Older adults who need assistance or information can contact Aging Services,
Inc. by calling 724-349-4500 or 1-800-442-8016, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am
to 4:30 pm.
They will be given the appropriate information and assistance through ASI or
referred to other resources.
Information on events, medicine, benefits, and other elderly issues is
available through the ASI monthly newsletter, ¬The
To subscribe to the ¬Spotlight.¬
contact the above number.
Frail elderly who live alone can receive a friendly phone call from ASI each
morning Monday through Friday. This provides them with socialization and
ensures their well being. If no one answers, the ASI caller informs an
emergency contact who assists ASI in locating the elderly individual.
ASI provides information on services available to older
adults through ASI, other agencies, community organizations, public relations,
and personal contacts with older adults.
Available In-Home Services
The ASI Long Term Care Unit staff assesses the needs
of older adults and develops a care plan of appropriate services to meet those
Effective January 1, 2002 ASI instituted, through a mandate by the PA
Department of Aging, a cost sharing system. Their system is based on the individual¬s income and services they are receiving.
The following are now cost sharing services at ASI: Adult Day Care, Home
Support, Personal Assistance Service, and Personal Care. Consumers are billed
monthly based on a percentage of their income for the services they have
received. Copies of all income sources are required to be provided to
caseworkers at the time of assessment and annually thereafter.
ASI provides transportation to medical appointments in Indiana County for individual¬s age 60 to 64 who
are not eligible for Medical Assistance and unable to access public
Transportation to Social Centers is provided to any individual age 60 and older
that cannot access public transportation because of a mental or physical
Individuals age 65 and older may receive transportation to medical appointments
and grocery shopping by going through the assessment process. ASI contracts
with Indigo for service delivery.
Meals are available Monday through Friday to homebound older adults who are
unable to prepare a meal for themselves and do not have anyone available to
prepare a meal for them.
Meals are delivered to all areas of Indiana County except White Township and
Meals on Wheels (724-463-7676), a separate agency provides home delivered meals
in White Township and Indiana Borough.
The homemaker program provides light housekeeping, laundry, and shopping
assistance to frail older adults living in their own homes.
*currently there is a waiting list for this service.* *cost sharing applies to
home support services.*
The Adult Day Care program provides a supervised setting for frail and/or
impaired older adults who are unable to stay alone during the day. Individuals
participate in socialization, arts and crafts, life skills education, and
preventative health care. Caregivers receive respite while their loved ones
attend the center.
*Cost sharing applies to Adult Day Care services*
Personal Assistance Services provides ¬hands-on¬
care in the home of individuals age 60+ who are unable to independently meet
their personal hygiene needs or perform their activities of daily living.
*Cost sharing applies to Personal Assistance Services*
Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP)
ASI provides limited financial assistance and benefits counseling to
individuals who are caring for a disabled older relative in their home. The
financial assistance is a limited reimbursement of caregiving
ASI provides a support group for caregivers. The group meets the last Wednesday
of the month at 2:00 pm at the Oak Place Community Center. Caregivers can learn
coping and care giving skills, gain knowledge about diseases, medications,
research, and legal issues. Please contact ASI at 724-349-4500 if you are
interested in this group.
The Ombudsman services are provided to, or on behalf of, residents in Personal
Care Homes, Nursing Facilities, Domiciliary Care Homes, and anyone receiving
Long Term Care Services in the community. The Ombudsman receives, verifies, and
attempts to resolve any complaint on a local level by acting as a negotiator
between the complainant and homeowner and/or administrator.
The Volunteer Ombudsman Program has been establishes to provide intensive
visibility of the Ombudsman program in Long Term Care facilities. The
volunteers educate and inform residents of their rights. They listen to
concerns and refer to appropriate assistive programs.
Contact the ASI offices to enlist in the Volunteer Ombudsman Program!
These services are provided to individuals age 60 and older who are at risk of
physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, neglected or self-neglect, and/or
exploitation. Individuals may reside in the community or within a licensed
facility. The program includes a broad range of legal, medical, and social
intervention on behalf of the older adult. The goal of protective services is
to reduce or eliminate the risk of abuse.
