Assisted Living Facilities offer the elderly the opportunity to remain independent. ALFs provide personal assistance and meals, while still giving seniors their own apartments and/or rooms. These non-medical facilities carry significant responsibility for the care and welfare of elders and therefore have their own licensing category in most states. In many cases, counties and cities also place permit and licensing requirements on ALFs.
Known originally for its shipping port, Baltimore has changed and developed over the years into a major industrial city and eventually a place with a diversified economy. Of course, Baltimore hasn't forgotten its roots as a center for the fishing and crabbing industry with major supplies of Chesapeake Bay soft shelled crab running through the city daily. Baltimore entrepreneurs will find a relatively easy time getting needed licenses and permits. Thanks to a straightforward, centralized state government, Baltimore businesses have fairly simple requirements, especially compared to other cities and states in the region.