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Cost of Maryland Assisted Living Facilities
The average cost of assisted living in Maryland is $4,200 per month
The range of costs is from $600 to $7,700 per month
This data is based on 4 of the larger facilities within the state and may not represent all facilities within the state. Additional fees may apply.
Maryland Assisted Living Information
Maryland defines an assisted living facility as assisted living programs that are a residential program that provides housing, personal supervision, supportive services, some health care services, and assistance with ADL’s or IADL’s in a way that promotes the dignity and independence of a resident.
Maryland Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care
Maryland assisted living facilities provide one of three levels of care – low, moderate or high. The particular levels of care are defined by what health and wellness services are provided to the residents. In low to moderate care, for example, staff must assist with two or more ADL’s. Other services may include assistance with behavioral, psychological and psychosocial concerns. If temporary care if needed beyond a facility’s certification, then a temporary 30-day waiver must be obtained. Home health care agencies may provide additional services as contracted by the resident.
Maryland Assisted Living Admission Requirements
All residents must go through an intake assessment within 48 hours of admission to determine the level of personal care needs, medication management needs, current medications, dietary preferences, allergies, and psychosocial issues. Residents may not be accepted who are on a ventilator, need more than intermittent nursing care, have stage III or IV skin ulcers, have a communicable disease, a chronic disease that involves intensive monitoring, or one that requires isolation.
Maryland Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements
A service plan is created for all residents at the time of initial intake assessment. Follow-up reviews must be conducted every six months.
Maryland Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements
A nurse is permitted to give medication, as is a facility manager or other staff who have been trained in a medication administration course. A pharmacist must conduct an onsite review of medications for residents taking more than nine medications, and schedule II and III narcotics have specific access requirements, as do any controlled substances.
Maryland Assisted Living Facility Requirements
Private rooms must offer 8- square feet of living space while double occupancy rooms must offer 120 square feet of living space per resident. Toilets with locked doors must be available to residents, with one toilet to every four residents. Facilities must have one bathtub or shower for every eight residents. The building must confirm to the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code 101.
Maryland Assisted Living Staffing Requirements
Staffing must be present to meet the needs of residents, as determined in their intake assessment. If the resident’s assessment does not indicate needing nursing care or overnight care, there may not need to be awake overnight staff or direct care nursing staff on the premises at all times. An electronic monitoring system may be employed in place of overnight medical staffing. Staff must meet certain continuing education requirements. The manager of the facility must be 21m have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have the skills and training necessary to operate the facility. For level 3 facilities, significantly more training is required.
Maryland Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
Medicaid home and community-based services waiver and a state-funded program cover assisted living services if they are 50 or over and require Level 2 or 3 care.
Maryland Alzheimer’s Care Requirements
If a facility wishes to have a special unit certified as a special care residence for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, additional regulation are in effect regarding training, policies and procedures.
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Health Care QualityPhone: (410) 402-8201
Phone: (410) 402-8185
Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.
Maryland Assisted Living Communities
Maryland assisted living facilities are listed by city below. We recommend you search by ZIP code to include nearby facilities. However, you may choose a city to view all assisted living options in that area.
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