State Program Gives Caregivers a Break
Recently, we published information relating to support for grandparents serving as primary caregivers for their minor grandchildren. In response, we had a number of questions about similar programs for other kinds of caregivers.
We went to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to find out and here is the information you need on support programs for primary caregivers. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging, sponsor the Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program. This initiative provides primary caregivers with a break from caregiving (respite care), reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs associated with caregiving-related services and supplies, education, training, counseling, and more. The program aims to alleviate the stresses associated with caregiving by focusing on the well-being of the caregiver.
The program is administered by the local Area Agency on Aging which assigns a "Care Manager". The Care Manager works with the caregiver to assess the care receiver's needs, provide care giver support, and help the care giver develop a customized plan of care.
The caregiver and care receiver must be residents of Pennsylvania & participate in a needs assessment conducted by their local Area Agency on Aging. The caregiver must be an adult who is primarily responsible for providing care on a regular basis, and meet one of the following eligibility categories:
There is no financial eligibility requirement for the Caregiver Support Program. However, the amount of reimbursement is based on the income and household size of the care receiver. The percentage of reimbursement is determined using a sliding scale based on the current Federal Poverty Level (FPL) guidelines and covers care receiver incomes up to 380% of the FPL. Those whose income is 200% or below the FPL receive 100% reimbursement. Those whose income is just under 380% of the FPL receive 10% reimbursement. Those whose income falls between 200% and 380% receive a percentage within that range. Those whose income is over 380% of the FPL receive no financial reimbursement, but can utilize other support services through the program.
Individuals are not eligible for the Caregiver Support Program if:
The caregiver or care receiver are enrolled in Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports (Aging Waiver, Community HealthChoices, LIFE) 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 adults protective services
How to Apply
For more information on or to apply for the Caregiver Support Program contact the Monroe County Area Agency: Brian LaVacca, Director
Monroe County Area Agency on Aging 724 Phillips Street Suite 102 Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Phone: (570) 420-3735 Fax: (570) 420-3734 Toll Free: 1-800-498-0330 email@example.com
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
In other counties, check the state PDA's Area Agency on Aging Locator to find the AAA serving your local county.