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  • Maryland Access Point, Howard County

    Agency: Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services

    OVERVIEW: Offers assistance for seniors, 50 and older and individuals, 18 and older with disabilities. It is a statewide resource for information and assistance about long-term services and supports to allow individuals to remain at home and plan for future needs.

    SERVICES: 
    1) AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER: Provides individuals who are seeking long term support information and counseling regarding available long term support options, and determining eligibility for public long term support programs and benefits. Benefits screening includes level of care determinations for Medicaid nursing facility and home and community-based service waiver programs.

    2) INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE: Offers in person assistance to individuals, families and caregivers with questions and/or concerns. Available Mon-Fri, 8AM-5PM. Also assists older adults and adults with disabilities apply for the Homeowners' and Renters' Tax Credit program. The gross household income cannot exceed $60,000.

    3) INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: Connects individuals with information and referrals to other programs and benefits (such as health promotion and disease prevention, transportation services, housing and income support programs) that may help people remain in the community.

    4) STATE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (SHIP): Provides assistance in understanding health insurance benefits, bills and client's rights, including Medicare D and Pharmacy Assistance Programs. Assists low-income beneficiaries and participates in community presentations. Offers in-person and telephone guidance on a wide variety of health insurance issues, such as: 
    o Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Program (Medicare Part D) 
    o Medicare supplements (Medigap Plans) 
    o Assistance for disabled Medicare beneficiaries (under age 65) 
    o Medicare Advantage Plans (HMOs, preferred provider organizations) 
    o Long Term Care Insurance 
    o Medical Assistance programs 

    5) HOME CARE REGISTRY: Provides information about people and home health care agencies who render home care services in the community.

    6) INTERIM CASE MANAGEMENT: Assists with applications for services and benefits.

    7) ADULT EVALUATION AND REVIEW SERVICES (AERS): Offers comprehensive screening and assessment, consultation and case management to adults having difficulty remaining in their residences due to physical, mental, emotional or social reasons.

    8) LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY: Refers to low cost or free legal assistance and resources. Special legal services may be available for low income, frail, seniors, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

    9) HEALTH/WELLNESS PROGRAM: Provides a variety of services, including screenings for vision and glaucoma, dental, cholesterol, and diabetes; blood pressure checks; health fairs, lectures and classes. Coordinates several support groups including transition and loss, low vision, hearing impairment, and diabetes.

    10) ASSISTED LIVING SUBSIDY: Licenses and administers a statewide network of assisted living facilities, for which subsidies are sometimes available. The Howard County Office on Aging is responsible for monitoring those facilities and allocating subsidy money when available. Call 410-313-6542.

    11) LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Protects the rights of nursing home and assisted living residents; investigates and works to resolve residents' problems or complaints concerning services or treatment.

    12) CONGREGATE MEALS: Provides hot lunches, Mon-Fri, at locations throughout Howard County. 

    13) HOME DELIVERED MEALS: Provides meals to homebound Howard County residents, in cooperation with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Call Meals On Wheels at 410-730-9476.

    14) SENIOR FARMERS' MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM: Provides vouchers to low-moderate income older adults for use at local farmers' markets in the community. Date and location will be available at a later time. Find a market here

    15) PETS ON WHEELS: See separate listing for Paws 4 Comfort. 

    16) VOLUNTEER PLUS: Links seniors with volunteer opportunities with community agencies.

    17) SENIOR CENTERS: See separate listing for Howard County Senior Centers. 

    18) CONNECTIONS SOCIAL DAY PROGRAM: Provides a 4-hour supervised social day program for less independent seniors who can benefit from structured activities. Lunch and snacks are served each day. Sliding scale fees are based on household income.

    19) CAREGIVER SUPPORT: Provides information and referral, support, classes, workshops, and financial assistance for respite services when available. 


    Location(s):

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      9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
      Columbia, MD 21046

    Agency: Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services

    Languages Available: Interpreter Hotline., Korean

    Payment Description: See notes.

    Intake and Eligibility: Seniors, ages 50 and older, and persons with disabilities, ages 18 and older.

    Areas Served:
    • Pikangikum First Nation Kenora County
    • Howard County



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