(June 7, 2019) As Worcester County continues to age at a faster pace than the rest of the nation, Atlantic General Hospital and several community agencies are working to insure that the necessary services are available to seniors to allow them to continue to live safely and independently.

Atlantic General Hospital is in the planning stages for a mobile integrated health program called Safe Seniors that will serve Worcester County.

Through this program, EMS personnel and a care coordinator will make home visits to at-risk seniors to identify any physical, medical or psycho-social needs and connect individuals with the appropriate services in the community to help them maintain optimal physical and mental health.

To learn more about the Safe Seniors Program, contact Donna Nordstrom, Atlantic General Hospital’s director of community health, at 410-629-6820.

The Maryland Department of Aging has launched a pilot program to provide a daily check-in with older adults who are living alone. Participants receive an automated call at the time of day they chose during registration.

If a participant’s daily check-in calls go unanswered, a pre-determined contact, whether a neighbor, family member or other loved one, is notified to check on the senior.

The service is available to all Maryland residents 65 years of age or older. For more information or to sign up, visit www.aging.maryland.gov or call 1-800-243-3425.

Community for Life program provides resources for adults 65 and older who live in Berlin, West Ocean City, Bishopville and Ocean Pines to allow them to stay in their homes as long as possible.

The program provides transportation to medical appointments, group socials and grocery trips; handyman services for light housework; a senior-friendly vendor list for major home repairs; friendly contacts; technical assistance; and prescription pick-ups.

Community for Life is able to connect members to the resources they need throughout the community. They work with various area agencies to meet any needs that may arise from members.

Transportation to the Berlin Senior Center and adult medical daycare is also included. To learn more or request services, call 410-251-0140 or email Shea Wise, CFL navigator, at shea@worcoa.org.

Maryland Access Point of Worcester County is a centralized service to provide information and assistance for aging, disabled, and/or vulnerable adults of all income levels who need long-term services or want to plan for future needs.

Information is also available for family and caregivers trying to support a parent, spouse, or adult child.

MAP is supported by partnerships with Worcester County Health Department, Department of Social Services, and Commission on Aging.

Staff from these agencies are co-located at the Charles & Martha Fulton Senior Center in Snow Hill to improve access to information and assistance across a wide range of programs.

MAP also provides Options Counseling to help individuals and their caregivers develop long term care plans. For information and resource assistance, contact MAP of Worcester County at 410-632-9915.

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