Programs and Services
 

 Information and Assistance

 

​This is the first step in accessing Beaver County Office on Aging's Information & Referral services. An information specialist answers questions and provides resources. Information and assistance is available for obtaining a Level of Care Determination, Home and Community Based Services, APPRISE services, PACE (Pharmaceutical Assistance Contracts for the Elderly) and property tax/rent rebate.

 

 Information and Assistance Programs

 

The Apprise Program

is available to assist consumers who have questions about their health insurance, medical bills, and prescription coverage. Anyone new to Medicare or who is considering changes to insurance coverage is encouraged to call our APPRISE program for non-biased insurance counseling.

 

Senior Gardens

Designed to provide seniors with a gardening plot, is a spring/summer project provided by Beaver County Office on Aging and the Master Gardeners of Penn State Cooperative Extension. Garden plots are available to Beaver County residents over age 60. The Senior Gardens are located on County owned property in Brighton Township. A raised accessible garden area is available for gardeners who use a wheelchair or need to sit while gardening. To learn more or to sign up for a garden plot call 724-774-3003.

 

Home Safe Home

Provides help with home safety and accessibility determination and projects. Projects may include grab bars, handrails, bathroom renovations, ramps and stair glides. Projects are cost shared and may require a co-pay. Call 724-496-1558

 

Keen-Age News

is a monthly section of the Beaver County Senior News. The Senior News is sponsored by the Beaver County Office on Aging, featuring articles and information about senior programs. Click on wwwpittsburghseniornews.com to read an e-version.

 

Senior Day

is a "theme-oriented" program for seniors including exhibits, entertainment, refreshments, prizes, discounts to Mall stores, and Medical screenings. This program is held at the Beaver Valley Mall twice a year. Themes include “Health and Fitness” in May and “Housing Decisions” in September. The event is also hosted at the Senior Community Centers during other months.

 

Surprises for Shut-Ins

This is an annual project that provides Christmas gifts and a friendly holiday visit to home-bound persons 60 years of age and older.

 
 

 Level of Care Determination

 

​A comprehensive assessment determines the appropriate clinical level of care for those seeking medical assistance funding for nursing home care or state subsidy for assisted living or Dom Care. Nursing home assessments also include screening for mental illness, mental retardation, and other related conditions to determine a need for specialized services. Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is responsible for determining financial eligibility.

A comprehensive assessment is completed on all new referrals, as well as reevaluations on existing BCOA participants. A care manager evaluates the person's unique needs and determines eligibility for appropriate services to meet those needs. Following the assessment, an individual care plan is developed with linkage to home-based community services.

 

Pennsylvania Aging Waiver Program

As an alternative to nursing home placement, the Department of Public Welfare’s Waiver Programs provide in-home services to disabled and older persons. These participants must meet Medicaid financial requirements and be determined to be Nursing Facility Clinically Eligible. The Beaver County Office on Aging is responsible for determining clinical eligibility for the Waivers and for enrollment into the Aging Waiver.

 

 Care Management Services

 

​Care management and community-based services are offered to seniors 60 years of age and older. A care manager is assigned to the consumer to assist with ongoing problems or concerns, as well as coordinate and arrange appropriate services. Assistance with budgeting, completing forms, linking to other community agencies, obtaining benefits, and services that may be provided.

There are two different types of community-based programs and services available:

 

Family Caregiver Support Program

This program is designed to reduce caregiver stress. The emphasis of this program is to respond directly to the needs of caregivers who are caring for a functionally dependent elderly consumer. Financial reimbursement may be provided for out-of-pocket caregiving expenses, such as personal care services, supplies, assistive devices, or home modifications. Total household income determines the specific percentage of monthly reimbursement.

 

Options Services

Options provides a variety of in-home services to consumers age 60 and older to assist in maintaining independence in the community. Services can include Home Delivered Meals, Adult Day Care, respite, home modifications, personal care and homemaking services. Services are based on a comprehensive assessment of the need of the participant. Cost of services may include a participant cost share co-pay. Call 724-847-2262 for more information.