Loan Closet of Howard County


What's New

PLEASE NOTE THE LOAN CLOSET OF HOWARD COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY OCTOBER 31, 2016.  STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE 50+ EXPO SCHEDULED FOR THAT DAY AT WILDE LAKE HIGH SCHOOL.

June 2016  Please Click Here to View the Loan Closet Grand Opening Video

Please Read About the Grand Opening of the Loan Closet

Forms

Please Click Here to Print a Loan Closet Application

Please Click Here to Print a Therapist Referral for Equipment Form

Please Click Here for Days the Loan Closet is Closed

Location

The Loan Closet of Howard County
Long Reach Village

8775 Cloudleap Court

Suite 11
Columbia, MD 21045

410-313-0363



Operating Hours 

 

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 

9am-4:00pm

 

or By Appointment 

 

Please call ahead for equipment availability 

 

 

Accepted Equipment                                     Not Accepted

Bathing Aids

Hospital Beds

Canes

Items Missing Pieces

 

Hoyer Lifts

Broken Items

 

Ramps (Modular/Portable)

Items that are Rusted

 

Scooters

Oxygen Tanks

 

Shower Aids

Prescription Medications

 

Stairglides

Expired Medical Supplies

Therapy Aids

Mattresses

Toilet Aids

Items Containing Mercury

Walkers

Items Requiring Calibration

Wheelchairs (Electric/Manual)

Items Requiring Special Storage

 

………and many more items

Recliners

 

 

Now accepting donations of gently used medical equipment

 

Please call to facilitate donation at 410-313-0363.


Welcome to The Loan Closet of Howard County 

 

With a strong network of volunteers and local organizations,The Loan Closet of Howard County provides refurbished equipment and resources for older adults, caregivers, children and adults with disabilities to improve their overall quality of life. Our model to assist remains the same: to provide free durable medical equipment for Aging in Place.     Above all, our staff and volunteer work together to make every day a little easier, and a little more affordable for those in need.

 

About Us

 

The purpose of the Loan Closet of Howard County is a clearinghouse of donated medical equipment for temporary use to all Howard County residents. Many residents in need of medical equipment may not be able to afford these items, or they may only need equipment for a short period of time. Others have medical equipment they no longer need. The Loan Closet brings these two communities of people together. 

 

 

Participating Organizations:

 

About the

Way Station, Inc

 

Way Station believes in the promotion of health and community integration for all individuals with mental illness. With support from staff working in the Loan Closet, Way Station members have the opportunity to develop job skills, improve social skills and to provide volunteer services to the community.

 

 

About the

Rotary Club of Columbia

 

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31, 000 Rotary Clubs located in 166 countries. The Rotary Club of Columbia has been serving the community since 1968.

 

 

About the

Office on Aging and Independence

 

The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is part of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services and is the principal agency that plans, advocates, develops, and coordinates programs and services for older adults and their family members.

 

Rebuilding Together of Howard County is the local affiliate of the national  non-profit organization working to preserve affordable home ownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing free home repairs and modifications to low-income homeowners. By utilizing  volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local businesses and donors, and major corporate partners, RT is able to offer every repair and modification at no cost to the homeowner.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is eligible to receive equipment from the Loan Closet?

 

Any resident of Howard County is eligible to receive equipment from the Loan Closet. 

 

How can I receive and/or donate equipment?

 

Please call: 410-313-0363  

 

For how long may I have a piece of equipment?

 

There are suggested time frames depending on the equipment and specific needs. All requests are reviewed on an individual basis.  We encourage recipients to donate equipment back to the Loan Closet so we can serve as many Howard County residents as possible. 

How much does it cost to receive equipment?

 

There is no charge for Howard County residents.  We do prioritize the needs to service those with low-income.  Please call to discuss your need. 

 

 

What if I am unable to pick-up and/or deliver equipment?

 

Pick-up and delivery are available on a limited basis.


 

Congregate Lunch Program

The purpose of the nutrition program is to assist Maryland’s older citizens to reduce hunger and food insecurity, and to promote socialization and independent living.  Each meal complies with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and each meal provides one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.  The congregate meal program is funded under Title III-C of the Older Americans Act of 1965.  

