Caroline County Adult Evaluation & Review Services (AERS)

​​The primary goal of the AERS program is to help people to remain safe at home (or in the 'least restrictive environment' suited to their needs) by connecting them with services and supports that can help them to live as independently as possible.  This often means that people can live at home longer without having to consider moving to a nursing home or other facility placement. 
 
To do this, AERS staff (a nurse or a social worker) will usually visit a person at their home to complete a thorough assessment of that person's overall situation.  AERS uses a comprehensive assessment tool for the evaluation-- questions are asked about overall health history and diagnoses, current medical concerns, mental health issues or behaviors, social or family supports, environmental concerns, and general financial or legal issues. All of these factors are considered in order to develop an individual Plan of Care with recommendations made to connect the person with appropriate resources and supports, and referrals can be made on behalf of the client.  
 
Recommendations are made and resource information is shared, but the person is not required or obligated to accept or pursue any of the recommendations or resources. There is no charge for an AERS evaluation.   
 
If you would like to have an AERS Team Member visit you for an evaluation, or if you'd like to make a referral for someone you know, just give our office a call and talk to any of our staff.  We accept referrals from any source-- we often receive referrals from clients themselves, or from family members, friends, hospitals, doctors, neighbors, churches, or other agencies. To qualify for an evaluation by Caroline County AERS, the person needs to be a resident of Caroline County and must need some assistance with everyday tasks of living.  There is an AERS office in every county in Maryland.  
 
The Caroline County AERS Team
Linda Spear is our our AERS Nurse,Crystal Terhune is our AERS Social Worker, and Sheila Menzel is our Fiscal Clerk/Administrative Professional. When you call our office, any of our staff will be able to accept new AERS referrals or provide information about services, as needed.
 
Community Personal Assistance Services (CPAS):
 
CPAS helps qualified chronically ill and disabled persons to remain in their homes by providing assistance with some of their activities of daily living. These are activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, moving about and toileting.
 
Through the CPAS program, Medical Assistance pays a care provider to come to the home to assist with these activities, based on the client's individual needs. A registered nurse supervises the care provider (Linda Spear, RN is the supervisor of the Caroline County CPAS program). The CPAS nurse will visit with the client and the care provider periodically to update the Plan of Care, as needed, to best meet the client's needs.  
To qualify for this program, the client must:
 
  • Have Medical Assistance*
  • Be chronically ill or disabled
  • Be under a doctor’s care for chronic illness or disability, and
  • Need assistance with personal care (bathing and hygiene) 

 

Please call our office with any questions about whether or not you qualify for CPAS. 

  

     *Please note that CPAS recipients must have 'straight MA', not QMB or SLMB.
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The AERS/MAPC Office
403 S. 7th St, Denton MD, 21629
Second Floor Room 262.
 
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00
 
Phone: 410-479-8055
 
Fax: 410-479-4912
 
 
The Caroline County
AERS Team:
 
Linda Spear, RN
 
Crystal Terhune, LGSW
 
Sheila Menzel, Fiscal Clerk