There are many resources in our community during COVID-19. Our list is comprised of the “Care” industry, testing sites and updates, supporting our local small businesses and staying connected to loved ones.

In-Home Care

CarePlus Home Health, Inc. is open and available to support you for care, medication reminders, doctors’ appointments, cooking meals, laundry and housekeeping. If you need anything, we are here to help. We will be following the CDC guidelines and taking precautions to keep both our families and caregivers safe. For additional information visit our COVID-19 Resource Page.

Local COVID-19 Resources

Local Testing Sites in Montgomery County, Maryland

You still need an appointment and provider order to get a test at a VEIP location. Here is what is recommended.

Location: White Oak VEIP (Montgomery County) 2121 Industrial Parkway Silver Spring, MD

Needed:

  1. Call your home health care provider or the local health department if you do not have a provider. If you qualify for a test, your provider will order a test online through CRISP, the regional HIE, which serves Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  2. Once your provider submits your order, you will receive an email with your Order Confirmation Code and a link to the self-scheduling site. The number of appointment slots at each location is dependent on the number of supplies available.

Other testing sites are listed below.

Kaiser Permanente has testing sites for its members in Gaithersburg.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center has coronavirus testing only for critically ill patients who are likely to need hospitalization. 

Some MedStar Health Centers, with multiple locations in the region, are testing for the virus. Patients are asked to call the clinic or hospital first. 

Holy Cross Hospitals, in Silver Spring and Germantown, have tents to triage patients with influenza-like illnesses, including the novel coronavirus. 

Please note, this information is constantly changing so here are links to check for updates.

Maryland Department of Health Testing Information

Maryland Department of Health: Frequently Asked Questions: Maryland Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) COVID-19 Testing Sites Updated April 23, 2020

National Resources

CDC

NIH

AARP

Online Groceries, Food & Household Needs

Here are a few companies to get you started but there may be delays so give yourself some time in advance. As always, we are here if you need us.

Instacart: offers groceries from many chain stores and markets

Whole Foods: offers delivery and pick-up

Peapod: offers delivery and pick-up from Giant

Shipt: offers delivery and pick up from a variety of stores groceries and household needs

There are local delivery services that deliver food from restaurants: Grub Hub, UberEats and others local restaurants that are doing their own deliveries.

Need Assistance with Food

The Montgomery County Food Council has important information on available food assistance resources, as well as opportunities for individuals and organizations to support community needs. 

Many organizations, including Manna Food Center, the Capital Area Food Bank and  Meals on Wheels also have information about food assistance programs.  

Staying Connected

There are ways to stay connected with friends and family during these uncertain times.If you have an iPhone or iPad you can use FaceTime.

Here are some tips:

Make sure FaceTime is set up properly

Dial the person you want to call (or use contact menu) and push the video FaceTime button below. Remember, the other person needs to have an “apple product” or it will not work.

You find FaceTime on the main menu, middle button on the 2nd row.

 Here is a link to Apple Support if needed.

Other technology options to connect for video conferencing are: 

Skype

Zoom

Google Hangouts

WhatsApp

Try a few and see what works easiest for you. If you need help there is some support online, Generations on Line has a free app Easy Tablet Help for Seniors that may be helpful.

CarePlus Home Health, Inc is here to help. If you have trouble getting groceries, medication delivered or any other needs, call us at 301-740-8870.