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Best of Baltimore Senior Living is a great resource to help you find the best senior care facilities throughout the nation. You can read reviews and request pricing on each community. Each year they select the Best of Senior Living Award winners. You can learn more about the criteria for the award here. Let’s look at the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award winners in the Baltimore area.

Assisted Living Winners

Assisted living communities are a good option for residents that need help with personal care, transportation, cooking, and housekeeping. Residents can live without the hassle of chores and concentrate on activities, wellness programs, and other entertainment.

Somerford House & Place in nearby Hagerstown offers support for daily life with individualized services, skilled care, and several exciting activities. The staff is on duty 24/7 to assist residents. The location of this community is close to shopping, churches, and medical facilities.

The community offers residents a beauty salon, pet therapy, a library, shopping trips, resident gardens, covered patio, game room, exercise classes, in-house doctor visits, and game and movie nights.

Each home offers keyed entries, kitchenettes, private dining rooms, secure neighborhood, regular well-checks, and social outings.

Reviewers mentioned the staff and the level of care. “We are very pleased with Somerford House! It is a nice-looking place, and the staff has all been very friendly and attentive. They are very flexible and proactive with care for my parents,” stated one review.

Another review said Somerford House was a warm and inviting place.

Brightview Rolling Hills offers a variety of care levels including independent living, assisted living, and dementia care. Residents receive personalized attention and assistance with day-to-day living including housekeeping, assistance with getting bathed, and help getting dressed. The facility offers a spa, library full-service beauty shop, private dining for parties, and a casual café for coffee and snacks.

Each resident has a Personalized Service Plan customized to his or her specific needs and interest. These plans are regularly updated.

Other amenities include weekly housekeeping & linen services, medication assistance, freshly prepared meals and snacks, religious services, laundry services, medication management, and more. Nurses are available 24 hours a day.

Reviewers mentioned how pleased they are with the staff and care. “I think they do a great job at Brightview Rolling Hills! It’s a beautiful community. The staff here is friendly and professional.”

Sunrise of Pikesville gives residents personalized attention to focus on nourishing the mind, body, and spirit. The community is in a country setting by nearby major hospitals.

Each resident has a plan customized to his or her specific needs and interest. Amenities include weekly housekeeping, daily trash removal, social programs, monthly wellness visits by a nurse, weekly personal laundry, and scheduled family meetings. Residents can choose from several activities on the calendar including programs for fitness, social, and spiritual along with regular group outings.

Reviewers are pleased with the accommodations. One review stated, “The building is clean, open, and large. Residents seem to enjoy themselves.”

Another review said it was a nice environment with a lot of activities.

Independent Living Winners

Independent living offers residents the most active lifestyle while being free from chores. Residents don’t require as much care but can participate in all amenities and activities.

Gardens of Annapolis is near downtown Annapolis. Residents 62 and older have all the comforts to live independently. There are amenities to help you enjoy daily living at this award-winning community including scheduled transportation, evening meals in the dining room, hair salon, craft room, community movie theater, social outings, library, and computer center.

Holiday Retirement gives residents the option to stay up to seven nights at more than 300 independent living communities across the US and Canada, giving residents a way to travel. There is no additional expense for this travel program, and residents can participate in all programs, activities, meals, and shuttle service.

All apartments include a full-size washer/dryer, private patio or balcony, large closet, individual climate control, and fully equipped kitchens. Rent includes gas heat and hot water. Pets are allowed if they are below 30 pounds.

A resident wrote, “Gardens of Annapolis is excellent. I really like it. They try to keep activities interesting. We have many outings to run errands. The cleanliness is excellent.”

Senior Apartment Winners

Senior apartments are similar to independent living and typically provide various services including recreational activities, social programs, meal delivery, transportation, light housekeeping, and counseling. Senior apartments may also include subsidized senior housing or low-income housing.

Creekside offers residents a choice between a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom unit. This community is located near grocery stores, pharmacies, and other shopping attractions. There is also an on-site wellness center to enhance the resident’s lifestyle.

Residents can enjoy amenities in the community such as weekly transportation, community room, hair salon, game room, and media room. The regular social activities keep residents active. Residents can also get a garage or carport.

One resident stated in a review, “These are truly lovely apartments. Everyone here is very friendly. My room looks amazing, and everything is nice and clean.”

In-Home Care Winners

In-home medical and non-medical care for seniors in their homes. Non-medical care includes assistance with getting dressed, meal preparation, and bathing.

Options for Senior America is a non-medical home care organization. They provide services such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry, medication reminders, grocery shopping, running errands, respite care, and much more. They can assist with companion care and well checks to ensure your loved one’s safety.

Personal care assistance is also available to help with bathing, dressing, oral hygiene, and bathroom needs.

One reviewer mentioned, “What I like most about Options is that they can get assistance whenever needed.”

Several reviewers praised the level of care and the responsiveness of the staff.

You can see the full list of the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award winners here. allows you to search various options in the Baltimore area, and you can read reviews, check amenities, and see pricing for each community.

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