Potter County Human Services has many in-home services which are available to older persons who are home-bound. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging, through its statewide network of 52 Area Agencies on Aging, provides several programs covering a wide range of needs are available, such as Personal Care, Home Support, and Respite services to address the needs of frail, older Pennsylvanians. Further information on these services, briefly described below, may be obtained through our Area Agency on Aging.
Several programs covering a wide range of needs are available such as: Homemaker Assistance for daily household activities; Personal Care help for those who can't manage alone; Home Delivered Meals prepared at a central location and carried to a person's home; and Home Chore Services that help people with heavy cleaning or make minor repairs to their homes.
Family Caregiver Support
It provides financial help for eligible families to reimburse expenses for hiring help and/or purchasing consumable supplies. Program also provides for home modifications and/or assistive devises.
The Potter County Family Caregiver Support Group (FCSG) meets the third Wednesday of each month at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. The FCSG meets along with the Alzheimer's Support Group. FCSG is a support group made up of caregivers, family members and friends of people 60 and over who require caregiving. The support group meetings may focus on emotional support and sharing experiences and may focus on education, with experts speaking on various topics. The purpose of the support group is to recognize the important role of caregivers and offer support, encouragement and information. By attending meetings you will have a chance to meet others who are facing the same struggles you are. You are not alone! To learn more, contact Rhoda Weimer at the Potter County Area Agency on Aging at (814) 544-7315 or (800) 800-2560.
Home Health Services
Home health services, which are essential, but are not covered under Medicare or Medicaid, may be available without charge or on a cost-sharing or private pay basis. Your local Area Agency on Aging can help you find and select the most cost-effective services available to you.
Personal Care Services
Personal care services are available by attendants trained to assist disabled persons with key activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and personal hygiene.
This program provides 15 or more hours of service a week for frail or ill elderly who require "hands on" personal care and help with daily living activities at home.
Home Support Services
Home support services are available to help with various household tasks such as cleaning, shopping, minor home maintenance and running errands.
Home-delivered meals may be provided to people who are unable to prepare meals for themselves or participate in group dining at a senior center.
Respite Care Services
Respite care services are available in many communities to help caregivers who need a break from the often exhausting demands of providing home care for extended periods of time. Respite care can be provided in a variety of ways and time periods. It can be offered in the home or in and outside facility such as an overnight respite care center or an adult day care program. Usually, respite care is provided on an intermittent or temporary basis to substitute for a caregiver who needs to get away for a while. For more information, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
Special Volunteer Programs
Volunteer opportunities exist in several areas, such as delivering meals, and Senior Center activities.