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APPRISE offering Medicare presentations and individual counseling sessions

The APPRISE Program is offering free Medicare Update Presentations that explain new and updated Medicare information for the forthcoming Medicare year concerning original Medicare premiums, deductibles, copays, Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Plan information. All are welcome.

Individual counseling sessions will also be offered to assist Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare questions and concerns, Medigap Plan comparisons, and other Medicare and health insurance associated information. All are welcome.

Please call to reserve your seat for the presentations or to schedule an individual counseling session.

To view dates, locations, times, and contact information for these presentations and sessions, click here.

 

 

Revised 10/22/18


COSA voted "Best Senior Services" 2018

 

Thank you to the readers of the Delaware County Daily Times for voting COSA "Best Senior Services" for the 6th year in a row in its Best of Delco contest!

 

 

 


October is Residents' Rights Month

Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others will honor the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating Residents' Rights Month. Residents' Rights Month is an annual event held in October by the Consumer Voice to celebrate and focus on awareness of dignity, respect and the value of long-term care residents.

The Delaware County Ombudsman Program advocates for the rights of those living in long-term care facilities and works to resolve complaints of residents.

To read more about Residents' Rights Month and the Ombudsman Program, Click Here.

 

Posted 9/28/18


LIHEAP Supplemental Grants to be issued on August 20, 2018

Supplemental grants in the amount of $75 will be issued to all LIHEAP cash (non-crisis)households during the 2017-2018 heating season categorized as a "vulnerable household" (households having at least one member under age 5, over the age of 60, or disabled). Supplemental grants will be automatically sent, there is no application requirement. The approximate number of households statewide receiving a supplement grant is 264,778. Households will only receive one supplemental grant of $75.00, even if a household has multiple vulnerable members. The supplemental grant will be issued to the vendor/heating source provider that received the household’s LIHEAP cash benefit for this past heating season. The supplemental grants will be issued on 8/20/18 with payment to the utility expected by 8/30/18. 

 

posted 8/14/18


2017 PA Property Tax/Rent Rebates to be Distributed Starting July 2

The Department of Revenue announced approximately 425,000 older homeowners, renters, and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania will be issued rebates totaling $201 million starting July 2, 2018 through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

The department recently extended this year's application deadline to December 31 so that applicants have more time to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2017.

Rebates will be distributed to applicants via direct deposit on July 2. Applicants who requested a paper check to be mailed to them should expect to receive their payment in the mail in early July. After the initial distribution of rebates in early July, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed.

It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds applicants that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators' offices.

Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov by clicking on "Where's My Property Tax/Rent Rebate?" link. Claimants may also call, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES to check the status of their rebates.

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue's website or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.

PA-1000 forms are also available for pick-up at the COSA office at 206 Eddystone Avenue, 2nd Floor in Eddystone, M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm. (Closed July 4, September 3, October 8, November 6, 12, 22, 23, December 24 and 25)

 

Posted 7/2/18

 


PA Department of Agriculture Produce Vouchers 2018

Beginning Monday, June 11, produce vouchers will be distributed at several senior center locations across Delaware County. Supply is limited and distribution will occur until supply runs out.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 60 years of age and older by December 31, 2018.
  • Resident of Delaware County
  • Income Limits:  1 person $22,459      2 people $30,451        3 people  $38, 443  4 people $46, 435       5 people  $54, 427      6 people $62, 419
  • The guidelines are subject to change. The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used.
  • Must present photo ID with name, address, and birthdate to receive vouchers. MUST HAVE PHOTO ID. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Vouchers must be used by November 30, 2018.

