Caring for a grandchild (age 18 or younger) in the home can be a stressful and sometimes costly experience. Unfortunately many caregivers simply don't know what help is available or where to turn to obtain help. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging through the Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging provides such help through the Family Caregiver Support Program. Its purpose is to reinforce, not replace the care being provided by a grandparent to an impaired grandchild living in their home.
Benefits and services that are provided may include; assessment of needs, counseling in coping skills, training in caregiving skills, financial assistance to purchase supplies or services, one-time grant for home adaptation or assistive devices, benefits counseling on services available through local, state or federal programs, referrals to family support or discuss specific organizations and assistance with completing benefits and insurance forms.
Eligibility requirements vary according to state and or federal regulations. Basic regulations are the carereceiver is age 18 or younger and resides in the same household as the caregiver. The caregiver must be at least 60 years of age, be related to the child (grandparent or older relative) and be the primary caregiver. Household inicome should not exceed 380% of the poverty level. Priority is given to caregivers providing care to children with mental retardation and or developmental disabilities. If eligible the state program may reimburse up to $200 per month. The federal program may reimburse up to $500 per month.
|Durable goods are any non-disposable assistive/personal devices which are usable to assist the carereceive (or the caregiver on the carereceiver's behalf) to carry out an activity of daily living and thereby reduce the caregiver's burden. Before the Family Caregiver Program will pay for any durable goods, it must first be determined that no funding is available from Medicare, Medical Assistance or other insurance. Some items may warrant a note from a doctor stating medical necessity. Pre-approval is required for items over $100.
•Blood pressure monitor
•Grab bars for tub/shower/toilet
•Egg crate mattress
•Elevated toilet seat
•Respite (babysitting) is available through FCSP Grandparenting Program to those who qualify
We have updated the approved supplies list to better serve you, our consumers. As before if you have a special need or supply not listed, contact Tammy McPherson at 724-548-3290.
•Incontinence Supplies, Pantylines, Adult Diapers, Blue Pads
•Bandges, Gauze Tape
•Catheter and Urinary Bags
•Laxatives and Stool Softeners
•Nutrition Supplements- Ensure
•Food Care Products
•Diabetic Supplies, Test Strips, Syringes (with MD order)
•Special Eye Creams, Lotions
•Emergency Alert Systems-Life Line
•Special Skin Care Products, Lotions, Powders
•Feminine Hygiene Products
Interested applicants should phone the Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-368-1066 to arrange for a home visit by the FCSP care manager. The care manager will evaluate and consider consumers' appropriateness for any Agency programs. (Some of the Agency's programs are not necessarily available simultaneously.) The care manager will guide the family in choosing services that will be most beneficial to their situation. Applicants whose primary interest is NOT in Family Caregivers financial benefits are directed toward the Agency's regular gamut of services so as to preserve Family Caregiver slots for those who wish to avail themselves of its unique benefits.
If choosing the FCSP is the family's best alternative, the care manager will help the family arrange those benefits unique to the FCSP, enabling them to receive maximum financial benefits and maximum control and flexibility.