Frequently Asked Questions


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  • Q:

    What’s a CCRC? Is Charlestown one?

    A: CCRC is short for continuing care retirement community. And yes, Charlestown is one. We offer assisted living and several other levels of care on-site, along with traditional independent living.

  • Q:

    Do I need to be a resident of Charlestown to come to the continuing care health services neighborhood?

    A: Not at all. You or your loved one can come to our continuing care health services neighborhood without being a current Charlestown resident. This applies to permanent stays such as assisted living, and long-term care as well as temporary stays such as short-term rehabilitation.

  • Q:

    Is there a difference between independent living and continuing care health services at Charlestown?

    A: Yes. Independent living means exactly that: you’ll continue to enjoy the independent life you’re used to in your Charlestown apartment home. As a continuing care retirement community or CCRC, we also offer assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care on campus. Most Charlestown residents never need our continuing care health services—but it’s comforting to have them available.

  • Q:

    Who determines what level of continuing care health services I need?

    A: Our full-time doctors, nurse practitioners and social workers will complete an assessment to determine what level of care would most benefit you or your loved one.

  • Q:

    How does the Charlestown medical staff compare to other Catonsville care centers?

    A: While many other care centers employ part-time doctors, our medical staff is full-time. Plus, they specialize in senior health care. Our team also includes visiting specialists.

    Erickson Living medical team facts:

    • Our board certified physicians average 20 years’ experience working with seniors.
    • Nurse practitioners average 15 years of experience.
    • Nurse clinical specialists in mental health average 23 years of experience.
    • The team also includes physical, speech and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and more.
  • Q:

    How much control do I have over my schedule? Do I have to go to bed and wake up at a certain time?

    A: No, residents receiving continuing care health services are free to structure their day however they choose. Additionally, we do not use a disruptive public address system. All communications are private between residents and staff.

  • Q:

    What’s the price of continuing care health services at Charlestown?

    A: All residents of our continuing care health services neighborhood pay a one-time Refundable Entrance Deposit*. After that, pricing is structured according to the level of care required. Some services, such as rehab, are covered by Medicare. For details, see our pricing page.

  • Q:

    Are continuing care health services at Charlestown Medicare-approved?

    A: Yes, we are approved by Medicare for skilled nursing care services.

  • Q:

    Do you accept Medicaid?

    A: Yes, however keep in mind that people who require Medicaid have typically exhausted their funds and will not have the entrance deposit necessary to move here.

  • Q:

    Are visitors welcome?

    A: Of course! Visitors are welcome 24-seven. There’s no need to call ahead. This is your home, and your guests are always free to drop by and see you.

  • Q:

    Do residents receiving continuing care health services have access to the rest of the Charlestown campus?

    A: Absolutely! Residents can take full advantage of all the amenities and activities on campus, including the swimming pool, restaurants, transportation, day trips, walking paths, clubs and more.