Nursing Facilities

Nurse and patient in a nursing home

Nursing homes provide 24-hour nursing care and assistance for people with complex medical needs who cannot live independently. Nursing homes are different from assisted living facilities, which provide care for people with less complex medical needs.

Nursing homes in Maryland are sometimes called "Comprehensive Care Facilities". They are licensed and regulated by the State’s Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ).

Services offered in nursing homes may include:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, and grooming
  • Medication administration
  • Activity programs
  • Individualized care planning
  • Specialized medical care such as ventilator and respiratory care, wound care rehabilitation and dementia care

Paying for Nursing Facility Care

Medicare only covers rehabilitation for short nursing facility stays after a hospitalization. Nursing home care can be paid for privately, with long term care insurance, commercial insurance for rehabilitation, or veterans’ benefits. Medical Assistance – also called Medicaid – pays for certain eligible individuals who cannot afford to pay for the full cost. Medicaid also offers eligible individuals services that can help you transition out of a nursing home and into a home or community setting. To learn more about your options, call your local MAP.

Ombudsman - The Nursing Home Resident’s Advocate

Ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities and similar adult care facilities. They work to resolve problems of individual residents and to bring about changes that will improve residents’ care and quality of life. Contact your local Ombudsman to learn about residents’ rights and other ways in which they may be of assistance.

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