In response to the Governor’s directive, all of SeniorLAW Center's physical offices are closed, but we continue to provide services to our older clients and communities who are disproportionately impacted by this crisis.

All staff are working and accessible remotely. Those needing our services should contact us by phone at:

Please see resources on our website with more information for older adults in these uncertain times. Join us in making extra efforts to ensure the older people in our lives are safe, healthy and connected.



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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Older Adults: Resources and Information

 

All of our physical offices are closed as of 3/16/2020 at 5 p.m.  However, all our staff are working remotely.

 

We encourage all older adults who need our services at SeniorLAW Center to contact us by phone:

  • 215-988-1242 (Philadelphia)

  • 610-910-0210 (Bucks/Montgomery)

  • 610-910-0215 (Delaware/Chester) 

  • 1-877-PA SR LAW (Statewide)

We have canceled all external events, including our community clinics, until further notice. We are working as hard as possible to continue our legal services for older people who need us the most now, as the virus disproportionately and profoundly affects older Americans.

While there is a lot we don’t know about novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), what we do know is that the most vulnerable among us – older people with underlying health conditions such as like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes — are twice as likely to suffer serious outcomes as younger people. For more than 40 years we have been there to help older adults face challenges in health, housing, financial exploitation and poverty. We are needed now more than ever and will continue to advocate, provide services and support as together we confront this health pandemic. We believe that all of us are responsible to make sure that older people in our community are not forgotten. 

SeniorLAW Center is committed to continuing to advocate and serve older people during this time of uncertainty. Please share your concerns with us!

 


 

SeniorLAW Center Cancels 2020 GALA

In light of concerns and uncertainty posed by the COVID-19, and in light of the urgent, disproportionate, and profound impact of this virus on the older client communities we serve, SeniorLAW Center has decided to cancel its March 21st, 2020 Gala. Read letter from Executive Director Karen Buck.

 

The Courts*

The courts in Philadelphia and many counties are closed with exceptions. Please visit the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts website for updates and resources. We call on the courts to address the pressing concerns of all litigants, including older and vulnerable individuals, and grant continuances as a matter of course. 

*See below for more information by county on closings, resources and updates.

 


National

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Update April 20th, 2020:

  • Here is information for taxpayers who did not file tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and may qualify for money other than what you will automatically
    Receive from social security retirement, social security disability benefits and railroad retirement benefits.
    The link is https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

This link is particularly relevant to seniors in these groups:

  • Social Security, SSDI and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries with qualifying dependents: These groups will automatically receive $1,200 Economic Impact Payments. People in this group who have qualifying children under age 17 may use the form and enter Payment Info to claim the extra $500 payment per child
  • Lower-income seniors not yet receiving retirement benefits: Seniors who are not receiving retirement benefits who haven’t filed a 2018 or 2019 return because they are under the normal income limits for filing a tax return can use the IRS link to register for the payment of $1200 per person
  • Veterans beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients: As written, it is not clear whether IRS is allowed to make payments automatically to SSI recipients and those who receive veterans disability compensation, pension or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and who did not file a tax return for the 2018 or 2019 tax years. People in these groups can either use the form now or wait as the IRS continues to review automatic payment options to simplify delivery for these groups.

 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Update April 1, 2020 :

  • New CDC guidelines, encourage people to wear non-medical, cloth face coverings in public and at work as a way to slow the spread of the virus and help diminish the risk that people without symptoms but who may be carrying the virus transmit it to others.

The CDC stated 80% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are 65 and older. This suggests, members of our population who are age 60 and older are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.  The CDC offers this advice for older adults and people with chronic medical conditions who are at increased risk for COVID-19:

  • Have a plan
  • Know who will take care of you in the event a caregiver gets sick
  • Reach out TODAY to your health care provider to get reserve supplies of your medication
  • Make sure you have a few week supply of food and household items so you don’t have to go out
  • Keep aware of what is happening in your community and if the virus is spreading (commonly referred to as community spread) stay inside and avoid crowds.

