Frederick County Meals on Wheels & Home Delivered Meals
This program provides two meals daily to homebound adults age 60 and older, as well as to adults of any age with a chronic health condition or disability who meet program eligibility guidelines, and live in Frederick County. But there’s more to it than that. Their mission is to also provide a holistic approach to care within the program by assisting older adults and adults with disabilities to remain in their homes for as long as it is safely possible. By providing an integrated approach to caring for the whole person, and addressing needs other than food, the client can expect to improve his/her quality of life in a preferred environment. The client is able to avoid or delay the potential expense of long‐term care, whether self‐financed or at government expense.
You can learn more about the Meals on Wheels & Home Delivered Meals program, including the criteria for eligibility to receive their services here.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
PACE is part of the Medicare program on the national level, and states can elect to provide PACE services to Medicaid beneficiaries as an optional benefit. It provides comprehensive medical and social services to certain frail, community-dwelling elderly individuals, most of whom are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. For most participants, the comprehensive service package enables them to remain in the community rather than receive care in a nursing home.
There is currently just one PACE program available in the state of Maryland, the Hopkins ElderPlus program, available to residents of Baltimore and Baltimore County. However, as the program continues to grow, there is an increasing chance of it coming to Frederick County. More information on PACE in Maryland can be found here.
The Green House Project
The Green House Project is based on the premise that instead of living in institutions, people should live in real homes. Their homes are designed for 10-12 people, private rooms/baths in a real home environment with an open kitchen, great room, and easy access to the outdoors, while still meeting Federal and State licensing requirements for elder care. For more information on this innovative program, visit their website.
Cohousing for Seniors
Cohousing is a planned community of private homes, often with owners sharing a common interest. Each private home is like a home in regular neighborhood, but they are clustered around a shared, common space. The shared space may be a common house with a large, communal kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, recreational spaces, parking, walkways, open space, and gardens.
The Cohousing Association of the United States created a new Aging in Cohousing initiative in 2017 to support the creation of age-friendly cohousing communities in the U.S. – both multi-generational and senior only. Their goal is to empower cohousing communities to create physical and social environments that allow people to flourish as they get older.
If you think this is an option for you – or if you just want to learn more about cohousing – visit the Association by clicking here.