With a population of 593,490, including 80,700 seniors, Baltimore is one of the nation’s 30 largest cities and an ideal location for assisted living residents who want to enjoy an active lifestyle. Located one hour from Washington, D.C., and two hours from Philadelphia, this historic seaport is famous for its crab shacks, Civil War battleships and a world-class aquarium. Many of these attractions are housed in the rejuvenated Inner Harbor, which is a popular destination for sightseeing, outdoor concerts and community events.

More than 300 assisted living facilities are located in the Baltimore area, which gives seniors a wide range of options depending on their budget, preferred amenities and personal care needs. Assisted living facilities provide a maintenance-free lifestyle geared toward older adults who want to stay active but need occasional assistance with bathing, grooming or chores. These services cost $5,000 per month in the Baltimore area, which is on par with the statewide average but slightly higher than the national median.

This guide features information about local assisted living fees and compares those rates with costs in nearby cities. It also includes a directory of community resources that can help with long-term care access and financial planning.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Baltimore, MD

Charter Senior Living of Towson

6451 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD, 21212

We chose it for my sister. We liked the people there, the atmosphere, the pricing, and we worked with them to make it affordable. It was just the actual place and the people more than anything else th … (read more)
We chose it for my sister. We liked the people there, the atmosphere, the pricing, and we worked with them to make it affordable. It was just the actual place and the people more than anything else th … (read more)

The Mohawk Estate

2814 Mohawk Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21207

This facility is exceptionall! The staff works VERY close with us to ensure mom’s care needs are handled. She wasn’t very active, and veryy reluctant to transition into a facility. Now she’s become a … (read more)
This facility is exceptionall! The staff works VERY close with us to ensure mom’s care needs are handled. She wasn’t very active, and veryy reluctant to transition into a facility. Now she’s become a … (read more)

God’s Way Only Assisted Living

511 Walker Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21212

Chemell and her staff have provided quality, professional care to my Uncle who suffers from multiple major health challenges. Chemell runs her facility with professionalism, empathy, compassion and at … (read more)
Chemell and her staff have provided quality, professional care to my Uncle who suffers from multiple major health challenges. Chemell runs her facility with professionalism, empathy, compassion and at … (read more)

Ardent Living Memory Care

821 Nottingham Rd, Baltimore, MD, 21229

It’s run by an amazing CEO who really cares for his residents and families. He has all kinds of ways to save you money. Enjoy being in a home setting. Feel like you are home with home cooking. I send … (read more)
It’s run by an amazing CEO who really cares for his residents and families. He has all kinds of ways to save you money. Enjoy being in a home setting. Feel like you are home with home cooking. I send … (read more)

Up & About Care

2902 Lyndhurst Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21216

The most important thing to myself and family members is we love seeing and hearing the interaction Mom has with Brittany (Director) and her staff. Brittany has made me feel that we definitely mad … (read more)
The most important thing to myself and family members is we love seeing and hearing the interaction Mom has with Brittany (Director) and her staff. Brittany has made me feel that we definitely mad … (read more)

Lighthouse Senior Living at Hopkins Creek

1813 Old Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21221

Lighthouse Senior Living at Hopkins Creek is a smaller community. We’ve met the entire staff and it’ll give my father the better level of attention that he needs. It appears to be well managed, and th … (read more)
Lighthouse Senior Living at Hopkins Creek is a smaller community. We’ve met the entire staff and it’ll give my father the better level of attention that he needs. It appears to be well managed, and th … (read more)

NCC Assisted Living

3107 Glen Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21215

NCC Assisted Living is Excellent. My father is a current resident and he loves it. The care from the nurses is over and beyond. He even loves the meals and he is very picky and particular. Whenever I … (read more)
NCC Assisted Living is Excellent. My father is a current resident and he loves it. The care from the nurses is over and beyond. He even loves the meals and he is very picky and particular. Whenever I … (read more)

Noble Senior Living at Baltimore

3855 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21211

I did a tour of Noble Senior Living at Baltimore. In my opinion, I don’t think that was a very nice place. I didn’t think it was very clean. I don’t think the people are very happy about being there. … (read more)
I did a tour of Noble Senior Living at Baltimore. In my opinion, I don’t think that was a very nice place. I didn’t think it was very clean. I don’t think the people are very happy about being there. … (read more)