 

 

Information from CDC and Johns Hopkins

There is a concern that the health care system will be overwhelmed if the virus escalates and people start flooding hospitals and emergency rooms. Therefore:

  • If you think you are sick with fever, cough and trouble breathing it is recommended you first call your health care provider or doctor.
  • Only go to the hospital if you cannot contact your doctor and if possible have someone call ahead to alert the hospital you are coming.
  • It is recommended people get a Flu Shot.
    • Although the shot doesn’t protect against COVID-19, Influenza is a serious illness and hospitals are trying to keep beds available for potential COVID -19 patients.
  • There is no research to show that pregnant women are at risk from COVID-19, or that the disease passes to a baby during pregnancy. However this virus is new (that is why they call it novel), so data is limited.

 

 

Social Security Beneficiaries

  • If you get social security benefits but did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you will still get your economic impact payment. Find out more by going to www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

 

Medicare and Medicaid Resources

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) says the cost of all testing for COVID-19 will be covered. Here are other Medicare and Medicaid Resource Guides:

 

How to Avoid Scams

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the main agency that collects scam reports. Report your scam online with the FTC complaint assistant, or by phone at 1-877-382-4357
  • COVID-19 Fraud Hotline: 1-888-C19-WDPA
  • General Fraud and Other Criminal Matters:
    • Contact the FBI at (202) 324-3000, or online at www.fbi.gov or tips.fbi.gov.
  • Health Care Fraud, Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, and Related Matters:
    • Contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-HHS-TIPS, or online at www.oig.hhs.gov.
  • Internet Fraud and Lottery/Sweepstakes Fraud by Internet:
    • Contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) online at www.ic3.gov.
  • Mail Fraud and Lottery/Sweepstakes Fraud:
    • Contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-800-372-8347, or online at postalinspectors.uspis.gov.

 

 


Pennsylvania

 

The Administration for Community Living Website (ACL) provides information on:

  • Benefits under the Older Americans Act
  • The Senior Nutrition Program
  • The State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • CMS Guidance on HCBS (Home & Community-Based Waivers) and Nursing Home Visitation
  • A Spanish language version for some of the information

Family and Domestic Violence

 

PA.Gov – The official Website for The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  • Updated resources to help individuals, families, and businesses do their part in fighting Covid-19. This guide will be kept up to date as resources and information change.

Health.pa.gov – The Pennsylvania Department of Health.The Department of Health provides information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and connects with resources for Pennsylvanians.

 


 

Updates from the Five County Region

 

Philadelphia County

ARE PHILADELPHIA COURTS OPEN?

Due to ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19, all courts of the First Judicial District will remain closed to the public for non-essential functions through May 31, 2020, or until further order from the court. For more information and updates on essential court, services that remain available please visit: https://www.courts.phila.gov/covid-19.

PHILADELPHIA FAMILY COURT’S VISITATION CENTER IS CLOSED.

NO CIVIL OR CRIMINAL TRIALS UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020
NO JURY DUTY UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020
ALL EVICTIONS STAYED UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020

ALL SHERIFF’S SALES POSTPONED
Philadelphia Sheriff’s Foreclosure sales postponed to September 1, 2020
Sheriff Tax Sales scheduled June 4, 2020 postponed to September 3, 2020
Sheriff Tax Sales scheduled June 13, 2020 postponed to September 22, 2020
Sheriff Tax Sales scheduled June 17, 2020 postponed to September 16, 2020
Sheriff Tales Sales scheduled June 25, 2020 postponed to September 24, 2020

 

EXCEPTIONS FOR EMERGENCIES?

Yes, an Emergency Judge shall be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and civil emergency filings must be filed in person at the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice, Basement Level, 1300 Filbert Street, Philadelphia. Emergencies shall be limited to health and medical emergencies, public safety, and Orphan’s Court Emergency Guardianship Petitions.

