BALTIMORE — The Maryland Department of Aging, in conjunction with Partners in Care Maryland, is pleased to announce the expansion of the Maryland Community for Life Program to Anne Arundel, Caroline, Frederick and Washington counties.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce our alliance with Partners in Care Maryland. This strategic partnership makes possible the delivery of key aging-in-place services to 230,000 Marylanders,” said Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Rona Kramer.
The Community for Life Program provides grants to non-profits that commit to provide Marylanders over the age of 60 with a package of services that make it comfortable and convenient to age at home.
Partners In Care and Maryland Community for Life is a groundbreaking program/partnership that will allow older adults of all incomes to live in their homes for years, if not decades, longer than would typically be possible. PIC and CFL services include home maintenance (handyman), concierge service to available resources, health and wellness programs and transportation.
The program’s services are designed to prevent the predictable challenges of aging that can require admittance into a high level of care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility.
These services include, but are not limited to home maintenance, assistance accessing both public and private services and transportation. The non-profit partner delivers Community for Life services to individuals within their community in exchange for a membership fee.
“The Maryland Department of Aging invested $50,000 to deliver Maryland Community for Life services to Caroline County,” Kramer said. “Partners in Care Maryland is also making an equivalent contribution to the program.”
PIC’s core mission is to help older adults to remain in their own homes and stay actively involved in the community. The Community For Life program goes a little farther. By bringing CFL on board, the program can add guaranteed services on a cost basis to the current offering of services through the time banking system. Community for Life’s paid services will also include a Service Navigator, who will provide connection to local activities and social events as well as regular contact and trusted advice to prevent fraud.
Through the partnership with Community for Life, two levels of service will be added to the current program:
Friendship Level I — $240 per month — will provide 5 hours of Community For Life Services
Friendship Level 2 — $420 per month — will provide 12 hours of Community for Life services.
The Community For Life program is not replacing the Partners In Care program. Services will continue to be offered through the time banking system to all members. The new paid services, guaranteed and with the services of a Service Navigator, will be offered only to those who choose them.
“The benefit of the partnership is the ability to continuing serving the community. With the joining of the two programs, no senior is left behind,” said Mandy Arnold, president and CEO of Partners in Care Maryland.
The CFL program will contribute 25% of its revenue to a scholarship fund. The scholarship fund will allow the members of the PIC program an opportunity to receive guaranteed services if qualified or selected.
“Partners in Care has been serving the older adults of Anne Arundel County since 1993, Frederick since 2001, and Caroline and Talbot counties since 2009. We are thrilled to partner with the Maryland Department of Aging to offer Community for Life services to our current members and to the older adults of Washington County,” Arnold said.
Maryland Community for Life services are also available in Allegany, Baltimore, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties and Baltimore City. The Maryland Department of Aging continues to work to expand these services to all Marylanders over the age of 60.
Individuals interested in joining the Maryland Community for Life program in Caroline County should contact Partners in Care Maryland at 410-822-1803.