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Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (Hopkins ElderPlus) | Johns Hopkins Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

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As we consider how aging will affect our lives, a common worry is whether we will be able to stay in our homes and who will take care of us if we need medical assistance or help with personal care or housework. This concern is often echoed by our family members. 

With Hopkins ElderPlus (also called PACE, or the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), older adults can continue to live in their homes while receiving medical care and quality of life services from the Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

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How the program works

Hopkins ElderPlus (HEP) is a voluntary health program that provides and coordinates all needed preventive, primary, acute, and long-term care services so that older individuals can continue living as independently as possible.

Because the program is founded on an interdisciplinary team approach, every one of HEP's 75 employees—from van drivers to housekeeping aides to escorts—is encouraged to observe participants and share their observations with the clinical staff. This approach allows for medical problems to be caught earlier and chronic illnesses to be better managed.

What you can expect

The program is open to people 55 years and older who have been certified by the state of Maryland for nursing home level care and who live in certain zip codes near the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. A care coordination team meets with each participant to develop and manage an individual health care plan. Services include:

Day Health Care: The Hopkins ElderPlus day health care center provides health, social, rehabilitative, recreational, and personal care services.

Physician Care and Supervision: A Johns Hopkins geriatrics physician develops, monitors, and supervises each participant’s medical care and treatment plan.

Medications: All prescription medications are provided.

Medical Equipment: Walkers, canes, wheelchairs, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and other equipment are provided (if medically necessary).

Nursing Care: Nursing care treatment, education, and counseling are offered to participants and their families, as well as administration and monitoring of medications.

Rehabilitation: Occupational, physical, and speech therapy are available if prescribed by the care coordination team.

Medical Specialties: Access to podiatry, psychiatry, dentistry, optometry, and audiology services are available, if medically necessary (other specialties are available by referral).

Social Work Services: Social workers assess social and medical needs, offer individual and family counseling, and may assist participants in obtaining community services.

Transportation: Participants receive transportation to and from the day health care center and to medical appointments, including assistance getting from the vehicle to the building when needed.

Recreation: A variety of arts, crafts, restorative exercises, social activities, and entertainment keeps participants active.

Meals: Participants receive a hot, well-balanced noon meal, plus snacks in the day health care center. If needed, Johns Hopkins ElderPlus provides meals at home.

Personal Care: ElderPlus staff assists participants with bathing, grooming, and laundry assistance while they are at the day health care center.

In-Home Care: Personal care and skilled nursing services at the participant’s home are available, as prescribed by the care coordination team.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Hopkins ElderPlus, individuals must:

  • Be 55 years of age or older
  • Live in one of these zip codes: 21202, 21205, 21206, 21213, 21214, 21217, 21218, 21219, 21220, 21221, 21222, 21224, 21227, 21231, 21237 or 21052
  • Be certified by the State of Maryland for nursing-home-level care
  • Have the potential to remain safely in the community with Hopkins ElderPlus assistance

Participation

Participants agree to:

  • Receive all of their health care from Hopkins ElderPlus (except emergency care)
  • Pay for the costs of unauthorized or out-of-program-agreement services, if they are liable

Participants may leave the program at any time, subject to certain limitations.

Hopkins ElderPlus participants have the right to protection against discrimination due to:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Gender and sexual orientation
  • Manual or physical ability
  • Source of payment

A participant who thinks he/she has been discriminated against for any reason may contact a Hopkins ElderPlus social worker at 410-550-7044 or may call the Office of Civil Rights at 1-800-368-1019.

Contact and more information

The Hopkins ElderPlus PACE program is available to qualifying participants in and around Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, call 410-550-8093 or 410-550-7047. You can also:

  • Download the Notice of Privacy Practices (PDF)

Source: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/geriatric_medicine_gerontology/clinical_services/specialty_services/program_of_all_inclusive_care.html

Broadmead to Create Centers of Excellence in Dementia Care and Health & Wellness

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Broadmead, a Life Plan Community in Cockeysville, and Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC, have reached an agreement to develop, with Johns Hopkins physicians and scientists, centers of excellence in two critical areas of aging services: dementia care, and health and wellness. The creation of these centers of excellence is a natural extension of the excellence of care Broadmead has provided for the past 36 years.