For more specific and updated information go to https://www.courts.phila.gov/covid-19/

 

HOW DO I GET A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE (PFA) ORDER IN PHILADELPHIA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

OR

    • Calling the Domestic Violence Unit at 215-686-6311, ext. 19217 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. DV Unit personnel will conduct a brief intake interview, obtain a valid email address, and telephone number for each Petitioner; each Petitioner must also provide other electronic (audio/visual) means by which they can be contacted in order to participate remotely at the hearing on their petition.
    • Thereafter, each Petitioner will receive a telephone call from the DV Unit for a more detailed interview. Based upon that interview, the DV Unit will then prepare a proposed PFA Petition and email a copy of said proposed petition to the Petitioner. The Petition must then be signed electronically by the Petitioner (via a link embedded in the email from the DV Unit).
    • Temporary PFA Hearings – Each verified petition completed and filed during the normal business hours prescribed above, will be immediately scheduled for an electronic (audio/visual) Temporary PFA hearing before a Judge. Said hearings will be held electronically from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.
  • After Business Hours Family Court is closed between 4 pm and 8 am on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends. If you are in danger of abuse during that time, you may file a request for an emergency PFA order at the Criminal Justice Center (CJC), Room B-03 at 1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA (215-683-7280). The CJC will now be open from 11 am – 8 am, 7 days a week to assist with emergency orders. Judges review the emergency orders the next business day and mail the temporary order to you or you can request to pick up the Order when it is ready between 4-5 p.m.

 

CAN I FILE FOR CUSTODY OR TO MODIFY MY ORDER IN PHILADELPHIA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

Only Emergency Custody Petitions will be accepted during this time.

Emergency Custody Petitions are for serious situations in which a child’s life or health is at risk. A parent or caregiver not following a custody order is usually not considered an emergency, unless the child’s health and/or safety is at serious risk of harm.

Please also be aware of the following:

  • Child custody transfers are permitted under the City of Philadelphia’s Stay at Home Order under “visiting/caring for family”- meaning the Court expects you to follow any orders you have during this crisis.
  • The Court Nursery is closed for visitation. No supervised visits will be taking place in the Court Nursery until the Family Court reopens.

 

IS THE PHILADELPHIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH OPEN?

  • Dial 311 for questions about essential businesses and City resources
  • Dial (800) 722-7112 to speak to a health care professional

 

For more specific and updated information go to:

https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/

 

IS THE PHILADELPHIA CORPORATION FOR AGING OPEN?

  • Due to limitations related to COVID-19, online referrals and requests for assistance are unavailable at this time. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.
  • If you or someone you know is being physically or emotionally abused, neglected, or financially exploited, please call the PCA Helpline immediately: 215-765-9040 or toll-free (from outside Philadelphia) 888-482-9060, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Report Elder Abuse in Pennsylvania
24 Hour Hotline – 1-800-490-8505

  • Abuse reports can be made on behalf of an older adult whether the person lives in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, personal care home, hospital, etc. The reporters may remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination and civil or criminal prosecution. Common signs and symptoms of abuse may include:
    • Isolation
    • Weight loss
    • Bruises or broken bones
    • Increased confusion
    • Unusual withdrawals from any account
    • Signing over one’s home to another

Help for Paying Utility Bills

  • If you need help paying your utilities during this crisis, DHS today launched the LIHEAP Recovery Program, which will provide crisis utility assistance to low income families who have fallen behind on their utility bills. For information on eligibility and how to apply go to www.compass.state.pa.us

SeniorLAW Center advocates continue to provide vital resources, advice, assistance or representation to seniors affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philadelphia residents should call SeniorLAW Center at (215) 988-1242.

 

Bucks County

ARE THE BUCKS COUNTY COURTS OPEN?

ALL COURTS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

ALL EVICTIONS STAYED UNTIL MAY 31, 2020
ALL SHERIFF’S SALES STAYED UNTIL JUNE 12, 2020
NO CIVIL OR CRIMINAL TRIALS UNTIL JUNE 15, 2020
NO JURY DUTY UNTIL AUGUST 3, 2020

ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS FOR EMERGENCIES?

