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Kennett Senior Center will get state grant

10/08/2014 02:28AM ● By Lev

Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester/Delaware) announced last week that the Kennett Area Senior Center will receive a state grant as part of a $2 million statewide plan to modernize senior centers across Pennsylvania.

“The senior center will be receiving a grant of more than $64,000 for volunteer coordinator initiatives,” Ross said. “I am pleased it will be used to improve programs and services for seniors in our area.”

The grants, which are being awarded in all 67 counties, will allow for improvements and will help to expand programs and services to better meet the needs of older Pennsylvanians. The grants stem from the recent State Plan on Aging, administered through the Department of Aging.

“I am hoping for Senate action on my bill to establish a licensing program for community respite services,” Ross added. “The Kennett Square Senior Center recognized a need for temporary respite services for seniors who were not ready for assisted living or more intensive care, but still require limited assistance. Respite care offers older Pennsylvanians, who require only minimal care and want to remain in their homes, an alternative to assisted living or nursing home care. House Bill 1702 would enable senior citizens to receive appropriate transitional care as they age while not paying for more services than they need.”

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