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How to apply for home care waiver in Pennsylvania?

Home care waivers help pay for the cost of care while keeping clients at home. The ultimate goal is to stay at home instead of being admitted to a Long Term Care Facility.

The first step is to contact your local Area on Aging!

Ask them about resources. Your local Area on Aging is your main resource when applying for a home care waiver. They maintain the most up to date information and will point you in the right direction. Each county has their own Area on Aging. See the bottom of this article for contact info for the various areas on aging throughout PA.

The Steps

The steps outlined below are the most detailed and specific step by step guide that you can find. They are valid as of 1/24/19. But remember, things can always change. You have to keep calling and keep trying if you hit dead ends. This process can be difficult but you must persevere!

THIS DOCUMENT FROM THE PA IEB DOCUMENT IS KEY

  1. You need to apply for medical assistance. To do this, you need to go to Compass.  See the video for a walkthrough of the Compass website. (If you already have medical assistance then you can disregard this step.)
  2. Contact the PA IEB and tell them that you are looking for a home care waiver.
  3. The PA IEB will contact the Area on Aging.
  4. The PA IEB will also contact your doctor and make them fill out a form to determine eligibility. This should be done within 30 days. If your doctor does not receive it or is slacking with it then YOU need to reach out to your doctor! Again, this process is not the easiest and WILL require effort on your part.
  5. The Area on Aging will call you to schedule a visit for eligibility.
  6. The Area on Aging will visit you and either accept or deny your claim.
  7. It is important to document all your medical conditions that may affect your need for assistance. Write these down, so have a list of your medical conditions! Seriously, if you are taking any medications then you HAVE medical conditions. I can’t tell you the number of times patients and clients have told me “No, I don’t have any medical conditions” and then I see their medication list! Pills for high blood pressure, pills for incontinence, pills for depression, pills for heart attacks, pills for heart attacks.

Follow the steps outlined in my video below:

