Act 166 of 2014 has been enacted into law in Pennsylvania. It authorizies the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to license and inspect community adult respite programs, in cooperation with Area Agencies on Aging, says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
Community respite programs are private-sector initiatives designed to provide temporary relief to primary caretakers of elderly relatives. Respite care programs essentially act as an enhanced senior center aimed at giving working families peace of mind, knowing that their loved ones are in a safe, secure setting during the work day, rather than being left home alone.
By offering the alternative of respite programs, older Pennsylvanians are able to remain in their homes and community longer, and avoid costly and unnecessary care provided by institutional care facilities. Ultimately, respite programs are expected to save money for both the senior and the state.
Additional details on the availability of these programs are still forthcoming as the law will go into effect in the spring. Residents are encouraged to check with area agencies on aging to learn more.