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Aging Services
Service Definitions
Eligibility Criteria
  • A person who is at least 60 years of age
  • A resident of Berks County
  • The person's family monthly gross income must not exceed 250% of the federal poverty income guidelines
These service definitions must be used for Aging Services funded through the HSDF.
1. Adult Day Care provides a stable, protected environment and activities to adults who are cognitively impaired with degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease or who are severely physically disabled, who are not capable of full time independent living. Adult Day Care services are provided in state-licensed, non-residential facilities.
2. Assessment includes client assessments which are completed to determine if an individual is eligible, appropriate for and in need of services.  Assessment is a comprehensive, in-depth look at an individual's physical, social, and emotional status and how they are functioning in their current environment.
3. Congregate Meals refers to the provision of nutritious meals in a group setting to eligible consumers.  Meals are served at noon in most senior centers four days per week.
4. Care Management includes development of written service plans, arrangement for delivery of needed services, service coordination with providers, personal advocacy on behalf of individual consumers, and ongoing monitoring and follow-up with consumers and providers to ensure appropriateness of services and well being of consumers.
5. Counseling include activities undertaken by a professional therapist to improve the problem solving or coping skills of individuals and/or families and to improve interpersonal development and functioning.
6. Employment Services assists low income persons to gain and retain paid employment. It includes activities to promote employment of older workers, job development, employment, employment counseling, referral to training, placement assistance and follow-up.
7. Home Delivered Meals refers to the provision of hot, nutritious meals in the homes of people who, because of some disability, are temporarily or permanently homebound and who have no assistance in providing meals.  Packaging and delivering meals are coordinated in the senior centers using local volunteers.
8. Home Support refers to labor-intensive home maintenance, cleaning tasks or household chores provided to ensure a safe and sanitary environment for consumers.  Services are provided in response to essential need and are not available solely for reasons of aesthetics or consumer convenience. Volunteers help clients on a short term basis with a varity of home support needs such as grocery shopping, respite care, and errands.
9. Information and Referral provides information to individuals about programs, services, and community resources, and referring people to appropriate services.  Assistance regarding health insurance and public benefits are included.
10. Overnight Shelter/Supervision provides for overnight care on a short term basis for individuals to provide respite for the primary caregiver or as protection for the consumer. This may be in a group facility, the provider's home, or in the home of the consumer.
11. Personal Assistance Service refers to a range of in-home personal care services provided to physically disabled adults age 60 and older who were not served in the Attendant Care Under 60 Program. Services are flexibly adapted to meet a disabled individual's needs and capabilities and to enhance the highest level of independence possible, in accordance with the care management service plan.
12. Personal Care is the provision of hands-on care related to personal hygiene or activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, grooming, ambulation, etc.  Services are provided by trained, supervised personal care workers in the consumer's home according to the care management service plan.
13. Protective Services refer to activities, resources and supports provided to older adults in order to detect, prevent, reduce or eliminate abuse, neglect, exploitation, and abandonment. Services are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Services include the functions involved in receiving reports of need and completing investigations.
14. Socializations/Recreation/Education/Health Promotion is a combination of activities that include organized socialization, education, enrichment, and recreational activities both within the senior center environment and outside it, and better reflects a broader-based community orientation for senior centers.
15. Volunteer Services provides an array of opportunities for seniors to serve other seniors and their community at large, as well as meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to participate in providing services to older persons.
16. Passenger Transportation enables eligible individuals to travel to and from community resources when no other means of transportation is available.  Specialized transportation is limited to medical visits, senior centers, and in some circumstances, adult day care.
Non-Allowable Cost Centers
  • Administration
  • Consumer Reimbursements
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Environmental Modifications
  • Guardianship
  • Home Health
  • Legal Assistance
  • Medical Equipment, Supplies and Adaptive Devices
  • Provider Certifications
  • Ombudsman
  • Outreach