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.

See a list of caregiver resources in Lancaster County (PDF), 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, benefits 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

RoleRequirements
CaregiverAn individual age 18 and older
Care ReceiverAn individual age 60 and older with functional deficits or
An individual age 18 to 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

RoleRequirements
CaregiverAn individual age 55 and older
Care ReceiverA 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

RoleRequirements
CaregiverAn individual age 55 and older
Care ReceiverAn individual age 18 to 59 with a disability 


Requesting Services

To request services through the Caregiver Support program, please complete our referral form (PDF), call us at 717-299-7979, or email our offices.

Read More

Read more about the Caregiver Support Program.

Helpful Information For Caregivers

Resources For Caregivers Of Older Adults (PDF)
Resources For Caregivers Of Children (PDF)
Guide To Choosing Adult Day Programs (PDF)
Navigating The Demands of Work and Eldercare (PDF)

Pennsylvania has started a hotline for grandparents raising grandchildren and other families in kinship care situations. It's called KinConnector, and it can be reached by calling 1-866-546-2111