Funding crisis is looming for PCA’s Emergency Fund
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians, which provides crisis assistance to help low-income seniors to purchase food, fuel, medications and other necessities, is itself in crisis and may have to shut down soon if it doesn’t receive additional donations. Its balance is less than half of what is was last year at this time, according to Chris Gallagher, director of PCA’s Helpline call center, who oversees fund distribution.
At Southwest Senior Center, everyone is welcome
By Michael Hanisco
Just inside the entrance of Southwest Senior Center, 6916 Elmwood Ave., sits a large blackboard plastered with bright posters and stickers. The first poster features a picture of Earth from outer space and is captioned with a simple, provocative tagline: “I don’t see any borders. Do you?” “No one is truly free while others are oppressed,” another declares. A third plainly states, “Immigration is the American Way.” While new images have been added to the collection over time, the unifying message has remained the same: Everyone is welcome.
PCA sets public hearing to address needs of Philadelphia’s older adults for Sept. 20
PCA is holding a public hearing to obtain comments regarding its programs and proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. Seniors, aging-services professionals and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend the hearing and may provide verbal and/or written testimony.
Annual report highlights PCA’s impact on Philadelphia seniors
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has released its annual report, which highlights the agency’s impact on the lives of Philadelphia seniors. The report conveys the agency’s mission, funding and governance and highlights personal stories from several people who have been assisted by PCA.
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.
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.