Housing Options for Your Aging Loved Ones

Some housing options just provide a place to live; other arrangements provide a partial or full range of services that can be used as a loved ones’ needs and ability to function independently change. Alternative living options available in Maryland include: Assisted LivingCongregate Housing, Adult Family Care Homes, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). Nursing homes provide care to people who need extensive nursing care or 24-hour supervision for a long period of time or short-term nursing care for rehabilitation after a hospital stay or illness.

Contact us online or call us at ​301-861-4555 and we can discuss how our elder law attorneys can provide you with elder planning assistance. We want to help you protect your loved ones in Maryland!

Assisted Living

Assisted living residences provide a home and support services to meet the needs of residents who are unable to perform, or who need help in performing, activities of daily living. Assisted living residences may provide assistance with meal preparation, household chores, managing medications, and dressing or bathing. People who live in assisted living residences generally have less complicated health and assistance needs than people in nursing homes. This housing option enables seniors to remain in a home-like setting in their communities and promotes their independence and dignity.

Not all assisted living residences are the same, and different residents will have different needs. Facilities may range from a small home with one resident to larger facilities with 100 or more living units. Selecting an assisted living residence that fits your needs is an important and personal decision.

Congregate Housing in Montgomery County

Congregate Housing is a program that provides housing, some meals, and housekeeping services. To qualify for the Congregate Housing Services Program, a person must meet the eligibility requirements and be accepted into the program.

Personal care services such as assistance with bathing, dressing, eating, and getting around may also be provided, or a resident may also contract with an outside agent to provide personal care. Most congregate housing consists of one bedroom or studio units in federally assisted housing. Participants pay a fee based on a sliding scale. Some financial assistance may be available to those meeting eligibility criteria. There are congregate housing sites located in Maryland in: Allegany County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Montgomery County and St. Mary’s County.

Project Home

Project Home is a program based on an Adult Foster Family Model of Care. It provides a family-like living arrangement in the community for adults with developmental or physical disabilities, with mental illness, or for elderly individuals that need assistance. The program provides housing to individuals who are unable to live safely in the community on their own, and offers a home-like and less costly alternative to nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals and other institutional settings.

Continuing Care Communities in Maryland

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), also known as Life Care Communities or Independent Living Communities, offer a secure and protected environment for seniors, with access to medical and nursing services, should the need arise. A CCRC is often a large campus that includes separate housing for those who live independently, assisted living facilities that offer more support and nursing home care for those who need more complex care and assistance. Residents can move from one housing choice to another as their needs change.

Costs for living in a CCRC can be high; owners typically pay a monthly fee and often a large entrance fee. There are a range of contract agreements, terms, entrance fees and monthly service fees which are set by the individual CCRC and regulated by the Maryland Department of Aging. There are approximately 35 Continuing Care Retirement Communities operating in Maryland.

Contact Hammond and Associates for Elder Planning

Hammond and Associates has proven to be one of the best elder law firms in Maryland—if you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance for elder law, estate planning, Medicaid, and or any related service, we’re more than happy to help. Our attorneys have represented elder law clients throughout Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, and the surrounding areas.

Contact us online or call us at ​301-861-4555 and we can discuss how our elder law attorneys can provide you with assistance. We want to help you protect your loved ones in Maryland!

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