Assisted living facilities, often referred to as ALFs, are a relatively recent residential option for active seniors who might need a little help with their "activities of daily living," or ADLs. Some ALFs feature assisted living and independent senior apartments under one roof. For seniors who are not in need of the full services available at a skilled nursing rehabilitation center (SNF) or continued care retirement community (CCRC), an ALF can offer an attractive option. Trained, professional ALF staff can help them with "activities of daily living," or ADLs. Some "behind-the-scenes" assistance at an ALF can include meeting personal hygiene and a wide variety of health needs. Other ways ALF staff help senior residents is by providing chauffeured transport to area recreational/entertainment venues, administering scheduled, prescribed dosages of required medications, meal preparation and housekeeping. Some ALF elder residents may only temporarily require assisted living services while they recover from surgery or an illness. These senior may reside in an ALF for only a short time before leaving to undergo in home residential senior care or returning to their independent living apartment to complete their recoveries.
Located near Baltimore, Maryland, Towson is a historic, unincorporated area featuring many indoor shopping and recreational destinations. Towson was first settled in the 1750s, when the Towson brothers, from Pennsylvania, began farming near what is the present-day intersection of York and Joppa Roads near the center of the Towson area. Today Towson Town Center, a vast, four-story indoor shopping mall is situated near the site. Towson Square, another indoor shopping is currently under construction and is slated for opening in 2014. The climate in Towson, which is located in the North American "humid subtropical zone," features mild winters (occasional freezing rain), hot and humid summers and pleasant weather (60-70s daytime highs) in the spring and fall. Towson ALFs offer a wide cost range–as low as $900 per month up to $6,700, with about $3,000 being the average.
Adjacent to West Town Park just off Joppa Road, the Bycota Senior Center (611 Central Avenue, 410 887-3094) offers many activities and informative gatherings of particular interest to seniors. Built in 1962, Bycota Senior Center’s classes range from yoga, to crafts, woodworking, and many more. Sponsored social events include ice cream socials, dances, bingo and concerts. Staff are knowledgeable about other senior services available in and around Towson and are there to answer general questions about senior living or just to talk.
Towson’s shopping malls offer safe environments in which seniors may stroll, socialize and window shop. Outdoors, Allegheny Avenue, downtown Towson’s traditional main street, is lined with restaurants featuring Tex-Mex, Nepalese, American and other cuisines worth strolling and exploring.
Seniors can rest assured that, in the event of emergency, or if they just need routine medical attention, several local hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities are minutes away from any location in Towson. The highly-trained professional staff of St. Joseph Medical Center (7601 Osler Drive) and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (6701 North Charles Street), as well as other local medical facilities, are ready to effectively respond.
Seniors and their families who desire further information concerning senior residential and service options in and around Towson, Maryland will find plenty more available here at SeniorLiving.Org.