Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS)

Adult Evaluation and Review Services helps individuals who are seniors, are frail, or who have a functional disability remain in the community or the least restrictive environment possible. Our goal is to evaluate each client and create a person-centered plan of care, along with connections to additional services, that will help them maintain as much independence as possible and avoid premature entry into a nursing home or other residential institution.

Evaluations are conducted by a licensed registered nurse or social worker and translation services are available. 
AERS also performs evaluations for the federally mandated program, PASRR (Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review), for clients who have an Intellectual Disability (ID) or Mental Illness (MI).

When to Get Help

A referral to our AERS program is recommended in the following situations:

  • A frail individual needs information and assistance on accessing community services, like assisted living, in-home aid services, medication assistance, and other support programs.
  • A person who is already in a nursing facility and also on medical assistance needs help accessing services that will allow them to return to the community (Community Options Waiver or Community First Choice services). 

An AERS evaluation is required for the following individuals:

  • A person with a developmental disability, a history of mental illness, or both is seeking placement in a nursing home. 
  • A person who is 65 or older who is referred for admission to a Maryland psychiatric facility 
Eligibility for Services

AERS Services are available to Caroline County residents who:

  • Are aged and/or disabled and require support with activities of daily living
  • Are active Medicaid recipients
  • Are currently enrolled in Home and Community Based Services under Medicaid
  • Who have an intellectual disability and/or a mental health diagnosis entering a skilled nursing facility and require a Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) 
How to Get Help

Referrals for AERS services can be made directly by potential clients, as well as 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, and confidential. Referrals to other agencies are not made unless a consent form is signed.

To make a referral: