To help senior citizens and their families faced with long-term care decisions for the elderly, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) has just released a new "Assisted Living in Maryland: What You Need to Know" guide as a public service. This comprehensive handbook offers valuable information to educate and guide people who are considering assisted living facilities as a viable alternative to nursing homes.
Assisted living is an innovative way to care for people who can no longer live independently but do not need "round-the-clock" care given in nursing homes. Assisted living facilities offer living quarters, meals, and help with such daily activities as dressing, bathing, eating and medication management. Their popularity has grown over the last decade and, given the onslaught of aging baby boomers, it is expected to soar in the future.
Often, these facilities are not as highly regulated by the government as nursing homes, which places an additional burden on the family making the assisted living decisions. Legal experts advise the public to thoroughly examine everything from the site, staffing and services to the facility's documents, residential agreements, liability, fees and payment schedules prior to signing a contract and making a commitment.
MSBA has published its Assisted Living Guide to direct citizens in this decision process as a public service. It helps families determine if assisted living is the right choice for long-term care and the type of facility that best caters to their individual needs. It offers a wealth of information, including helpful tips, suggested questions and checklists, to steer members of the public in the right direction. Members of the public may order a copy of the Guide, at a cost of $1.00 each, by calling Carole Marshall at (410) 706-3378.