NEW! Caregiver support resources during the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis.
Caregiving can be a daunting and stressful job. Being aware of available services and resources is key to providing the best care possible for a loved one. The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence's Family Caregiver Support Program and other local resources offer help and guidance to empower families and caregivers serving older persons and adults with disabilities.
Our goal is to improve the lives of caregivers and care recipients through outreach, conversation, consultation, training and resources.
The Caregiver Program provides many educational opportunities throughout the year. Please click on the program you're interested in to see program dates coming up.
Check back for 2020 program dates to be announced.
Virtual Dementia Tour
This workshop offers a hands-on experience that simulates what it is like to live with dementia. It incorporates a debriefing and educational component for participants to gain sensitivity and awareness about those living with dementia. Space is limited. Registration is required. RSVP: 410-313-5917.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers – Spring 2020 dates TBD
Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) is an evidence-based course designed with the caregiver’s well-being in mind. PTC is based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center. In the six-week course (90 minutes per class) caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to:
Participants have found the program improves self-care behaviors in terms of relaxation, exercise and their own physical and mental well-being, management of emotions, increased confidence (both inside and outside their caregiving demands), and their ability to seek out and utilize community resources.
If you or someone you know is a caregiver, encourage them to take advantage of this training opportunity.
Call Kathy Wehr, Caregiver Program Support Manager, at 410-313-5955 for more information or to register. The cost of the course is $30.00 which includes all course materials.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers for the Parents of Children with Disabilities
Are you the parent of a child with disabilities? We are excited to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC), an evidence-based program designed with the parent's well-being in mind.
This six-week series of 2-hour classes offers parents opportunities to explore a variety of self-care tools in a supportive environment, designed to help you:
If you are the parent of a child with disabilities, we encourage you to register today! Our goal is to improve the lives of parents (and ultimately their children) through outreach, conversation, training, and resources.
Classes forming now.
For more information or to register, contact Kathy Wehr at 410-313-5955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
View a flier for the training series.
2020 Caregiver Conference
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Glenwood 50+ Center
Details to come in early 2020
CareNotes Fall 2017
CareNotes Winter 2018
Connections Social Day Program
The Connections Social Day Programs at Ellicott City, Glenwood and North Laurel provide a four-hour program for adults interested in structured activities and opportunities for socialization in an interactive, safe, and secure environment. The program is designed to promote the continued independence of the community-based adult through specialized therapeutic programs and activities. For more information on the Connections program, please visit their website.
The Kindred Spirits Social Club provides a place for people diagnosed with an early stage memory disorder to interact with other people walking the same journey.
Participants in Kindred Spirits Social Club are required to:
• Be screened prior to their first meeting to ensure their ability to benefit from the Social Club
• Have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder
• Have been told of their diagnosis and acknowledge their memory loss
• Understand the purpose of the Social Club
• Express interest and willingness to participate
• Be able and willing to discuss feelings and experiences related to their illness in a group setting
• Have no other medical conditions or serious mental illness which might put him/her or others in the Club at risk
• Sign a copy of the guidelines for the Social Club participation
For more information on Kindred Spirits, please visit their website.
Although there are many support services available for older adults and their caregivers, a primary goal of the Family Caregiver Support Program is to provide individual caregiver support. The Federal Government, through the Older Americans Act, provides each state with funding for the Family Caregiver Support Program. The Office on Aging and Independence is authorized to distribute these funds to caregivers for services such as respite care, personal care, or purchase of needed items. To find out if you are eligible, please call Maryland Access Point at 410-313-1234 (voice/relay).
View an updated list of local Support Groups.
There are many websites for caregivers. Below is a sampling of several that a caregiver might find helpful. Howard County Government does not support or endorse any of the listed websites. It also apologizes if the links to sites are not active once the caregiver tries to reach the location. The Office on Aging and Independence makes every effort to provide current data.
AARP Caregiving: www.aarp.org/family/caregiving
Alzheimer and Dementia Caregiver Center: www.alz.org/care
Ask Medicare: www.medicare.gov/caregivers
Benefits Checkup: www.benefitscheckup.org This site will help you determine if you or a care recipient are eligible for public benefit programs
Bigger Conversations: www.biggerconversations.org/community-programs Caregiver Wellness Circle
Cancer Care: www.cancercare.org
Caregiver Action Network: www.caregiveraction.org
Caregiving Café: www.caregivingcafe.com
Caregiver Stress: www.caregiverstress.com
Caring From A Distance: www.cfad.org
eCare Diary: www.ecarediary.com
Eldercare Locator: www.eldercare.gov
Family Caregiver Alliance: www.caregiver.org
Hospice Foundation of America: www.hospicefoundation.org
Lotsa Helping Hands: www.lotsahelpinghands.com
National Adult Day Services Association: www.nadsa.org
National Alliance for Caregiving: www.caregiving.org
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: www.n4a.org
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers: www.caremanager.org
National Center on Elder Abuse: