The mission of Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc.,(GCCAC) Agency on Aging and Nutrition (AAA) is to improve the quality of life for people in need by empowering them to become more self-sufficient and by providing essential services in collaboration and cooperation with partners.
The Vision of the Area Agency on Aging is to plan, coordinate and advocate for the
development of a comprehensive service delivery system at the local level to meet the short and long-term needs of the Garrett County senior population.
Programs and Services
GCCAC – Aging and Nutrition is dedicated to providing a variety of specialty services to seniors of Garrett County, MD. Services include:
Maryland Access Point (MAP): Single point entry for all programs and services for elderly and persons with disabilities in Garrett County and statewide. MAP coordinators provide information, assistance and referral services.
Senior Centers: Senior Centers provide socialization, dining, health/fitness, educational presentations and other programs for the seniors of Garrett County.
Home Delivered Meals: Meals on Wheels provides meals to homebound and nutritionally at-risk seniors five days a week.
In Home Support: Programs, services and resources to support seniors and persons with disabilities in their home.
Senior Insurance Counseling: Senior health insurance provides assistance in health insurance options and decision making.
Respite and Caregiver Support Programs: A system of support networks and programs for caregivers.
Nursing Home Transition: Assistance for seniors transitioning from nursing facilities to their homes.
Ombudsman Services: Advocate for nursing home and assisted living residents and their families.
Information and Assistance: Classes on chronic disease self-management, diabetes self-management and hypertension; fraud, abuse and neglect information; simple legal referral; durable goods; energy assistance applications; and more!
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Maryland Access Point (MAP)
Maryland Access Point is the first point of contact for older adults and people with disabilities who are looking for health and supportive services. MAP staff are trained to be aware of all services and agencies that are able to benefit the community. Map is committed to encouraging independence, health, and personal choice for seniors and the disabled adult population of Garrett County.
When a person is interested in receiving services, MAP will complete a Level One Screening. A Level One Screening is a 15 to 20 minute questionnaire that is written by the State of Maryland and helps to determine someone’s eligibility for services. MAP staff can complete this screening with the person themselves, or a representative who has been given permission to speak on their behalf.
With respect for the dignity of each senior and disabled adult, we will promote self-determination in each client’s effort to attain optimum quality of life in as safe and least restrictive environment possible by:
- Assessing Needs
- Coordinating Resources
- Providing Supportive Services
Garrett County Community Action Senior Centers are equipped to provide the very best in daily nutrition, activities and health promotions for our seniors. The Senior Centers are located across the county to best serve the population in the towns of Oakland, Crellin, Friendsville, Swanton, Kitzmiller, Accident and Grantsville. Services provided include daily congregate meals, exercise programs and facilities, weekly informational presentations provided by local professionals and experts, robust excursions, evidence based health programs, health screenings, 55+ programs, computer access, socialization, weekly activities, crafts, events and so much more. Enrollment in the senior center is absolutely free and all seniors are encouraged to come and enjoy.
Interested in virtual health classes? Call us today to inquire about our Chronic Pain Self Management classes or our Caregiver and Dementia Support classes.
Home Delivered Meals
Individuals who are on the home delivered Meals on Wheels program receive a nutritionally balanced meal to their door 5 days a week Monday through Friday. There are no financial guidelines to receive Meals on Wheels. Eligibility for Meals in based solely on age and abilities. There is no cost to someone who qualifies however donations to the program are always welcome so we may be able to reach out to more people in need.
Temporary Meals on Wheels includes all of the benefits of full time meals, but on a short term basis. Typically, temporary meals will last for 3 months and will be added to the waitlist for full time meals. If after 3 months they still need to receive meals, they will be able to transition into full time.
- Individuals must be at least 60 years or older
- Must be homebound
- Must have difficulty preparing meals and not have reliable help with meal preparation.
In Home Support
The Senior Care Program provides the following services for adults over 60 years of age.
- Personal care services
- Chore services
- Adult Day Care
- Heavy Chore Services
- Respite Care
- Home Delivered Meals
- Emergency Response Systems
- Medical equipment and supplies
- 20% copay for other items needed and approved, but Medicare will not accept just the 80% payment in full.
- Loan closet items
- Must be 65 years of age
- Severely or moderately disabled (mentally or physically)
- Living in Garrett County
- At risk of institutionalization
- Income does not exceed 60% of Maryland’s median income in a given year (adjusted for family size)
- Would be financially eligible for Medicaid nursing home coverage within six months after admission to a nursing home.
- Assets that do not exceed the program guidelines in a given year
Senior Insurance Counseling
SHIP counselors provide in-person and telephone assistance in a variety of areas, such as: billing problems; assistance applying for help for low-income beneficiaries; assistance with denials of payment, appeals and grievances; and advice on health care fraud and abuse. SHIP counseling services are confidential and free of charge.
Respite and Caregiver Support Programs
Provides Support and Services such as information to caregivers about:
- Available services
- Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services
- Individual counseling
- Organization of support groups
- Care giver training
- Respite care – up to $100 per year
- Supplemental services on a limited basis – Durable Medical equipment, Disposable Medical Supplies, etc.
- Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals 60 years of age or older.
- Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
- Older relatives (not parents) age 55 and older providing care to children under the age of 18.
- Older relatives, including parents, age 55 and older providing care to adults ages 18-59 with disabilities.
Nursing Home Transition
Maryland’s Community First Choice option provides community services and supports to enable older adults and people with disabilities to live in their own homes. In order to determine if someone is eligible for CFC they first must complete a Level One Screening with MAP.
Who Should Apply?
Maryland Residents who need support with activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and getting around.
- Personal Assistance Services
- Supports Planning
- Nurse Monitoring
- Personal Emergency Response Systems
- Assistive Technology
- Environmental Assessments
- Accessibility Adaptations
- Consumer Training
- Transition Services
- Home Delivered Meals
To meet the Medical and Technical Criteria an individual must reside in the community, and meet the level of care required to qualify for services in an institution.
To meet the Financial Criteria an individual must qualify for Medicaid in the community. If the individual receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) they are automatically eligible for Medicaid and do not need to apply.
The Ombudsman is an advocate for all individuals residing in long-term care facilities, traditional nursing homes and assisted living, often acting as a mediator between facilities and individuals. The Ombudsman monitors long-term care facilities on a regular basis. The purpose is to assure that all individuals receive adequate care and that resident rights are being upheld as required by the State of Maryland. The Ombudsman seeks to resolve complaints by or on behalf of individuals residing in long-term facilities.
When should you contact an Ombudsman?
- You have a question or concern about a long-term care facility.
- You feel certain situations are not being handled appropriately by the facility.
- You or your loved one have been abused or neglected.
- You believe your rights have been violated
Information and Assistance
Senior Information and Assistance offers persons 60 years of age and older access to the complex world of services and benefit programs by providing a single point of entry for obtaining services offered by AAA, as well as providing information and/or referral to other agencies.
Assistance is available with completing applications, scheduling appointments, and follow-up. Appointments may be made to meet with the I&A coordinator at the office or, if you are home bound, in your home.
Outreach services are available once per quarter at the senior centers and nutrition sites.
104 East Center Street
Oakland, MD 21550