Rockville is a mid-sized Maryland city located near Washington, D.C. that serves as a home base for many who work there, and it’s growing more than twice as fast as the state, according to the Census Bureau. Despite the overall high cost of living due to its proximity to D.C., the cost of health care in Rockville is 7.4% below that of the nation. Rockville has a lower rate of violent and property crime than much of the United States, and the city is relatively safe when compared to the metro area and state. The city is home to more than double the nation’s average physicians per capita — 506 for every 100,000 residents.
If you enjoy living an independent lifestyle but also find that you need some basic help with day-to-day activities, assisted living might be the best long-term care option for you. According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Rockville is $5,948, which is well above Maryland and U.S. averages.
This overview of assisted living in Rockville examines some of the free or low-cost programs that support area seniors and may help pay for senior care. There’s also a price comparison of assisted living in Rockville with other cities in the tri-state area.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Rockville
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.
Paying For Assisted Living in Rockville
In Rockville, seniors pay a monthly average of $5,948 for assisted living care.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Rockville
Rockville’s cost for assisted living is 19% higher than the Maryland average of $4,900. It’s also 32% higher than the U.S. average of $4,500.
The United States
Elsewhere in Maryland, average prices for assisted living care range from a low of $4,630 in Hagerstown to a high of $5,248 in Cumberland. Salisbury, in Maryland’s Eastern Shore region, is roughly $1,000 cheaper than Rockville at an average of $4,980 a month. Population center Baltimore is roughly $1,200 cheaper than Rockville at $4,750 a month. Prices are slightly higher than Rockville’s in Maryland’s neighbor Delaware; seniors pay an average of $6,073 per month in Dover. To the south in Richmond, VA, the average monthly price is $4,901, about $1,000 below Rockville’s cost.
NOTE:Data for Rockville was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Washington D.C., was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Rockville
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:
Montgomery County’s aging and disability services are provided via the ADRU. This unit is designated as the first point of contact for seniors and people with disabilities who need help finding and paying for long-term care. Staff can help determine which programs and services an individual is eligible for and provide referrals or assessments as needed.
The ADRU listed above is responsible for managing this subsidy program. Eligibility is determined based on the income and assets of the applicant and the level of care required. The maximum subsidy is currently set at $650 per month and the income guidelines are available on the website.
The LTC Ombudsman Program of Montgomery County is designed to represent county residents in nursing and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen advocate for the rights of residents and can investigate complaints against facilities. They can also provide information and assistance to seniors and caregivers looking for appropriate accommodation.
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs offers free assistance in determining eligibility for and acquiring various benefits from the VA and state programs. Specialists can help over the phone or in-person at the Rockville location and others throughout the state. Veterans may be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit, which provides large monthly payments on top of the regular pension.
Seniors and people with disabilities can take advantage of the Montgomery County SHIP for assistance with Medicare, long-term care insurance and related issues. Staff members and volunteers are available to provide information and one-on-one counseling over the phone and in person, as well as group seminars at various locations around Rockville and the county.
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services provides a free outreach service for seniors who may have mental health issues. This service is available in the senior’s own home, assisted living community or senior center. Caregivers can also benefit from education and consultation provided by knowledgeable experts.
Rockville Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Rockville 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.