CLEARFIELD – Home delivered meals and the Medicare Waiver Program will be the largest areas of growth for the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging in the coming fiscal year, which begins Saturday.
The CCAAA Governing Board approved the $3.65 million spending and service plan Tuesday; last week the agency’s Advisory Council put its stamp on the document following a public hearing.
“Funding is basically static so we have little flexibility to increase services. The need for home delivered meals is growing and we will do what we have to to meet that need,” said Sue Kordish, director of planning and program operations.
This year, more than 157,000 meals were delivered throughout the county, marking the fifth consecutive year that total increased, noted Executive Director John Kordish.
The agency will see a more gradual expansion of the waiver program, which channels funds to keep nursing home-eligible people in their homes with help from a large network of personal care providers.
Some $600,000 is paid each month to these companies by the state Department of Aging with CCAAA approval for services to the 215 waiver clients. After the program was implemented several years ago with just a handful served, subsequent expansion was quick and explosive but tighter regulations are slowing the trend, Kordish said.
“We will see growth but not as rapid because of the structure, not the lack of need,” he said.
The budget breakdown shows long-term care, which, along with access and support service make up the backbone of agency services, accounting for 65 percent of spending. Senior center operations make up 12 percent with other support at 10 percent, administration at seven percent, transportation at four percent and access services completing the pie with two percent.
The bulk of the funds, approximately $2.2 million, will come from the Aging Services Block Grant. Other revenues will come from federal and local sources, such as nearly $70,000 to operate the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and more than $108,000 expected from client cost sharing.