Get the help you need
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and a network of agencies throughout the city offer a wide range of services to help Philadelphia’s senior citizens achieve their maximum possible levels of health, independence and productivity.
For seniors who cannot remain safely at home alone during the day, are isolated or need extra assistance, these facilities provide a protective environment, personal care and recreational activities.
Anxiety, depression and other behavioral and mental health conditions are common in older adults, but are not a normal or necessary part of aging. There are resources available to help.
Emergency assistance programs are in place to help low-income older Philadelphians with urgent needs for food, housing and utilities, and to help victims of crime.
With the proper support, many people can, and most would prefer, to stay in their homes. Many family members prefer to care for their loved ones at home, but may need assistance or respite care. A broad range of services and resources is available to help make this possible.
Resources are available for qualified senior citizens to help with home repairs, modifications, utilities, mortgages, insurance and other issues.
Low-income seniors who wish to live independently in the community may be eligible for subsidized housing.
There are also options available for older adults who want to remain in the community, but are not able to maintain their own homes, and/or care for themselves. These options may include assisted living facilities, personal care boarding homes, domiciliary care homes, continuing care retirement communities, Elder Cottage Housing, or nursing homes, for those requiring a higher level of care.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging maintains a specially trained full-time professional staff in its call center, called the PCA Helpline, at 215-765-9040. There are also other resources for older Philadelphians in finding the services and help they need.
Choosing the best options for health care, affordable and comprehensive health insurance and prescription drugs is challenging, particularly for those on fixed incomes. Counseling and information are available.
Individuals over age 60 can get help with a range of legal issues, including wills, benefits, taxes, small claims court, landlord-tenant disputes, mortgage problems, consumer protection issues and abuse. Priority is given to consumers with the greatest need.
This program serves consumers of long-term care, including participants at older adult day centers and residents of nursing homes, personal care homes and domiciliary care homes. The ombudsmen help protect residents' rights and investigate complaints.
Abusive situations including assault, neglect and financial exploitation may be reported to PCA's Older Adult Protective Services Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 215-765-9040. Reports may be made by anyone.
Older adults and those with disabilities are eligible for discounts and benefit programs.
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Philadelphia Corporation for Aging is a non-profit organization designated since 1973 as Philadelphia County’s Area Agency on Aging. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for older adults through programs, services, information, research and advocacy. PCA Helpline: 215-765-9040. Call 24/7 to report suspected elder abuse. Outside Philadelphia toll-free 888-482-9060; TDD 215-765-9041.
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642 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19130-3424 215-765-9000 FAX: 215-765-9066 PCA Helpline: 215-765-9040 or 215-765-9041 (TDD)