Caregiver Support Program

Caregivers of older adults face many challenges.  The Office of Aging's  Caregiver Support Program provides counseling for caregivers, reimbursement for caregiving expenses, and information about resources available through other organizations.  Click here to see a list of caregiver resources in Lancaster County, including local and online support groups, websites, technology for caregivers, and more.

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.

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 residents of Pennsylvania and must participate in a needs assessment conducted by their Office of Aging care manager. 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





To request services through the Caregiver Support program, please complete our referral form, call us at 717-299-7979, or email us at aging@co.lancaster.pa.us.  

Click here to read more about the Caregiver Support Program.
Helpful Information For Caregivers
 Resources For Caregivers of Older Adults https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/caregiver-support/Pages/Caregivers-of-Adults.aspx
Resources For Caregivers of Children https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/caregiver-support/Pages/Caregivers-of-Adults.aspx
Guide To Choosing Adult Day Programs https://www.aging.pa.gov/local-resources/Documents/Caregivers%20guide.pdf
Navigating The Demands of Work and Eldercare https://www.aging.pa.gov/local-resources/Documents/Caregivers%20guide.pdf

 

(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.