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Considering a Nursing Home? Check This Out

October 24, 2022

According to the State of Maryland, there are approximately 230 nursing homes in the State with approximately 30,000 nursing home beds available to the program. Please click one of the following links for more information about the program.

Information obtained from the Baltimore County website suggest following 5 steps to in selecting a nursing home.

Speak with Trusted Sources

Consult with health professionals, social workers, hospital discharge planners or friends and family members to aid in your search. If you are helping someone find a nursing home, Be sure to get the person who will be living in the facility involved in the process, when possible. If the person is unable or unwilling to become involved, keep their preferences and values in mind when making your selection.

Gather Basic Information

Begin gathering basic information about the nursing homes you are considering by comparing nursing homes

Visit Multiple Facilities

Go on a formal tour to meet the nursing home staff and residents. Use a Nursing Home Checklist during facility tours so you know what questions to ask. Take notes.

After Choosing a Facility of Interest

Visit again at different times of day and on different days of the week to see a complete picture of the services and activities offered to residents. Take special note of how staff interacts with residents and the quality of life for the residents. Observe if the residents are receiving services and care that will allow them to achieve the highest practicable level of physical, social and mental well being.

Review the Contract Before Signing

Be sure to obtain a copy of the nursing home contract to take home with you to review. Ask the nursing facility about parts of the contract which are not clear to you. If you still have questions, you may want to consider having an attorney review the contract prior to signing. Be sure the contract is fully completed at the time you sign it. Obtain a full and exact copy of the original document after both you and the facility have signed.

For more information, call The State Office of Health Care Quality, Baltimore County Ombudsman Program by email: or telephone 410-887-4200.

For your convenience, a link to the Baltimore County website with a list of nursing homes in the RESOURCES page on the menu. Don't forget to subscribe to and share with family, friends and neighbors.



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