Aging Restarts Laundry/Shopping Service For Seniors

The York County Area Agency on Aging will again offer assistance to local seniors with grocery shopping and/or laundry.

The reintroduction of the services is due to an $812,571 increase in lottery funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The additional funding was awarded the end of September and can only be used for community based in-home services.

“We are excited to be able to offer services to additional older adults in our community to support their ability to remain independent in their homes”, said Dianna Benaknin, Director of the York County Area Agency on Aging. York County is home to more than 86,000 older adults age sixty and older.

To be eligible for the assistance, individuals must be age 60 and older, must be physically unable to safely perform these activities and cannot have other, informal supports willing and able to perform them.

Eligibility is determined by an Agency on Aging care manager following an in-home needs assessment process. The services can be authorized for up to two hours every other week.

A referral for home support services can be made to the Agency’s Information and Referral Office from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays by calling (717) 771-9610 or 1-800-632-9073.

The recent increase in lottery funds will also eliminate a list of 70 people waiting for in-home services, which was started in July 2012 due to budget cuts.

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