Yes, the Courts are hearing certain types of emergency cases, including, but not limited to, emergency petitions for child custody or juvenile dependency, emergency petitions for guardianships and emergency injunctions and stays.

For more specific and updated information go to http://www.buckscounty.org/

 

HOW DO I GET A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE (PFA) ORDER IN BUCKS COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

  • During Business Hours (M-F, 8:30 AM-2 PM), the victim must appear in person no later than 1:30 PM at the Office of the Family Court Prothonotary located on the 1st floor of the Bucks County Justice Center at 100 North Main Street in Doylestown, PA.
  • After Business Hours the victim must go to the on-call District Justice for an Emergency PFA. The victim should call his or her local police department to find out, which District Justice is on-call. The Emergency PFA is only valid through the close of the next business day. For example, if a victim obtains an Emergency PFA on a Friday evening, that PFA is only valid through Monday at 4:30 p.m.

HOW DO I GET A CUSTODY ORDER OR MODIFY MY CUSTODY ORDER IN BUCKS COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

The Court is only hearing emergency custody petitions.

  • Emergencies for other Family Court matters will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Emergency filings forwarded by the Prothonotary’s Office to the Family Master’s Office.
  • After it is initially reviewed by the Family Master on duty, it will be reviewed by the on-duty Family Court Judge.
  • That judge will determine what needs to be done.
  • That may include doing a telephone conference, scheduling an emergency hearing, or otherwise disposing of the matter.

 

IS THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT OPEN?

  • The Bucks County Health Department will be operating on extended evening and weekend hours to answer your calls and help with your concerns. Please call 215-345-3318 or email COVID19@buckscounty.org If the line is busy, please leave a message.

 

IS THE AREA AGENCY ON AGING OPEN?

  • Bucks County Seniors can call 267-880-5700 for assistance, as well as information on services such as meal delivery and independent care. This number is answered Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. After hours and weekends, seniors and their caregivers can leave a message and the Area Agency on Aging will return the call. All staff at the Bucks AAA is working remotely, arranging delivery of frozen meals, and monitoring implementation of services in Waiver and non-Waiver care plans for seniors.
  • Older Adults Protective Services will operate remotely as well and continue to take reports and conduct investigations. Per Department of Aging protocol, investigators will limit field calls to the most egregious cases (serious bodily injury, physical abuse, sexual assault, and death).

 

TO REPORT SUSPECTED ELDER ABUSE IN BUCKS COUNTY, CALL:

  • Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 267-880-5700
  • Lower Bucks 1-888-942-8257
  • Central Bucks 215-348-6000
  • Upper Bucks 1-888-942-8257
  • All Other Times:1-800-243-3767

For more information on Elder Abuse, contact the Bucks County Crimes Against Older Adults Task Force at www.buckscounty.org/CrimesAgainstOlderAdults

 

Report Elder Abuse in Pennsylvania
24 Hour Hotline – 1-800-490-8505

  • Abuse reports can be made on behalf of an older adult whether the person lives in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, personal care home, hospital, etc. The reporters may remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination and civil or criminal prosecution. Common signs and symptoms of abuse may include:
    • Isolation
    • Weight loss
    • Bruises or broken bones
    • Increased confusion
    • Unusual withdrawals from any account
    • Signing over one’s home to another

SeniorLAW Center advocates continue to provide vital resources, advice, assistance or representation to seniors affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bucks County residents should call SeniorLAW Center at (610) 910-0210.

 

Chester County

ARE THE CHESTER COUNTY COURTS OPEN?

ALL COURTS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

ALL EVICTIONS STAYED UNTIL MAY 31, 2020
ALL SHERIFF’S SALES STAYED UNTIL MAY 21, 2020
NO CIVIL OR CRIMINAL TRIALS UNTIL MAY 31, 2020
NO JURY DUTY UNTIL MAY 31, 2020

 

ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS FOR EMERGENCIES?

Yes, the Courts are hearing certain types of emergency cases, including, but not limited to, emergency petitions for child custody or juvenile dependency, emergency petitions for guardianships and emergency injunctions and stays.

