7 reasons to love Charlestown

What more do you need?

Created date

June 25th, 2019
Three seniors socialize in a comfortable and brightly lit common room.

Did you know that Charlestown is home to more than 2,000 residents? You can count on finding interests and activities that appeal to you and plenty of camaraderie every day in this active community.

When it comes to your home and your lifestyle in retirement, you probably have a few items on your wish list.

After decades of mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow, maybe maintenance-free living is on the top of your list. Maybe financial security is your number-one priority, or perhaps you’re really looking forward to making new friends.

Whatever your goals for your retirement, chances are living at Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., will help you achieve them.

While community members have many different reasons for choosing Charlestown, Sales Director Don Grove says that the following seven priorities are recurring themes.

1. Activities and social life

Charlestown is home to more than 2,000 vibrant and engaged retirees, and there are more than 300 resident-run clubs. From yoga and softball to photography and foreign language clubs to singing groups and card clubs, there truly is something for everyone at Charlestown.

If you’re a long-time gardener, you can continue to bloom at Charlestown, where residents can tend to their own spaces in a communal garden.

Although residents enjoy privacy in their own apartment homes, when they do want to socialize they don’t have to look far to find a friendly face or an interesting conversation.

Community members and staff are known for stopping and chatting in the halls, and residents typically eat dinner in one of the community’s on-site restaurants. People who haven’t made plans to dine with certain neighbors can asked to be seated at an open table where new friendships are typically formed over dinner conversations.

2. Health and wellness

Exercising and eating a balanced diet are important at all stages in life, but particularly so as we get older. That’s why many people enjoy how easy it is to stay healthy at Charlestown. 

Nutritious and appetizing meals are available at the on-site restaurants so residents can eat well without the hassles of grocery shopping, cooking, or washing dishes.

With an on-site fitness center, heated indoor pool, dozens of group exercise classes, and personal trainers on staff who can create individualized fitness programs, Charlestown residents are more likely than other older adults to work out and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

3. Maintenance-free living

Say goodbye to chores like pulling weeds, troubleshooting a washing machine that’s on the fritz, and deicing slippery sidewalks. All of that—and much more—is handled by Charlestown’s professional maintenance staff. 

When residents need help with any task, big or small, in their apartment homes, all they have to do is call the front desk. A repair person will be promptly dispatched to their front door to handle the problem.

4. Safety and security

With on-site emergency responders and 24/7 security, Charlestown residents never have to worry about their safety. Living at Charlestown also makes traveling during retirement easier because community members know that their homes and possessions will be secure while they’re away.

5. Proximity to family

Located in Catonsville, Md., Charlestown offers convenient access to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Many people who move to Charlestown from another state do so to be closer to their adult children who live and work in nearby cities.

Charlestown is also a great place to entertain family and friends. Residents can reserve a private dining room to host a celebration without having to clean the house or hover over the stove, or they can treat their families to a delicious weekend brunch at Charlestown’s on-site restaurants. Grandchildren love splashing in the indoor pool with grandma and grandpa.

6. Diversity

Charlestown is home to people from all walks of life, a range of religious affiliations and political views, and a variety of ethnicities. The opportunity to meet all kinds of different people—and learn from their experiences and opinions—makes living at Charlestown that much richer.

And all residents share one big thing in common: the desire to remain active and engaged, and that creates fertile ground for meaningful friendships to grow.

7. Continuing care

Residents who need a higher level of care can rest easy knowing that assisted living, inpatient rehabilitation, memory care, and nursing care are all available on the same 110-acre campus where the independent living residence buildings are located.

What’s more, Charlestown’s commitment to its residents is that they have a “home for life.” The community maintains a Benevolent Care Fund, which is in place to assist people who experience a genuine and unforeseen change in their financial situation. Charlestown provides several options for people to protect their future (the Residence and Care Agreement has all the details).