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