For the dementia care center of excellence, the team will develop a program that combines current best practices in dementia care with forward-thinking approaches and evidence-based research.

Alzheimer's and other types of dementia are a major health issue among older adults, striking nearly 20% of those age 75 to 84, and nearly 50% of those age 85 and older.

Programs and services developed through the Broadmead/Johns Hopkins HealthCare collaboration will reach beyond providing care to residents and will also provide resources, support and education for professional caregivers, family caregivers and other family members affected by a loved one's dementia.

A major goal of the collaboration is to develop a state-of-the-art care model that benefits Broadmead residents throughout the community, from independent living through assisted living and comprehensive care.

Building on research and programs developed by Johns Hopkins faculty, these programs will enable residents with dementia to extend the time period in which they can stay in their independent living residence.

Then, as they move to higher levels of care, residents will benefit from advanced, research-proven programs at each level of care, including a dedicated neighborhood for advanced dementia, to help those with dementia live as full a life as possible.

“We are incredibly excited about the potential impact of our dementia care center of excellence,” says Broadmead CEO John Howl. “Dementia is a tragic disease that impacts not only the individual with the disease, but their loved ones and caregivers as well.

As the nation's population continues to age, the need for specialized dementia care programming is expected to grow tremendously.

We have the opportunity to create something extraordinary and exceptional that will significantly improve the quality of life for Broadmead residents, their families and their caregivers.”

Broadmead's second center of excellence initiative, in health and wellness, will investigate a variety of dimensions of wellness, including physical, intellectual, social, vocational, spiritual, environmental and emotional, to develop a signature, evidenced-based program that promotes healthy aging, maximizes residents' independence, and minimizes the effects of disease. the dementia care center of excellence, it will explore how residents' health and wellness needs—including exercise, nutrition, socialization, intellectual engagement and more—are best met throughout the community, whether the resident is in independent living, assisted living or comprehensive care. The findings will help determine which programs really make a difference in terms of maximizing health, wellness and overall quality of life.

“The development of the health and wellness center of excellence is another way Broadmead can fulfill its mission of fostering independence and growth of older adults,” says CEO John Howl. “The development of both centers of excellence will enable Broadmead residents to enhance the quality of their lives, no matter what part of the community they are in.”

The collaborative approach to develop both centers of excellence will provide significant benefits to Broadmead residents, as they will benefit from leading edge programs developed with the advice and insights of Johns Hopkins' world-recognized leaders in geriatric care and services. Key findings and programs developed for both initiatives will then be shared with other providers of services to older adults to improve care and services, both in the Baltimore area and throughout the country.

“While we are pleased that these programs will benefit Broadmead's residents, there really is a bigger picture here,” says CEO John Howl. “In ten years, there will be nearly two-and-half times as many 80-year-olds in our country as there today.

At Broadmead, we feel we have an obligation, and a commitment, to share what we learn with others in the senior living field, so that we can create the best possible living environments, and thus the best possible quality of life, for our aging population.

Broadmead's collaboration with Johns Hopkins HealthCare is just one piece of the overall development and implementation of a comprehensive master plan for the evolution of the Broadmead campus.

As part of developing these centers of excellence, Broadmead is exploring ways to renovate its skilled nursing center into separate neighborhoods specially designed to provide care and services for dementia, short-term rehabilitation, and traditional, comprehensive long term care.

It is also exploring ways to expand and enhance the community's health and wellness resources and spaces. The collaborative effort will focus on ensuring these two parts of the community's renovation will truly become centers of excellence in aging services.

A team that includes representatives from both organizations will lead this effort.

From Broadmead:

  • Chief Executive Officer John Howl
  • Chief Medical Officer Barbara Carroll
  • Andrea Dwyer, health care services administrator
  • Chief Operating Officer Robin Somers

Johns Hopkins HealthCare senior advisory team:

  • Constantine (Kostas) G. Lyketsos, M.D., M.P.H., The Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Samuel Christopher Durso, M.D. M.B.A, The Mason F. Lord Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

Full bios are available upon request.

