Assessment and Care Management encompass a wide variety of programs and services to provide care and support to Lehigh County's elderly population. Caremanagers develop a broad care plan to address the consumer's individual needs. The goal is to utilize formal and informal resources in the community to provide support to older adults and allow them to remain living independently in their own home. Caremanagers will visit with family members whenever possible to develop a plan of care and support and encourage the completion of a living will and a Power of Attorney.
A full assessment is completed on each older adult. The assessment includes noting health conditions, cognitive ability, economic status, support systems currently in place, housing status, and mobility and transportation needs. This information helps determine eligibility for benefits and available programs and services to keep the individual in the community. Assistance is provided in applying for programs such as PACE, Property Tax/Rent Rebate, City garbage fee exoneration, LANtaVan transportation services, medical assistance, and subsidized housing. The assessment also determines eligibility for formal services such as Adult Day Care, Homemaker/Home Support Services for laundry and shopping, arranging for Meals on Wheels and transportation to medical appointments for those older adults who require these services. Assistance with placement into a Skilled Nursing Facility or Assisted Living Facility is also available if necessary.
For additional information about Assessment and Care Management, or to make a referral, please contact the Lehigh County Information and Referral Unit at (610) 782-3200.