Information and Assistance for Aging Adults and Individuals with Disabilities

MAP of Worcester County is a "one stop shop" for Worcester County residents to access information and services to help aging and vulnerable adults remain in the community.

Worcester County MAP consists of a multi-agency platform consisting of Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Department of Social Services, and Worcester County Commission on Aging. The Adult Services programs of these agencies work cooperatively to help aging and vulnerable adults navigate their resource and support options. 

 

Worcester County Health Department

MAP Intake & Navigation-  provides information, assistance and referral to aging adults. Provide Options Counseling to help plan and coordinate for long-term services and goals related to home & community-based living. Provide education, system navigation & linkage  to community resources. 

Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS)- provides an in-home assessment for clients who are risk of long term care facility placement. Nurse or Social Worker provides referrals to community resources to help client remain in the community and achieve the highest possible level of independence and health. 

Hospital Outreach Initiative (HOI)- program available for clients admitted to Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin Nursing Home & Rehabilitation, or Snow Hill Nursing Home & Rehabilitation. Provides home visiting and follow-up coordination to prevent long-term/permanent placement. 

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)-  only available for Atlantic General Hospital patients. Program referrals are only accepted for AGHS providers. Provide in-home assessment of medical and socioeconomic needs and provide referral and linkage to community resources.

Senior Information & Assistance- provide assistance to complete applications for energy assistance, financial assistance, transportation assistance, & insurance programs. 

 

Worcester County Department of Social Services

Adult Protective Services (APS)- prevent or remedy the abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or exploitation of adults who are unable to protect their own interests and are at risk of immediate harm to their own person or to others. 

Social Services to Adults (SSTA) - a case management program of vulnerable adults that builds on strengths of the adult's community and family support system.

In Home Aide Services (IHAS)- provides aide services to help adults with functional disabilities remain in their homes. Assistance includes: personal care, chores, and other activities of daily living.

Respite- provides short term temporary care in order to provide a period of rest of family caregivers.

Project Home-  provides a "adult foster family" model of care that provides a stable, family-like living arrangement in the community.

Adult Public Guardianship-  if an adult is unable to make health and safety decisions for themselves, the court appoints a guardian to act as a substitute decision maker. 

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) & Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB)- Medicaid programs available for qualifying Medicare recipients. These programs can help pay for a portion of their Medicare premiums and some prescriptions costs. 

 

Worcester County Commission on Aging

Senior Care-  provides aide services to help adults with function disabilities remain in homes. Assistance includes: personal care, chores, and other activities of daily living

Meals on Wheels (MOW)- prepared meals delivered to the home of homebound residents who are unable to grocery shop and/or prepare meals. 

Adult Medical Day Care (AMDC)- provides nursing and personal care services for adults requiring varying amounts of supervision. Also provides recreational, educational, and therapeutic activities for participants. 

Senior Centers- Provides socialization, variety of recreational activities/games, daily exercise activities, variety of special events and trips, and a fresh meal. Four locations in Worcester County: Berlin, Ocean City, Pocomoke & Snow Hill. 

Community for Life (CFL)- provides services to help seniors live more independently in their homes. Provides transportation to medical appointments and grocery store, simple home repairs, vendor services referral, telephone/friendly check-ins. Contact COA at 410-632-1277 for current service area and monthly/yearly subscription cost. 

National Family Caregiver Grant- provides funding to support respite care and supplemental services.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WCHD News

 

(Snow Hill, MD)- The 22nd Annual “Tortoise & Hare Dare” 5K walk/run will be held at 9 am, on Saturday, April 6, with a rain date of April 13, at Pocomoke River State Park-Shad Landing, Snow Hill, Maryland. Registration begins at 8:30 am. This is a FREE event and is Pet-Friendly and will be led by Smokey the Bear. The first 100 runners/walkers to check-in on the day of the event will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. There is no cost to take part in the Tortoise and the Hare Dare. The Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks, and Pocomoke River State Park all co-sponsor the 5k.

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce new funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to put into action community-based projects that support physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign.

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Worcester County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides consultation to parents, home owners, renters, landlords, medical offices, and other concerned community members on the lead poisoning, prevention, testing, and regulations. Education and case management is provide to parents with children with elevated blood lead levels. Call 410-632-1100 for more information. 


What is lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and effects 3 to 4 million children. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than 6, but anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes something which has too much lead can get lead poisoning. Although chipping paint and paint dust are the most common sources of lead, lead can also be found in ceramic cups and dishes, fishing sinkers, craft supplies, leaded crystal, spray paint, and even in soil and water.

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Flu season is fully underway but it's not too late to reduce your risk. Flu vaccines are still available in Worcester County and simple, everyday precautions such as washing your hands, staying home when you're sick, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can help stop the spread of the flu. To learn more call 410-632-1100 or click the image below to visit the CDC page on flu prevention. 

 

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Snow Hill Rotary partners with Worcester Health on prescription lockboxes; Health Department to launch new substance abuse awareness campaigns in Spring 2019


(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.

Funded by the Rotary Club, the new lockboxes encourage residents to keep their prescription medications, such as opioids, safe and secure. In addition to promoting responsible opioid storage, Worcester Health will launch several new awareness campaigns this spring focusing on Addiction in the Workplace, Naloxone training, reducing the stigma around recovery as well as promoting the State of Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law.

“I would like to thank the Snow Hill Rotary Club for partnering with the Worcester County Health Department on the lockbox initiative,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “This is another avenue in which to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.”

 Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.

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