The Domiciliary Care or "Dom Care" program was created to provide a homelike living arrangement in the community for adults age 18 and older who need assistance with activities of daily living and are unable to live independently. Dom care providers open up their homes to individuals who need supervision, support, and encouragement in a family-like setting.
Dom care residents are matched to homes that best meet their special needs, preferences, and interests. Dom care homes are smaller than the traditional personal care home in that home providers care for no more than three dom care residents. Unlike larger personal care homes, dom care homes are the individual providers' homes. They are inspected annually to ensure they meet health and safety standards. If the home and provider pass this inspection, they become certified.
The local Area Agency on Aging is responsible for the initial certification and on-going annual inspections of Dom Care homes in their area. They are also responsible for the placement of individuals into certified Dom Care homes.
Read Pennsylvania Domiciliary Care Regulations
Dom Care FAQs
Dom Care 101 Training and Program Guide
More Information for AAAs
More Information for Dom Care Providers