Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are a nationwide effort to take a seamless approach in the way we assist seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living. The ADRC in Pennsylvania is known as The Link.
The Link improves access to long-term care supports through an integrated network of partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, promoting consumer directed decision-making, and enhancing efficiency and quality of service.
You can use this online Information Referral Tool to get your search for resources started in the right direction.
This printer-friendly ADRC Information Sheet may prove helpful in connecting you with local services and supports.
PA MEDI Program
PA Medicare Education and Decision Insight (PA MEDI) program, formerly known as APPRISE, is Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging created PA MEDI to help Pennsylvania residents understand their Medicare and other health insurance benefits, and assist citizens in making informed decisions about their health care options. PA MEDI works individually and confidentially with our seniors to determine their individual health insurance needs and preferences, compare health insurance options, assist with enrollment into Medicare Prescription Drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans. In addition, PA MEDI counselors can explain and assist with enrollment into financial assistance programs that help lower or eliminate some of Medicare’s premiums, deductibles and copayments. To reach a PA MEDI counselor in Schuylkill County, please call 570-624-3026.
Definition: A comprehensive collection of information concerning the individual needs of an older person and development of a plan of care to safely maintain an individual in the least restrictive setting.
Level of Care Determinations (LCD’s) are completed on individuals who are:
- Applying for OPTIONS service(s)
- Applying for MA reimbursement for nursing home placement
- Applying for Waiver Home and Community Based service(s)
- Identified as OBRA (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) assessments
- Completing an initial application for the PCH (Personal Care Home) / Dom Care (Domiciliary Care) supplement
- Being re-certified for the PCH / Dom Care supplement
- LIFE applicants
- Being requested by Pa. Department of Aging (PDA) or Department of Human Services (DHS)
Care management activities are carried out on behalf of individuals identified as having complex problems requiring coordination by care management staff.
Care management clients may be eligible for the following assistance: aide services, adult daily living centers, assistance to caregivers, chore services, nutrition services, and skilled healthcare services as provided by an R.N. or L.P.N.
The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (SEAPA) comprises a group of 30 members representing the banking industry, clergy, long-term care, law enforcement, funeral directors, healthcare providers and educators who share an interest in protecting the seniors of Schuylkill County from elder abuse.
The Alliance is vigilant in promoting awareness, informing county residents and elder services providers about elder abuse and working to ensure that crimes against the elderly are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Read more at SEAPA website.
Family Caregiver Support Program
The core services of the Caregiver Support Program include the assessment of the caregiver, care receiver and caregiving environment; the development of a care plan responsive to the caregiver’s needs and burdens; ongoing casework services as needs may arise; benefits counseling; and caregiver education and training. Click here for more information on Pennsylvania’s Family Caregiver Support Program.
Health & Wellness Programs
Since 1996, the Health & Wellness Program has been helping to improve the health and well-being of people 60 and older through chronic-disease self-management programs, fall-prevention workshops, continuing exercise classes for people of all fitness levels, walking clubs, educational presentations and much more! There is no fee for these sessions.
People of all fitness levels are invited to join our on-going exercise classes and walking clubs. Our motto is fun, fitness and fellowship!
We host evidence-based programs throughout the year at various community locations: Read More
Information and Referral Department – Intake Department
Our Information and Referral Department is available to provide information about aging program services and other community resources.
Our Intake Department receives all new referrals coming into the Office of Senior Services and schedules the assessment interview between caseworkers and clients.
Help with with PACE and Rent/Tax Rebate forms may also be secured here. PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides comprehensive medical and social services to certain frail, community-dwelling elderly individuals, most of whom are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
Our Information and Referral Department provides the intake for Reports of Need on Elder Abuse or Adult Protective Services. The 24 hour hotline phone number is 1-800-490-8505.
Elder abuse reporters may remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination and civil or criminal prosecution.
Learn more about Elder Abuse…
A report can be made on behalf of the adult whether they live in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, group home, hospital, etc. Learn more about Adult Protective Services…
Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP)
A partner of the APPRISE Program for Low Income Subsidy (LIS) and the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) helping people in need get the healthcare they deserve. Click this link to the PHLP website for more information.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Schuylkill County (RSVP)
RSVP provides a variety of meaningful opportunities for persons aged 55 or over to use their talents to help solve local problems – arranging/providing transportation for a homebound person living alone, monitoring local streams, assisting with meal preparation/activities in the Senior Community Centers and many other worthwhile contributions.
Contact STS, the Schuylkill Transportation System, for free access to all fixed-route buses and subsidized shared ride services for seniors. Call 570-429-2701 or 1-800-832-3322. You may also register at the nearest senior community resource center.