 

  • Other Important Information:         
  • Participants will receive $20 in vouchers yearly.
  • If you are receiving a voucher for someone else, you must have a signed Proxy Form that must be picked up at the Senior Center before the voucher can be given to you. No more than 4 proxies can be signed by one person. 
  • Vouchers cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

Locations:

Chester Senior Center  721 Hayes Street  Chester PA 19013  610-497-3550                      Wednesdays ONLY from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Friendship Circle Senior Center  1515 Lansdowne Avenue Darby PA   19023  610-237-6222  Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m starting June 26, 2018

Good Neighbor Senior Center  1085 Hook Road  Sharon Hill PA 19079  610-586-8170          Mondays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. starting June 11, 2018

Schoolhouse Senior Center   600 Swarthmore Avenue  Folsom PA 19033  610-237-8100         Fridays from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. starting June 29, 2018

Hometown Senior Center  302 S. Jackson Street   Media  PA  19063  610-566-0505                 Thursdays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m starting June 28

Please call the individual site for further information.

For 2018 Proxy Form, click here.

For list of Farmers' Markets to redeem vouchers, click here.

Posted June 8, 2018

                                                           


Delaware County APPRISE Program awarded the BRAVO Award

 

Pictured left-right: Terry Levine, Quality Assurance Specialist at COSA, Glenda Radical, APPRISE Program Manager, and Trindy Grundy, Director of Long Term Care at Senior Community Services

 

The Delaware County APPRISE Program was awarded the 2018 BRAVO Award for Program Collaboration.  The BRAVO Award recognition provides an opportunity to applaud and reward APPRISE staff and volunteers for their contributions and achievements toward advancing the mission of the program.  The awards focus on the collective team effort of the local APPRISE program in areas of performance, client service, innovation, and collaboration.

The APPRISE Program helps you navigate through Medicare Health Insurance, Prescription Coverage, Medicare Cost Saving Programs, and Supplemental Insurance options. The aim is to assist you in making informed decisions regarding your health coverage and ensuring that you select the most cost efficient insurance plans available.  You can meet one-on-one with an APPRISE Counselor at numerous community sites throughout Delaware County or participate in one of the many APPRISE Information and Education Presentations.

For more information on the APPRISE Program, visit www.scsdelco.org.

Posted 5/22/18


Senate Aging Committee has released its 2018 Fraud Book

The Senate Aging Committee has released its 2018 Fraud Book. The book includes tips on how to avoid scams, lists the top ten scams targeting our nation's seniors, and lists fraud resources.

To view the book, visit https://www.aging.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2018%20Fraud%20Book.pdf

Posted 3/20/18


Annual Plan and Budget Summary 2018-2019

County of Delaware Services for the Aging

Annual Plan and Budget Summary

2018-2019

click here

Posted 10/11/18


New Medicare cards are coming

To help protect your identity, Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019. Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that's unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. This will help protect your identity.

Things to know about your new Medicare card:

  • You don't need to take any action to get your new Medicare card.
  • The new card won't change your Medicare coverage or benefits.
  • Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
  • There's no charge for your new card.

Watch for scams!

Scam artists may try to get your current Medicare Number and other personal information by contacting you about your new Medicare card. They often claim to be from Medicare and use various scams to get your Medicare Number including:

  • Asking you to confirm your Medicare or Social Security Number so they can send you a new card.
  • Telling you there is a charge for your new card and they need to verify your personal information.
  • Threatening to cancel your health benefits if you don't share your Medicare Number or other personal information.

If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare Number or other personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

For additional information, go to www.medicare.gov

Posted 9/11/17


August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of National Immunization Awareness Month is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

Vaccination is important because it protects the person receiving the vaccine and helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those who are most vulnerable to serious complications (such as infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), acute respiratory infections, including pneumonia and influenza, are the 8th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 56,000 deaths annually. On average, influenza leads to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year.

Vaccinations can provide protection against the flu, pneumococcal bacteria, and shingles.

All adults should get vaccines to protect their health.  It is critical for individuals over the age of 65 to be current with their immunizations as their immune systems can be weaker especially if diagnosed with a chronic condition. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and pass diseases on to others.

Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed at their doctor's office, pharmacy, or other visits with health care providers. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person's age, occupation, or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic pulmonary disease, diabetes, or heart disease).

