What do retirement communities; college towns; skilled nursing homes, and customer service have in common? One state, Maryland, brings them all together.
Want to live in the best place to retire? How about a place in Baltimore County known as West Towson? According to America Online, it is the top choice for those 65 and better because of factors in the survey that included: the number of residents over age 65, concentration of highly-educated residents, and low incidences of crime and diverse housing options. http://www.explorebaltimorecounty.com/news/105357/senior-moment-towson-area-named-best-nation/
Or, what about a place to raise a family? Head over to Ellicott City, Maryland in Howard County. According to Kiplinger.com, “Ellicott City is exemplary of a ring of great communities surrounding Baltimore that combine family-friendly living with proximity to big-name employers and attractions for kids.” http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/10-great-cities-for-raising-families.html
And from Money magazine’s point-of-view, Columbia, Maryland and Ellicott City, Maryland rank number two in terms of the best small towns to live. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/snapshots/PL2419125.html
At the same time, Bethesda, Maryland in Montgomery County made the Top Earning Town in the Country as it relates to the best place to live http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/110052/top-earning-towns?mod=career-worklife_balance
A comprehensive study showed that a focus on education is at the heart of Maryland’s success. In each of the articles above, there is talk of the scholastic promise of the award-winning areas. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/07/AR2009010702347.html
In terms of retirement living, author Warren Bland states: “College towns are becoming more popular than they were 10 or 20 years ago. They offer a wide range of amenities, typically without air pollution, traffic congestion, and high crime rates often found in larger cities. And the cost of living is much lower in smaller college cities.” http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-nursing-homes/articles/2010/08/25/retirement-communities-101-seniors-flock-to-college-towns.html
Towson, Maryland is located in close proximity to Towson University and Goucher College. Ellicott City, Maryland is one exit away from University Maryland Baltimore County and Community College Baltimore County.
Additionally, Maryland is the only state that each year conducts a: Nursing Facility Family Experience of Care Survey, where the state assesses the experience of the family of residents who resided in the nursing home for at least 90 days and asks a key question: whether they are willing to recommend the provider in question. http://mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/nhguide/satisfactionsurvey.aspx. This is one of the main ways that Maryland focuses on raising the bar in regards to customer service within eldercare.
It is hard to judge where to live in retirement, as it is difficult to decide where to move your family at any time. Many websites, magazines and studies provide recommendations, which can be helpful yet impersonal. Some states, such as Maryland, even provide consumer reviews of facilities, which personalize the search process. Websites like www.seniorDECISION.com provide consumer reviews of senior care and housing across the country. Instead of being daunted by this huge decision, utilize the various recommendations and reviews offered by a multitude of sources to narrow down your choices and make a more informed decision.