For more specific and updated information go to http://www.chesco.org

 

HOW DO I GET A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE (PFA) ORDER IN CHESTER COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

  • During Business Hours (M-F, 8:30AM with the last hearing held at 3PM), the victim must go to Family Court located on the 5th floor of the Chester County Justice Center. The victim must bring a short statement including date, time, and description of the alleged incident of abuse. The narratives should be one page in length.
  • After Business Hours the victim must go to the on-call District Justice for an Emergency PFA. The victim should call his or her local police department to find out, which District Justice is on-call. The Emergency PFA is only valid through the close of the next business day. For example, if a victim obtains an Emergency PFA on a Friday evening, that PFA is only valid through Monday at 4:30 p.m.

 

HOW DO I GET A CUSTODY ORDER OR MODIFY MY CUSTODY ORDER IN CHESTER COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?
The Court is only hearing emergency custody petitions.

  • If you do not have a custody order:
    • Fill out the correct emergency custody documents which can be found on the website https://www.chesco.org/568/Custody and bring them directly to family court administration (suite 5402) in person, then file them with the prothonotary office (suite 1425). E-filing is not available. The offices are open normal office hours to assist with emergency filings.
  • If you already have a custody order:
    • If a party believes emergency circumstances exist which would justify temporary suspension of custodial exchanges, he/she must prepare an Emergency Petition for Temporary Modification of the custody order, stating precisely the alleged exigent circumstances. It must also state the currently used telephone number and email address of both the moving party/counsel and the opposing party/counsel. The petition should be sent to Family Court Administration via email to smarker@chesco.org or by fax to 610- 344-5974.
    • The petitions will be reviewed by a judge. Once reviewed, if approved for filing, the moving party must file the original with the Prothonotary and serve it upon opposing counsel/litigant. A telephone conference between counsel (or self-represented parties) and a judge will be held when service has been verified. If necessary after conference, a hearing on the record may be conducted via telephone.
    • At present, judicial reviews and conferences will only occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. Telephone hearings will be scheduled at the convenience of the Emergency Family Judge assigned for a given day.
    • These policies are subject to change as the medical and regulatory situation evolves. Counsel and parties are encouraged to use mediation as an alternative to emergency filings. These are difficult times for all, and cooperation between parents will serve the best interests of their children.

 

IS THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT OPEN?

  • If you have specific questions about COVID-19, you can call 610-344-6225 and follow the phone prompts. Staff are on site 7 days a week from 8:30am-4:30pm answering questions. After hours you can be connected to the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus, Helpline, which is, staffed 24/7.

IS THE CHESTER COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING OPEN?

  • Due to Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order to help slow the spread of coronavirus throughout the region, the Office of Aging Services is currently closed for in-person business. Staff is working from home to continue to provide essential services and to answer your questions by calling 610-344-6350. If you are calling to report elder abuse, please call 1-800-564-7000.
  • Older Adults Protective Services will operate remotely as well and continue to take reports and conduct investigations. Per Department of Aging protocol, investigators will limit field calls to the most egregious cases (serious bodily injury, physical abuse, sexual assault, and death). 

 

Report Elder Abuse in Pennsylvania
24 Hour Hotline – 1-800-490-8505

  • Abuse reports can be made on behalf of an older adult whether the person lives in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, personal care home, hospital, etc. The reporters may remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination and civil or criminal prosecution. Common signs and symptoms of abuse may include:
    • Isolation
    • Weight loss
    • Bruises or broken bones
    • Increased confusion
    • Unusual withdrawals from any account
    • Signing over one’s home to another

SeniorLAW Center advocates continue to provide vital resources, advice, assistance or representation to seniors affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chester County residents should call SeniorLAW Center at (610) 910-0215.

 

Delaware County

ARE THE DELAWARE COUNTY COURTS OPEN?

ALL COURTS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

ALL EVICTIONS STAYED UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020
ALL SHERIFF SALES STAYED UNTIL MAY 15, 2020
NO CIVIL OR CRIMINAL TRIALS UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020
NO JURY DUTY UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020

 

ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS FOR EMERGENCIES?