Media Contact: Kayla Murphy, 240-575-3337, kmurphy@loveandcompany.com

Broadmeadwas founded by The Stony Run Friends Meeting (a Quaker organization) as a way to serve the needs of older people. It opened in 1979 as a private, not-for-profit, Life Plan Community. Broadmead continues to serve older adults of all faiths, under the guidance and ownership of a Quaker-guided, not-for-profit corporation.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $7 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading academic health care systems in the United States.

JHM unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

JHM's vision, “Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine,” is supported by its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research, and clinical care.

Diverse and inclusive, JHM educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness.

JHM operates six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, and 39 primary and specialty care outpatient sites under the umbrella of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1889, has been ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 22 years of the survey's 25 year history, most recently in 2013. For more information about Johns Hopkins Medicine, its research, education and clinical programs, and for the latest health, science, and research news, visit www.hopkinsmedicine.org

Source: http://www.broadmead.org/news/broadmead-to-create-centers-of-excellence-in-dementia-care-and-health-and-wellness

Welltower Announces Partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine

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TOLEDO, Ohio, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) today announced a strategic collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine intended to promote innovative care and wellness for the aging population and to create programs that increase quality, value and connectivity across the health care continuum.

The collaboration between Welltower – whose operating platform supports post-acute care, independent, assisted living and memory care facilities for more than 200,000 elderly residents and state-of-the-art outpatient medical facilities handling more than 16 million patient visits annually – and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s pre-eminent patient care, research and teaching institutions, recognizes the need for health systems and senior care providers to work together to address demographic, disease and cost challenges facing our nation’s health care system.

Initially, Welltower and Johns Hopkins Medicine will explore joint initiatives in areas including: measuring quality outcomes in assisted living and memory care; educational programs for patients and care givers; and sharing of health and wellness and business expertise, information, best practices and research.

The collaboration will also assess health care market opportunities and investments in modern, efficient infrastructure to deliver better care at a lower cost.

Mercedes Kerr, Welltower’s Executive Vice President – Business Development & Relationship Management will lead the company’s team in assessing collaborative initiatives and opportunities with Johns Hopkins Medicine across the company’s seniors housing, post-acute care and outpatient medical portfolio.

“Americans ages 65 to 85 and up are the fastest growing segment of our population and the largest consumers of health care,” said Thomas J. DeRosa, Welltower’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Caring for the frail elderly and people with dementia and other diseases of aging present both clinical and economic challenges for health systems.

Our collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine will advance innovation to keep this at-risk population healthy, socially engaged and the high cost hospital.”

Mark Shaver, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Johns Hopkins Medicine, agrees, “This collaboration builds on our shared vision for modern, efficient health care infrastructure.

The changing health care delivery landscape underscores the need for a streamlined healthcare continuum to raise the quality of care, shift care to appropriate, lower cost settings and connect caregivers and patients as part of a patient-centered, networked system.”

About Welltower
Welltower Inc. (NYSE:HCN), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure.

The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people’s wellness and overall health care experience.

Welltower™, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns interests in approximately 1,400 properties concentrated in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties. More information is available at www.welltower.com.

Source: http://www.dhealthsummit.org/welltower-announces-strategic-relationship-johns-hopkins-medicine/

Welltower-commissioned effort seeks to establish quality standards for assisted living, memory care – News

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Real estate investment trust Welltower has enlisted a group of senior living operators, academics, industry representatives and adult children of residents to develop care quality standards for its assisted living and memory care community operators that could be used across the industry.

The effort comes as the Toledo, OH-based REIT hopes to position itself as “a convener and leader for the AL industry in the realm of quality of care,” according to a report released Thursday detailing the group’s initial efforts.

“As America ages, the assisted living industry will need not only to provide high quality care to older adults but will need to prove to various constituencies that it is providing high quality care,” Bruce Leff, M.D.

, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, wrote in the report.

“Welltower is convinced that measuring care quality and building a culture of quality and quality improvement among its operating partners would position the assisted living industry for the future.”

Leff leads the new stakeholder group, known as the National Assisted Living Quality of Care Network, involved in the effort. Among its 12 other members are representatives of the American Seniors Housing Association, Argentum, the National Center for Assisted Living, Silverado and Sunrise Senior Living. Welltower’s portfolio includes Silverado and Sunrise communities.

