There are a variety of different types of housing available to seniors based upon their individual needs and resources. You can live independently, in a facility that provides assistance, nursing home or a residential care or group home.
If you have questions, contact 2-1-1 or your local Maryland Access Point (MAP) office for additional information and guidance. MAP is a program of the Maryland Department of Aging, powered by 211 Maryland.
Types of Senior Living
These are housing communities designed for seniors who need minimal assistance and can live independently, generally in an apartment setting.
There may be some communal dining options as well as a variety of activities and outings available to help foster a sense of community.
Generally, these Independent Living options are paid for privately.
MAP provides information about programs and vouchers that support seniors who live independently.
These communities are designed to assist seniors who cannot live independently but do not need the support of a nursing facility.
Residents live in an apartment and get assistance with dressing, bathing and preparing meals. Cleaning is often provided in these communities.
Typically, staff is available 24 hours a day, and many communities offer some nursing services.
People often pay for Assisted Living privately. However, Medicaid may also be accepted.
If you’re researching assisted living facilities, you can search inspection reports, capacity and daily rates at facilities from the Maryland Health Care Commission.
MAP also provides valuable information about Continuing CareRetirement Communities, additional housing options, and Project Home.
These residences provide 24-hour care to those who need a high level of assistance. This includes nursing services as well as assistance with dressing, bathing, cleaning and a variety of other daily activities.
In some cases, people may stay in a nursing facility for a short period of time while recovering from an illness/injury and they will receive the assistance they need until they are rehabilitated enough to go home.
In other cases, people may stay on a long-term basis.
Generally, rooms are shared. Payment options include private pay, Medicare and Medicaid.
If you need to advocate for someone in a nursing home, the Maryland Long-Term Care Ombudsmen can support you.
You can also search nursing home quality reports from the Maryland Health Commission.
Residential Care/Group Homes
These are often private homes, in which a smaller number of seniors reside.
The seniors typically receive assisted care services from caretakers who live in the home.
Residential Care homes can be very good for those who need assistance but want to live in a smaller, more home-like setting. People often pay privately. In some cases, Medicaid payments may also be accepted.
Maryland Access Point (MAP)
Do you need help navigating the options? Talk with your local MAP office. It’s a single entry point for individuals needing long-term and community support services. They provide counseling and support to define needs and preferences and identify options.
You can get connected with MAP by dialing 2-1-1 and asking for MAP. Alternatively, you can call MAP directly at 1-844-627-5465. You can also reach out to a local office directly.