Woodlands Assisted Living

1320 Windlass Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21220

Woodlands Assisted Living is located near State Route 700 in a charming residential area just northwest of Baltimore, MD. Visitors and family members give the facility positive reviews for its clean e … (read more)
Woodlands Assisted Living is located near State Route 700 in a charming residential area just northwest of Baltimore, MD. Visitors and family members give the facility positive reviews for its clean e … (read more)

Taylor and Jackie Assisted Living

6910 Fieldcrest Rd, Baltimore, MD, 21215

Taylor and Jackie Assisted Living was a little small, but everything looked nice. It was the first time I’ve been in assisted living, so I didn’t have anything else to compare it against. The staff wa … (read more)
Taylor and Jackie Assisted Living was a little small, but everything looked nice. It was the first time I’ve been in assisted living, so I didn’t have anything else to compare it against. The staff wa … (read more)

Symphony Manor at Roland Park

4301 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21210

I have never seen another such residence as nice. As the visual surroundings of a place are very important to me, I fell in love immediately with your spacious, gracious lobby and the courtyard beyond … (read more)
I have never seen another such residence as nice. As the visual surroundings of a place are very important to me, I fell in love immediately with your spacious, gracious lobby and the courtyard beyond … (read more)

The Cottages of Perry Hall

9900 Walther Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21234

My dad moved into The Cottages of Perry Hall. It’s only been a month, but the staff is very, very nice, helping, and caring. And so far, I don’t have an issue with that. I just have an issue with the … (read more)
My dad moved into The Cottages of Perry Hall. It’s only been a month, but the staff is very, very nice, helping, and caring. And so far, I don’t have an issue with that. I just have an issue with the … (read more)

Serenity Garden Manor

2311 Roslyn Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21216

This is a classic Baltimore home with high ceilings, stained glass and oak molding. The rooms are spacious and warm. The bedrooms are mostly semi private but very spacious. The staff is very friend … (read more)
This is a classic Baltimore home with high ceilings, stained glass and oak molding. The rooms are spacious and warm. The bedrooms are mostly semi private but very spacious. The staff is very friend … (read more)

Howell’s Care l

5809 Highgate Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21215

Howell’s Care l was nice and clean, and there was no odor. The people who work there seemed to be OK, and they were smiling. The staff during the tour was very friendly, and she let me go upstairs. Th … (read more)
Howell’s Care l was nice and clean, and there was no odor. The people who work there seemed to be OK, and they were smiling. The staff during the tour was very friendly, and she let me go upstairs. Th … (read more)

Optimum Care Homes LLC

1906 Cecil Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21218

I went to see Optimum Care Homes LLC two weeks ago. It was a house setting, not a facility setting. It was not too far from the national highway, which was good. The rooms were spacious. It was a nice … (read more)
I went to see Optimum Care Homes LLC two weeks ago. It was a house setting, not a facility setting. It was not too far from the national highway, which was good. The rooms were spacious. It was a nice … (read more)

Carolyns Loving Hands

2646 Beryl Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21205

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit this facility & was impressed. It’s spacious, clean and safe. I can tell the caregiver/provider truly cares and will give the best care to her future cli … (read more)
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit this facility & was impressed. It’s spacious, clean and safe. I can tell the caregiver/provider truly cares and will give the best care to her future cli … (read more)

J.L. Care Enterprises

601 Aldershot Road, Baltimore, MD, 21229


Angel Core Home Of Care

4304 Parkmont Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21206


Golden View Assisted Living

4407 Frankfort Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21206


Kind Heart Assisted Living

2519 Keyworth Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21215


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Baltimore

Residential facilities that provide housing, personal care, recreational activities and health-related services in Baltimore are licensed and overseen by the Maryland Department of Health, Assisted Living Unit. This agency regulates hundreds of assisted living facilities statewide.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Baltimore