A three-year effort

The report, titled “Development of the National Assisted Living Quality of Care Network and a Quality of Care Framework for Assisted Living Care,” is the result of more than three years of work that began in April 2015 when Welltower approached Johns Hopkins “seeking strategic advice on how best to lead the assisted living industry in developing national quality of care standards for assisted living and memory care communities,” Leff said.

Between that time and a stakeholder meeting in April 2018, Johns Hopkins researchers had phone calls and meetings with Welltower executives and conducted 12 stakeholder interviews.

“It was notable in the interviews that there seemed to be a clear sentiment that while AL is a social model, medical care must be present and robust but, at some level, invisible,” according to the report authors.

The group came up with five pillars that can form the basis of national quality standards in assisted living: culture, environment, healthcare services, coordination and integration with community, and resident quality of life.

“I was pleased to share NCAL and our members’ belief that quality can be improved through data collection and a consistent workforce,” Lindsay Schwartz, Ph.D.

, NCAL associate vice president of workforce and quality improvement, told McKnight’s Senior Living.

“Each assisted living community can best set their specific metrics or standards to ensure person-centered care, but with this quality framework, we can all get there together.”

Potential next steps

Potential next steps, according to the report, include seeking feedback from additional operators and others; prioritizing the five pillars to help future efforts and help make a case for public payment options for assisted living; reviewing existing nursing home quality indicators to determine their relevance to assisted living as well as to differentiate assisted living from skilled nursing; testing care quality programs at operators in Welltower’s portfolio; and creating a “critical incident” reporting system across all Welltower portfolio communities in light of the findings of a February report by the Government Accountability Office on federal oversight of assisted living.

The GAO found that 26 of the 48 state Medicaid agencies studied could not report the number of so-called critical incidents — such as abuse, neglect or exploitation — that occurred in the assisted living communities located in their states. The investigators recommended that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services establish standard Medicaid reporting requirements that all states could use to annually report information on critical incidents.

Assisted living’s increasing role

Welltower publicly announced a partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine in February 2017 in conjunction with its fourth-quarter 2016 earnings call, indicating that two initial focus areas would be assisted living and memory care.

“It is well-known that healthcare delivery is transitioning from an acute-care, hospital-focused model to broader outpatient, sub-acute, post-acute and senior care networks that can deliver better outcomes at lower costs,” Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa said at the time. “For this transition to be successful, real estate needs to have a seat at the table.”

Welltower plans to partner with additional major academic and regional health systems across the United States, DeRosa said.

“As they invest in building more advanced and robust outpatient networks, we intend to be their partner and connect our leading senior, dementia and post-acute care platforms to these systems to help them better manage their patient populations and provide them with a competitive advantage to grow market share and profitability across the healthcare delivery continuum,” he said.

More recently, in July, DeRosa reiterated his belief that assisted living may become “more consequential” in the health system.

Source: https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/news/welltower-commissioned-effort-seeks-to-establish-quality-standards-for-assisted-living-memory-care/

Welltower, Johns Hopkins Unveil Assisted Living Quality Framework

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Welltower (NYSE: WELL) has released the results of a study conducted for the health care real estate investment trust (REIT) by Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) that may eventually establish best operating practices in assisted living and memory care communities across the country.

The National Assisted Living Quality report is the result of a three-plus-year process involving Toledo, Ohio-based Welltower, Baltimore, Maryland-based Johns Hopkins, and a dozen stakeholders.

 The report comes on the heels of recent scrutiny of assisted living quality, including a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued earlier this year, which identified quality concerns related to Medicaid-reimbursed AL settings.

Driven by demographic, health care shifts

Welltower approached JHM in April 2015 for advice in developing national quality-of-care standards in its assisted living and memory care communities. Welltower — aware of changes to the U.S.

health care system to one focused on preventative, value-based care, and mindful of the pending “silver tsunami” of baby boomers transitioning to senior housing — became convinced that measuring care quality and building a culture of quality and quality improvement was imperative to fulfilling the needs of future residents.

“As America ages, the assisted living industry will need not only to provide high quality care to older adults but will need to prove to various constituencies that it is providing high quality care,” Bruce Leff, M.D.

, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, wrote in the report’s introduction.