List of Pennsylvania Area’s on Aging by County

CountyContact Info
AdamsAddress 1: 318 W. Middle St.
City: Gettysburg
State: PA
Zip: 17325
Phone: 717-334-9296
Website:
http://www.acofa.org/
AlleghenyAddress 1: 2100 Wharton St.
Address 2: 2nd Fl.
City: Pittsburgh
State: PA
Zip: 15203
Phone: 412-350-4234
Website:
http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/olderadults.aspx
ArmstrongAddress 1: 326 S. Water St.
Address 2: Ste. 1
City: Kittanning
State: PA
Zip: 16201
Phone: 724-548-3290
Website:
http://www.co.armstrong.pa.us/services/aaa
BeaverAddress 1: 1020 8th Ave.
City: Beaver Falls
State: PA
Zip: 15010
Phone: 724-847-2262
Website:
http://www.bcoa.us
BedfordAddress 1: 240 Wood St.
Address 2: P.O. Box 46
City: Bedford
State: PA
Zip: 15522
Phone: 814-623-8148
Website:
http://www.hbfaaa.org/
BerksAddress 1: 633 Court St.
Address 2: 8th Fl.
City: Reading
State: PA
Zip: 19601
Phone: 610-478-6500
Website:
http://www.berksaging.org/
BlairBlair Senior Services, Inc
Address 1: 1320 12th Ave.
City: Altoona
State: PA
Zip: 16601
Phone: 814-946-1235
Website:
http://www.blairsenior.org/
BradfordBradford Co. AAA
Address 1: 220 Main St
Address 2: Unit 2
City: Towanda
State: PA
Zip: 18848
Phone: 570-265-6121
Website:
http://www.bsstaaa.org/
BucksBucks Co. AAA
Address 1: 30 E. Oakland Ave.
City: Doylestown
State: PA
Zip: 18901
Phone: 267-880-5700
Website:
http://www.buckscounty.org/government/HumanServices/AAA
ButlerButler Co. AAA
Address 1: 111 Sunnyview Circle
Address 2: Ste. 101
City: Butler
State: PA
Zip: 16001
Phone: 724-282-3008
Website:
http://www.co.butler.pa.us/Area-Agency-on-Aging
CambriaCambria Co. AAA Central Park Complex
Address 1: 110 Franklin St.
Address 2: Ste. 400
City: Johnstown
State: PA
Zip: 15901
Phone: 814-539-5595
Website:
https://www.cambriacountypa.gov/area-agency-on-aging.aspx
CameronCameron Co. AAA
Address 1: 118 Center St.
City: Ridgway
State: PA
Zip: 15853
Phone: 814-776-2191
Website:
http://www.ohsaging.com/
CarbonCarbon Co. AAA
Address 1: 401 Delaware Ave.
Address 2: 3rd Flr.
City: Palmerton
State: PA
Zip: 18071
Phone: 1-800-441-1315
Website:
http://www.carboncounty.com/index.php/2-uncategorised/44-agency-on-aging
CentreCentre Co. Office of Aging
Address 1: 420 Holmes St.
Address 2: Room 245
City: Bellefonte
State: PA
Zip: 16823
Phone: 814-355-6716
Website:
http://centrecountypa.gov/index.aspx?NID=342
ChesterChester Dept. of Aging Services
Address 1: 601 Westtown Rd. Ste. 320
City: West Chester
State: PA
Zip: 19380
Phone: 610-344-6350
Website:
http://www.chesco.org/aging
ClarionClarion AAA, Inc.
Address 1: 12 Grant St.
City: Clarion
State: PA
Zip: 16214
Phone: 814-226-4640
Website:
http://nyx.meccahosting.com/~a0007c19/
ClearfieldClearfield Co. AAA
Address 1: 103 N. Front St.
Address 2: P.O. Box 550
City: Clearfield
State: PA
Zip: 16830
Phone: 814-765-2696
Website:
http://www.ccaaa.net/
ClintonClinton STEP Office of Aging
Address 1: 2138 Lincoln St.
City: Williamsport
State: PA
Zip: 17701
Phone: 570-326-0587
Website:
http://www.stepcorp.org/Office_of_Aging
ColumbiaColumbia Aging Office
Address 1: 702 Sawmill Rd.
Address 2: Ste. 201
City: Bloomsburg
State: PA
Zip: 17815
Phone: 570-784-9272
Website:
http://www.cmaaa15.org/
CrawfordCrawford Active Aging, Inc
Address 1: 1034 Park Ave.
City: Meadville
State: PA
Zip: 16335
Phone: 814-336-1792
Website:
http://www.activeaging.org/
CumberlandCumberland Co. Aging and Community Services
Address 1: 1100 Claremont Road
City: Carlisle
State: PA
Zip: 17015
Phone: 717-240-6110
Website:
http://www.ccpa.net/aging
DauphinDauphin Co. AAA
Address 1: Two South 2nd St.
City: Harrisburg
State: PA
Zip: 17101
Phone: 717-780-6130
Website:
http://www.dauphincounty.org/
