Energizing the Lives of Seniors in Perry Hall, MD
MAP-Maryland Access Point - To obtain information on services and benefits available to Baltimore County residents age 60 and over or individuals with disabilities, call the MAP at 410-887-2594. The MAP office also has a loan closet and can loan out medical equipment to seniors in Baltimore County. You can make arrangements to pick up the equipment at Seven Oaks Senior Center.
Community Outreach - Jessica Pontown assists with application of benefits; pharmacy assistance, medical assistance, housing, financial assistance for Baltimore County residents age 60 and over. Please call Jessica between 7:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. at 410-887-5128 for an appointment.
Home Team Program - The Home Team is a community-based volunteer program that provides social support to Baltimore County seniors (age 60 years or more) who are isolated and confined to their home. Through friendly in-home and telephone visits, Home Team volunteers offer the needed interaction, socialization and reassurance to help seniors maintain a higher quality of life and remain independent in their home longer. For more information please call 410-887-4141 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Health Insurance Counseling - Help is provided to Baltimore County seniors at no fee with insurance selection, clarification and assistance with Medicare, as well as Medicaid and supplemental insurance claim forms. Call 410-887-2594 for more details.
CountyRide - CountyRide serves Baltimore County seniors age 60 and over with transportation to medical appointments, senior centers and shopping trips. The Priority II program provides seniors who live in the Perry Hall/ White Marsh Community a ride to the Seven Oaks Senior Center on Mondays and Thursdays. Participants must first register at the center. Rides can be requested three weeks in advance, on a first come, first serve basis. Cost per round trip is two CountryRide tickets or $6.00 cash. Reservations will be made directly with CountyRide at 410-887-2080.
Senior Employment - The Senior Aide program helps individuals 55 or older to gain or update skills that will enable them to enter into a competitive job. Call 410-887-4006 for more information.
Ombudsman Program The Ombudsman Program advocates for long term care residents. As advocates for nursing home residents in Baltimore County, we are always seeking concerned and compassionate volunteers to ensure a quality of life for the residents. We offer a comprehensive training followed by a chance to make a difference in the lives of those who need our help. If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact the Baltimore County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at 410-887-4200.
Community Resources Directory - Community Resources is an annual directory developed and published by the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA). Pick up a copy at Seven Oaks Senior Center. Help educate and empower your family, friends and community.
If you are looking for an online copy of the Community Resources book, it can be found here:
BCAUSE Program To Help Baltimore County Seniors Stay In Homes
The Baltimore County Age-Friendly Upgrades for Seniors (BCAUSE) program has been rolled out to help homeowners over the age of 65 receive home repairs or safety modifications to help enable them to stay in their homes longer so they can age safely in place. At least 100 households are expected to benefit from this program in its first year.
The BCAUSE program is a collaboration between the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA), Civic Works, Rebuilding Together Baltimore, CHAI and Dundalk Renaissance.
"Seniors are the backbone of our communities. They are our caregivers, teachers, and everyday leaders who constantly give back," Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a statement. "This innovative, life-changing program will help empower more of our residents to age in their communities with choice, independence and dignity."
Studies have shown that the majority of older adults prefer to age in place in their own homes; however, there can be a gap between the desire for older adults to stay in their homes and the ability to make the necessary repairs and modifications to do so.
The BCAUSE program offers eligible homeowners in Baltimore County up to $4,500 of home repairs or safety modifications to help them age safely in place. To be eligible for the program, a person needs to be a Baltimore County homeowner who is 65 years or older and is at or below 50 percent of area median income.
Through BCAUSE, BCDA will work with eligible individuals' care manager and/or occupational therapist to screen homes for falls risks and hazards and determine what repairs or improvements are needed. If a participant does not have a care manager through BCDA, DSS or another partner, they will be connected with a Baltimore County Department of Aging community outreach specialist for home screening as well as a general needs assessment for other wrap-around services, including home-delivered meals, SNAP benefits, Medicaid and other supports.
Home repairs covered by BCAUSE include, but are not limited to:
• Roof repairs,
• Electrical and heating systems repairs, and
• Safety modifications, such as grab bars, stair rails and assistive devices
All home repairs are completed by one of the BCAUSE partner agencies (Civic Works, CHAI, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation or Rebuilding Together) or by an approved contractor.
BCAUSE is funded through an $800,000 capital grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation with additional funding from Wesley Inc., which has dedicated itself to serving seniors since 1868.
Older adults interested in participating in the BCAUSE program should call the Baltimore County Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-887-2594, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A certified information and referral specialist will complete an application over the phone to determine eligibility.