Assisted Living in Bethesda, Maryland
Bethesda, Maryland, is located just north of the nation’s capital along the banks of the Potomac River. It’s a coastal city, with easy access to the Atlantic Ocean. The city hosts many different events throughout the year, including the Taste of Bethesda, a food festival highlighting local restaurants, and a Summer Concert Series downtown. Bethesda’s downtown district is also known for ethnic restaurants and small boutiques, and the free Bethesda Circulator makes getting around the area easy. Residents of Bethesda many also choose to visit nearby Washington, D.C., exploring the capital city’s national monuments and the Smithsonian Museum, as well as taking advantage of the city’s vast shopping and dining opportunities. Crime rates are lower than the national average, which may help make seniors here feel more secure.
Assisted living communities in Bethesda cost an average of $5,100 per month, although these fees can vary according to the services each facility provides.
Note: Data for Bethesda was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Washington, DC, was used instead.
Paying for Assisted Living in Bethesda, Maryland
The Cost of Assisted Living in Bethesda
Assisted living fees in Bethesda, $5,100 per month, are substantially higher than the Maryland average of $4,300 and the national average of $4,051. Compared to neighboring states, Maryland falls in the middle, a few hundred dollars higher per month than Pennsylvania ($3,913) and West Virginia ($3,750) and several hundred dollars lower than Virginia ($4,800) and Washington, D.C. ($5,100). New Jersey, to the north, is considerably higher than Maryland, averaging $6,400 per month for assisted living.
Compared to other Maryland cities, Bethesda, at $5,100 per month, has average assisted living fees that are higher than those of many other cities, including Baltimore ($4,225), Hagerstown ($4,050) and Cumberland ($3,750). Only Salisbury has higher fees, at $5,250 per month.
Bethesda Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Maryland Medicaid offers a Home and Community-Based Waiver called the Community Options Wavier to help Medicaid recipients pay for care in an assisted living community. The waiver covers room and board for those who receive Medicaid and require assistance with daily living or who are unable to live on their own. The program is intended as an alternative to placement in a nursing home.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Maryland page.
Bethesda Assisted Living Resources
|Maryland Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program||(410) 396-3144||The Ombudsman Program advocates for individuals living in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Its representatives investigate complaints filed by residents or by families on behalf of residents, including those regarding cases of elder neglect or abuse. They seek to improve the quality of life for long-term care residents, working with the state and local governments to bring about changes.|
|Maryland Department of Aging||(410)-767-1100||The Maryland Department on Aging’s mission is to establish Maryland as an attractive destination for older adults, working with communities to develop programs to protect the interests of seniors and create vibrant communities that allow seniors to age in place and retain their independence.|
|Montgomery County Department of Veterans Affairs||(301) 652-0717||Military veterans may receive assistance securing government pensions and health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The organization also offers counseling services for veterans, and it helps surviving spouses secure death benefits.|
|Maryland Legal Aid||(866) 635-2948||Maryland Legal Aid’s Senior Legal Helpline offers counseling and advice to the elderly. It helps low-income individuals locate pro bono representation in civil matters (although not in criminal cases). Other services include preparing legal documents and helping seniors file for divorce or bankruptcy.|
|Montgomery County Department of Recreation|| ||The county Department of Recreation operates seven senior citizens centers that offer a wide variety of activities for residents 55 and older. These include weekday lunch programs, drop-in programs, lectures, and seminars, fitness classes and hobby group meetings.|
|Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ||(202) 637-7000||The METRO, which services the greater Washington, D.C. area, is a light rail and fixed-route bus system. Seniors may apply for reduced fare passes. The METRO also has handicapped and paratransit services available to those who qualify.|
Bethesda Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
The Maryland Department of Health licenses and regulates assisted living communities, dividing these homes into three tiers depending on the level of care residents receive. Each facility must demonstrate appropriate levels of sanitation and that it can deliver the level of care the residents require.
Visit our Assisted Living in Maryland page for more information about these laws.