DelawareDelaware County Office of Services for the Aging
Address 1: 206 Eddystone Ave.
City: Eddystone
State: PA
Zip: 19022
Phone: 610-490-1300
Website:
http://www.delcosa.org/
ElkElk Co. AAA
Address 1: 118 Center St.
City: Ridgway
State: PA
Zip: 15853
Phone: 814-776-2191
Website:
http://www.ohsaging.com/
ErieGreater Erie Community Action Committee
Address 1: 18 W. 9th St.
City: Erie
State: PA
Zip: 16501
Phone: 814-459-4581
Website:
http://www.gecac.org/programs-and-services/elderly-and-aging
FayetteFayette Co. AAA
Address 1: 137 North Beeson Avenue
Address 2: Suite 107
City: Uniontown
State: PA
Zip: 15401
Phone: 724-430-4603
Website:
http://www.swpa-aaa.org/'
ForestForest Co. AAA
Address 1: 905 4th Ave.
City: Warren
State: PA
Zip: 16365
Phone: 814-723-3763
Website:
http://www.experienceinc.org/
FranklinFranklin Co. AAA
Address 1: 600 Norland Ave.
Address 2: Ste. 11
City: Chambersburg
State: PA
Zip: 17201
Phone: 717-263-2153
Website:
http://www.franklincountypa.gov/index.php?section=human-services_aging
FultonFulton Co. AAA
Address 1: 182 Buchanan Trail
City: McConnellsburg
State: PA
Zip: 17233
Phone: 717-485-5151
Website:
http://www.hbfaaa.org/
GreeneGreene Co. AAA
Address 1: 93 East High Street
Address 2: B-Level
City: Waynesburg
State: Pennsylvania
Zip: 15370
Phone: 724-852-1510
Website:
http://www.swpa-aaa.org
HuntingdonHuntingdon Co. AAA
Address 1: 307 10th St.
City: Huntingdon
State: PA
Zip: 16652
Phone: 814-643-5115
Website:
http://www.hbfaaa.org/
IndianaIndiana Co. AAA
Address 1: 1055 Oak St.
City: Indiana
State: PA
Zip: 15701
Phone: 724-349-4500
Website:
http://www.agingservicesinc.com/
JeffersonJefferson Co. AAA
Address 1: 186 Main St.
City: Brookville
State: PA
Zip: 15825
Phone: 814-849-3096
Website:
http://www.jcaaa.org/
JuniataMifflin/Juniata AAA, Inc
Address 1: 249 West 3rd St.
City: Lewistown
State: PA
Zip: 17044
Phone: 717-242-0315
Website:
https://mymjrsc.com/
LackawannaLackawanna Co. AAA
Address 1: 200 Adams Ave.
City: Scranton
State: PA
Zip: 18503
Phone: 570-963-6707
Website:
http://www.lackawannacounty.org/
LancasterLancaster Co. Office of Aging
Address 1: 150 N. Queen St.
City: Lancaster
State: PA
Zip: 17603
Phone: 717-299-7979
Website:
http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/150/Aging
LawrenceLawrence Co. AAA Shenley Square
Address 1: 2706 Mercer Rd.
City: New Castle
State: PA
Zip: 16105
Phone: 724-658-3729
Website:
http://www.ccpgh.org/challenges
LebanonLebanon Co. AAA
Address 1: 710 Maple St.
Address 2: Second Floor
City: Lebanon
State: PA
Zip: 17046
Phone: 717-273-9262
Website:
http://www.lebcounty.org/depts/AAA/pages/default.aspx
LehighLehigh Co. Office of Aging
Address 1: 17 S. 7th St.
Address 2: Rm. 230
City: Allentown
State: PA
Zip: 18101
Phone: 610-782-3034
Website:
https://www.lehighcounty.org/
LuzerneLuzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging
Address 1: 111 N. Pennsylvania Blvd.
City: Wilkes-Barre
State: PA
Zip: 18701
Phone: 570-822-1158
Website:
http://www.aginglw.org/
LycomingLycoming/Clinton STEP Office of Aging
Address 1: 2138 Lincoln St.
Address 2: P.O. Box 3156
City: Williamsport
State: PA
Zip: 17701
Phone: 570-326-0587
Website:
http://www.stepcorp.org/Office_of_Aging
McKeanMcKean Co. AAA
Address 1: 118 Center St.
Address 2: P.O. Box A
City: Ridgway
State: PA
Zip: 15853
Phone: 814-776-2191
Website:
http://www.ohsaging.com/
MercerMercer Co. AAA, Inc.
Address 1: 133 N. Pitt St.
City: Mercer
State: PA
Zip: 16137
Phone: 724-662-6222
Website:
http://www.mercercountyaging.org/
MifflinMifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging
Address 1: 249 W. 3rd Street
City: Lewistown
State: PA
Zip: 17044
Phone: 717-242-0315
Website:
