|AERS is a Maryland program based in local health departments which provides assistance to frail, aged, and disabled adults by conducting a comprehensive evaluation to identify public services available to help people remain in the community, or in their least restrictive environment, with as much independence as possible. Evaluations are conducted by a licensed registered nurse or social worker. Interpretation and translation services are available. Following an AERS evaluation, an individual may request case management services to assist them obtain services recommended in the plan of care. The AERS program may refer the individual to a case management provider or provide the services directly.
Referrals are accepted by telephone, fax, mail, or in person from potential clients, their relatives, staff from agencies, and any concerned individual. Referred clients or their representatives are contacted by AERS staff to schedule an evaluation in their home, or present location. Assessments are voluntary, free of charge, and confidential, in compliance with state and federal regulations. Referrals to other agencies are not made unless a consent form is signed. Visit the web for more information on when to make a referral.
· A referral to AERS should be considered whenever frail individuals, or their caregivers, need information and assistance in accessing community services such as Senior Care, medication assistance, Assisted Living, In-Home Aid services, and other public support programs.
· Individuals already in a nursing facility and on medical assistance, who are seeking assistance in obtaining services to return to the community, should contact AERS for information about the Community Options Waiver or Community First Choice services.
· An AERS evaluation is required when individuals have a positive history of mental illness, developmental disability, or both, and are seeking nursing home placement.
· An evaluation is also required for individuals age 65 and older who are referred for admission to a state psychiatric facility.