Yes, the Courts are hearing certain types of emergency cases, including, but not limited to, emergency petitions for child custody or juvenile dependency, emergency petitions for guardianship and emergency injunctions and stays.

For more specific and updated information go to http://www.delcopa.gov/

 

HOW DO I GET A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE (PFA) ORDER IN DELAWARE COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

  • During Business Hours the victim must appear in person at the Office of Judicial Support – Room 127 of the Government Center located at 201 W. Front Street, Media, to complete and file a petition. Please remember that obtaining a Temporary Protection Order may require several hours to accomplish. The time needed is entirely dependent upon availability of the Judge who is hearing petitions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • After Business Hours the victim must go to the on-call District Justice for an Emergency PFA. The victim should call his or her local police department to find out, which District Justice is on-call. The Emergency PFA is only valid through the close of the next business day. For example, if a victim obtains an Emergency PFA on a Friday evening, that PFA is only valid through Monday at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

HOW DO I GET A CUSTODY ORDER OR MODIFY MY CUSTODY ORDER IN DELAWARE COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

The Court is only hearing emergency custody petitions.

  • To date, no family section emergency pleadings may be filed with the Delaware County Judicial Support Office, except those for child custody.
  • The office will forward emergency custody matters to the assigned judge for review.
  • The judge will attempt to settle the dispute by an of-record telephone conference with the attorneys and/or self-represented parties prior to scheduling a hearing. Failing that, the assigned judge may schedule a court hearing, but only as to those petitions, which he or she believes, constitute true emergency circumstances.
  • To the maximum extent possible, all emergency hearings will be held through some type of available advanced communication technology.
  • Any in-person hearing the presiding judge deems absolutely necessary must be held in a manner to reasonably restrict COVID-19 exposure and undertaken wholly consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, including but not limited to social distancing and surface area disinfection.
  • No Custody Trials until further notice.
  • No Family (Special Relief) List Days until further notice.
  • No Domestic Relations Contempt or Appeals listings until further notice.

 

IS THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT OPEN?

 

  • The County has a website dedicated to information on the Coronavirus, including prevention, resources, and a FAQ section with links to the Chester County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the CDC. The website is: www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/coronavirus.html
  • The Chester County Health Department has updated their website to include data and maps for Delaware County COVID-19 cases. Residents can visit the website for COVID-19 data and information on how to keep themselves, their family and friends, and the community healthy. The website is www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19. It can also be accessed on the Delaware County’s COVID-19 website by clicking on the blue COVID-19 banner: www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/coronavirus.html
  • There are two local numbers for residents to call for COVID-19 related resources and questions. Residents can call the Chester County Health Department Hotline at 610-344-6225. They have staff on site from 8:30am-4:30pm, seven days a week answering questions. They have also collaborated with the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline, which is staffed 24/7. Residents can call 1-800-722-7112.
  • Residents are encouraged to register for the DelcoAlert notification system, which alerts residents of updates and emergencies. You can register here: www.delcopa.gov/delcoalert/delcoalert.html

IS THE DELAWARE COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING OPEN?

  • If you are a senior or know of a senior in Delaware County who would benefit from a friendly phone call from a COSA staff member to check on your/their well-being or to discuss your concerns, call 610-490-1300.
  • COSA and Community Transit are collaborating to offer seniors an alternative to in-person grocery shopping. Contact COSA or Community Transit at 215-900-2519 for more information.
  • Older Adults Protective Services will operate remotely as well and continue to take reports and conduct investigations, but per Department of Aging protocol, investigators will limit field calls to the most egregious cases (serious bodily injury, physical abuse, sexual assault, and death). 

