One call to our office (724.430.2444) is all that is needed to start the process. A member of our staff will work directly with you to select the services needed and to set a schedule. We will also set up an in-home meeting to establish a personalized care plan and complete the paperwork required to initiate services.
To be eligible for the Aging Waiver, an individual must: be 60 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen or a qualified non-citizen, and a resident of Pennsylvania; have a Social Security Number; meet the required level of care for a Skilled Nursing Facility, and meet the financial requirements as determined by your local County Assistance Office. There is no cap on the services that Aging Waiver participants receive, no cost-sharing, and no contributions allowed.
For more information or to make a referral, contact the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging's Information and Assistance Unit at 1-800-734-9603.
If home care coverage is purchased, long-term care insurance can pay for in-home care, often from the first day it is needed. It will pay for a visiting caregiver up to seven days a week, 24 hours a day (up to the policy benefit maximum). A variety of companies, such as Penn Treaty and MetLife, offer these policies. Ask your life insurance agent if they have a policy right for you.
The Veterans Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature.
To qualify for A&A it needs to be established by your physician that you require daily assistance by others to dress, undress, bathing, cooking, eating, taking on or off of prosthetics, leave home etc. Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. For more information, contact your local Veterans Affairs office.
For those who do not qualify for any of the aforementioned payment options, you do have the opportunity to privately pay. Services are billed biweekly with payment remitted within fourteen days.
The Ombudsman Program investigates and resolves complaints made by or on behalf of older persons living in long-term care facilities or receiving long-term care services in their homes. These services are confidential and free. The Ombudsman protects the identity of complainants upon request and respects confidentiality.
An ombudsman is a trained individual who assists with complaints and problems with any long-term care service, provides information about consumer rights and assistance in exercising them, advocates for high standards of quality care and promotes strict enforcement of those standards, and supports the highest quality of life for care-dependent seniors.
Contact the local Ombudsman office at (724) 489-8080, extension 4424.