“Welltower is convinced that measuring care quality and building a culture of quality and quality improvement among its operating partners would position the assisted living industry for the future. We call this the Welltower Hypothesis.”

JHM began the process by interviewing Welltower’s senior leadership team, top assisted living operator leaders, operators’ quality of care and data personnel, and health system leaders; reviewed the literature on quality of care issues for memory care in assisted living; examined the current state of quality of care indicators; and recommended next steps.

A stakeholder dream team

For more insight into the study, JHM reached out to a who’s who of 12 people with expertise in various aspects of the industry.

This group included 11 high-profile executives such as Silverado Senior Care President/CEO and Chairman Loren Shook, Argentum Chief Operating Officer Maribeth Bersani, American Seniors Housing (ASHA) president David Schless and Sunrise Senior Living Chief Clinical Officer Sue Coppola. The 12th stakeholder, Susan Yedor, is the daughter of two assisted living residents.

The stakeholder team identified five key areas of care quality that can serve as the basis for the development of a culture of quality measurement and quality improvement in assisted living at the national level:

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  1. Culture
  2. Environment
  3. Health care services
  4. Coordination and integration with community
  5. Resident quality of life

JHM conducted interviews with the stakeholders between November 2017 and last February, and hosted a stakeholder summit in April.

Next steps

The report is only the first step to what Welltower believes will be a radical change in measuring quality of care in assisted living and memory care.

The report authors identified next steps such as developing and implementing a quality learning collaborative among assisted living operators, creating a critical incident reporting system across Welltower’s network of properties, mapping indicators to be used in the near term for quality improvement efforts, and sharing the results of the stakeholder network with a broader range of industry professionals for feedback and endorsement.

Written by Chuck Sudo

Source: https://seniorhousingnews.com/2018/11/29/welltower-johns-hopkins-unveil-assisted-living-quality-framework/

Keeping Older Adults Connected

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Social distancing can increase loneliness, especially among older adults. Finding ways to stay connected through phone and virtual visits can combat social isolation.

To say that we are currently living in an unprecedented moment is a vast understatement.

The pandemic has upended the norms for how we live our lives, go about our daily routines, and interact with others in ways that are unsettling and anxiety-provoking for all of us.

By now, we are all very aware of the public health mandate to maintain social distance from others in order to minimize spread of the coronavirus.

For older adults, the current emphasis on social distancing can be especially stressful, and for some, it has hit particularly hard. Across the country, older adults in retirement communities and assisted living facilities are being asked to self-isolate in their apartments or rooms.

Communal meals and group social activities have been eliminated. Senior centers have closed and religious institutions have stopped holding in-person services.

Travel restrictions in many parts of the country prevent older adults from visiting with their adult children, and nursing homes are forbidding families from visiting residents.

The elderly are more at risk for adverse health outcomes from exposure to the novel coronavirus and so these measures are appropriate from a public health standpoint.

However, for older adults, social distancing also increases isolation and loneliness, which can have negative consequences for emotional and physical well-being. Both loneliness and social isolation can increase risk for anxiety and depression.

In addition, social isolation and loneliness are well-known risk factors for adverse health outcomes and increased risk for mortality.

Fortunately, there are ways to stay socially connected despite the distancing. Here are some suggestions of ways to mitigate the negative effects of isolation:

1. Regular phone calls are great ways to remind the older person to take scheduled medications and to just say hello.

2. FaceTime and video chats, if possible,are especially effective ways of including the older person in what’s happening in your family’s life.

3. Including older relatives in group video gatherings, if technically able, to participate in family game nights or group dinners.

4. Sending emails, texting, and don’t forget “snail mail” letters and cards and drawings from grandchildren.

5. Having gifts delivered that the older person might enjoy.

6. Checking in frequently to see if the older person needs groceries, medication, or other household items that can be ordered for them or brought to their home.

It’s incumbent on all of us in our roles as clinicians, family members, and neighbors, to reach out to the older people we know who may be spending most of the day alone in their homes, apart from the family, friends, and activities that give their life meaning. Focusing on all the ways to stay connected despite the distance can go a long way to combat the loneliness and isolation that social distancing can bring.

Source: https://closler.org/connecting-with-patients/keeping-older-adults-connected

THE BEST 15 Assisted Living Facilities in Baltimore, MD

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Baltimore has wonderful assisted living facilities to choose from that range in price from $3,613-$4,888 per month.