 

Report Elder Abuse in Pennsylvania
24 Hour Hotline – 1-800-490-8550

  • Abuse reports can be made on behalf of an older adult whether the person lives in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, personal care home, hospital, etc. The reporters may remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination, and civil or criminal prosecution. Common signs and symptoms of abuse may include:
    • Isolation
    • Weight loss
    • Bruises or broken bones
    • Increased confusion
    • Unusual withdrawals from any account
    • Signing over one’s home to another

SeniorLAW Center advocates continue to provide vital resources, advice, assistance, or representation to seniors affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delaware County residents should call SeniorLAW Center at (610) 910-0215.

 

Montgomery County

ARE THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURTS OPEN?

ALL COURTS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

ALL EVICTIONS STAYED UNTIL MAY 31, 2020
ALL SHERIFF’S SALES STAYED UNTIL MAY 27, 2020
NO CIVIL OR CRIMINAL TRIALS UNTIL MAY 31, 2020
NO JURY DUTY UNTIL MAY 31, 2020

 

ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS FOR EMERGENCIES?

Yes, the Courts are hearing certain types of emergency cases, including, but not limited to, emergency petitions for child custody or juvenile dependency, emergency petitions for guardianships and emergency injunctions and stays.

For more specific and updated information go to https://www.montcopa.org/

 

HOW DO I GET A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE (PFA) ORDER IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

  • During Business Hours the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas will continue with limited operations for EMERGENCY MATTERS ONLY in the Montgomery County Courthouse, Norristown. The hours of operation for the Common Pleas Court will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Temporary Protection from Abuse processing will stop as of 1 p.m. daily. Access to the Courthouse will be limited to the Main Street entrance ONLY, and ONLY FOR INDIVIDUALS FILING OR APPEARING FOR A SCHEDULED EMERGENCY MATTER.
  • After Business Hours the victim must go to the on-call District Justice for an Emergency PFA. The victim should call his or her local police department to find out, which District Justice is on-call. The Emergency PFA is only valid through the close of the next business day. For example, if a victim obtains an Emergency PFA on a Friday evening, that PFA is only valid through Monday at 4:30 p.m.

 

HOW DO I GET A CUSTODY ORDER OR MODIFY MY CUSTODY ORDER IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?
The Court is only hearing emergency custody petitions

  • Electronic filing strongly suggested when possible
  • Complete the Public Health Emergency Court Cover Sheet for Family Court filings
  • The party initiating the Emergency Petition or Emergency Motion must
    • (1) serve the other side with a TIME STAMPED copy and
    • (2) file the original Certificate of Service with the applicable filing office before it will be forwarded to the Court.
  • Court Administration will monitor for all Certificates of Service.
  • Once it has confirmed service, Court Administration will forward all Emergency Motions/Petitions to the Court
  •  The Presiding Judge will determine:
    o whether the filing constitutes an emergency, and
    o if so determined, whether the emergency filing requires hearing/argument/conference by technology or in person
    o the Order indicating the Judge’s determination will be docketed and parties will be notified.

 

IS THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH OPEN?

  • You can call the Montgomery County Office of Public Health at 610-631-3000 (8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) or email COVID19@montcopa.org

 

IS THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE OF SENIOR SERVICES OPEN?

  • For the latest updates regarding available services, please call 610-278-3601, Monday-Friday (8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
  • Older Adults Protective Services will operate remotely as well and continue to take reports and conduct investigations, but per Department of Aging protocol, investigators will limit field calls to the most egregious cases (serious bodily injury, physical abuse, sexual assault, and death).

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PROTECTIVE SERVICES HOTLINE
1-800-734-2020

Report Elder Abuse in Pennsylvania
24 Hour Hotline – 1-800-490-8505

  • Abuse reports can be made on behalf of an older adult whether the person lives in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, personal care home, hospital, etc. The reporters may remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination and civil or criminal prosecution. Common signs and symptoms of abuse may include:
    • Isolation
    • Weight loss
    • Bruises or broken bones
    • Increased confusion
    • Unusual withdrawals from any account
    • Signing over one’s home to another

SeniorLAW Center advocates continue to provide vital resources, advice, assistance or representation to seniors affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Montgomery County residents should call SeniorLAW Center at (610) 910-0210.


 

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