Bowie, Maryland, is an eastern D.C. suburb and the largest city in Prince George’s County. The city is home to more than 8,000 senior citizens, which is nearly 15% of the population. As part of the Washington metro area, Bowie is ideal for those looking for a retirement spot that is slower paced and safe, yet still within easy access to all that the nation’s capital has to offer. While D.C. provides rich cultural and historical points of interest, Bowie also has a variety of entertainment and recreational options. Seniors can spend the day relaxing at the 85-acre Allen Pond Park, picking up local fare at the Bowie Farmer’s Market and watching a baseball game at Prince George’s Stadium.
Assisted living is best for seniors who need more day-to-day help than independent living but don’t need nursing home care. These communities typically include personal care support, meals, transportation to medical appointments and social activities. Bowie’s average cost for assisted living care is $4,750, which is below the Maryland average but above the national average.
This guide contains an overview of local senior-focused resources and comparison of assisted living costs across a few other area cities. You’ll also find some information on financial assistance for senior care.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Bowie
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Maryland. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Bowie’s costs are fairly normal for the area. The city’s average monthly cost of $4,750 is just 5% higher than the national average of $4,500, and just 3% lower than the Maryland average of $4,900.
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Maryland residents who live in Cumberland see the state’s highest average monthly price for assisted living care, $5,248. Costs are a bit lower in Salisbury, where seniors pay $4,980 a month — $230 more than in Bowie. At $4,630, Hagerstown narrowly beats out Bowie for the lowest average costs in Maryland. Looking beyond Maryland’s borders, residents in nearby Washington, DC, pay an average of $5,948 a month while those of Philadelphia, PA, pay $5,685.
Note: Data for Bowie was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Baltimore, was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bowie
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
The Aging and Disabilities Services division of Prince George’s Health and Human Services is designed to support the health and overall well-being of seniors. It offers a Family Caregiving Program that provides support for caregivers, as well as a variety of Health Promotion Programs to help seniors take a proactive approach to their health.
Southern Prince George’s County VA Clinic (SPGC VA) provides a full array of health care services to senior veterans and their dependents. In addition to primary and preventative care, the SPGC VA offers audiology and mental health services.
Offering a one-stop location to meet the needs of local senior veterans and their loved ones, the Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) helps with benefits and health care referrals. In addition to VA claims assistance, OVA offers assistance and initiatives targeted towards women veterans.
For a nominal fee, seniors can receive curbside transportation to medical appointments, shopping trips and visits to the local senior center, courtesy of Bowie’s senior transportation services. Appointments must be made in advance and trips are made available on a priority basis.
Dedicated to enhancing the lives of those aged 55 and older, the Bowie Senior Center offers opportunities for recreation, socialization, education and information. From classes in the Fitness Center to congregate lunches and special holiday events, the Bowie Senior Center provides a wide array of classes and services to seniors in the area.
Bowie Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Bowie area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.