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What’s the Value of a Zero?“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). Read More »
Get the Dirt on Gardening in the Lehigh ValleyAh, spring! When a young man’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of love. And when an older man’s car turns quickly into the garden center parking lot before the mulch is all gone! Read More »
Have You Heard About Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids?Somewhat analogous to reading glasses, OTC hearing aids are designed to be used by adults with self-perceived mild to moderate hearing loss. Read More »
Can a Nursing Home Require Friends or Family Members To Pay for a Resident’s Care?If your loved one is entering a nursing home, you may worry about whether you could be required to pay for his or her care. Find out about Pennsylvania's "filial support" laws. Read More »
Cancer Patients Get Help for Their Heart, TooCancer treatment saves lives. But the disease and its treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy, can take a toll on the heart, too. Read More »
Spring Ahead for the Get Your Tail on the Trail 165-Mile ChallengeThe 10th annual Get Your Tail on the Trail 165-mile challenge begins May 1. Individuals, families, and employee or community groups are encouraged to log miles walking, running, biking, and more, to receive great prizes during our challenge periods. Read More »
Resources for Seniors, Boomers, & Caregivers
Non-Medical Home Care
Non-medical home care includes a wide variety of companionship, home helper and personal care services that help individuals with living activities as well as ensure a safe environment. All non-medical home care companies are licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Payment for services is often made by the client since traditional medical insurance does not cover non-medical home care. For those who qualify, non-medical home care may be paid for partially or fully through Medicaid (via the County’s Aging Waiver Program), Veterans Assistance and long-term care insurance. The average cost of non-medical home care services can range from $25 - $35 per hour depending on one’s needs.
Hospice is comfort care given to persons who are terminally ill. This care emphasizes pain control, caregiver needs, and emotional and spiritual needs. This care does not include cures to treat terminal diseases. This Medicare benefit consists of formal and informal care in private homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and freestanding hospice centers.
Life Plan Communities (formerly Continuing Care Retirement Communities)
Life Plan Communities (formerly known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities) are residential living alternatives to traditional housing for active adults. These communities provide comprehensive services and amenities for their residents, including long- and short-term health care. This eliminates the need for residents to move out of the community if they need long-term care—assisted living, memory care, or 24/7 nursing care.
Medical Home Health Care
Medical home care, also known as home health care, is prescribed by a physician and administered by a registered nurse or other medical professional in a home setting. Medical home care includes skilled nursing services and physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
Adult Day Care Services
Adult Day Care Centers provide a coordinated program of professional, compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting. Services provide social and some health services for adults who need supervised care outside the home during the day, as well as some respite from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving.