St. Maria Goretti Eldercare Assistance Program
St. Maria Goretti Parish is pleased to present a new service for our older adult parishioners free of charge. The Eldercare Assistance Program began in November and has already seen a positive effect on our community!
The St. Maria Goretti Eldercare Assistance Program (SMGEAP) can help in a variety of ways, such as:
- Information & Referral – connecting parishioners to services they need or will enhance their lives, including private home care agencies, adult day care program, where to receive farmers’ market vouchers, elder law attorneys
- Brief Services – assisting parishioners in applying for programs such as Veterans’ pension, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called food stamps), LIHEAP (energy assistance), Medicare health plans, property tax/rent rebate
- Case Management – Geriatric Care Manager visits the older adult’s home to complete a comprehensive assessment and develops a plan of care to address multiple issues including ensuring safety in remaining in their home, managing a transition from hospital stay to short-term rehab center to home, caregiver stress and burnout, and encouraging legal documentation to be current and suitable
Plans for later this year include events and seminars to learn about resources in our community and tips for achieving and maintaining optimal health for older adults.
Amy Juarez is our Geriatric Care Manager. She can be reached at ajuarez@CHS-ADPHILA.ORG or at (215) 721-0199 ext. 225.