The rate for services for those who choose to pay “privately” varies from county to county. Please contact the Helpmates, Inc. office in your county (the county in which you reside) for specific rates. New rate scales may apply from year to year.
Department of Human Services:
Special funding is available for those who qualify for waiver programs through the Office of Long Term Living, Office of Developmental Programs, and Bureau of Autism Services. Available programs include, but are not limited to:
Aging Waiver Program (for those aged 60 and above)
Waiver Programs (for those under the age of 60)
The qualifications to participate in the Waiver Programs varies with income levels, primary and secondary diagnoses, and needs assessments. For more information on the Waiver Programs, please visit the Dept. of Public Welfare's website at: http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/learnaboutdhs/waiverinformation/index.htm
The PA Department of Aging Options Program allows eligible individuals, age 60 and above, who need help with their personal care to receive “hands on” assistance. Individuals are qualified for the program through their local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). A representative from the AAA will assess the client and determine their needs, which will be reflected in a care plan if they qualify. For more information, please contact your local Area Agency on Aging, or contact the Helpmates, Inc. office in your county, or our toll free number, 1-888-772-6850, and we will assist you in the process.
V.A. (Veterans Administration) Benefits for Veterans and their spouses requiring care in the home are available to those who qualify.
Long Term Care Insurance
Long Term Care Insurance may pay for some of the services provided, depending on the policy. If you have purchased long term care insurance, please check your policy for what is covered. Every policy is different and may or may not cover "custodial care" or "non-medical care", for example.