Reports of abuse can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling
724-349-6190 or 1-800-442-8016. After hours by calling 911.
ASSESSMENT & OBRA
Pre-admission assessment and OBRA are federally mandated programs that require
all states to determine appropriate placement of persons with mental illness,
mental retardation, and other related conditions into nursing facilities.
The programs are designed to assess the level of care needed by anyone, age 18
or older, who is applying for admission to a nursing facility, domiciliary care
home, or personal care home.
Pre-admission is a comprehensive assessment for those seeking Medical
Assistance payment for nursing facility, domiciliary care, and personal care
home placement. The assessment process includes an evaluation of physical
health, the ability to carry out daily tasks, informal supports, and cognitive
functioning. A physician must provide a medical evaluation which document the
need for care.
Dependent individuals who need a protective, sheltered living situation can
receive assistance with their residential placement. Aging Services, Inc. will
assist with placement in Personal Care Homes (for individuals age 60 or older)
or Domiciliary Care Homes (age 18 or older and low income.)
Personal Care Boarding Home Supplement assessment services are provided to
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients age 18 or older who functionally
disabled and reside in a licensed Personal Care Home. This enables them to
receive State supplement monies.
Domiciliary Care is a program which pays people to provide home-like care to
both frail elderly and other disabled people over the age 18. The home
providers are concerned, caring people and families who have the room in their
homes and the time to give for daily personalized care and attention to their
guests. The provider is paid every month for their services,
and receive ongoing support and direction from a Dom Care caseworker
from Aging Services, Inc.
Aging Waiver Program is for individuals age 60 and older, who have been
medically assessed and determined eligible for nursing facility care but choose
among these community-based services: Adult Daily Living Services, Community
Transition Services, Companion Services, Counseling, Environmental Modifications,
Home Delivered Meals, Home Health Care-Nursing Services, Therapies
(Occupational, Physical and Speech), Home Support Services, Personal Assistance
Services (PAS), Personal Emergency Response System, Respite Services,
Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies, Personal Care, Financial Management
Services (FMS), Services My Way - Participant Direction, Services My Way -
Participant Directed Goods & Services, Transportation and TeleCare. Individuals must meet financial criteria with
income not to exceed $2,130.00 per month and asset limit at $8,000.00.
The purpose of the program is to promote older workers and provide free job
Job Seekers: In order to be eligible for our program, you must be 55 years
older, reside in Indiana County, and have a desire to work part time or full
time. Job seekers complete an application at our office and receive assistance
in seeking employment. We also assist with updating resumes, providing job
interview and job search counseling, and will help to locate training
Brokerage System: We accept job vacancies from employers, and offer mature job
seekers an opportunity for referral to potential employers. Thus, we act as a
broker by carefully matching the needs of the employer and the mature job
Prospective Employers: Our coordinator works with employers to place mature
workers in full time, part time, temporary, or seasonal employment. Employers
can maximize human resource budgets and expand their workforce by hiring
experienced, skilled and mature workers. Seniors are a healthy hiring
investment for businesses. An investment in a seasoned, mature worker pays off
with high interest and solid benefits to your business and the community.
Private Hiring : Senior citizens who want to maintain
independence in their homes, but need some assistance, may want to hire an
older worker to provide caregiving, transportation to
appointments, or minor home repair and maintenance including grass mowing, leaf
raking and snow removal. Seniors can phone our coordinator, and we will make
appropriate referrals, and then the senior can discuss the cost of services
with the older worker and pay accordingly.
The Apprise program assists older adults with the complexities of the health
insurance system. Services include information on health insurance benefits,
Medicare and Medicaid eligibility, claims filing, telephone assistance,
consumer protection, referral to other resources, Property Tax and Rent Rebate,
fuel assistance, PACE, and PACENET, housing, food stamps, and advocacy.
