The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s mission is to promote independence, purpose and wellbeing in the lives of older adults through advocacy, service and protection while creating a commonwealth where older adults are embraced and empowered to live and age with dignity and respect. The Department represents Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing older population, currently more than three million people age 60 and over and oversees an array of services and support programs that are administered through its network of 52 local Area Agencies on Aging.
The PA Department of Aging's Caregiver Support Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Caregiver Support Program helps to ease the stresses of grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship families by focusing on the caregiver’s wellbeing. The program provides reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs associated with caregiving such as respite, caregiving-related services, and supplies. The program offers education, training, counseling, and more.
The program is administered by each local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). A caregiver is assigned a care manager who will come to their home, conduct a comprehensive assessment of the needs of the caregiver, provide support, and work with the caregiver to develop a
person-centered plan of care.
Eligibility for Caregivers of Dependent Children
To be eligible for the program, both the caregiver and care receiver must be residents of Pennsylvania and must participate in a needs assessment conducted by their local AAA. The caregiver must be age 55 or older, and the receiver must be a dependent under 18. Both the caregiver and care receiver must be related by blood, marriage, or adoption, and live in the same household.
While there is no financial eligibility requirement for the program, the amount of reimbursement is based on the caregiver’s income and household size. The reimbursement is determined by using a sliding scale based on the current Federal Poverty Level (FPL) guidelines and covers care receiver incomes up to 380% of the FPL.
Incomes of 200% or below the FPL receive 100% reimbursement
Incomes just under 380% receive 10% reimbursement
Incomes between 200% and 380% receive a percentage within that range.
Incomes more than 380% of the FPL will not receive reimbursement but can receive Care Management and other non-reimbursable services.
Individuals are not eligible for the Caregiver Support Program if:
The caregiver has been convicted of or found liable for a crime relating to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment.
The caregiver is a perpetrator in a substantiated report of need for older adult protective services.
To apply, or for more information, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
Additional resources for caregivers of children here.
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Learn more about services provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging: https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/Pages/default.aspx
Find your local Area Agency on Aging: https://www.aging.pa.gov/local-resources/Pages/AAA.aspx