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PA Health Law Project Toll-Free Helpline - Call: 1-800-274-3258

The PA Health Law Project provides free legal services and advocacy to Pennsylvanians having trouble accessing publicly funded health care coverage or services. For assistance, call the PHLP Helpline at 1-800-274-3258 or 1-866-236-6310 TTY or e-mail the PHLP at staff@phlp.org. Information from the PHLP is also available online at www.phlp.org.

SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (1-877-727-7529)

The statewide toll-free SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (877-727-7529) - provides free legal advice, information and referrals by telephone for all Pennsylvania seniors 60 and over.

SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (1-877-727-7529)

The statewide toll-free SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (877-727-7529) - provides free legal advice, information and referrals by telephone for all Pennsylvania seniors 60 and over.

COMPASS - Apply for Public Benefits and Services from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents can apply for a variety of programs offered by the PA Department of Human Services, including public assistance, food stamps, health care coverage, energy assistance and other social service programs at this site

Medical Assistance Financial Eligibility Application for Long-Term Care Supports and Services

Application for a determination of financial eligibility for long term care facilities. (PA 600-L Form) The person who needs help to pay for nursing facility care, or someone acting on his behalf, may complete the form.

COMPASS - Apply for Public Benefits and Services from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents can apply for a variety of programs offered by the PA Department of Human Services, including public assistance, food stamps, health care coverage, energy assistance and other social service programs at this site

Medical Assistance Financial Eligibility Application for Long-Term Care Supports and Services

Application for a determination of financial eligibility for long term care facilities. (PA 600-L Form) The person who needs help to pay for nursing facility care, or someone acting on his behalf, may complete the form.

Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.

Nursing Home Compare

Online tool to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

LongTermCare.gov

This website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information on Long Term Care including a "Pathfinder" to provide the information that is most relevant and useful to you now.

Nursing Home Checklist [PDF]

A checklist that helps you evaluate nursing homes.

A Guide to Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Senior Citizens [PDF]

The handbook from the Pennsylvania Bar Association provides valuable information on legal issues and questions that concern Pennsylvania's senior citizens and the persons and organizations that care for them. (2016-2017) [PDF Format, 83 pages]

A Guide for Seniors and Their Families: Issues on Aging

Consumer Legal Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association [PDF]

Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else

This booklet from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging describes in simple terms what it's like to be a health care proxy, what to do while there is still time to think about it, how to make the hard decisions, and where to get help. [PDF] (2009)

COMPASS - Apply for Public Benefits and Services from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents can apply for a variety of programs offered by the PA Department of Human Services, including public assistance, food stamps, health care coverage, energy assistance and other social service programs at this site

Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long‑Term Services & Supports

This booklet from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contains information on how to find and compare nursing homes and other long-term services and supports; how to pay for nursing home care; your rights as a nursing home resident; and alternatives to nursing home care (48 pages) [PDF]

About Personal Care Homes - General Information

General information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services about personal care homes.

Community HealthChoices

Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services about Community HealthChoices, a program that will coordinate your health care coverage to improve the quality of your health care experience with a goal of increasing opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities to remain in their homes.

Community HealthChoices (Video)

This video from the Pennsylvania department of Human Services explains the new Community HealthChoices program. Community HealthChoices will coordinate your health care coverage to improve the quality of your health care experience — serving more people in communities rather than in facilities, giving them the opportunity to work, spend more time with their families, and experience an overall better quality of life.

A Caregiver's Guide to Selecting an Adults Day Services Center

An 12-page guide from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to help persons in need of adult day services. [PDF]

Alternatives to Nursing Home Care

Information from Medicare.gov about programs that are available for people who need nursing home care but would rather live in their own home.

Nursing Home Compare

Online tool to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

Nursing Home Resident Rights

Information from Medicare.gov about the rights of nursing home residents.

Medical Assistance Financial Eligibility Application for Long-Term Care Supports and Services

Application for a determination of financial eligibility for long term care facilities. (PA 600-L Form) The person who needs help to pay for nursing facility care, or someone acting on his behalf, may complete the form.

Medicare Coverage of Nursing Home Care

Information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on when Medicare will pay some nursing home costs for Medicare beneficiaries who require skilled nursing or rehabilitation services.

Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care

A brochure explaining Medicare covered skilled care, your rights and protections, and where you can get help with your questions. (56 pages) [PDF]

Estate Recovery Program

Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on the Estate Recovery Program that enables the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to recover from the estate of individuals who were 55 years of age or older at the time nursing facility services or home and community-based services were received.

Human Services Provider Directory

This is a searchable directory to help you find a licensed human service program to assist you.

LongTermCare.gov

This website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information on Long Term Care including a "Pathfinder" to provide the information that is most relevant and useful to you now.

Pennsylvania Department of Aging Ombudsman Program

In Pennsylvania, ombudsmen investigate and work to resolve individual complaints and issues on behalf of consumers of long-term care services. An ombudsman is available at each Area Agency on Aging to investigate and help resolve complaints made by or on behalf of older Pennsylvanians in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes.

Pennsylvania Family Caregiver Support Program

Describes the financial assistance and other benefits and services available through the Family Caregiver Support Program under the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

Pennsylvania Health Care Facilities Search

Search aid from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to help you locate health facilities in Pennsylvania.

Personal Care Home Frequently Asked Questions

General information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services regarding the residents rights under personal care home regulations.

Medicaid and Long-Term Care Quiz

Medicaid, the nation’s major publicly-financed health insurance program, plays an important role in the delivery and financing of long-term care (LTC) services. These services include a broad range of paid and unpaid medical and personal care assistance. How much do you know about Medicaid and LTC? This quiz from the Kaiser Family Foundation tests your knowledge and provides important information.

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