Congregate nutrition services, including emergency meal kits, are available to persons 60 years and older and their spouses, regardless of their age.  Voluntary, anonymous contributions are requested from eligible program participants for meals. Individuals who do not contribute are not denied meals.  

Participant contributions are used to offset the meal cost, increase the number of meals served, and to provide supportive services directly related to the nutrition program, such as nutrition screenings and education.

Volunteers, regardless of age, who provide services during the meal hours, may be offered a meal on the same basis as meals provided to eligible participants.  Guests under 60 years old may be served meals at the full cost of the meal. 

As of September 1, 2014 the full cost of the regular meal is $4.10 and $5.39 for special meals. Participants are requested to contribute as generously, up to the cost of the meal, to ensure the viability of this important service.

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:


Bain 50+ Center 410-313-7213            
East Columbia 50+ Center 410-313-7680

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                    


Home Delivered Meal Program

The purpose of the Home Delivered Meal nutrition program is to assist Maryland’s older homebound citizens to reduce hunger and food insecurity, and to maintain independent living in the community.  Each meal complies with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and each meal provides one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.  Two meals, one hot and one cold, are delivered Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., including some holidays.  Week-end meals may be available to participants who meet special criteria.  Volunteers delivering the meals provide the participants with daily contact, a reassuring visit and a vital link to the community. This is especially important for people who have few family or other social contacts. The home delivered meal program is funded under Title III-C2 of the Older Americans Act of 1965. 

Home delivered meal services, including emergency meal kits, are available to homebound persons 60 years and older and their spouses, regardless of their age.  Voluntary contributions for meals are requested from program participants. Individuals who do not contribute are not denied meals.  Participants are encouraged to contribute as generously as they can to ensure the viability of this important service.

Participant contributions are used to increase the number of meals served. As of September 1, 2014 the full cost of the regular meal is $5.90 ($7.56 for kosher meals and $7.84 for Korean).  Special diet meals for no concentrated sweets and texture modified diets are also available.  

Emergency meal kits are distributed at least one-time per year during the winter months for use in emergency situations such as severe winter weather or disaster relief. The actual cost for emergency meal kits is $8.60 and $9.36 for kosher meals. 

Howard County Government contracts with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc. to provide this service to homebound older adults.  

To apply for service, call Meals on Wheels at 410-730-9476 Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. to complete an application.  The following information will be requested: name, address, phone number, date of birth, Social Security number, emergency contact information, name and phone number of the applicant’s physician, and a list of major health problems.

Home Modification and Fall Prevention

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.

Fall Prevention

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

Livable Homes Tax Credit Program at a Glance:

  • A tax credit may be available for certain types of accessibility features (defined in the county code Section 20-129C) installed in a Howard County homeowner’s principal residence.
  • The property owner may file an application to receive a credit against county tax for a feature that is installed on an existing residence as long as the home is the owner’s principal residence when the feature is installed.
  • The amount of the credit is equal to 50% of the eligible cost or $2,500, whichever is less.  
  • You must obtain a permit from the Department of Inspections, Licenses, & Permits (DILP) for the work (even if the scope of the work would not normally require a permit and inspections).

For more information, click here or call the Howard County Tax Credit Line at 410-313-4076 weekdays between 8am and 5pm. 

Supportive Services

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:

  • Personal Care for those individuals who need help with bathing, dressing, or other grooming and chore service - generally light housekeeping - who otherwise could not remain in their homes.
  • Case Management provides for an individual to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a frail older adult's needs and arrange for in-home services.
  • Transportation Cost Assistance - potential assistance with the cost of transportation for medical appointments or appointments at social service agencies such as the cost of RTA bus tickets or NeighborRide. This is on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility:
The Office on Aging and Independence shall give priority-

  • To individuals who are 60 years of age or older with the greatest social need, and older individuals with greatest economic need (with particular attention to low-income older individuals).
  • An applicant must be a Howard County resident.
  • The Older Americans Act defines greatest social need as meaning the need is caused by non-economic factors including physical and mental disabilities;language barriers; cultural, social, or geographical isolation; and isolation that restricts the ability of an individual to perform normal daily tasks or threatens the capacity of the individual to live independently.
  • Greatest economic need is generally defined as individuals or households living at, or below, the most currently published poverty limit.

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.

 

Supports Planning Services

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).