AREA AGENCY ON AGING

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Beth Herold, RN, BSN, MBA
Administrator

Sunnyview Complex
111 Sunnyview Circle - Suite 101

Butler, PA 16001
724-282-3008
1-888-367-2434

BUTLER COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING

 

AGING SERVICES

 

The Butler County Area Agency on Aging is in its 34th year of operation and serves the over 28,000 residents aged 60 and over in Butler County, and their families.We touch the lives of over 10,000 residents each year through a network of services and programs available for older county residents to help them recieve home and community based services that allow them to remain as independent as possible while they age. Our goal is to assist our county seniors to be safe and healthy and to age successfully in their communities with the supports they need.

 

Please contact the Agency on Aging at 724-282-3008 for inquiries about our services. If you know an older adult who may be abused or neglected or you are concerned about their well-being, please contact our 24/7 protective services hotline at 724-283-6955.


HELPING YOU REMAIN INDEPENDENT IN THE COMMUNITY

IN-HOME CARE SERVICES

 

CONSUMERS UNDER 60 YEARS OF AGE

 

Assessment for in home services - Call the PA Independent Enrollment Broker: Maximus 1-877-550-4227 or www.maximus.com

Assessment for Long Term Skilled Nursing Facility Placement - Contact the Agency on Aging 724-282-3008. Request Assessment.

 

CONSUMERS OVER 60 YEARS OF AGE

 

ASSESSMENT FOR PERSONAL CARE AND HOME SUPPORT:


Contact the Agency on Aging at 724-282-3008 to discuss our programs and the type services we can provide.

As of July 1, 2016, all referrals are to be called into the Pennsylvania Independent Enrollment Broker, 1-877-550-4227 or visit their website at www.paieb.com


 

AGING WAIVER PROGRAM

 

Services offered by this program are available free of charge to eligible older adults. Aging Waiver services are provided through a network of providers who have enrolled and been qualified by the Department of Human Services and the PA Department of Aging.

Aging Waiver is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long Term Living and provided statewide by local Area Agencies on Aging. It offers a flexiable personalized program of support and services to individuals in their own homes.

 

ELIGIBILITY:


A partipant will be eligible for the Aging Waiver if the following requirements are met:

 

  • 60 years of age or older
  • Meet Medicaid financial requirements OR have a total monthly income of no more than $2,205
  • No more than $8,000 in liquid assets
  • Require the level of care of a nursing home
  • Choose community-based services rather than a nursing home

Once assessed and determined to be functionally eligible for the progra, you will also be required to provide information regarding your income and assets. Your financial eligiblity MUST be determined by the County Assistance Office prior to your involvement in the program.

 

SERVICES THAT MAY BE PROVIDED:

 

  • Adult Daily Living Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Enviornmental Modifications
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Home Health Services
  • Home Support Services
  • Non-Medical Transportation Services
  • Personal Assistance Services
  • Personal Emergency Response System
  • Respite Care
  • Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies

 

OPTIONS PROGRAM

 

The OPTIONS Program provides assessment, care management and in-home services to aging and disabled adults who are experiencing some degree of frailty in their physical or mental health status. Potential consumers for this program may be considering nursing facility placement, but would prefer to remain at home.

 

ELIGIBILITY:


OPTIONS consumers are over age 60 and are having difficulty managing their activities of daily living (ADL).

OPTIONS consumers are required to share in the cost of their services. The cost share fee is based on the consumer's income and the amount of services recieved.

 

SERVICES THAT MAY BE PROVIDED:

 

  • Emergency Response System
  • Home Health
  • Home Support
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Medical Supplies
  • Personal Care
  • Tranportation

Care management is provided to all individuals receiving OPTIONS services. The care manager works with the individual and if necessary his/her family to determine the individual's needs. A care plan is developed and implemented with the input of the consumer. The care manager orders the services and stays in contact with the individual receiving the services and the service provider to ensure that the services are being provided as ordered and that those services are effective in meeting the individual's needs.


PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

APPRISE (STATE HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM) COUNSELING:

This counseling program assists Medicare beneficaries who have questions about their Medicare health insurance and prescription drug benefits. A fully-trained and unbiased Apprise Counselor is available to help you sort through the Medicare options to best fit your needs. For more information on Apprise, see Apprise attachment under Resources and Links.

 

FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT AND GRANDPARENT PROGRAMS:

The Family Caregiver Support Program and Grandparent Program provide services to meet the needs of family caregivers. The program may reimburse consumers and/or caregivers for expenses, such as medical supplies or respoute care to provide the caregiver a break. Reimbursement is provided on a cost-sharing basis determined through a sliding fee scale. For more information on the Family Caregiver Support and Grandparent Program, see Family Caregiver Support Program, and/or Grandparent Program attachment under Resources and Links.

 

PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH AND WELLNESS:

Community based programs that promote and offer instruction on having a healthy lifestyle are offered at county senior centers (Tanglewood, Cranberry Twp and Slippery Rock), as well as Westminster Church (Butler), in partnership with the Butler Family YMCA. Programs include Stay Active and Independent for Life (S.A.I.L.), as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Aging's Evidence Based fall prevention program, Healthy Steps for Older Adults (HSOA) See S.A.I.L attachment under Resource and Links.

 

LEGAL ASSISTANCE:

Legal assistance is available to older adults, including preparing a will or rewriting an existing will, creating advance directives, designating a power or attorney, assisting in settling landlord/tenant disputes or other housing issues, gaurdianship issues (one time consult), protection against civil rights violations, such as age discrimination issues, intervention with public benefit offices, evaluation of a legal concern and advise on consumer rights (one time consult). See Legal Services attachment under Resources and Links.

