Community Resources

You don’t have to face your challenges alone. Additional help is available for you and your loved one if you know where to look. The list below can offer a place to start.

Resources for people with disabilities

UPMC Disabilities Resource Center

UPMC’s Disabilities Resource Center can help people with disabilities access care at any UPMC hospital or doctor’s office. The center offers a wide variety of services, including helping develop a plan for an upcoming hospital stay, helping providers understand the needs of patients with disabilities, and providing resources to address common barriers to health care.

Helpful resources include:

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment.

Resources for older adults

Aging Institute Help and Referral Line

The Aging Institute offers a help and referral line that is available for anyone who has questions about aging-related information and community resources. You can use this free service regardless of your location, level of need, or insurance. Staff can help identify needed community resources, resources for caregivers, healthy aging tips for seniors, and more.

Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

The AAA operates numerous sites serving individuals older than 60 years old in every county. AAAs can help you to locate resources and answer questions; it also provides services to meet the needs of older adults.

Resources for caregivers

Aging Institute caregiver resources

The Aging Institute recognizes the complex and intensive needs that caregivers face in their caregiving journeys. The Aging Institute website can provide caregivers with valuable information and resources, including: geriatric medical care, education and training, advanced planning, social and emotional support, and more.

Pennsylvania Department of Aging caregiver support

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging offers numerous resources to support caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. Resources include information regarding legal issues, support groups and coping strategies.

General resources

Medical Assistance Transportation Program

The Medical Assistance Transportation Program, also known as MATP, provides transportation to medical appointments for Medical Assistance recipients who do not have transportation available to them.

County assistance offices

Residents of Pennsylvania can seek assistance and a range of services for themselves and their families from professionally-trained staff members at county assistance offices. You can also apply for and renew your benefits from the comfort of your home using COMPASS, the online resource for cash assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), help with child care, health care coverage, home heating assistance (LIHEAP), school meals, SelectPlan for Women, and long-term living services.

Food and Nutrition Services

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

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