Delaware County Offers Support for Caregivers

Providing care to a loved one is challenging, demanding, and rewarding.

Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to and adult or child in the last 12 months (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2015) Caregiving in the U.S.)

Nearly 80,000 grandparents in Pennsylvania are raising their grandchildren.

Caregiving often creeps up on you. You start by taking your dad to a doctor’s appointment. Later you find yourself refilling prescriptions and grocery shopping. Often caregiving is triggered by a major health event such as a fall, heart attack, or stroke.

The opioid crisis has contributed to the rise in grandparents raising their grandchildren because a parent is absent or unable to.

Many caregivers work full or part-time and have school-aged children along with juggling their caregiving responsibilities. They may feel overwhelmed and unaware of where to turn for help and neglect taking care of themselves. Fortunately, there are many federal, state, and local programs that can help.

The Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program works to ease the stresses of caregiving by focusing on the well-being of the caregiver.  The program provides the primary caregiver with reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs associated with caregiving, such as respite, caregiving-related services and supplies.  The program also offers education, training, counseling, and more.

The program is administered by your local Area Agency on Aging. 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.

If you are a caregiver residing in Delaware County and you:

  • Are age 55+ and are caregiving for grandchildren under the age of 18
  • Are age 60+ and are caregiving for a disabled relative between the ages of 18-59
  • Are age 18+ and are caregiving for someone aged 60+

you may be eligible for financial reimbursement for some expenses you incur in caring for your relative.

There are three categories of programs each with their own requirements.

To view a flyer with information on each program and its requirements, click here.

To view more about the program, click here.

To request an Assessment for the Caregiver Support Program, contact COSA’s Information and Assistance Department at 610-490-1300 or click here to Apply for Services.

Posted 5/20/20