  • Baltimore ranks as one of the nation’s 100 most livable cities. Assisted living residents enjoy history, professional sports and easy access to the beach. The community also scores points for its elegant architecture, unique neighborhoods and diverse nightlife.
  • Local seniors can take advantage of several public transportation systems. CountyRide provides transportation for medical appointments and essential errands, and the Maryland Transit Administration has reduced fares for disabled adults and seniors aged 65 and older.
  • Cost of living is an important consideration for retirees, and Baltimore fares well in this department. Health care costs are about 10% lower than average, housing is very affordable and the overall cost of living is about 12 points lower than the U.S. median.
  • According to BestPlaces, Baltimore is more comfortable than most parts of the state. May, September and October are the most pleasant months, and January is the least comfortable with periodic snowfall and lows that drop into the upper 20s.
  • Property and violent crime rates in Baltimore are roughly double the national average. Fortunately, local assisted living facilities have a variety of integrated security features to protect residents and ensure that seniors can call for help in case of an emergency.
  • Baltimore received an F grade for ozone and a B for 24-hour particulates, according to the American Lung Association. Poor air quality is more likely to affect seniors and adults who have COPD, lung cancer or heart disease. Staying indoors may be the best option on certain high-pollution days.

Paying for Assisted Living in Baltimore

Assisted living facilities in Baltimore charge $5,000 per month. These rates are on par with the state median and slightly higher than the national average.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Baltimore is a moderately affordable location for assisted living. Estimated costs of $5,000 per month are on par with the state median and $700 higher than the U.S. average of $4,300. Prices in Hagerstown are $500 lower, and seniors in Cumberland save $335 per month. However, assisted living facilities in Salisbury charge $500 more per month, and those in California charge $6,200 per month, an increase of $1,200.

$5000

Baltimore

$5000

Maryland

$4300

The United States

$4500

Hagerstown

$4665

Cumberland

$6200

California

$5500

Salisbury

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Averaging around $5,000 per month, assisted living provides a competitive value when compared to other forms of long-term care. Although home health care costs about $43 less and homemaker services are approximately $330 cheaper, seniors are still responsible for housing and other essentials. Adult day health care costs just $1,896 per month, a savings of roughly $3,100, but it only includes daytime care. Seniors who need more advanced support may seek admission at a local nursing home. Nursing home prices start at $11,984 for a semiprivate room, which is more than double the cost of assisted living, and a private room in a skilled nursing facility costs approximately $12,805 per month.

$4671

Homemaker Services

$4957

Home Health Aide

$1896

Adult Day Health Care

$5000

Assisted Living Facility

$11984

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$12805

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Baltimore

Seniors in the Maryland area may be eligible for assistance with funding from the Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy program

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Maryland page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Baltimore

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Maryland page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Baltimore

Seniors in Baltimore can contact the following agencies to learn more about assisted living and community-based programs for older adults. These organizations also work with caregivers and family members.

ResourceContactService
Baltimore City Health Department, Division of Aging(410) 396-4932Baltimore’s Division of Aging manages more than 20 programs that benefit older adults and help to enhance residents’ health, safety and well-being. It provides healthy aging workshops that focus on topics, such as fall prevention and chronic disease management. Certified Information and Assistance Specialists can provide information, assistance and referrals to help seniors access medical equipment, long-term care and various community-based resources sponsored by the state and federal government.
Baltimore County Department of Aging(410) 887-2594Serving residents at the county level, this Area Agency on Aging administers a wide range of programs for adults aged 60 and older, family caregivers and individuals who are living with a disability. Seniors can contact this organization to learn more about assisted living facilities, local senior centers, travel opportunities, Medicare benefits and transportation services offered by CountyRide.
Maryland Legal Aid, Baltimore City Office(410) 951-7750Maryland Legal Aid has been providing pro bono legal services to low-income families and marginalized adults since 1991. Staff and volunteers at MLA’s Baltimore City Office help clients with legal issues related to housing, consumer rights, debt collection, family law, government benefits and long-term care. Relevant practice areas for seniors include elder abuse, estate planning, Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security.
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs(800) 446-4926, ext. 6450The state’s Service and Benefits Program provides free consultations to help veterans and their dependents or survivors access state, federal and local benefits. Service officers review eligibility for VA health care, long-term care, financial benefits and cemetery programs. They also help with pension claims and appeals that can give veterans access to benefits that are designed to help with the cost of assisted living or personal care.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Baltimore

Baltimore-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Maryland are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Maryland page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Baltimore