Meal participants must make lunch reservations one week in advance. People who do not make reservations are not guaranteed a meal. For further information, contact MAP of Howard County (Maryland Access Point) at 410-313-1234, or staff at the Congregate Meal location:
Elkridge 50+ Center 410-313-5192
Ellicott City 50+ Center 410-313-1400
Glenwood 50+ Center 410-313-5440
Longwood 50+ Center 410-313-7217
North Laurel 50+ Center 410-313-0380
According to annual AARP surveys, 9 out of 10 older adults prefer to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Residents age and so does the housing they live in. Such housing often presents problems that inhibit individuals from safely aging in place. Common problems such as:
a. Unsafe stairs that make it difficult to get into and out of the house
b. Stairs inside homes that can be hazardous
c. Bathrooms that are not efficient to use
d. Inadequate lighting
Residents most often know what some of their needs are but rely on experts when it comes to what modifications to make. The Aging in Place program works together to assist residents in decision making by discussing alternative solutions and tailoring modifications to their specific functional needs.
The Home Modification/Repair Program promotes safety and well-being for older adults in Howard County. The program enables a group of professional partners to provide consultation, along with home modification, repair, and retrofit services to qualified residents who want to remain in their own homes. Residents may benefit from environmental modifications to meet their present or future requirements, such as handrails or grab bars, wheelchair ramps, lighting, alterations to bathrooms, improvements to existing doorways or other access areas, and exterior work. Many services are offered free or at a reduced cost.
To find out more about this program, call Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-313-1234 (voice/relay), or email MAP.
The Fall Prevention program of the Aging in Place Initiative provides direct service and community education/training to consumers and professionals to reduce the number of accidental falls among older adults. Direct services to older adults at risk may include consultation, in-home assessment and recommendations for a personalized fall prevention strategy, including environmental modifications, lifestyle improvements, and community resource referrals. Community education and training for older adults and professionals is provided through public presentations and community partnerships to increase fall prevention awareness. To find out more about this program call MAP at 410-313-1234 (voice/relay), or email MAP.
How to Get Up from a Fall Video
Livable Homes Tax Credit Program at a Glance:
For more information, click here or call the Howard County Tax Credit Line at 410-313-4076 weekdays between 8am and 5pm.
The Older Americans Act (OAA) seeks to enable all older individuals to maintain their well-being through locally developed community-based systems of service. The OOA Title IIIB Supportive Services Program provides a variety of services to address functional limitations, maintain health and independence, and promote access.
The Title IIIB Support Services Program enables older adults to access services that address functional limitations, promote socialization, continued health and independence, and protect elder rights. Together, these services promote older adults' ability to maintain the highest possible levels of function, participation and dignity in the community.
Title IIIB provides funding for a variety of supportive service programs:
The Office on Aging and Independence shall give priority-
For more information about Supportive Services eligibility or to receive an application, contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) via email MAP or at 410-313-1234.
Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is part of a nationwide network that provides a range of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and information to promote the health, safety, and well-being of individuals living in Howard County. Our supports planners have a wealth of experience working with individuals, families, health related providers, and other community partners. Medicaid's HCBS programs are based on a philosophy of self-direction, where participants are empowered to make choices that work best for them regardless of their age or the extent of their disability.
Howard County Office on Aging and Independence provides supports planning services for participants who are enrolled in the following programs:
Community Personal Assistant Services (CPAS): The goal of this program is to support residents who are in need of assistance with activities of daily living, but are not determined to be in need of long term care services. The following three services are available in the CPAS program: personal assistant services, supports planning, and nurse monitoring. For further information about services provided or eligibility requirements, please visit the program's website.
Community First Choice (CFC): The goal of this program is to support residents who need assistance with activities of daily living in the community. This program provides services to residents assessed to be in need of long term care services. In addition to the services listed in the CPAS Program, this program offers: personal emergency back-up system, home delivered meals, accessibility adaptations, environmental assessments, and/or consumer training (depending on assessed need). For further information about services provided or eligibility requirements, please visit the program's website.
Home and Community-Based Options Waiver (CO): Formerly known as the Medicaid Waiver for Older Adults, the waiver provides community services and supports to enable older adults and people with disabilities to live in the community who otherwise would warrant placement in a long term care facility. In addition to the services listed above, other services available include medical day care, nutritionist, family training, behavioral consultation, assisted living, and senior center plus (depending on assessed need). For further information about services provided or eligibility requirements, please visit the Community Options program's website.
Eligibility for each of these programs is based on medical and financial criteria. For more information, please contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) via email or at 410-313-1234 (voice/relay).
The Office of Healthcare Quality is responsible for licensure of Adult Medical Day Care facilities. A full list of licensed programs is available on their website.
Adult Medical Day Care Facilities
What services are provided by this program?
• Phone consultation with an Occupational Therapy practitioner
• A comprehensive in-home assessment by an Occupational Therapy practitioner to evaluate the environment for safety risks and decreased function (as needed)
• The therapist works with a person to prioritize areas of need and appropriate solutions
• Frequent interventions involve development of emergency response plans, removal of environmental hazards, training on adaptive equipment, and education in adaptive or compensatory strategies during daily activities.
• Recommendations for durable medical equipment and/or adaptive equipment to improve safety and independence in the home
• Referrals may be made to other programs
Who is eligible?
• Howard County residents living at home in the community
• Individuals 65 years or older
• A 18 year or older with a disability (or resides with a person of any age with a disability as defined by regulations)
• Applicants will be seen with priority given to lower income status. Services are subject to the availability of funds.
What is the process to apply?
• Contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) 410-313-1234 (voice/relay) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• If appropriate, MAP will make a referral to CLP and an occupational therapist will contact you for a consultation
To Discuss the Community Living Program, call
Carly Shilling, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist for the Community Living Program was highlighted in the American Occupational Therapist Association national video. Occupational therapy practitioners play an important role in the Office on Aging and Independence.