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Maryland Access Point

Maryland Access Point (MAP) is a statewide program that provides information and referral services over the phone and in the office. Information specialists link the caller or visitor to organizations that provide service to older persons and persons of all ages with disabilities, send printed material about services, or assist in completing applications for benefits and services. Call the MAP Office in your county for information about services that are available.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes, or long term care facilities, provide services for individuals who need nursing care on a regular basis but do not need to be hospitalized. Facilities are regulated by state and local boards of health. Many nursing care facilities offer respite care, rehabilitation and other services of short duration.

Baltimore County Department of Aging maintains a list of nursing homes in Baltimore County.

Nursing Home Rating System

Medicare offers a rating system for nursing homes to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. This rating system is based on continued efforts as a result of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA '87), a nursing home reform law, and more recent quality improvement campaigns such as the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes, a coalition of consumers, health care providers, and nursing home professionals. The Five Star rating system can be accessed through www.medicare.gov/nhcompare.

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