Baltimore Housing News — October 2021
Highly rated rehab
St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Southwest Baltimore received high praise this year from the 2020 Maryland Home Family Experience of Care Survey. In fact, 93% of residents’ families said that they would recommend St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, operated by Catholic Charities of Baltimore.
Ratings for satisfaction with staff and administration of the nursing home, and of care provided to the resident, both scored at 3.6 out of a possible 4, exceeding the statewide average.
When asked about the COVID-19 pandemic, 98% of families felt they received timely information from St. Elizabeth directly, and the same percentage was very or extremely positive about how St. Elizabeth responded during this challenging time.
The facility received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, too.
The 2020 survey of 5,455 families of residents of 223 facilities was conducted by the Maryland Health Care Commission. The next survey is being conducted this fall, and a summary will be released in the winter of 2022.
Assisted living in Maryland
A study by Sixty and Me, an online publication for women 60+, found that the average Maryland resident can afford seven years of assisted living costs. That’s slightly above the national average of six years.
Sixty and Me compared the average cost of assisted living with the average amount people save for retirement. The national average cost of assisted living facilities is $51,600 per year, and most people save about $382,000 for retirement, according to Pension Capital.
But the cost of assisted living in Maryland rose by 16% last year, according to the study.
“When you factor in that the average person also spends approximately two years and four months in a nursing home (where the average national annual cost is $93,075 for a semi-private room and $105,850 for a private room), this means that the average person requires from around $342,000 to $372,000 to cover their long-term care costs,” according to Sixty and Me.
The publication found that retirees in Missouri have saved enough to live in an assisted living facility for 10 years — the clear “winner” in the study. To read more, visit sixtyandme.com/aging/assisted-living-index.