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  • Maryland Access Point, Washington County

    Agency: Washington County Commission on Aging

    COVID19 UPDATE: Some restrictions apply to various programs.  Available by phone, NO Walk Ins are accepted, Clients seen by appointment ONLY.  Masks MUST be worn.  See below for Senior Club Meeting restrictions due to COVID.

    - AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER: Provides individuals who are seeking long term support information and counseling regarding available long term support options, and determining eligibility for public long term support programs and benefits. Benefits screening includes level of care determinations for Medicaid nursing facility and home and community-based service waiver programs.

    - INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE: Offers in person assistance to individuals, families and caregivers with questions and/or concerns. Available Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM. 
    - INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: Connects individuals with information and referrals to other programs and benefits (such as health promotion and disease prevention, transportation services, housing, and income support programs) that may help people remain in the community.

    - AARP MATURE DRIVING CLASSES: Classes consist of eight hours of classroom instruction intended to refine existing driving skills and develop safe defensive driving techniques. Geared toward persons 50 years of age and older, but is open to all ages. Classes are held ten months a year at various locations throughout the county. To register please call 301-790-0275
    - SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (SHIP): Offers counseling to individuals who are Medicare-eligible (including caregivers and those under 65 years of age) in the following areas: understanding Medicare, understanding supplemental policies (Medigap) and choices that Medicare beneficiaries have, organizing medical bills, resolving delays on claims, filing appeals, determining eligibility for low-income programs which would save health care dollars, obtaining information on long term care insurance, and obtaining assistance for affordable prescription drugs. 

    - FRIENDLY VISITATION: Volunteers will visit individuals who are ill, isolated, or confined to their homes in an attempt to provide daring contact. 

    - GRANDPARENT CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: A support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Group meets at 10AM the first Tuesday of each month at Commission on Aging, 535 East Franklin Street  Hagerstown, MD 21742. 

    - GROCERY SHOPPING PROGRAM: Volunteers will grocery shop for individuals who have no other way of obtaining provisions on a regular basis. Volunteers will not take clients shopping. Service is provided every two weeks and although there is no charge, donations to the Commission on Aging are gratefully accepted. 

    - GUARDIANSHIP PROGRAM: Offers court appointed guardians for individuals that are ages sixty five (65) and over that have been declared by the Circuit Court to be incapable of making their own decisions concerning their health care, food, shelter and clothing. 

    - HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAM: Offers educational programs, medication management, diabetes support group, and nutrition, health and blood pressure screenings. 

    - HOME REPAIR: Assist homeowners age 60 or older with necessary maintenance and repairs. 

    - HOUSING: Provides senior assisted living group homes to residents 62 years of age or older who meet income guidelines. Each group home provider is monitored quarterly to ensure safety and well being of clients. 

    - LEGAL SERVICES: Offers legal services to seniors age 60 or older without regard to income. For appointments or further information call 301-790-0275 or toll-free 800-679-8813.

    - LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Offers free assistance to residents in long term care facilities the ability to maintain their legal rights, and control over their lives. Long term care facilities include nursing homes, group homes, and assisted living communities. 

    - MEDICAL WAIVER: Offers adults 50 years or older assistance in determining eligibility for medical waivers in assisted living. 

    - MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN PROGRAM: Walkers, canes, tub seats, and other assistive devices are placed on loan to handicapped elderly. Donations of used or new equipment are also accepted. 

    - NAT’L FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM: Offers information and services to caregivers who are caring for someone older than age 60 or grandparents and other relative caregivers over the age of 60 who are caring for a child age 18 or under. 

    - NUTRITION SITE RECREATIONAL PROGRAM: Adults age 60 and older can attend seven sites throughout Washington County for socialization, recreation and a noon-time meal.

    - PERSONAL ACCOUNTING PROGRAM: Accounting volunteers meet with seniors, generally twice a month, to help sort through mail, pay bills, write checks, set up simple household budgets and balance checkbooks. 

    - RESPITE CARE PROGRAM: Relieves the family caregiver who is tending to a disabled individual by providing temporary caregivers as a relief. 

    - RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP): Serves as a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities and is designed to recruit and place individuals 55 years of age and older in volunteer service. 

    - SENIOR CARE PROGRAM: Provides case management and funds for services to people 65 or older who may be at risk of nursing home placement. 

    The only site still holding meetings is the Ft.Ritchie Community Center, membership is required and number of attendees is limited. All other meeting closed until further notice due to COVID19 restrictions.

    • Boonsboro: 2nd Tuesday of each month 12NOON., Mt.Nebo Church 301-432-8187
    • Cavetown: 1st Tuesday of each month 11:30AM., Christ Reformed UCC 717-762-0751
    • Fort Ritchie Community Center: Tuesday and Thursday 8:30AM and 9:15AM, 14421 Lake Royer Dr. Cascade, MD 301-241-5085.
    • Manor Church: 1st Wednesday of each month 12Noon Manor Church of the Brethren 301-582-1762.
    • Maugansville: 1st Tuesday of the month 11AM Maugansville Bible Brethren Church 301-791-8101
    • Pleasant Valley: 3rd Wednesday of each month 12 noon, Brownsville Brethren Church 301-432-2377 or 301-432-2187.
    • Smithsburg: 3rd Monday of each month 11:30AM. Trinity Lutheran Church Smithsburg 301-824-7193.
    • West End: 2nd Thursday of each month 10:30AM. Grace U.M. Church 301-739-5539.
    - TELEPHONE REASSURANCE PROGRAM: Volunteers phone individuals who are elderly, isolated, ill or lonely, on a regular basis (at least once a week) to chat and to provide contact with an outside individual. Home visits can be arranged for established clients. 


    • 535 East Franklin Street
      Hagerstown, MD 21740

    Agency: Washington County Commission on Aging

    Languages Available:

    Payment Description: Varies by program, call for details. Donations are strongly encouraged.

    Intake and Eligibility: Varies, although general age requirement is set at age 55 and above. Call for details and eligibility criteria (301)790-0275.

    Areas Served:
    • Washington County

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