To learn about which vaccines are recommended for you, where to find vaccines, how to pay for vaccines, and other resources, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults

Locally, the State Health Center in Delaware County offers vaccines to adults who do not have insurance or whose insurance doesn't cover the cost of the vaccine.

Delaware County State Health Center

Suite 1   151 W. Fifth Street           Chester PA  19013-4415

610-447-3250                     Fax:  610-447-3008

Also, you may visit http://www.chespenn.com/ to  inquire about free or low-cost vaccinations. 

To view a "You're Never Too Old to Get Immunized" brochure in one of 8 different languages, click here.

To view fun, animated videos about different diseases and the shots that protect you from them, click below.

Pneumococcal vaccines

Whooping Cough vaccines

Shingles vaccines

 

 

Revised 8/7/18


Social Security Express Desktop Icon

We are excited to announce that the Social Security Express Desktop Icon has now been added to our website. You will see the icon at the bottom right of our pages.

By clicking onto this icon, users will able to access specific portions of the Social Security Administration's website to conduct business and obtain forms. This icon adheres to the Social Security Administration's Privacy Policy.

eServices available from the Social Security Express icon are:

  • Sign in or create a my Social Security account allows users to: 

                    *get Social Security statements

                    *change an address

                    *change or start direct deposit

                    *print a benefit verification letter

                    *create an account/enter an activation code

  • Estimate retirement benefits
  • Request a replacement Medicare Card
  • get a 1099/1042 tax form

Posted 2/19/16

 

 


Do You Have Questions about Medicare?

APPRISE is the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) that was created by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to assist Medicare beneficiaries of any age understand their health insurance options. The Pennsylvania Deparment of Aging created APPRISE to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurance questions and/or concerns.

APPRISE Volunteers/Counselors are specially trained to provide unbiased Medicare and Medicaid health insurance information and Part D prescription information options to help individuals make informed decisions related to their healthcare needs.

The APPRISE Program Education and Counseling Services are FREE.

The APPRISE Program offers Medicare 101 sessions which explain the basics of Medicare A, B, C, and D. Medicare Individual Counseling Sessions assist the Medicare recipients with Medicare questions, concerns, enrollment into Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Plans, Medicare Cost-Savings Programs, and Supplemental Plans. (complete Medicare 2016 schedule coming soon)

To view locations where you may schedule an individual counseling session, click here.

 

Revised 10/4/17

 

 

 

 


Do You Have Medicare? A & B?

Did you know there are programs that could help you save money?

The Medicare Savings Programs help lower-income seniors and persons with disabilites pay for their Medicare Part B premium. Some individuals may also qualify for help with their Medicare deductibles and coinsurance.

The Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (also called "LIS" or "Extra Help") helps Medicare consumers dramatically lower their prescription drug costs and can help individuals save thousands of dollars per year.

To read about eligibility and how to apply for a Medicare Savings Program, click here.

To read about eligibility and how to apply for the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy, click here.

 

 

Revised 7/10/17


Dom Care Providers Needed

Do you have an extra room in your home?

Would you like to provide care to others in need?

COSA is looking for caring and compassionate individuals who have extra room in their homes and in their hearts to be Dom Care providers.

Dom Care is a supervised living arrangement in a personalized home environment. Dom Care providers assist with meals, medication, laundry, scheduling medical appointments, and transportation.

Providers must complete a certification process and, if approved, will receive a monthly non-taxable stipend. Single level homes, homes with a bedroom on the first floor, or handicap accessible homes are preferred.

If interested in becoming a Dom Care provider, contact the Coordinator at (610) 490-1300.

 

 

Posted 8/22/14

 


Aging at Home-A Community Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left:  Senior Community Services Executive Director Arthur Weisfeld, Councilman Dave White,Aging at Home Director Christine Rae Helmandollar, COSA Director Denise Stewart and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan.          

