Learn about Community HealthChoices
A major shift in the way Medicaid-funded long-term services are provided in the home is coming to Philadelphia. Community HealthChoices (CHC), a new state-mandated program, will affect up to 88,000 seniors or adults with disabilities in Philadelphia. The program, which has already begun in the southwest part of the state, will start in Southeast Pennsylvania in January 2019.
Under CHC, both physical health care and “long-term services and supports” – meaning home-based or nursing-home care – will be coordinated through three state-selected managed-care organizations (MCOs): KeystoneFirst (a member of AmeriHealth Caritas), Pennsylvania Health & Wellness, and UPMC Community HealthChoices. CHC participants will have to choose one of these organizations.
Program provides temporary help to support self-sufficiency
By Marcia Z. Siegal
When Sarah Jackson* was recovering from a double mastectomy and receiving chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer, the ordeal left the 60-year-old drained and lethargic. Taking care of herself and her home had become overwhelming. That situation changed when she began to receive temporary support services through the In-Home Support Program (IHSP) offered by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).
Transitioning gender to become her true self
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
After years of “gender unhappiness,” Lee Ann Etscovitz took a huge step in a long, painful journey. At the age of 65, she underwent male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery in May 2001. “I had to live as much as possible as the female I felt myself to be,” says Etscovitz, a Hatboro resident.
Home technology promotes seniors’ independence
A significant rise in the number of people 65-plus is driving technological innovations aimed at helping older adults live more independently. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the nation’s 65-and-older population is 46 million and will reach 83.7 million by 2050. With more Americans living longer, the demand for technology to help people “age in place” will only increase. The most popular home technology currently on the market comes in the form of voice-assisted devices such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, according to a report in USA Today. These devices allow users to control lighting and thermostat settings with just the sound of their voice, giving seniors greater control over energy use.
Meeting caregiving challenges
By Sally Friedman
Once past childhood dependence, most adults cherish the gift of autonomy. They want to determine their own destinies. But needs can change with satisfying – or devastating – results. The shifting of one’s role from equal to caregiver or care recipient can be painful enough to destroy even the best family relationship.
PCA Heatline – 215-765-9040 – activated July 1 through 4
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has activated its Heatline – 215-765-9040 – July 1 through 4 as a result of a Heat Health Emergency declared by the Philadelphia Public Health Department. Hours of Heatline operation are:
Sunday, July 1, noon to midnight
Monday, July 2, 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday, July 3, 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Wednesday, July 4, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tips to prevent heat stress
When you’re feeling the heat, this information could be a lifesaver.
Sharon Congleton, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) health promotion nurse supervisor, says that senior citizens, young children and people with chronic health conditions are at a greater risk heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stress.
“It is important for older adults to understand the dangers and potential complications that can occur from being exposed to severe heat. Older adults also need to know what they can do to prevent heat stress from occurring,” she said.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is the region’s leading source of support for seniors, touching more than 140,000 lives each year. We can help you with “aging, gracefully” so you can live independently for as long as possible, and age well.