Frequently Asked Questions

What is Attendant Care?
Attendant care is an alternative to nursing care. It is long-term care that assists mentally alert adults with physical disabilities who are in need of help with daily living activities. This program is for individuals who may need care equivalent to a nursing facility yet wish to remain in the comfort of their own home. This is a medicaid-based program.

Will my health insurance pay for this program?
No. This program is only available to medicaid patients who have been approved for the Attendant Care Waiver or Act 150 Program.

What are the goals of The Attendant Care and Act 150 Programs?

  • For you, the consumer, to live in the least restrictive environment as independently as possible
  • For you to be able to select the care workers who attend to your needs
  • To eliminate the stress and strain you may experience from being dependent on a loved one to perform your daily living activities
  • To maintain your dignity and privacy
  • For you to be able to seek or maintain employment if desired

Who provides the service?
The person providing this service is called an attendant. You have the choice to hire a friend, neighbor, or relative as your attendant to help with your personal care needs, or our staff can assist you in finding attendants who will be there when you need them most. Attendants are often non-medical workers who perform tasks for the consumers such as assisting with bathing, dressing and eating.

Will one attendant work all of the hours I need?
Depending upon how many hours per week have been approved through the waiver program, more than one person may be needed to fill your needs. We will work with you to coordinate a schedule that works for you.

When can attendants come to my home?
Attendant care can be given any time of the day or night.

What are the costs of this program?
The Attendant Care Services program is free to individuals who have been approved in the Attendant Care Waiver or Act 150 Program.

Click here to link to The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s website

To find out more about eligibility requirements, please contact:

Long-Term Living Helpline
Toll free 1-866-286-3636

Office of Long-Term Living
Bureau of Individual Support
(717) 787-8091

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