EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017 The Loan Closet Hours of Operation are changing to Tues/Wed/Thurs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment on Mondays and Fridays.
Congratulations to the Aging in Place Team, who won the Customer Service Team Award (Public) for their efforts during the expansion and relocation of the Loan Closet. Pictured above, at the 2016 Employee Recognition Ceremony, are, from left: Carly Schilling, Mary Becker, Vanessa Hughes and Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. Not pictured: Chris Muller.
Loan Closet Grand Opening Video June 2016
Grand Opening of the Loan Closet
List of Holiday Closings for the Loan Closet
Loan Closet Application
Therapist Referral for Equipment Form
Maryland Loan Closet Directory
Maryland Access Point (MAP)
The Loan Closet of Howard County is located in the Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite 11, in Columbia, MD 21045.
Phone: 410-313-0363 (voice/relay)
M/W/F 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
New hours effective January 1, 2017: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Please call ahead for equipment availability
Inclement Weather Policy
We strive to operate our programs regardless of weather; closing is a last resort. Our inclement weather policy is as follows:
In the event of inclement weather, call the Inclement Weather/Program Status number 410-313-7777, or the Loan Closet of Howard County, 410-313-0363 for up to date information.
Items Missing Pieces
Items that are Rusted
Expired Medical Supplies
Items Containing Mercury
Items Requiring Calibration
Items Requiring Special Storage
………and many more items
Now accepting donations of gently used medical equipment. Please call 410-313-0363 (voice/relay) to facilitate your donation.
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.
The purpose of the Loan Closet of Howard County is to provide 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.
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.
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.
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 (voice/relay) for more information.
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.
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).
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