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Department of Aging: Caregiver Support
Caregiver Support Program
  Mindy Lohman-Hinz,
  Caregiver Program Coordinator

  Mary Collins,
  Caregiver Program Coordinator

  Department of Aging
  1440 Taney Avenue
  Frederick, MD 21702

  Fax: 301-600-3554

  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  Monday - Friday

The National Family Caregiver Support program is a federally funded program requiring each state to provide a support program for caregivers. Passed as an amendment to the Older Americans Act in 2000, each state is required to have a program to meet the needs of caregivers.

Who can benefit from this program?

  • Caregivers who are caring for someone older than age 60.While many caregivers are family members, this program also includes caregivers who are not related by blood or marriage. This program is also for caregivers of a person of any age with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.
  • Grandparents and other relative caregivers over the age of 55 who are caring for a child age 18 or under and Grandparents or relative caregivers providing care for adult children with a disability who are between 19 and 59 years of age. The caregivers must be age 55 years and older and cannot be the child’s natural or adoptive parent.

Note: There are no income requirements to receive assistance from this program.

What services are included in this program?
  • Education and training in coordination with other organizations in Frederick County.
  • Information, assistance and referrals to local agencies and services that would be beneficial to the caregivers.
  • Resource library
  • Respite Services - once a year assistance of up to $250 toward respite care.
  • Supplemental Services - funds allocated to provide supplies to help with care provided by the caregiver. Some examples include: specialized medical equipment, cost of medications and personal hygiene items.
  • An in-home care provider registry listing individuals who provide care services in the home (i.e. companionship care, light housekeeping, meal preparation, hair care and styling, etc.) Note: Contact with staff is required to receive the registry. Please call or email the program coordinators for more information or if you or someone you know would like to be listed as a care provider.

Circle of Friends - Memory Cafe and More
Join us for lunch on the 3rd Friday of every month (September-June). This program is designed to offer a safe and relaxed place where caregivers, the person for whom they care, families, friends, and health and social professionals, come together for a time of support, an activity, and good food. 

Support Group
For caregivers of people 60 years of age or older:
  • Meets the last Wednesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Edi Stewart, LCSW -C facilitates.
  • Please contact the Caregiver Program Coordinators if you have questions about the Support Group at 301-600-6001.

The Working Family Caregiver is a free e-book offering quick, simple tips to help you manage two demanding roles that can complicate life.