Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is recruiting participants for the Domiciliary Care (Dom Care) Program.
Dom Care is a type of foster-care program in which caring individuals, known as "home providers," receive a monthly payment in return for sharing their home with up to three people who may be elderly or have other special needs.
In addition to room, board, housekeeping and laundry service, home providers might assist with self-help skills, such as personal hygiene and grooming. If the resident takes medications, the home provider also makes sure that he or she gets the correct dosage at the right times.
A Dom Care resident pays a set monthly fee in exchange for a safe home and individualized care. Residents who are on a limited income, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), may be eligible for a financial supplement that ensures that the monthly payment is met and that he or she also has personal spending money.
Someone considering becoming a Dom Care resident may inquire on their own or they may be referred by someone else - including family members, health care professionals or agencies that serve people with disabilities.
Anyone interested in learning more about becoming either a Dom Care home provider or resident can learn more by calling the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Dom Care Program at 412-350-5105 or by visiting: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/adultfoster.aspx .