When choosing an assisted living community, it is important to understand Maryland state regulations for assisted living facilities and know how to look up assisted living license information. But public access to assisted living records varies greatly by state.
We developed a system to rate each state on how easy – or difficult – it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and compiled tips to help you in your search.
States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.
Access to Maryland assisted living records: Exceptional
Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Maryland is exceptional. Key findings that informed this rating include:
Maryland is one of very few states to include information about the pricing of assisted living communities online.
Maryland has one of the easiest to use and most attractive state websites for researching assisted living records. However, surveys for communities with less than 10 residents are not available.
State provides exceptional access to assisted living records and licensing
How to look up Maryland assisted living licenses and records
If you need to make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get records, consider browsing the state-by-state resources from the National Freedom of Information Coalition, which includes sample state-specific FOIA letters.
How we arrived at our Maryland rating
We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:
Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently? [within 90 days] Yes
If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all? Yes or N/A
Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes
Capacity shown? Yes
Payment types shown, [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]? No
Administrator / Contact name shown? Yes
State may fine facility? Yes
Frequency of inspections? Every 15 months
Website includes pricing of facility? Yes
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