Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Options Program

Contributed by: Deanna Leyh

Is your loved one in need of help at home? Do you need someone to connect you to available services to help them remain in their home? If you’ve answered yes, then you might want to look into the Department of Aging’s Options program. Here, your local Area Agency on Aging will complete a comprehensive assessment to determine your loved one’s eligibility and identify service needs. From there, a Case Manager is assigned to work with you and your loved one on developing a plan of care and coordinate/arrange services.

Services available under Options include:
  • Adult Day Services—a center that your loved one can stay at during the day for some supervision and help in a group setting
  • Care Management
  • Counseling
  • Emergency Services
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Home Health Services
  • Home Modifications—like grab bars, accessible chairs and so on
  • Home Support Services—including light house cleaning help
  • Personal Care
  • Personal Emergency Response Systems
  • Respite Care
  • Transportation
  • Other Services

In order to be eligible, your loved one must be a Pennsylvania resident age 60 and older. The cost of these services is based on a sliding scale—what you would pay is based on your income and the less you can afford, the less you pay. Remember—it doesn’t hurt to just call for more information! Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and inquire about the Options program to help keep your loved one in their home.