Below, find detailed property information, reviews, photos and more for all Baltimore, MD assisted living properties. Then, let us help you choose the best senior living community your budget, care needs and other factors.During Covid-19 In-Home Care can be a safe temporary option.

Have pre-screened caregivers at your home

When you or your loved one reach a point where you need some daily assistance but wish to retain an independent lifestyle, it may be time to consider an assisted living facility (ALF).

These communities offer seniors housing, meals and around-the-clock assistance with nonmedical care. ALFs help residents with the activities of daily living (ADLs) and provide independent plans for each resident.

The Maryland Health Care Commission licenses and regulates assisted living facilities in Baltimore and the rest of the state. The Commission conducts inspections on a regular schedule or to investigate complaints to make sure every facility adheres to the health and safety standards set by the Commission.

What Services are Available for Assisted Living Near You in Baltimore?

Services available in assisted living communities in Baltimore can vary by size and location; however, here are some general services available at most assisted living near you:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Continence issues
  • Personal grooming and hygiene
  • Eating and nutrition
  • Toileting
  • Transfers and movement assistance

Preparing to move to an assisted living facility for yourself or a loved one can be a busy time. Writing out a checklist helps you stay focused on the goal.

First, make sure that you or your loved one is up-to-date with medical, dental and other appointments in the weeks leading up to the move.

It's important to plan ahead and make a doctor's appointment because the staff at the assisted living facility needs a medical assessment when you or your loved one move into the community.

The staff requires this information to ensure the facility is able to meet your or your loved one's unique needs.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind for the transition:

  • Visit the new apartment to take measurements and double-check what can and can't fit into it.
  • List out large furniture you or your loved one would to bring, such as a sofa or bed, and make arrangements for a moving van, if necessary.
  • Collect items that you or your loved one want close by you, such as pictures, decorations and artwork, and give remaining sentimental items to family members who might appreciate them.
  • Sell or donate tools, appliances, antiques and other leftover items from home.
  • Determine how to dispose of larger assets, such as a home, car or RV and put the money aside to help pay for the assisted living facility.

If you're making decisions for a loved one, involve them as much as possible in each step and make sure they understand what's happening.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Baltimore?

The average monthly cost of assisted living in Baltimore is $4,250, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.

It costs an average of $3,750 a month to live in assisted living in the U.S. according to Genworth, but Baltimore prices are quite a bit higher. However, Baltimore compares favorably with the monthly average cost in Maryland at $4,673.

The cost of assisted living varies from location to location and facility to facility. If you choose a community with no-frills service, you're ly to pay less than if you select a facility with luxurious appointments and many amenities.

It's important to understand the different types of communities from basic to top-of-the-line options. Monthly fees are the main consideration, but remember that community service fees and other costs can impact the total cost per month.

Our local Seniorly Partner Agents often have the ability to negotiate monthly rent and fees on your behalf at many of the communities you might be interested in. This is a free service to you. To connect to a Seniorly Partner Agent email us now at ask@seniorly.com or call (855) 866-4515.

What's the Difference Between Assisted Living vs. Other Senior Care Types?

The difference between assisted living and other types of senior care is that assisted living sits between independent living and skilled nursing facilities, sometimes called nursing homes. There are many types of care facilities for seniors to choose from. Ultimately, your selection should take into account your health and personal abilities and needs. Learn more about the other care types, below:

  • Independent living facilities: These communities provide residents with multi-room private apartments. They are perfect for aging citizens in great physical condition who need minimal assistance.
  • Skilled nursing facilities: For seniors in need of constant nursing care and 24-hour access to medical assistance, a skilled nursing facility may be the best choice. These communities have around-the-clock staffing by a licensed nurse and other care professionals.
  • Hospice care facilities: When a senior requires end-of-life care for a chronic illness, such as cancer, a Hospice care facility is ly to be the ideal option.

