Morningside House in Ellicott City caters to those who need extra help in the activities of daily living, or those who are in the beginning or advanced stages of dementia. As the nephew of an aunt who has lived there for the last two years, I can attest that this is a very pleasant place for someone who needs help with dressing, bathing and medication management. Unlike nursing homes, Morningside is set up as a small apartment complex with individual apartments that can be furnished and decorated based on the occupant's tastes. So all of the residents living at Morningside can outfit their rooms with their own furniture and treasures.This really is my aunt's home. She has the best care from the nursing staff, all of whom care deeply about her and the rest of the residents. My aunt lives in a studio apartment, which is a large room with its own bathroom. There are also one-bedroom units and companion suites. At some point, my aunt may consider a companion suite, since the rent is a little cheaper if you share it with someone else.My aunt likes to play bingo, and that is one of the activities they have at Morningside several times a week. She also enjoys having her hair done at the salon, and asks for ice cream every night at dinner. Most importantly, her physical and medical needs are taken care of by the staff. When she first came there, it was a big adjustment, but now she can't imagine living anywhere else.My aunt looks forward to the bus trips. One afternoon they drove to Little Italy in Baltimore and had lunch at one of the restaurants. On another trip, they visited the local dinner theater during one of their dress rehearsals and were able to enjoy the show "for free" before it opened.Morningside has respite care available and also welcomes Hospice, in the event of a serious or terminal illness. It is a wonderful place to live out your golden days and I am happy that my aunt has found a place that brings her peace, good health and happiness. For those considering Morningside, keep in mind that it is in a very good area, close to the hospital and medical complexes in nearby Columbia, Maryland. It is also less than a half-hour from Baltimore and an hour from Washington, D.C.