Baltimore Housing News — April 2023
Getting their goats at Inspirations Memory Care
Two pygmy goats were born this winter at Inspirations Memory Care of Westminster, Maryland. More baby goats are on the way this spring at the farm-like six-acre community, which also has alpacas and chickens. Residents can feed, pet and hold the goats.
“It’s animal therapy,” explained Christina Green, executive director of regional marketing at Inspirations Memory Care. “They just smile. It brings laughter; it brings joy; it brings purpose.”
On St. Patrick’s Day, the community hosted a “Goat Shenanigans” party to celebrate its newest members.
“[Our residents] want to watch them and cuddle with them,” Green said. “We have a secure courtyard that oversees the farm animals so residents can sit out on the porch and relax and watch them do their thing during the day.”
Inspirations also has pygmy goats at its Lutherville facility, as well as birds and fish at its Linthicum location. Two of its communities have 16 private rooms, while Inspirations Memory Care of Lutherville has 32 private rooms.
For more information about Inspirations Memory Care, which also offers respite care, visit inspired-joy.com or call 1-833-346-8569.
New community to open in Bowie
A new senior living community will open this spring in Bowie, Maryland.
Harmony at Enterprise — located near the Bowie Town Center, several parks and a nature refuge — has studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The community offers three levels of care: 100 independent living apartments, 60 assisted living units, and 32 memory care rooms.
Each wing has its own restaurant-style dining as well as a shared café and a pub. There’s also a barbershop/beauty salon on site. A concierge is available all day to help with transportation or other needs.
“There’s always someone in the community who’s there to help,” said Allison Waters, corporate director of marketing for Harmony Senior Services, which operates several retirement communities in Maryland and Northern Virginia.
All of Harmony’s properties have a Life Enrichment Director on staff who arranges events and outings for residents.
“There’s a lot of live entertainment, like musicians or Elvis impersonators. They also do shopping and other outings,” Waters said.
For more information about Harmony at Enterprise, see harmonyseniorservices.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (240) 203-7380.
Maryland top ranked for senior living
According to Caring.com’s 2023 report of “The Best and Worst Places for Senior Living,” Maryland made the top-10 list of all U.S. states, ranking eight out of 50.
Using survey findings from 1,000 Americans over 55, Caring.com ranked 300 cities and 50 states on the quality of senior living using five categories: healthcare, senior living and housing, affordability, quality of life and transportation.
According to the report, Maryland has a below-average cost of independent living, continuing care retirement community (LifePlan) living and nursing home living. As for the best and worst states, New York ranked number one, while Utah took last place.
To read the full report, visit caring.com/senior-living.