Caregiver Services Corps

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Program Overview

The Maryland Department of Aging has implemented a new statewide Caregiver Services Corps (CSC), with the goal of enabling older adults to remain in their homes with the support systems in place to do so.

The objectives of the service include:
  • Providing back-up support to informal caregivers of older adults (family or friends) who are unable to provide care due to their own illness, exposure to COVID19, or other temporary constraint.
  • Providing access to volunteers who can assist older adults who, due to the impacts of COVID19, have suddenly found they need help with everyday tasks.
  • Preventing hospitalizations of older adults that may be a result of lack of needed care in their homes.

The service is designed to address pressing needs that are temporary, such as: an older adult determines they won’t have food to make it through the end of the week, or a family member who cares for their elderly loved one can’t check in on them the next day.        
  • Older adults and people who assist older adults with everyday tasks can access the service by dialing 211. The 211 call specialists will transfer the caller to the CSC call center.
  • The CSC call center is staffed with trained specialists who are available 7 days a week and can quickly evaluate care needs for older adults and identify volunteer caregivers and other the resources to deploy to their homes. 

The CSC can perform tasks such as, but not limited to:​  

    • ​Monitor individual’s self-administration of medications
    • Help with mobility needs in their home
    • Basic food preparation 
    • Assisting with bathing and completing personal hygiene routines
    • Educating older adults on how to use video technologies to connect with loved ones or healthcare providers
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Call 2-1-1​ to be connected to the program:

 

A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OLDER ADULTS

The Maryland Department of Aging is asking healthy Marylanders to consider volunteering to help older adults across the state.  Sign up today by going to the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)​ website. You do not need to work in the healthcare industry in order to volunteer.   




Marketing Toolkit:

We are looking for advocates to help spread the word about the Caregiver Services Corps for the purpose of informing those who are in need or may be able to benefit from the program, as well as the need for volunteers. Please find useful resources such as social posts, a sample email, and additional content. If you need any additional marketing materials, please email mdoa.socialmedia@maryland.gov​

CSC Marketing Toolkit January 2021.pdfCSC Marketing Toolkit January 2021.pdf