PACE (Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly):
Eligible persons age 65 and older can obtain prescribed medicine and insulin
equipment from pharmacies at a cost of $6.00 per prescription. PACE pays
the balance of the cost.
To be eligible for PACE a single person who has been a resident of Pennsylvania
for at least 90 days must have had an annual income of $14,500.00. For married
couples the maximum annual income must be less than $17,700.00.
*Income guidelines are subject to change from year to year. Call ASI for most
PACENET: Extends the eligibility income limits another $2,000.00 for a single
person with an income between $14,500.00 and $23,500
00 and for married couples with an income between $17,700.00 and $31,500.00.
Once enrolled in PACENET, there is a $29.23 monthly deductable for persons who
do not have a part D plan. After the deductable is met, PACENET will reimburse
prescriptions for a co-pay of $8.00 for generic drugs
and $15.00 for brand name drugs.
*Income guidelines are subject to change from year to year. Call ASI for most
There are many types of health insurance programs available for Pennsylvanians
aged 65 and older. Below is a listing of the most common health insurance
programs. For specific information about these programs or questions about
other health insurance policies contact the ASI Apprise Counselor.
*Medicare Part A (Hospital insurance) helps pay for inpatient hospital care,
psychiatric hospital care, medically necessary skilled nursing facility care
following a hospital stay, home health care, and hospice care.
*Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps pay for doctor¬s
services, outpatient hospital services, and various medical services and
*Medicare Part D (Drug Coverage) helps pay for prescription medications.
*Medicare Managed Care plans are prepaid plans (mostly HMO¬s) that
contract with Medicare and provide or arrange for all Medicare-covered
services. Some plans offer additional benefits, such as dental care,
prescription drugs and hearing aids.
*Medicare Supplement Insurance, or Medigap insurance,
is regulated by federal and state law. There are 10 standard benefit plans
which are designed to complement Medicare¬s
*Medicaid (Medical Assistance) pays, without cost or bills to the individual,
many medical expenses including physician¬s
services; psychiatric care, nursing facility care; laboratory; x-ray and clinic
services; and hospitalization. Coverage varies according to each person¬s situation. You must meet certain income
*Healthy Horizons ensures adequate health care for elderly and disabled persons
with low incomes, and allows more spendable income by paying Medicare premiums.
There are various levels of benefits and you must meet specific income
Pennsylvania resident age 50 or older can complete in various indoor and
outdoor sports to try to win a gold, silver or bronze medal. The games are held
during the summer at Shippensburg University. Call 1-888-445-4559 for
Income Tax Preparation Assistance:
tax preparation assistance is offered each year from February through April at
sites throughout the county. The preparations are done by trained volunteers
AARP Tax Aide Program. Contact ASI in January for dates and locations.
Tax and Rent Rebate Program:
program is available to those persons permanently disabled 18 years of age and
up, widow/widower 50-64 years of age and all persons over the age of 65. This
program enables a person living on a limited income to receive a refund of some
part of the money he/she paid for property taxes or rent during a calendar
year. Payments range to $650.00, depending on income and amount of taxes or
rent paid. Contact ASI for specific guidelines.
persons receiving Social Security or other pension benefits with an annual
income of no more than $19,200.00 and a vehicle weighing no more than 9,000
pounds gross weight are eligible to receive their registration for $10.00.
age 55 or older will receive a discount on auto insurance upon completion of
one of three approved mature driver improvement courses. The courses are
conducted by AARP, American Automobile Association (AAA) and the National
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs administer a variety
of programs to assist veterans and their families. Each program has its own
eligibility requirements. Contact the local Department of Veterans Affairs at 724-465-3815.
Our Apprise Counselors can assist you with these programs. Should you feel you
do not qualify for the programs listed, but still need help, please contact us
because there are may be other prescription and health insurance programs
available to you. You can reach Apprise Counselors by calling 724-349-4500 or
1-800-442-8016, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am until 4:30 pm.
PRESERVING INDEPENDENCE AND HEALTHY LIVING FOR OLDER ADULTS
TODAY - TOMORROW - ALWAYS