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Caregiver Compensation - Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania offers two ways to get paid as a family caregiver.


1. Pennsylvania Options Program: is a non-Medicaid program that allows elderly and disabled adults who cannot complete activities of daily living to remain at home. This program allows the care recipient to choose and pay family members or friends to provide personal care services. Other services range from respite care to counseling.


Program Requirements

    • MUST be a resident of Pennsylvania
    • MUST be 60+
    • MUST require assistance with daily living activities
    • CANNOT be receiving services from Medicaid programs


Contact Number: 717-783-1550 (Pennsylvania Department of Aging)


2. Services my Way: enables elderly and/or disabled adults who require nursing facility level of assistance to receive care at home. Under this program, certain family members can be hired and paid to carry out personal care services.


Program Requirements

    • MUST be a resident of Pennsylvania
    • MUST be 18+
    • MUST require nursing facility level of care
    • MUST be qualified for the Aging Waiver (60+) or Attendant Care Program (ages 18-59)
    • MUST be Medicaid eligible
    • Spouses are NOT eligible

Contact Number: 1-866-286-3636 (Pennsylvania Long Term Care Helpline)

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