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Assisted Living in Baltimore County

Licensee Directory of Assisted Living Facilities
Search for Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland
Assisted Living Defined
Tips for Choosing an ALF
Medicaid Waiver Home and Community-Based Option
Monitoring and Regulatory Agencies
Other Related Programs

Licensee Directory of Assisted Living Facilities

The Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) maintains a Licensee Directory of all Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) through the Maryland Department of Health web site.

  • For questions about the Licensee Directory, contact OHCQ by calling 877-402-8221.
  • For other information on assisted living, contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County by calling 410-887-2594.

Search for Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland

There are more than 300 Maryland ALF listed by the Maryland Health Care Commission.

Assisted Living Defined

Assisted Living is a housing option that provides:

  • Housing with private and semi-private rooms
  • Supportive services
  • Personalized assistance
  • Health related services
  • Assistance in activities of daily living
  • Supervision by trained staff

Assisted living programs are regulated by the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Health Care Quality. ALF are licensed to provide a specific level of care related to the needs of the individual.

Tips for Choosing an ALF

For older adults no longer able to live independently, there are numerous choices for assisted living or other housing options. The most appropriate one will depend on an individual's finances and health. Baltimore County Department of Aging provides tips for choosing an ALF, to assist in this decision.

Medicaid Waiver Home and Community-Based Option

The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) option provides a waiver for services in the community to qualified low-income adults, age 18 and over. The program will provide individuals, who are at risk of nursing home placement, with the opportunity to obtain needed services in their home or an Assisted Living Facility. To be eligible for this program, an applicant must meet the income and medical needs requirements.

The individual will receive a Medical Assistance card to cover prescriptions, doctor visits and hospitalizations. The HCBS waiver program will cover other services based on need, like in-home care, adult day care, medical supplies and home delivered meals.

To place your name on the Registry waitlist, contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County by calling 410-887-2594.

Monitoring and Regulatory Agencies

Department of Health (MDH), Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ): 410-402-8217 Responsible for licensing and regulation of all Assisted Living Programs.

Baltimore County Department of Aging: 410-887-4632 Responsible for monitoring Assisted Living Facilities who participate in the Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy Program.

The Ombudsman Program: 410-887-4200 Investigates resident complaints in Assisted Living Facilities.

Home and Community-Based Waiver Program: 410-887-8739 To report a problem involving residents receiving a HCBS Medicaid Waiver Subsidy.

Baltimore County Health Department: 410-887-FOOD (3663) Responsible for monitoring environmental conditions of Assisted Living Facilities.

Baltimore County Department of Social Services: 410-853-3000 Responsible for investigating alleged abuse in Assisted Living Facilities.

Other related programs

Assisted Living at Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Supportive services are a part of the life-care concept of most Retirement Communities. Although most Communities require residents to be capable of independent living when entering the facility, some provide assisted living and nursing care upon entrance. The fee structure may vary, depending on the type of services. A list of Retirement Communities is available.

Adult Foster Care and Project Home Assisted Living Programs

These programs provide care for older adults who are mentally ill or frail. Providers go through an in-depth assessment by a social worker, which includes a Health Department inspection and a police record check. These homes are regulated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and monitored by the local Department of Social Services with monthly contact by a social worker. Adult Foster Care homes are for one to three residents; Project Home programs consist of one to eight residents. Residents are case managed by a social worker, but 24-hour supervision is not provided. Call the Baltimore County Department of Social Services at 410-853-3000.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide the highest levels of supportive care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Nursing homes provide 24-hour nursing services, personal care, medication administration and various therapies. Payment sources for nursing home care include private payment, Medical Assistance, Medicare and Long Term Care Insurance. Medical eligibility requirements for Medicare and Medical Assistance are determined by independent review organizations. The Department of Social Services Long Term Care Unit determines financial eligibility for Medical Assistance payment. Call 410-853-3270 for information.

Revised September 16, 2021         


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