https://mymjrsc.com/
MonroeMonroe Co. AAA
Address 1: 724 Phillips St.
City: Stroudsburg
State: PA
Zip: 18360
Phone: 570-420-3735
Website:
http://www.monroecountypa.gov/Dept/Aging/Pages/default.aspx
MontgomeryMontgomery Co. Aging & Adult Services Human Services Center
Address 1: 1430 DeKalb St.
City: Norristown
State: PA
Zip: 19404
Phone: 610-278-3601
Website:
http://www.montcopa.org/148/Aging-Adult-Services
MontourMontour Co. AAA
Address 1: 702 Sawmill Rd.
City: Bloomsburg
State: PA
Zip: 17815
Phone: 570-784-9272
Website:
http://www.cmaaa15.org/
NorthamptonNorthampton Co. AAA
Address 1: 2801 Emrick Blvd
City: Bethlehem
State: PA
Zip: 18020
Phone: 610-829-4540
Website:
https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx
PerryPerry County AAA
Address 1: 315 Keystone Way
City: New Bloomfield
State: PA
Zip: 17068
Phone: 717-582-5128
Website:
http://www.perryco.org/Pages/default.aspx
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Corp. for Aging
Address 1: 642 N. Broad St.
City: Philadelphia
State: PA
Zip: 19130
Phone: 215-765-9000
Website:
http://www.pcacares.org/
PikePike Co. AAA
Address 1: 150 Pike Co. Blvd.
City: Lords Valley
State: PA
Zip: 18428
Phone: 570-775-5550
Website:
www.pikeaaa.org
PotterPotter Co. Human Services AAA
Address 1: 62 North St.
City: Roulette
State: PA
Zip: 16746
Phone: 814-544-7315
Website:
http://www.pottercountyhumansvcs.org/post.php?pid=10
SchulykillSchuylkill Co. Office of Senior Services
Address 1: 110 E. Laurel Blvd.
City: Pottsville
State: PA
Zip: 17901
Phone: 570-622-3103
Website:
http://schuylkilloss.org/
SnyderUnion/Snyder County AAA
Address 1: 116 N. 2nd St.
City: Lewisburg
State: PA
Zip: 17837
Phone: 570-524-2100
Website:
http://www.usaaa17.org/
SomersetSomerset Co. AAA
Address 1: 1338 S. Edgewood Ave.
City: Somerset
State: PA
Zip: 15501
Phone: 814-443-2681
Website:
http://www.somersetaaa.org/
SullivanSullivan Co. AAA
Address 1: 245 Muncy St.
Address 2: Ste. 205
City: Laporte
State: PA
Zip: 18626
Phone: 570-946-4316
Website:
www.bsstaaa.org
SusquehannaSusquehanna Co. AAA
Address 1: 157 Spruce St.
Address 2: Suite 1
City: Montrose
State: PA
Zip: 18801
Phone: 570-278-3751
Website:
www.bsstaaa.org
TiogaTioga Co. AAA
Address 1: 48 Plaza Lane
City: Wellsboro
State: PA
Zip: 16901
Phone: 570-723-0935
Website:
www.bsstaaa.org
UnionUnion-Snyder Area Agency on Aging
Address 1: 116 N. 2nd Street
City: Lewisburg
State: PA
Zip: 17837
Phone: 570-524-2100
Website:
​www.usaaa17.org
VenangoVenango Co. AAA
Address 1: One Dale Ave.
City: Franklin
State: PA
Zip: 16323
Phone: 814-432-9711
Website:
http://www.co.venango.pa.us/
WarrenWarren Co. AAA
Address 1: 905 4th Ave.
City: Warren
State: PA
Zip: 16365
Phone: 814-723-3763
Website:
www.experienceinc.org
WashingtonWashington Co. AAA
Address 1: 150 West Beau Street
Address 2: 216 Plaza Building
City: Washington
State: PA
Zip: 15301
Phone: 724-228-7080
Website:
www.swpa-aaa.org
WayneWayne Co. AAA
Address 1: 323 Tenth St.
City: Honesdale
State: PA
Zip: 18431
Phone: 570-253-4262
Website:
http://aging.waynecountypa.gov
WestmorelandWestmoreland Co. AAA
Address 1: 200 S. Main St.
City: Greensburg
State: PA
Zip: 15601
Phone: 724-830-4444
Website:
http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/397/Area-Agency-on-Aging
WyomingWyoming County Area Agency on Aging
Address 1: 111 N. Pennsylvania Blvd.
City: Wilkes-Barre
State: PA
Zip: 18701
Phone: 570-822-1158
Website:
https://www.luzernecounty.org/847/Aging
YorkYork Co. AAA
Address 1: 100 W. Market St.
Address 2: Suite 102
City: York
State: PA
Zip: 17401
Phone: 717-771-9610
Website:
http://www.ycaaa.org/

Updated on February 22, 2019

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