Care at Home

Home-based care can enable individuals to stay in their own homes, and remain independent.

Some of the home- and community-based services that can help homebound elders and their caregivers include:

  • For an individual unable to shop or prepare food, home-delivered meals ensure that vital nutritional needs are met.
  • A few hours a day of personal care assistance can provide the supports needed for a person who is unable to perform basic activities such as dressing and bathing.
  • Installation of modifications, ranging from basic grab bars in the bathroom to a stair glide, enabling the person to move from one floor of the home to another; this improves safety and makes the home more accessible.
  • Adult Day Services Centers can provide a safe environment for an individual who cannot be left at home alone, during hours when a caregiver is at work.

Getting the Care You Need

The process begins with a phone call to the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040. Following a telephone interview, an assessment worker may be scheduled to visit the home.

A determination of eligibility will be made, based on the person’s care needs and financial resources. There are two primary options for service through PCA: Community HealthChoices; and OPTIONS. Both require that an individual be a Philadelphia resident, age 60 or older. For the Community HealthChoices program, services are provided at no charge to the individual. To qualify, the person must meet both nursing-home level of care and income and asset requirements. Individuals who do not qualify for Waiver, either financially or in terms of the level of care needed, may be eligible to receive services through the OPTIONS program on a sliding scale, based on income.

Individuals who are enrolled in either Community HealthChoices or OPTIONS are assigned a Service Coordinator, who will work with the individual and, as appropriate, the family, to develop a care plan and put services in place.

Services that may be available:

  • Adult Daily Living Services
  • Community Transition Services
  • Companion Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Environmental Modifications
  • Financial Management Services
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • Home Health Services
  • Non-Medical Transportation Services
  • Participant-Directed Goods and Services
  • Participant-Directed Community Supports
  • Personal Assistance Services
  • Personal Care Services
  • Personal Emergency Response System
  • Respite Services
  • Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • TeleCare

Additional services may also be available from PCA through the Caregiver Support Program.

LIFE Programs

Another home care option is the Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) Program, an all-inclusive medical and social program located in specific geographic areas of the city.  There are three LIFE providers in Philadelphia. Eligible, individuals are 55 years of age or older; in need of long-term care; low-income; and live in one of the LIFE service area zip codes.

Mercy LIFE offers the following Adult Day Care Center locations:

3001 Moore St. in Great Grays Ferry Estates section of South Philadelphia

3240-64 N. Hancock St. in North Philadelphia

1930 S. Broad St. in South Philadelphia

Participants must:

  • Be 55 or older
  • Need the level of care that requires nursing facility services
  • Need medical care and supportive services and be able to live in the community safely with the services provided through Mercy LIFE.
  • Be eligible for Medicare and/or Medicaid

Mercy LIFE – West Philadelphia

4508 Chestnut St

Philadelphia, PA 19139

Participants must:

  • Be 55 or older
  • Need the level of care that requires nursing facility type services
  • Need medical care and supportive services and are able to live in the community safely with the services provided through Mercy LIFE – West Philadelphia
  •  Be eligible for Medicare and/or Medicaid

InnovAge LIFE

InnovAge is a comprehensive program that is committed to keeping low-income seniors who are 55 and older as independent as possible, for as long as possible, in the place they call home by providing high quality healthcare with supportive services.

Participants must:

  • At least 55 years old
  • Eligible for nursing facility level of care
  • Able to live safely at home and in the community with support
  • Live in an InnovAge service area

For more details, call 844-704-9613.

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