City of College Park, Maryland

Seniors Program

City, State, County and Federal Aging in Place Services/Resources for City of College Park Residents

City, State, County and Federal Aging in Place Services/Resources for City of College Park Residents

City UMD/County/State/Federal

Transportation Services   

 Transportation Services   
 The Seniors Program provides limited bus transportation within Prince George’s County and 8-mile radius of College Park during regular business houses to local medical appointments (Monday – Friday) and shopping centers (Tuesday and Wednesday). Due to demand, requests for shopping excursion or medical appointment transportation are made a week in advance, at a minimum. Additionally, staff assists seniors in obtaining fare-reducing Senior ID Cards and Smart Cards for Metrobus




Housing/Homecare

 Housing/Homecare

The City can facilitate the application process for the county’s “Christmas in April” program to assist income eligible seniors with home repairs. Christmas in April annually reviews and makes their own determination on applications.

Staff assists seniors with Medicare/Medicaid paperwork to help pay for specified medical equipment such as walkers, canes, oxygen equipment when prescribed by a physician. 

City has very limited resources in response to senior requests for help with maintaining the exterior of their house (examples - yard work, snow shoveling).

Prince George's County offers a loan program for homeowners wishing to retrofit house to accommodate their need for safety.


County maintains list of approximately 30 buildings for low and moderate income seniors.

  • Within the City, Spellman House and Attick Towers are independently
    run, HUD-funded, subsidized housing independent living facilities for
    low and moderate income seniors. 

County’s Assisted Living Subsidy Program provides funding for low-income seniors who need financial assistance in order to afford placement in an assisted living facility. Waitlists are extensive. 301-265 450  www.princegeorgescounty.md.gov

County’s Medicaid Home and Community-based Waiver Services provides home care services to income eligible seniors where it is assessed that services are necessary to keep senior in home rather than facility. Waitlists are extensive. 301-265-8450

County’s Money Follows the Person Program provides assistance to individuals transitioning from institution or nursing facility to community living. 410-767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464

County’s Department of Social Services/Adult Services provides non-emergency individualized assessments for vulnerable adults.
301-909-6330 www.maryland.gov

Upon appointment by a Circuit Court Judge, the County’s Adult Public Guardianship Program makes decisions regarding medical matters,
shelter and personal welfare issues for a vulnerable adult. 301-909-2000
301-265-845 www.dhr.state.md.us

County’s Senior Care Program provides services for seniors at-risk for nursing home placement. High demand. 301-265-8450 
www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/family/
Services/OlderAdultServices/Pages/default.aspx

Community First Choice: Provides enhanced services in a home-based setting to Maryland residents who receive Community Medicaid benefits and meet an institutional level of care based on their need for assistance with activities of daily living. 410-767-1739 www.maryland.gov

Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy Program: Provides financial assistance to eligible low to moderate-income older adults residing in assisted living facilities by subsidizing the cost.  Waitlists are extensive. 301-265-8450 www.princegeorgescounty.md.gov

 

Social Activities

Social Activities
The City provides eight subsidized day trips a year (April - Nov) and three to four subsidized trips a year for physically challenged seniors. Additionally, the City coordinates College Park Activity Team which plans 4 -5 “Senior Socials” a year, primarily at Old Parish House. Some of these activities have been in partnership with College Park Arts Exchange. The city also provides Theraplay Groups to address isolation issues with Attick Towers seniors.  
  • College Park Community Center, Local M-NCPPC Senior Activity Centers – North Brentwood,, Laurel-Beltsville, City of Bowie Senior Center
  • Prince George’s County Community College offers Seasoned Adults Growing Educationally (SAGE) Classes provided at a variety of locations, mostly senior centers

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): Provides a variety of interesting and challenging volunteer opportunities to older adults, 55 years and up, at over 50 non-profit and government agencies. 301-265-8450 www.princegeorgescounty.md.gov

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP): A federally funded program for older adults who seek civic engagement as well as employment and training assistance. Low-income qualifying participants must be age 55 or older, a resident of Prince George’s County, and unemployed. 301-265-8450 www.princegeorgescounty.md.gov

Foster Grandparent Program: Provides resources for older volunteers to work with physically, mentally, and emotionally handicapped children in centers and schools throughout Prince George’s County. 301-265-8450 www.princegeorgescounty.md.gov

 

Health & Medical  Health & Medical
The City hosts an annual fall Health Fair providing flu shots and blood pressure screenings, along with other medical service providers including Washington-McLaughlin Adult Medical Day Center.   Senior Nutrition Program: Provides meals in both group and home settings in order to meet the nutritional needs of older adults (Nominal Fees). Frequently waitlisted.
  • The College Park nutrition program is administered by the Meals on Wheels Program (301-474-1002). There currently is not a physical location for this program within the city.

Family Caregiving Program: Provides assistance to caregivers, which may include family, friends, and members of the community, with access to support groups, problem solving, education, and respite care. 301-265-8450/1-800-445-8106

Senior Care: Provides services for older adults who may be at risk for nursing home placement. Services can include personal care, adult day care, financial help for medications, medical and personal supplies, and emergency response systems. Waitlists are extensive.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program: 1-800-243-3425 www.dhr.state.md.us

Provides free, unbiased Medicare counseling and education. SHIP is not an insurance provider.

  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB): Assists with Medicare premiums, deductibles, and copayments
  • Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB): Pays Medicare Part B premiums
  • Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy): Assists with paying Medicare Part D monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and lowering copayments
Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP): Assists paying up to $40 toward Medicare Part D premiums or the prescription costs toward a Medicare Advantage Plan.


 Entitlement Programs  Entitlement Programs
The City provides senior advocacy with programs like: Social Security, Medicare, Medical Assistance, Health Insurance Plans, Insurance Benefits, Prescription Programs (including Medicare Part D), Medical Providers, and Other Financial and Government Entitlement Programs. The City assists seniors with Medicare options during annual open enrollment in November/December.

Office visits with individual seniors includes review of Medicare options and telephone contact to Medicare with the senior present to facilitate senior understands of healthcare options. The City assists seniors in navigating entitlement programs including Social Security, Food Stamps and Medicaid.

Following review of individual senior information, the County’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) provides 2-3 comparisons of Medicare options to assist seniors in selecting insurance options.
 Tax Services  Tax Services
 City coordinates free tax preparation with AARP tax preparers for income eligible seniors. Criteria is not as severe as government benefits. City transportation to the appointment is also available. 1-800-687-2277 www.aarp.org


 
 Emotional Support  Emotional Support
 Establish individual supportive relationships with seniors primarily from Attick Towers and Spellman House but also includes some College Park-at-large seniors.



  • County provides Telephone Reassurance Program of daily calls to interested County residents 60 and over. Volunteer place daily reassuring calls to homebound and isolated adults in Prince George’s County. Volunteer dependent. 1-800-942-2677
 Referrals  Referrals
The City provides referrals for a number of different senior services:
  • Transportation
  • Housing and Homecare - City provides referrals to local providers such as Love and Companion In-home Care in College Park and Home Instead in Beltsville. Cost assumed by senior.
Food - City provides contact information for Meals on Wheels. City connects seniors to local food pantries/food banks if needed
Senior Scams are monitored by the Prince George’s County Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) (301-265-8471) as well as county police. www.maryland.gov

 
Ombudsman Program: Promotes the highest quality of life and care possible for nursing home residents by investigating and resolving problems which affect residents’ rights, health, care, safety, and welfare.301-265-8450 410-767-1100 http://www.aging.maryland.gov/Ombudsman.html