 

NOTARY SERVICES:

 Simple notary services are available at the Area Agency on Aging office during regular business hours and by appointment. To request Notary appointment, please contact 724-282-3008.

 

NURSING HOME TRANSITION:

Nursing Home Transition is a program designed to assist individuals returning home to the community from a Nursing Facility. The individual must have a barrier to overcome in order to access Nursing Home Transition services.

 

OMBUDSMAN SERVICES:

Call on an Ombudsman to help you sort through issues concerning patient rights in long-term care facilities. The ombudsman investigates and resolves consumer complaints made by or on behalf of residents in nursing homes, personal care homes, boarding homes and dom care homes and other long-term care services. Complaints may include any issue that affects the health, safety, welfare and rights of a resident. Staff and volunteers also perform visits to area facilities and train staff, residents and community residents about residents' rights. For more information on the Ombudsman Program, see Ombudsman Program and Resident Rights attachment under Resources and Links.

 

PROTECTIVE SERVICES:

Protective Services responds to reports of suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment, inappropriate relocation and emergency/crisis situations. A care manager will complete a report of need and, if approved, will conduct an investigation and provide any necessary intervention. Abuse of older adults extends beyond physical abuse. The Protective Services staff investigates and assists older adults who may be intimidated, financially exploited, neglected by a caregiver and/or neglecting themselves. For more information on Protective Services, see Protective Services attachment under Resources and Links.

SEASONAL PUBLIC BENEFIT PROGRAMS:

The Butler County Area Agency on Aging offers free benefit programs in the community for older adults, including the Farmer's Market Nutrition Voucher Program (June - September), and influenza vaccination clinics (September - October).

 

MEDIA/ACCESS TO INFORMATION:

The Butler Area Agency on Aging helps keep seniors informed about events, activities and important news happening throughout Butler County. Media outlets include the Butler County Senior Journal Monthly Newsletter, The Senior Voice and Senior News radio program on WISR 680 AM. The Agency on Aging has a presence throughout the community by attending various community events. Our social media presense extends to  Facebook at the Butler County Area Agency on Aging, and via Twitter @Butler_Aging

 

SENIOR CENTERS:

The Butler Area Agency on Aging operates nine senior centers throughout the county, under a management contract with The Nutrition Group. Once just a place to get a good meal, today's seniro centers have evolved into social hubs with educational and health programs to keep the active older adult just that - active! Senior center activities are geared to the social, intellectual, cultural, economical, emotional and physical needs and interests of adults age 60 and older. In addition, the centers offer helpful information about benefits available to Butler County seniors and a link to Area Agency on Aging resources and programs. Centers include: Butler (Tanglewood), Cranberry Township, ChicoraEvans City, Mars, Mt. Chestnut, South East, and Slippery Rock. For a complete listing of Senior Centers in Butler County, see Senior Centers attachment under Resources and Links

 

BART TRANSPORTATION:

Older Adults who can no longer drive or choose to no longer drive may obtain low-cost transportation services through Butler Area Rural Transit (BART). BART is the County's shared ride system for older adults. Applications can be submitted by contacting the Area Agency on Aging directly. See attachment BART Application under Resources and Links.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Many senior center members volunteer for center activities and community sevrices. Additonally the Area Agency on Aging welcomes volunteers for the Ombudsman and Apprise Programs. Trainings for volunteer programs are provided by the PA Department of Aging and hosted at a determined mutual site in Western Pennsylvania. For more information on the Apprise and Ombudsman Programs, see Apprise and Ombudsman under Resources and Links.


RESOURCES AND LINKS

Adult Day Programs
Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Resources
A Guide to Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's
Apprise Program
Area Agency on Aging Brochure
Assistive Devices
BART Application
BART Program Information 
Community Health Choices
Community Meal Programs
Dental Resources
"Do Not Call" List
Electric Scooter Information
Family Caregiver Support Program
Grandparent Program
Food Pantries in Butler County
"Free" Cell Phone Program
Home Health and Hospice Information
Home Modification Information
Home Repair Information
In-Home Meal Program (Meals on Wheels)
Legal Resources
Medication Drop Boxes Butler County
Ombudsman Program

Pace/PaceNET Instructions and Application
PA LINK to Aging and Disability Resources
PA LINK to Community Care
Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Pennsylvania Disability Parking Placard Application
Pennsylvania Vehicle Registration Application ($10 Registration)
Personal Care Facilities in Butler County
Personal Care and Nursing Facilities Surrounding Butler County
Protective Services
Senior Center Information
Senior Employment Programs
Senior Exercise Program - S.A.I.L
Senior Housing Options
Skilled Nursing Facilities in Butler County
Support Group Listing
Stair Lift Resources
Remote Monitoring Resources
Resident Rights Information (Ombudsman)
2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Instructions (PA-1000)
2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application
2017 Rent Certificatate (Documentation for Rent Rebate)
Farm Markets that accept Senior Farm Market Vouchers

November Senior Journal

Connect to Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped HERE.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR SERVICES:

Email:  aaainfo@co.butler.pa.us

Call: 724-282-3008

Toll-free: 1-888-FOR-AGE-INFO (1-888-367-2434)

Call during regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls made after working hours and on weekends will be recorded and answered as soon as possible. Please be sure to leave your complete name and telephone number for a return call.


 

Reports of elderly abuse can be made (anonymously, if necessary) 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling:

 

PROTECTIVE SERVICES HOTLINE:  724-283-6955


Collect calls are accepted and all reports are investigated by a trained caseworker.