Independent Living Services

INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: ​ ​helping callers with housing, technology, employment, legal issues and more. We also offer referrals to agencies and resources for planning and directing one’s own services.

ADVOCACY SERVICES:​  empowering people with disabilities, improving state and local policies and creating more accepting communities.

PEER MENTORS with disabilities:  serving as role models while providing moral support and creative solutions for issues of life.

TRANSITION SERVICES: ​  guiding young adults with disabilities into higher education, the workforce and the greater community. ARI also helps people with disabilities move from nursing homes and other institutions back into the community and supports those at­risk to avoid entering.

Nursing Facility Outreach

Under contract with Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), Accessible Resources for Independence, Inc. staff visit 20 nursing facilities across Anne Arundel and Howard counties on a monthly basis to provide outreach and support to all residents who may be interested in transitioning to community living. Our staff visit with nursing facility residents, their family members as well as staff to provide information and resources on accessing community services. We find that when people have an opportunity to learn from a peer who has experienced moving from a nursing facility back to the community there is a greater comfort in exchanging information.

While all residents are eligible to receive support and resources from our staff about community living, only residents with Long Term Care or Community Medicaid are eligible for application assistance for Medicaid community based long-term supports and services, including Community First Choice and the Home and Community Based Options Waiver.

Both programs provide community services and supports to enable older adults and people with disabilities to live independently in their own homes. Available services may include: personal assistance services, assisted living, environmental assessments, accessibility adaptations, supports planning, transition services, nurse monitoring and more.

For more information, contact Samantha Lester at 443-713-3911 or slester@arinow.org.