Blakehurst Retirement Community was absolutely gorgeous. It was warm and fuzzy feeling with top-notch food and phenomenal staff. They were so warm and inviting, cordial, and delightful. The apartments were spectacular, and the grounds were gorgeous. Better than any other retirement community we visited in the area.
My mother moved to Blakehurst from another retirement community in Towson in March of 2013. She passed away in May of this year. She lived independently in an apartment for all but the last 2 months or so of her life when, due to some health issues, she moved to assisted living at Blakehurst. My mom had the usual concerns moving to a new place but her fears disappeared almost immediately because of the kindness and attention of the incredibly talented and committed staff. I will not attempt to name everyone because I am sure I will miss someone. The entire group is focused on making sure that the residents are treated with the utmost respect and make every effort to accommodate the specific needs and desires of the residents.
I was impressed with many things so I will just mention a couple.
First, when my mother first moved to Blakehurst, she was very concerned about making new friends. The staff at Blakehurst made a special effort to make her feel welcome and not only learned about her but introduced her to several other residents who they thought would have some things in common with her and like her. She became fast friends with a number of people and told my wife and me many times how happy she was at Blakehurst what a great move it was and how much she enjoyed her friends.
Second, I cannot say enough good things about the assisted living management and staff. The last month of my mothers life was hard with hospital visits etc. I had no idea what this type of care included and required. What was really amazing to see and experience is the compassion, empathy and love (yes i know it's an unusual word to use to review a retirement community!) that came through the caregivers. It's one thing to do the work but something very different to do it because you want to make someones life better. I am forever grateful to this team of dedicated professionals who provided such comfort and support to my mother.
In conclusion, Blakehurst is not a huge community which lends itself to much personal attention. The entire staff works so hard to know each and every resident I would recommend this community to anyone not only because it is a beautiful place but most importantly, because of the people employed there. They are the best!!!
My mother moved into Blakehurst Retirement Community because she didn't want to have to deal with having a house and yard any longer. She absolutely loves it! She has made so many friends since moving there. In fact, when she first moved they paired her up with a current resident who "showed her the ropes" and it made the transition for her so much easier. She still drives, but takes their transportation almost everywhere anyways. It has been a Godsend for both of us!! I highly recommend it for any senior who wants to stay independent and busy but have a lot of friends around and other opportunities for being active.
I was looking for a facility that was similar to what my mother was living in in another state as I was in the process of moving her back to Maryland so that she could be closer to me. When I met the staff at Blakehurst and then toured the facility, I knew this was the place for her. I had visited over 15 different facilities within a 20 mile radius of where I live in Pikesville and this was head and shoulders above many of them. I truly appreciated the staff, facility and what appeared to be very happy people there. After four years I can say the staff is super, they pay attention to the needs and the habits of the residents, they work hard to keep them busy & happy and the management is dedicated to making the residents lives fulfilling. This is a great place to live for seniors who want to continue to interact with others but still want a little "independence and privacy".
Blakehurst has been our home for several years and we are thankful we've made our home here. The friendships with other residents, both old and new, and the proximity to everything have been enriching experiences. We continue to be enormously impressed by the caring helpfulness shown to us by the staff at Blakehurst. And, of course, one of the unseen but very valuable benefits of moving to Blakehurst is that it is a gift to one's children. Now, they need not worry about the welfare of their parents! Altogether, a wise move.
Blakehurst is a continuing care retirement community in Towson, MD that offers housing options for currently healthy people who want to secure their healthcare plan throughout the aging process. Contact Blakehurst for more details on CCRC housing and rates.