Maryland Care Home Regulations
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Maryland.
In Maryland, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
Cost of Living
Overall, the cost of living in Maryland is considered to be less affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
- Cost of Living: 131
- Groceries: 109
- Housing: 185
- Utilities: 107
- Transportation: 117
About 16% of Maryland’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Maryland leaned liberal.
2016 Presidential Election
- 60% voted Democratic
- 34% voted Republican
- 6% voted third party
- Median age: 39
- Over the age of 55: 29%
- 2018 population: 6,042,718
- 2020 population: 6,078,530
- Estimated 2025 population: 6,168,993
- 31% regularly attend a religious service
- 36% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
- The state has a total of 5,336 congregations
- There are 218 Masonic lodges in the state
Climate and Weather
Because of elevation changes and surrounding bodies of water, Maryland’s climate varies depending on the area of the state. Overall, the state has four distinct seasons including warm summers and cold winters. In the far western, more mountainous Allegheny region of the state, the climate is classified as humid continental, which means temperatures are slightly lower throughout the year. The climate in the middle region of the state is slightly warmer with an oceanic climate. In the humid subtropical climate of Maryland’s eastern region, which borders Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, temperatures and humidity are higher than the rest of the state.
Humidity and Precipitation
- Average humidity level: 69%
- Average monthly precipitation: 4”
- Average maximum monthly precipitation: 6” (May)
- Average air quality index rating: 40 (Good)
- Average maximum air quality rating: 49 in July (Good)
- Average temperature: 55°F
- Average summer temperature: 74°F
- Typical summer high: 91°F (July)
- Typical summer low: 53°F (June)
- Average winter temperature: 35°F
- Typical winter high: 51°F (December)
- Typical winter low: 16°F (January)
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