Seniors often require assistance with simple daily tasks, such as cooking, housekeeping, grooming, and driving to appointments. The Maryland Senior Care Services Program assists residents at risk for nursing home placement in order to address their unmet needs and to allow them to remain living at home or in a caregiver's home. The program offers a variety of services and supports, such as personal care, delivered meals, and transportation assistance, all of which depends on the needs of the individual.
The program is intended for individuals that have low incomes and limited assets, but still too much money to qualify for Medicaid. Due to state budget cutbacks in fiscal year 2015/16, some services previously available under the Senior Care Program may no longer be offered, and the availability of services may differ by county. However, case management, or care coordination, continues to be a major focus of the program. This can significantly reduce the workload that caring for an aging relative puts on family members.
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Final eligibility for the Senior Care Program is determined at the county level. General eligibility requirements include:
Must be at least 65 years of age.
Must be at risk for nursing home placement or moderately disabled. Typically participants require assistance with 1-3 activities of daily living.
Must be a Maryland resident.
As of July 2018, monthly income cannot exceed $2,904 ($34,843 / year) for an individual or $3,797 ($45,564 / year) if married (60% of the state's median income). Note that the monthly income and countable asset limits change annually in July, not January.
Value of a single applicant’s assets cannot exceed $11,000 if they are single or $14,000 as a married couple.
Benefits and Services
The Senior Care Program provides a variety of services and supports. The exact services are determined on a case-by-case basis and can include any of the following:
Adult Day Care
Home Delivered Meals
Medical / Nutritional Supplies
Personal Care, such as assistance with Activities of Daily Living, like mobility, dressing, transferring, eating, etc.
Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)
Home Modifications, such as chair lifts and roll-in showers
How to Apply / Learn More
One can apply for the Senior Care Program by contacting their local Maryland Access Point. Alternatively, one can begin the eligibility assessment process by calling toll-free 1-800-243-3425.
One can also learn more about the program on Maryland’s Department of Aging (MDoA) website. Please make note, at the time of this writing, a waitlist did exist.