Caring for an aging parent, elderly spouse, domestic partner or close friend presents tough challenges. Employees with elder care responsibilities have to juggle work responsibilities with the needs of an elderly loved one in addition to the needs of their kids, spouse, etc. This can lead to increased stress and isolation for the caregiver employee. Many are not sure of the next step, or even the first step, in caring for an elderly family member. It's not uncommon for caregivers to ignore or delay their own needs, which can have a negative affect on their personal health, finances and sometimes their employment.
WellSpan EAP has compiled a list of helpful links and information.
Resources for caregivers and seniors
130 Pine Grove Commons
York, PA 17403
The WellSpan Center for Aging specializes in the unique healthcare needs of maturing adults. The center is staffed by board-certified geriatricians and specially trained psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers. They conduct evaluations, assess daily living skills, provide diagnosis, treatment, and referrals, and work with families to improve quality of life.
Pennsylvania Area Agencies on Aging:
Adams County Office for Aging, Inc.
The Adams County Office for Aging, Inc. (ACOFA) is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to assisting and advocating for Adams County residents age 60 and over. Their mission is to help people maintain independence and dignity within their own homes and communities for as long as possible.
Home - ACOFA | Adams County Office for Aging - Gettysburg, PA
Franklin County Area Agency on Aging
The Franklin County Area Agency on Aging provides a planned program of supported services to those sixty years of age and older, intended to optimize independence, promote consumer choice and enhance quality of life.
Franklin County, PA (franklincountypa.gov)
Lancaster County Office of Aging
The services offered by the Office of Aging are intended to keep older persons at home, where they most often want to remain.
About Us | Lancaster County Office of Aging, PA (lancoaging.org)
Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging
The mission of the Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging is to develop, coordinate and promote a continuum of services that values and supports older adults as they age; empowers them to maintain independence, dignity and respect; and enhances their overall well-being and quality of life.
Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging (lebcounty.org)
York County Area Agency on Aging
The primary focus of the York County Area Agency on Aging is to provide education, advocacy and coordination of community-based services to empower older adults to maximize their independence and quality of life.
Agency on Aging | York County, PA (yorkcountypa.gov)
Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A)
For more than 40 years, Pennsylvania’s 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) have served the Commonwealth’s 67 counties by providing information about resources and service providers, assessing needs for service, making referrals to case managers, and linking to services. These local agencies provide vital services, programs and information to millions of older Pennsylvanians and their caregivers, including legal services, home-delivered meals, health promotion and disease prevention, transportation, public benefits counseling, senior centers and in-home services.
Home Page - Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (p4a.org)
AARP Employer Resource Center
This site created by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is dedicated exclusively to resources and information related to aging employees. Specifically, employers can find information on workforce trends, retention strategies, workplace law, benefits and best practices. Resource guides and workforce assessment tools are also available.
- Companion Care Services-light housekeeping, meals, & transportation.
- Personal Care Services-bathing, dressing, & toileting.
- Veteran Benefits Program-guiding veterans and their families on benefits available for home care.
- Specialized training programs-Parkinson’s, Dementia, & non-medical hospice support.
- Peace of mind for family
For more information, visit one of the following websites:
Aging in Place
9 out of 10 people want to age at home, Aging in Place strives to make that desire a reality for more people by helping seniors, their family members and their caregivers prepare their homes and their lives for successful aging in place.
Aging In Place | Advice & Support for Senior Caregivers | AgingInPlace.org
Provides information for families and friends of the elderly (ages 60+), as well as referrals to area agencies on aging for information on insurance, Medicaid, taxes and respite care.
Benefits Check Up
Many older people need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other basic needs. Millions of older Americans are eligible for but not receiving benefits from existing federal, state and local programs. Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), Benefits Check Up screens for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to helping people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. This site offers an immense amount of information and resources dedicated to seniors, those living and working with seniors, and caregivers.
Medicare Nursing Home Comparison
On the Medicare web site, you can compare Medicare prescription drug plans, compare hospitals and nursing homes in your area, find out about eligibility for Medicare and when to enroll, and find helpful phone numbers and additional web links.
National Alzheimer's Association
As many as 5 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for the loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. The Alzheimer's Association provides information, education and support services.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
This government site contains information for those with limited income and resources, who may qualify for extra help.
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging offers links to local resources in Pennsylvania, based on your zip code or county. It also offers information on state programs and services such as prescription assistance programs, adult daycare, and links to state agencies.
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging Long Term Care Helpline
The helpline provides information on Alzheimer's disease as well as information on geriatric assessment centers, dementia care units, older adult daily living centers, Alzheimer's Association chapters and training resources
Elder Law Resources:
SeniorLAW Center provides a wide range of services in our mission to protect the legal rights and interests of the elderly.
Access Services – SeniorLAW Center
- Direct Legal Services and Representation
- Community Education and Outreach
- Advice, Information and Referral Services
Pennsylvania Health Law Project
The mission of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) is protecting and advancing health care rights through free legal services, community education, and systemic advocacy.
Pennsylvania Health Law Project | Helping People in Need Get the Healthcare They Deserve (phlp.org)
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