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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Baltimore

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in MD. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Baltimore

In Baltimore, assisted living is moderately priced at $4,750 per month. While this is $250 higher than the national rate of $4,500, it’s affordable compared to the state average of $4,900.

Assisted Living in Baltimore vs. Nearby Cities 

Assisted living facilities in Baltimore charge $4,750 per month, which is moderate compared to rates in nearby cities. Those who want to save money may consider obtaining care in Hagerstown, where respective care costs come in at $4,630. In Salisbury, rates are over $200 higher than in Baltimore at $4,980, and in Cumberland, residential care facility residents pay $5,248.

  • Baltimore: $4,750
  • Maryland: $4,900
  • United States: $4,500
  • Cumberland: $5,248
  • Hagerstown: $4,630
  • Salisbury: $4,980

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Baltimore, MD 

Adult day health care is the cheapest senior care option in Baltimore at $1,927, but unlike assisted living, it doesn’t provide housing and around-the-clock monitoring. Assisted living costs $4,750 per month and may be affordable for those who would otherwise have mortgage or rent payments. Home-based care, including homemaker services and skilled home health aide services, is costlier with fees coming in at $4,957 and $5,053, respectively. Nursing homes provide a higher degree of care than assisted living and have costlier monthly fees of $10,798.

  • Homemaker Services: $4,957
  • Home Health Aide: $5,053
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,927
  • Assisted Living: $4,750
  • Nursing Home: $10,798

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Baltimore

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Baltimore

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Baltimore.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Baltimore

In Baltimore, several agencies and programs serve seniors in need of long-term care. Through the following resources, older adults in and around Baltimore can learn about local assisted living facilities and common options for paying for services. This table also highlights advocacy services, as well as information and referral services and legal and financial counseling agencies.

Resource Contact Service
Senior Centers (410) 396-1337 The Baltimore City Health Department operates over a dozen senior centers, each of which offers congregate meals and social and recreational programs for older adults. Activities vary by center but may include fitness classes, educational courses and health screenings.
Baltimore City Health Department (410) 396-2273 Those aged 60 and over can access a broad range of services and supports through the city’s Division on Aging Services. Through this division, seniors obtain care coordination, volunteer-based services and advocacy. The Division serves as one of the state’s 20 Maryland Access Point sites. This free information and assistance program provides public benefits screenings, assistance with navigating age-related health and behavior issues, legal assistance and Medicare enrollment.
VA Baltimore Regional Office (800) 698-2411 The VA Baltimore Regional Office provides benefits screening and assistance for older veterans in the region, helping them obtain state and federal benefits, such as tax breaks, health care services and financial assistance programs, that may help them fund assisted living. Staff can also help veterans obtain the necessary documentation for applying for benefits, request discharge upgrades, follow up on application statuses and dispute denied claims.
Maryland Legal Aid (866) 635-2948 Maryland Legal Aid provides civil legal assistance to qualifying individuals in Baltimore and the surrounding region. It operates the Long-Term Care Assistance Project, which helps clients research and plan for long-term care needs, including assigning guardianship and powers of attorney. It also helps seniors navigate issues, such as applying for private health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, understanding their rights as assisted living residents and paying for long-term care.
Maryland Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (410) 396-3144 The Maryland Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program represents those living in assisted living facilities in Baltimore and advocates for their rights and quality of care. The ombudsman can help seniors research local facilities and resolve problems that arise. They can also mediate disagreements with facility staff or fellow residents and investigate reports of abuse or neglect.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Baltimore

Assisted Living Communities in Baltimore are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in Maryland

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Baltimore Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Baltimore area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 89 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 30 hours researching assisted living communities in Baltimore
  • Read more than 710 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 20 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Baltimore is $4,750, which is lower than the state average of $4,900 and higher than the national average of $4,500.

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Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner

Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Baltimore, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 89 communities in the Baltimore area.

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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