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Cost of Pennsylvania Home Care

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average hourly home care rate in Pennsylvania is $20.45.

The monthly base rate for Pennsylvania home care is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Pennsylvania is also more expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for home maker services in Pennsylvania. The rate for home health care services is typically higher. In Pennsylvania, the average hourly rate is $20.94. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

West Virginia$16
New Jersey$20
New York$21

Percentage of Home Care Agencies that Accept Medicare

It is difficult to determine exactly what percentage of home health care agencies in Pennsylvania accept Medicare because there is no complete list of home health care agencies. According to our data, approximately 30% of Pennsylvania home care agencies are certified by Medicare. We have found 948 Pennsylvania certified Medicare home health care agencies and anoother 419 Pennsylvania home care companies. Realize that while Medicare provides a great deal of data about certain agencies, those agencies are also likely to be the type with trained nursing staff and therapists. If that isn't the type of care you or your loved one needs, be sure to examine all home care agencies in your area. Learn more about home care and Medicare

Pennsylvania Home Care Services

Of the home care agencies in Pennsylvania that were surveyed by Medicare, the percentage of agencies that provide common services is listed below.

Nursing Care Services: 100.0%

Home Health Aid Services: 95.5%

Physical Therapy Services: 80.2%

Occupational Therapy Services: 76.2%

Speech Pathology Services: 68.1%

Medical Social Services: 64.8%

Researching Home Care in Pennsylvania? Ask these questions:

  • Is the home care agency licensed in Pennsylvania?
    Does Pennsylvania license home care agencies, and if so, does the agency have a good-standing license?
  • What type of services does the home care company provide?
    Does the agency provide supportive care services such as housekeeping and bathing/dressing? Does the agency provide home health services provided by an adequately trained health care aide, therapist or nurse?
  • What funds will pay for the services provided by the Pennsylvania home care agency?
    Was the home care prescribed by a doctor? Will Medicare or other health insurance cover the visits or are you requesting home care that is private duty and therefore you will be responsible for the cost?
  • What staff will be providing your home care service?
    Does the staff meet your needs and the requirements, if any, of Pennsylvania? Depending on your needs, staff could include therapists, nurses, social workers, aides or home attendants.
  • How long has the home care worker been employed? Has the caregiver been evaluated recently?
    Ensure the staff has met the Pennsylvania requirements for the tasks and has been property trained and vetted by the agency.
  • Will you have the same staff member for every future visit?
    Ask if the same caregiver or staff member will return on future visits.
  • Does Medicaid cover home care services in Pennsylvania?
    If you cannot afford the service, does the agency accept Pennsylvania Medicaid waivers?

Important Helpful Contacts for Pennsylvania Home Health Consumers and Pennsylvania Senior Citizens

Do you have a complaint against a Pennsylvania home health care agency? If you or a loved one have a complaint about the service provided by a home health care agency in Pennsylvania, report it to:
Department of Health of Pennsylvania - Division of Home Health
Local: (717) 783-1379
Tollfree: (800) 254-5164
Tollfree Notes: 24 hour Complaint Line
Does your Medicare or Medigap cover Pennsylvania home health? Do you have a general question about your Medicare or Medigap policy? Then contact:
Insurance Department of Pennsylvania
Local: (717) 787-2317
Local TDD: (717) 783-3898
Tollfree: (877) 881-6388
Do you know all of the Pennsylvania health-based programs and services that are available to you? Find out by contacting the Pennsylvania Health Department at the following:
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Tollfree: (877) 724-3258
Are you on Pennsylvania resident seeking home care or having trouble paying your medical bills? Contact the Pennsylvania medical assistance office at:
Department of Public Welfare of Pennsylvania
Tollfree: (800) 692-7462
Are you familiar with the assistance Pennsylvania Area Agencies on the Aging can provide to you?

Your Pennsylvania Area Agencies on the Aging are a GREAT Resource. The AAA offices provide different assistance to Pennsylvania residents 60+ years of age. Pennsylvania Area Agencies on the Aging offer guidance on caregiver support, nutrition, ombudsmen help, assistance programs and referrals, insurance counseling and even transportation.

Find your local Pennsylvania AAA below:

Active Aging
Meadville, PA
(814) 336-1792
Beaver County Office on Aging
Beaver Falls, PA
(724) 847-2262
Aging Services, Inc.
Indiana, PA
(724) 349-4500
Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 350-4234
Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
Greensburg, PA
(724) 830-4444
Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging
Charleroi, PA
(724) 489-8080
Area Agency on Agency of Somerset County
Somerset, PA
(814) 443-2681
Cambria County Area Agency on Aging
Johnstown, PA
(814) 539-5595
Blair Senior Services, Inc.
Altoona, PA
(814) 946-1235
Huntingdon, Bedford, and Fulton County Area Agency on Aging
Bedford, PA
(814) 623-8148
Centre County Office on Aging
Bellefonte, PA
(814) 355-6716
STEP Office of Aging
Williamsport, PA
(570) 323-3096
Columbia-Montour Aging Office, Inc.
Bloomsburg, PA
(570) 784-9272
Northumberland County AAA
Sunbury, PA
(570) 495-2395
Union-Snyder Area Agency on Aging
Lewisburg, PA
(570) 524-2100
Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Lewistown, PA
(717) 242-0315
Franklin County Area Agency on Aging
Chambersburg, PA
(717) 263-2153
Adams County Office for Aging
Gettysburg, PA
(717) 334-9296
Cumberland County Aging and Community Services
Carlisle, PA
(717) 240-6110
Perry County Area Agency on Aging
New Bloomfield, PA
(717) 582-5128
Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging
Harrisburg, PA
(717) 780-6130
Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging
Lebanon, PA
(717) 273-9262
York County Area Agency on Aging
York, PA
(717) 771-9610
Lancaster County Office of Aging
Lancaster, PA
(717) 299-7979
Chester County Department of Aging Services
West Chester, PA
Montgomery County Aging & Adult Services
Norristown, PA
(610) 278-3601
Bucks County Area Agency on Aging
Doylestown, PA
Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA)
Eddystone, PA
(610) 490-1300
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 765-9000
Berks County Office on Aging
Reading, PA
(610) 478-6500
Lehigh County Office Of Aging and Adult Services
Allentown, PA
(610) 782-3034
Northampton County Area Agency on Aging
Bethlehem, PA
Pike County Area Agency on Aging
Hawley, PA
(570) 775-5550
Area Agency on Aging for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties
Towanda, PA
(570) 265-6121
Area Agency on Aging of Luzerne and Wyoming County
Wilkes-Barre, PA
(570) 822-1158
Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging
Scranton, PA
(570) 963-6740
Carbon County Area Agency on Aging
Palmerton, PA
(610) 824-7830
Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services
Pottsville, PA
(570) 622-3103
Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc
Clearfield, PA
(814) 765-2696
Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging
Brookville, PA
(814) 849-3096
Experience, Inc. Area Agency on Aging
Warren, PA
(814) 726-1700
Venango County Area Agency on Aging
Franklin, PA
(814) 432-9711
Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging
Kittanning, PA
(724) 548-3290
Challenges: Options in Aging
New Castle, PA
(724) 658-3729
Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Mercer, PA
(724) 662-6222
Monroe County Area Agency on Aging
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 420-3735
Clarion Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Clarion, PA
(814) 226-4640
Butler County Area Agency on Aging
Butler, PA
(724) 282-3008
Potter County Human Services
Roulette, PA
(814) 544-7315
Wayne County Area Agency on Aging
Honesdale, PA
(570) 253-4262

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