Assisted living facilities provide a housing alternative for frail adults who require help with dressing, bathing, eating, and personal tasks along with overall supervision. Assisted living residents do not require skilled nursing care. Short-term stays are an option if the regular caregiver requires respite for travel or other concerns. Assisted living facilities can vary greatly in the number of residents they serve. Some are home environments with just a few residents and others can be quite large where residents have their own apartment-like living area. In addition, assisted living facilities can vary in the level of care they provide. An assisted living facility is a good alternative that allows residents to retain their independence, but benefit from a supportive environment.
For a list of assisted living facilities by county, or for more information, visit the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Financial assistance for assisted living
Home & Community Based Waiver
Provided through the Harford County Office on Aging, the waiver assists individuals with cost of living. Must be 50 or older and financially and medically eligible. Waiting list applies. Contact the Home & Community Based Waiver Registry at 1-866-417-3480 to be placed on the waiting list to apply.
Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy Program
Provided through the Harford County Office on Aging, the program can help with a monthly subsidy, minus an allowance and medical expenses. Income and asset guidelines apply; waiting list possible.
For more information on assisted living, see the Harford County Caregiver's Toolkit, pages 45-46.