Helping Seniors Stay in Their Homes

Delaware County Councilman Dave White joined District Attorney Jack Whelan and the County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) in welcoming Senior Community Service's "Aging at Home" program to Ridley Township on Nov 14.  Since 1977 Senior Community Service has served thousands of Delaware County residents. One of their key services is the Aging at Home program, which helps seniors with daily tasks such as cleaning, home repairs and transportation. Details on their services can be found at www.scsdelco.org

 

Are you 60 years or older and living in the Greater Lansdowne or Ridley areas?

Is anything preventing you from, or concerning you about, remaining in your own home?

We can help you!

Aging at Home-ACommunity Network is a community program coordinated locally by Senior Community Services. Through this program, caring professionals work with committed volunteers to bring services and peace of mind to you so that you may remain living safely in the comfort of your own home. Aging at Home provides a wide variety of at-home services such as door-through-door transportation, vetted home repair referrals and volunteer chore services.

To learn more about this program, click here.

Revised 11/28/16

 


Fair Acres offers new website as a resource

Fair Acres, Delaware County's skilled care facility in Middletown, has a new website that provides an informative and user-friendly resource for families looking for a nursing care facility for a loved one. The new website at www.fairacres.org gives residents detailed information on the facility, admission procedures, available services, volunteer opportunities, employment opportunities and contact information to arrange for a meeting or tour.

 Fair Acres provides individualized care to over 900 residents who range in age from young adults to seniors in their 100s.

People can download the admissions packet from the website to assist in gathering the necessary medical and financial information needed to apply for admission.

Fair Acres accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private pay.

The new website has information on employment opportunities, such as dietary aide, and free Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training.

Fair Acres also has many volunteer opportunities and a Friends of Fair Acres committee.

There is also a section for news and events. To read more, click here.

Revised 9/26/16


Social Security Changes

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*Social Security announces as a result of Congress' approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, effective March 16, 2015. A field office that is usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Offices will continue to close to the public at noon every Wednesday so employees have time to complete current work and reduce backlogs. (updated 1/23/15)

*You may be aware that in 2011, the Social Security Administration stopped mailing the yearly statement that was sent out three months before a person's birthday month. However, beginning this month, they are resuming periodic mailings to workers age 18 and older, but it will be on a five-year basis rather than every year. People can view and print their statements at any time if they create a secure my Social Security account at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. (update received 9/16/14)

* A recent update states that Social Security WILL continue to provide benefit verification letters in their field offices until further notice. Individuals who can do so, should still create a my Social Security account. (update received 7/18/14)

Based on feedback received from many stakeholders, the Social Security Administration  decided to delay the implementation of two changes to later in this year.

Beginning August 2014, Social Security Number printouts will no longer be issued in field offices. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security Number and cannot find their card will need to apply for a replacement card.

In addition, beginning October 2014, benefit verification letters will not be provided in field offices, except in emergency situations. Benefit verifications are still available online, and can be obtained anytime by registering for a my Social Security account located at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, or requested through the national toll-free number: 1-800-772-1213.

As of January 7th, 2013, the Social Security Administration has expanded services available with the my Social Security portal. Those who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are now able to request, as well as receive, benefit verification letters online. Additionally, beneficiaries who receive SSI can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record.

At each stage of your life my Social Security is for you. Your personal online my Social Security account is a valuable source of information beginning in your working years and continuing throughout the time you receive Social Security benefits.

If you receive benefits, you can:

Use a my Social Security online account to:

  • Get your benefit verification letter;
  • Check your benefit and payment information and your earnings record;
  • Change your address and phone number; and
  • Start or change direct deposit of your benefit payment.

If you do not receive benefits, you can:

Use a my Social Security online account to get your Social Security Statement, to review.

  • Estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits;
  • Your earnings record; and
  • The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you've paid.

How do I create a my Social Security online account?

To create an account, you must provide some personal information about yourself and give answers to some questions that only you are likely to know. Next, you create a username and password that you will use to access your online account. This process protects you and keeps your personal Social Security information private. Click here for more information.

Revised 9/17/14


COSA's 4-Year Plan

Click Here for COSA’s 4-Year Plan

Click Here for Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) Four Year Plan for the Period July, 1 2016 – June 30, 2020.