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The Area Agency on Aging of Allegheny County is an Office of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Its purpose is to provide programs and services that enable the older adults of Allegheny County to maintain their independence, and to have safe, healthy lifestyles with the type of care that is needed.
The Area Agency on Aging provides many services. These include the following: Senior Community Centers-meals, activities, and wellness programs; Assesment of Needs and Support Services-Care Management to proivde for a care plan of services;Nursing Home Alternatives-PDA Waiver Program and the Bridge Program; Family Caregiver Support Program-assistance to reduce stress for caregiver to enable the care recipient to remain at home; Adult Foster Care-The Domiciliary Care Program-which alows persons requiring only minimal care to receive it in home settings for a monthly fee;Protection from Abuse and neglect-Protective Services are available to investigate reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and they have the power to remove from immediate risk of harm;Advocacy for Long Term Care Consumers-The Ombudsman Program assists people in resolving problems and concerns in residential facilities, including Adult Day Care; Training and Employment-The Senior Training and Employment Program offers work experience and training opportunities to those , age 55 and older who meet income guidelines;and Health Insurance Counseling-Apprise volunteers are specially trained to offer consumer education about Medicare, HMOs, Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long Term Care Insurance benefits for free ina confidential setting. All services can be accessed by calling the Senior Line at 412-350-5460 or toll free at 1-800-344-4319.
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