This program assists eligible family caregivers through education about caregiving techniques, information about services available in their communities, and provides limited financial reimbursement for caregiving expenses. The package of benefits begins with a comprehensive assessment to determine what benefits best meet the needs of the caregiver and the person receiving care.
Program Eligible and Income Eligible families may receive reimbursement of up to $500 per month to help with out-of-pocket expenses ranging from respite care to adult briefs. In addition, one-time grants of up to $2,000 may be given to qualified families to modify the home or purchase assistive devices to accommodate the frail relative. Such adaptations might include installing a stair climb, a wheelchair ramp, or modifying a bathroom.
Program Eligibility Requirements
If you are age 18 or older and the primary caregiver of a functionally dependent person, who is age 60 or older, you may be eligible for assistance.
If you are age 18 or older and the primary caregiver of a relative, who is age 18 to 59 with dementia, you may be eligible for assistance.
If you are age 55 or older and the primary caregiver of a relative, who is age 18 or younger and lives with you, you may be eligible for assistance.
Income Eligibility Requirements
The Caregiver Support Program operates on a cost-sharing basis and eligibility is determined on a sliding scale and is based on income. Please call Cumberland County Aging and Community Services for more information at 717-240-6110 or 1-888-697-0371 X6110.
A Caregiver Support Group meets monthly at Cumberland County Aging and Community Services office on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. For more information please call the office at 717-240-6110.