

The Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program provides benefits to primary caregivers to relieve caregiver burden.  Prospective consumers should contact their county Area Agency on Aging (link to county page).  The AAA will assess the needs of the caregiver, degree of caregiver burden, the needs of the care receiver and the caregiving environment.  Other services may include reimbursement for supplies/services paid for by the caregiver, counseling, information and referral to other area services, caregiver education/training and respite.

Eligibility

To be eligible, one must be the primary caregiver for an adult age 60 or over or an adult with chronic dementia. Primary caregivers for an individual, ages 19-59, with a disability and relatives providing care for children may also qualify for the program.  Program eligibility is income based and takes a sliding scale cost-sharing approach (link to income and cost sharing charts). Qualified primary caregivers may receive up to $200 per month in reimbursements for approved out-of-pocket expenses, ranging from respite care to incontinence supplies. Under special circumstances there is a potential to receive up to $500 a month in approved reimbursements. If qualified, the program provides up to $2000 (over the duration of the case) in pre-approved reimbursements to modify the home or purchase assistive devices/technologies. Such adaptations might include installing a stair climb or modifying a bathroom. Contact your county Area Agency on Aging for additional information on eligibility and to apply for the program.

 

Brochures

Caregiver Videos

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has a collection of videos and archived webinars to assist caregivers with a variety of topics. The videos currently available are:

Other Helpful Resources

 

  • Family Caregiver Alliance - National Center for Caregiving
  • National Alliance for Caregiving video "Supporting Family Caregivers of Veterans"
  • Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Service
  • AARP Caregiving Resource Center
  • Department of Health and Human Services’ Elder Care Locator
  • Alzheimer’s Association’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Caregiving Center
  • Caregiver Action Network
  • My Learning Center – Training Video Courses
  • Long Term Living Training Institute Caregiver Information
  • "Effective Stratgies for Lowering the Effects of Stress on Caregivers" Informational Poster
  • Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging
  • Contact

    Your local Area Agency on Aging
    or the
    Department of Aging's PA Caregiver Support Program at 717-705-8887