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Caregiver Support Program

The Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program 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 your local Area Agency on Aging. Each caregiver is assigned a care manager who will come to the care receivers' home, conduct a comprehensive assessment of the needs of the caregiver, provide support, and work with them to develop a person-centered plan of care.

Eligibility

Both the caregiver and care receiver must be a resident of Pennsylvania and must 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:

Category 1
Caregiver is:
  • An individual age 18 and older
Care Receiver is:
  • An individual age 60 and older with functional deficits or
  • An individual age 18-59 with Alzheimer's or other chronic dementia or
  • An individual under age 18 with chronic dementia
*In this category the caregiver and care receiver are not required to be related or live in the same residence
Category 2
Caregiver is:An individual age 55 and older
Care Receiver is:

A dependent child under age 18

*In this category the caregiver and care receiver must be related by blood, marriage, or adoption, and live in the same residence
Category 3
Caregiver is:An individual age 55 and older
Care Receiver is:

An individual age 18-59 with a disability (cannot be dementia related)

*In this category the caregiver and care receiver must be related by blood, marriage, or adoption, and live in the same residence

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 use the Area Agency on Aging Locator to find the AAA serving your local county.

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