Prince George's County Aging Services Division assistance programs.

First and foremost, any senior citizen or disabled resident of Prince George's County should contact the Senior Information and Assistance Line. The is a resource which is available as a single point of information for those from the community who desire to access opportunities and services that are available. The program also helps individuals with senior family members who reside outside of the county by connecting them with support.

As many people know, and an increasing number are faced with each year, caring for a senior family member can be stressful. It can often be hard to know how to respond to various situations. So to this end the Aging Services Division Family Caregiver Program provides information and assistance in regard to services that may assist with this critical task.

There are benefits for both caregiver and senior. This is all done in order to support caregivers as they solve problems, make decisions, and identify and apply for benefits for their loved ones. The assistance is focused on those who may be getting closer to the point at which they will be unable to live and care for themselves independently.

The Prince George's County Aging Services Division Senior Nutrition service will serve clients free healthy, well-balanced meals. They are mostly lunches served at noon and are for persons 60 years of age and older. The program takes place at nutrition sites located throughout Prince George’s County.

The program is flexible too in that a spouse who accompanies a senior who is 60 or older is welcome to enjoy the meal, as well, regardless of their age. There may even be boxes of food passed out to the participants. Senior Nutrition also delivers food to the homes of eligible disabled or elderly who are unable to leave their homes due to illness or disability. The phone number for this service is 301-265-8475.

The Senior Care Program serves those from the community who may be at risk for nursing home placement. Staff from Aging Services Division will be referring them to publicly funded services. In cases in which those services are not available, Senior Care staff members make arrangements with private vendors.





A number of care services are available, including assistance with chores, personal care and enrollment into home-delivered meals. There is also adult day care or applications for financial help with obtaining medication or medical supplies. Senior care also offer respite; access to an emergency response system; transportation; and so on. To qualify for aid, a senior must reside in Prince George’s County; be at least 65 years of age. They also need to have a low income and limited assets available.

The Assisted Living Program provides support and assistance for seniors who need help with daily activities and tasks. This is offered so they can remain independent and in their own homes. In addition, the program may provide financial support, such as information on government grants, for those who qualify.

The Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver for Older Adults helps those who, because of disability or their age, would otherwise be placed in long-term care facilities. The Prince George's County Aging Services Division program waives the requirement that certain services must be provided in a long-term care facility in order to have Medicaid pay for them, thereby enabling eligible participants to remain in living their current homes or in assisted living facilities.

MFP - Money Follows the Person assists seniors who are transitioning from nursing facilities and other institutions into community living in private homes, apartments or small group settings in Prince George. MFP initiatives enhance outreach efforts to those struggling individuals who are living in facilities and address any barriers each individual may be dealing with.

Prince George's County Aging Services Division MFP has added a number of new programs and services, including improved assistance throughout the transition itself; peer mentoring; low income housing assistance; and flexible transition funds.

The purpose of the Ombudsman Program is to protect elderly or disabled people that are living in nursing homes or other long-term care centers. The staff from the Aging division are always in need of volunteers to help with this vital mission.





Some of the Ombudsman activities include the following. There is assistance in protecting resident rights, Mediation of disputes between family members and nursing home staff, advocating for residents of long term care facilities, providing information to the public about long-term care, and also Education on patient rights for staff.

Medical needs are addressed from a form of free counseling. This is offered by Aging Services Division in Prince George's County in regard to the health insurance that is available to senior and disabled county residents. They can learn about various resources, including the Senior Health Insurance Program.

Highly trained volunteers receive training in health insurance counseling from the State of Maryland Senior Health Insurance Program and the county’s Department of Family Services. Learn about applying for Medicare, HMO Plans, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Medigap Supplemental Insurance Coverage, and just general advice on Understanding Medical Bills.

The clients of Prince George's County Aging Services Division include the elderly, disabled, and caregivers. Call 301-265-8450 for more details.




By Jon McNamara

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