There are many websites and apps that help Baltimore seniors in assisted living access helpful services quickly. These include transportation, pet services and fitness options for aging citizens. Here are just a few that are available in the city:

  • Lyft: Seniors who need a ride can't always wait for a facility's transportation service. Lyft ride-sharing service provides as-needed access to transportation through a mobile application you download to your smartphone.
  • Puppy Love Dog Groomers – This local dog grooming company can pick up your pet for baths or pampered grooming. This is great if your facilities allow pets and you need some help keeping them looking and smelling awesome.
  • Senior Meetups in Baltimore – The Meetup website hosts local clubs and organizations, including those with an emphasis on seniors. Join a book club or stay up-to-date on your favorite pastime while socializing with other seniors in the area.

Resources for Caregivers in Baltimore

Becoming a caregiver demands so much on a physical and emotional level that it's easy to put aside personal needs. Fortunately, you aren't alone, and there are many places to turn to for help and support, including the following:

There are some great government resources committed to assisting seniors looking for services available in Baltimore. Here are three of the many organizations dedicated to helping aging citizens:

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland as well as the state capital. It's home to 611,648 people, 12.3 percent of whom are 65 or older.

Baltimore Weather

Baltimore's weather provides four seasons of varying weather, perfect for seniors who to see the seasons change. January average temperatures dip to a moderate 37 degrees, but balmy summer highs average 82 degrees in sunny July.

Transportation in and Around Baltimore

Popular among tourists and locals a, the Charm City Circulator provides free daily bus service to Baltimore's most popular areas. The Maryland Transit Administration runs the BaltimoreLink bus service with senior discounts available.

Fun Facts About Baltimore

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Baltimore, where he wrote his famously chilling short stories. In fact, Poe coined the term “short story.” According to the questionable word of psychic poet Lizzie Doten, Poe wrote a series of poems, channeled through Doten, long after he died. In honor of Poe's short story of the same name, Baltimore dubbed its football franchise the Ravens.

Senior history buffs can visit Fort McHenry to commemorate the famous battle there during the War of 1812. During the naval battle in Baltimore Inner Harbor, Francis Scott Key received the inspiration to write the Star-spangled Banner poem, which was later set to music as the national anthem.

Seniors touring this historic city can find a series of historical markers for famous places that now have other functions. Although Baltimore receives moderate rainfall, it was home to the Beehler Umbrella Factory, the first in America.

There are several large hospitals in the city, including the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center, both nationally ranked medical facilities.

Finding the appropriate assisted living facility for your needs involves quite a bit of research. To help you on your quest, the Maryland Department of Health provides detailed information on the facilities that you're considering. They also investigate complaints, with the help of Maryland Long-Term Care Ombudsmen.

Finding the community that suits you or your loved one the best might mean turning to social media. and Google searches can yield valuable information, and Yelp has helpful reviews for Baltimore assisted living communities. The Seniorly website offers detailed reviews for 65 assisted living facilities and around Baltimore.

What Questions Should I Ask When Touring Assisted Living Facilities in Baltimore?

Here are the top 10 questions you should ask when looking for an assisted living community in Baltimore:

  1. What training and certification do all the staff have? What refresher training do they receive each year?
  2. Are staff available 24/7 to aid residents with personal care, including bathing, dressing and eating?
  3. What furnishings are provided in each resident's private living space? May residents bring their own furniture? Are they able to decorate their own rooms or apartments as they please?
  4. Do residents have TVs in their rooms? Is cable or satellite service provided, and  
  5. is it included in the overall fee? What about internet access?
  6. How is food prepared? Are organic ingredients used? If your loved one has dietary restrictions (gluten-free, kosher, lactose intolerant, for example.), can the kitchen meet them?
  7. Can your loved one bring their pet with them? If so, what kind of pet care services are available, and what is the charge? Are there community pets?
  8. What regular or special activities are hosted by the assisted living community? What efforts are taken to encourage residents to participate?
  9. Does each resident have a written plan of care? Who prepares it? How often and under what circumstances is it changed?
  10. What services and amenities incur extra fees?

Visit or bring your loved one to visit several assisted living facilities. After taking a tour, try to visit at different times to make sure the facility meets your needs.

During the tour, you might get a chance to try the food and share time with current residents. This is a great way to find out what your or your loved one's mealtime and day might look at the facility.

Refer to this guide for a comprehensive list of questions that can help you narrow down your search.

Source: https://www.seniorly.com/assisted-living/maryland/baltimore