The following links have a variety of information on issues, resources, and services for senior citizens and caregivers.
www.adamscounty.us – Adams County Website
www.ccpa.net – Cumberland County Website
www.dauphincounty.org – Dauphin County Website
www.franklincountypa.gov – Franklin County Website
www.co.lancaster.pa.us – Lancaster County Website
www.perryco.org – Perry County Website
www.yorkcountypa.gov – York County Website
The above are websites for counties in Central PA. Among the information on them will be information on their respective Aging offices.
www.aging.state.pa.us – This site connects you to the PA Department of Aging. Under “Office of Long Term Living” there is an “A-Z Directory of Services.” They also have information on all of the different PACE programs, and under “Brochures” you can access and/or request a copy of a booklet entitled, Benefits & Rights for Older Pennsylvanians.
www.dhs.pa.gov – This is the website for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. You can apply online for all the benefits they offer. Since DPW licenses personal care homes, you can get listings for all personal care homes in any county, and you can also see DPW’s inspection reports on those homes. Click on “Search for Provider/ Inspection Results,” then click on “Personal Care Homes Directory.”
www.health.state.pa.us – This site connects you to the PA Department of Health. While there is a variety of information on health issues, one of the best features is being able to get listings of providers and the Department of Health inspection reports on these providers. There are two types of home care agencies listed. One type, “Home Health,” is Medicare certified for intermittent skilled services. The other type, “Home Care Agencies/Registries,” refers to private duty agencies that primarily provide non-medical in-home care. For nursing homes, click on “Facility Providers & Manage Care Plans;” then, in the upper right corner, click on, “nursing homes;” then click on any county to get a list of all the nursing homes in that county. Under each nursing home there are links to the inspection reports for that facility.
www.medicare.gov – This is a great website for complete information about Medicare. They have wonderful tools to help people not only understand how all the Medicare programs work, but it can help you find out what specific insurance companies provide Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D (prescription coverage), and Medigap policies in your area.
www.nih.gov – This is the website for the National Institutes of Health. If you click on “Health Information,” you will have a vast array of information available on almost any health topic.
www.usa.gov – If you click on “Seniors” on the home page you will go to the “Senior Citizen Resources” page. Here you will find a number of valuable topics and links to additional information.
www.eldercare.gov – This is a service of the Department of Health and Human Services. It not only has a variety of topics listed, but it can provide information on local resources.
learningcenter.pahomecare.org – This website provides courses on how to provide care for older people. It is open to family caregivers as well as professional caregivers. It is a great resource to learn what care is needed and how to provide it.
www.seniorcorps.org – Retirement is a good time to give back to your community by becoming a volunteer. If you have any questions about volunteering, this is the website for you.
www.caregiving.org – This is the website for the National Alliance for Caregiving. If you are a caregiver for a spouse or other family member they have publications and links to sites which can provide valuable information.
www.pabar.org – This is the PA Bar Association’s website. Click on “Law Related Education,” then click on ”Law Related Information for Consumers,” and finally click on “Legal Guide for Senior Citizens.” This is an almost 100 page document on legal information specifically for seniors.
www.abledata.com – This site is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. It provides information on 40,000 assistive products in 20 categories. If you want to know what equipment is available to help maintain your independence, check out this site.
www.lcplfa.org – The Life Care Planning Law Firms Association pioneered the collaborative approach of legal and social services to elder care. It is the model upon which Keystone Elder Law was formed. Their website has a “Resources” tab for seniors and their families. The “Directory” tab lists member firms throughout the United States.
www.keystoneelderlaw.com – This is Keystone’s website. Because we believe in a collaborative approach to elder care, we have designed our website to provide useful information for senior adults and their families. We have four free E-Courses available: an Alzheimer’s Resource Kit, a Veterans Benefits Guide, a Nursing Home Guide, and an Estate Planning Guide. We also have a PDF version of this directory available and a number of articles and blogs.