The Baltimore County Department of Aging is a leading organization that helps senior citizens as well as the disabled learn about and access programs. The agency has a phone live which offers referrals to assistance programs. They also help coordinate a number of services such as CountyRide as well as low income apartments for the elderly.
The statewide service known as Maryland Access Point is available in Baltimore County. This BCDA service serves as a point of entry for those who are in search of information about resources and benefits for seniors and adults with disabilities. There is also information given to caregivers, families with an older member, and professionals.
Any call to the Baltimore County MAP phone will be answered by one of a team of Certified Information and Assistance Specialists who will be happy to provide referrals or answer any questions. Information is available on options available. This includes counseling for adults with disabilities; health care screening and referrals for services and benefits; workshops, and more. The phone number is 410-887-2594.
BCDA maintains a list of affordable apartment complexes for low to moderate income seniors and/or those people with disabilities. All across the county as well as city are congregate housing for frail elderly, future senior apartment locations, and non-subsidized apartments. Baltimore County Department of Aging does not endorse specific housing facilities, but they have a database of options.
The terms of each apartment vary. In addition, rents and income requirements may change without notice. Complexes on the Baltimore County Department of Aging list generally lease to those aged 62 and older, although some may include younger spouses or individuals from Baltimore who have disabilities.
In general, these apartments as well as housing complexes do not offer supportive services. For those that need financial aid to pay the rent on these units, BCDA has information on assistance and housing vouchers that can be found in the Housing Resources section of the Department of Social Services. Or people can use the Maryland Housing Search Lists which contain additional apartment listings and information.
The Employment Office’s Community Service Employment Program, or SCSEP, offers subsidized part-time work. They are created to be a form of community service positions for individuals over the age of 55. The jobs pay minimum wage, and hours are limited to a maximum of 20 per week.
This federal government created program enables the host agencies (such as non-profit or charities) to enhance the services they provide to the community, while also giving participants the opportunity to gain new or updated skills. Baltimore County Department of Aging encourages this as it will allow them them easier entry into the competitive job market.
CountyRide is a specialized transportation service that serves county as well as city residents over 60 years of age. Baltimore County Department of Aging will also offer this to disabled adults age 18 to 59, and rural residents of all ages.
The non-profit's easily accessible buses have low-step entrances and are wheelchair-accessible. Escorts are welcome to accompany riders who need assistance at no extra charge. All drivers are screened by BCDA and they will have commercial licenses with passenger endorsements, which indicates that they have passed special tests, both on the road and written. In addition, the driver will also participate in ongoing monitoring, biannual certification in CPR, training and first aid. Available destinations in Baltimore include medical appointments, the post office, shopping and other general purpose trips.
The Baltimore County Senior Centers will open up a whole new world where those 60 years and older can explore. They can use the location to both enliven their bodies and lift their spirits. A meal is also served while the senior can meet new friends or attend a health screening.
The BCDA Caregivers service offers numerous resources to help family caregivers take care of themselves at the same time as take care of their elder relatives. The Aging Center is able to provide these assistance programs to family caregivers, as well as to grandparents over age 55 who have primary care responsibility for their grandchildren.
The Caregivers Program offers consultations to eligible caregivers. This is offered for those who need support on this sometime difficult task. Staff also make limited respite stipends at places of business, senior centers, houses of worship, and universities.
No matter the applicants income, the Baltimore County Department of Aging may be able to help. The primary phone number is 410-887-2594.
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