Life Support

Today’s world is a complicated place and there are many demands on each of us. A significant one is how to manage balancing work and family responsibilities.

Whether you are:

  • fitting a healthy lifestyle into a hectic schedule
  • handling sandwich generation responsibilities caring for both children and parents
  • improving nutritional choices
  • locating an assisted living facility for a family member in another state
  • finding information about a medical condition
  • planning for retirement
  • experiencing other life stage needs, we have some easily accessible resources.

No matter what our family structure is, we all face similar life challenges and need access to similar information. It’s where we are in life that determines what we need to focus on at any given time. So we all, whether now or sometime in the future, will need some support. That is the impetus behind Life Support.

We hope you find information here that’s valuable and helpful. 

Life Support

Fitness

Fall into Fitness Tracker

Campus Walking Maps 

Health/Physical Fitness Classes 

Hood College Athletics Facilities 

Exercise and Healthy Lifestyle/Fitness Programs

Weight Watchers 

American Heart Association 

AARP 

YMCA of Frederick County/Frederick Memorial Hospital 

CareFirst 

CareFirst

Health Resources

Prescription Assistance

The following stores have reduced co-pay costs for many generic drugs and other programs to help with your costs:

Health Information Lines

Frederick Memorial Hospital Wellness Center

Disease Information and Management

Mental/Physical Conditions

Alternative/Complementary/Integrative/Holistic Medicine

Mental Health

  • Western Maryland 2-1-1 and Hotline Services
    • Provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention, counseling, support, information and referrals to all citizens in Frederick County
    • Information & Referral, Crisis Intervention
      • Available 24/7- 365 days per year
      • Services are available in 150 languages
      • 2-1-1 and Hotline service covers Western Maryland
    • For any of the information listed below, please call 2-1-1 or 301-622-2255 (local) or 1-800-422-0009 (statewide) or access via the web
    • www.211metrodc.org
      • Use this website to find assistance when you or someone you know needs help. There are thousands of health and human services programs available to assist you – from child care jobs, health care, and insurance – to emergency services to help you in times of disaster or emergency. Dial 2-1-1 for assistance in Washington, D.C. and sections of Maryland and Virginia. If 2-1-1 is not available in your area, please call your regional call center (http://www.211metrodc.org/callcenters.php) for help.

             National Institute of Mental Health

              Mental Health America

             Care First

Health Screenings

Medication Information

Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Domestic Violence/Relationship Violence

General Support

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Business Health Services: (User Name: HOOD)
  • Resource for employees who may be experiencing personal problems. "The EAP provides confidential assistance and convenient, cost-free resources to help effectively address such issues before they interfere with personal wellness, professional obligations and overall work performance"(EAP

 Military-Active Duty and Veteran Resources

  • Military Child Education Coalition
    •  (254) 953-1923
    • P.O. Box 2519, 108 East FM 2410, Suite D, Harker Heights, TX 76548
    • Focuses on educational and transitional challenges facing all military children
     
  • National Military Family Association, Inc.
    • (800) 260-0218
    • Operation Purple (Camps for Military Children)
    • 2500 North Van Dorn St., Suite 102, Alexandria, VA 22302-1601
    • Through its Operation Purple Camp program, NMFA offers a free week of summer fun geared to help military kids deal with the stress of having a parent deployed
  • Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
    • (301) 294-8560/(888) 294-8560
    • 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852
    • Assists wounded service members and their families by providing temporary housing on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers
  • Wounded Warrior Project
    • www.woundedwarriorproject.org
    • (904) 296-7350/(877) TEAM-WWP
    • 7020 A.C. Skinner Pkwy., Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256
    • The greatest casualty is being forgotten
  • Amputee Coalition of America
    • (888) 267-5669
    • 900 East Hill Ave., Suite 205, Knoxville, TN 37915-2566
    • Empowering people with limb loss through education, support and advocacy
  • Disabled Sports USA
    • (301) 217-0960
    • 451 Hungerford Dr., Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
    • Offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability

Caregiver

Legal documents, healthcare directives, end-of-life planning & decisions

  • U.S. Administration on Aging
    •  http://www.aoa.gov/index.aspx - (800) 677 1116
    • Sponsors statewide legal hotlines for those ages 60 or older. Call to get the number for specific states. (800) 677 1116

Assisted Living

  • Life Advice Program from MetLife
    •  www.metlife.com
    • Pamphlets cover a range of topics from assessing if a nursing home is appropriate, to services covered, to payment and selection.
  • Nursing Home Grievance and Oversight Agencies
    • Maryland Office of Health Care Quality has to license a care facility for it to exist.
    • Local Departments of Aging should each have an ombudsman to assist.
    • Office of the State Attorney General also can become involved.
    • The Senior Victims Assistance Unit, in Frederick County, becomes involved in cases of abuse, etc.

Palliative Care

Hospice

  • Growth House
  • Hospice Association of America
    •  www.nahc.org/HAA/
    • Information on hospice trends, how to choose a hospice, publications, and helpful links.

Funerals

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211logo.pngWestern Maryland 2-1-1 and Hotline Services

  • Provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention, counseling, support, information and referrals to all citizens in Frederick County
  • Information & Referral, Crisis Intervention
    • Available 24/7- 365 days per year
    • Services are available in 150 languages
    • 2-1-1 and Hotline service covers Western Maryland
  • For any of the information listed below, please call 2-1-1 or 301-622-2255 (local) or 1-800-422-0009 (statewide) or access via the web
  • www.211metrodc.org
    • Use this website to find assistance when you or someone you know needs help. There are thousands of health and human services programs available to assist you – from child care, jobs, health care, and insurance – to emergency services to help you in times of disaster or emergency. Dial 2-1-1 for assistance in Washington, D.C. and sections of Maryland and Virginia. If 2-1-1 is not available in your area, please call your regional call center (http://www.211metrodc.org/callcenters.php) for help.