Baltimore County Now
Michelle Marseilles Bruns
Manager, Caregiver Program
Baltimore County Department of Aging
No doubt you know a family caregiver because there are thousands of them across our region. They are the sons, daughters-in-law, spouses, adult grandchildren, neighbors and close friends who are providing care and support to seniors in our community. They do this out of a concern for the safety and well-being of their loved one. It is a labor of love.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. It is a designated time each year to recognize the countless hours that families provide, without financial compensation, to keep seniors at home as independently as possible. In recognition of this occasion, why not give the gift of your time to offer to the family caregiver so they may take a short break from their caregiving tasks. Offer to visit with their loved one, while they go out for some “time off.”
Currently, the Maryland Caregiver Support Coordinating Council has posted a Family Needs Survey that will be posted online through December 31. In order to get an accurate portrait of current caregiving needs statewide, caregivers can take the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dhrcaregiver to answer questions about the care provided to loved ones, how caregiving has impacted their life and various needs as a family caregiver.
Caring for a loved one can be stressful, but there are resources to help. Contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County at 410-887-2594 for information and assistance related to older adults and persons with disabilities.
Debbie Orlove, Community Business Liaison, Baltimore County Department of Aging
Starting to think about assisted living arrangements for yourself or an older resident? Wondering who offers rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities? Where the closest recreational facility is to your neighborhood? Look no more, the Baltimore County Department of Aging’s premier resource directory, Community Resources 2014, is now available to answer those questions and more.
Community Resources 2014 has been expanded to once again include a plethora of new resources and information. For the second year, Baltimore County and Baltimore City Governments have partnered to provide a resource directory for Baltimore area residents. We are pleased to offer, free copies of Community Resources which will be distributed throughout Baltimore County and City at senior centers, libraries, the Social Security Administration, hospitals, doctors’ offices, senior housing, community associations, faith communities and health centers. You may also phone either number above to request your copy of the directory by mail. County residents may request a copy by mail by calling 410-887-2594 and Baltimore City residents may call 410-396-2273.
How can the resource directory benefit you?
Community Resources 2014 contains the most vital and current information to support older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, adults with disabilities and professionals. The information in this expanded resource helps to empower consumer awareness along with informed decision making. The directory’s diverse content now includes categories such as advocacy, Baltimore County and City Government services, financial resources, fitness centers, home health services, housing, legal services, memory care, nutrition sites, senior centers, pharmacies, physicians, travel and much more.
This year’s Community Resources book also contains more information for adults with disabilities. The Baltimore County Department of Aging and Baltimore City Health Department’s Office on Aging and CARE Services represents Adult and Disability Resource Centers known as Maryland Access Point (MAP) sites. For additional information or resources, you can always phone MAP in Baltimore County at 410-887-2594 or MAP in Baltimore City at 410-396-2273. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability can use Relay or 711.
Another valued feature of Community Resources 2014 is an extensive cross referencing which helps readers identify other potential categories where additional information may be found. For information on advocacy groups, organizations, caregiving, consumer information and resources, government agencies and more, please view the publication’s Hotlines and Website section.
Online access especially helpful for out-of-town caregivers
For those Internet savvy consumers, the Department of Aging is proud to announce that Community Resources 2014 will also be available online. To view Community Resources on the Internet, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/communityresources. For those smartphone owners, please take advantage of the QR code on the cover of the publication for quick and easy access.
BCDA invites you to take this opportunity to pick up several complimentary copies of Community Resources 2014. We recommend that you keep one directory for yourself and distribute the additional copies to friends, caregivers, family members and professionals. Help educate and empower your loved ones and those in your community by guiding their path to resources in the region with Community Resources 2014 – your directory for living life.
For further information about Community Resources or to advertise in the 2015 directory, please call 410-887-2012 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caregiver Connection Manager, Department of Aging
Frustration, fear and feelings of being overwhelmed are a large part of caregiving for a loved one. Sometimes you feel like you are isolated and there is no relief in sight. Baltimore County Department of Aging understands your feelings and seeks to provide resources and tools to empower and care for yourself.
Plan ahead for your loved one’s safety and security by attending this year’s BCDA Caregivers Mini-Conference. Doors will open at 8:45 a.m. and close around 12 noon on Saturday, April 5 at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville 21228. There is no admission charge. A light breakfast and beverages will be served. Guest speakers will inform the audience about basic legal considerations, safe driving tips and transportation alternatives, and proper hands-on care techniques. Resource tables highlighting BCDA will be available throughout the morning, staffed by specialists in the field of aging and disabilities.
Here are some comments we heard from last year’s conference:
“I attended the Annual Caregivers Mini-Conference with my mother because she is the primary caregiver for my father, her husband of 56 years. She and I had been overwhelmed with his stubbornness to accept additional care and help for his increasing medical needs,” stated a family caregiver after last year’s BCDA Caregivers Mini-Conference.
“The conference was very helpful in the way we learned about new resources and tips to bolster his acceptance of care. To see my mother more positive about her caregiving was priceless to me, as her only daughter. We went in to the conference feeling burned out and came out with new suggestions and a brighter attitude about our situation.”
If you are a family member caring for an older adult in the Baltimore area, you owe it to yourself to come out for half a day to refresh yourself in your role as caregiver. All are welcome. No pre-registration; just come that day! For more information, contact 410-887-4724.