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About Erickson Living
Erickson Living was founded to provide independent seniors ages 62 and older with comfortable and convenient living arrangements at affordable rates. The original Erickson Living property was founded in 1983 by John Erickson at the site of the former St. Charles seminary in Catonsville, Maryland.
Charlestown, as it is known, emphasized financial, physical and social independence for seniors in a safe, supportive environment. Today, 16 Erickson Living campuses span nine states, from New Jersey to Colorado, as far north as Massachusetts and down to Texas.
Erickson Living was purchased in May 2010 by Redwood Capital Investments LLC, an investment firm owned by Baltimore entrepreneur Jim Davis. Under new ownership, with CEO Alan Butler at the helm, the organization continues to grow, helping retirees live life to the fullest -- affordably.
About Erickson's Residents
With more than 20,000 independent residents and 1,030 assisted living residents across all of its properties, Erickson Living is designed primarily for seniors over the age of 62 living full, independent lives emphasized by freedom, security, and convenience.
Located within thriving suburban towns, Erickson Living communities permit residents to remain close to their families and have the freedom to travel and enjoy life. On each Erickson campus, residents come home to a comfortable apartment that's free from maintenance, includes numerous amenities, and has its own on-site health care and continuing care facilities.
The organization's assisted living and continued care facilities are considered top-notch, with private rooms and highly trained experienced staff. Independent seniors on-the-go have the comfort of knowing if they should become ill or injured, they can receive rehabilitative or continued care without leaving the familiarity of their adult living community.
Erickson Living's prices and amenities attract middle income seniors living on a fixed income who want to enjoy their retirement free from financial worries, concerns about maintaining a home, or worrying about their security.
Senior Living Options at Erickson Living
Residents enjoy life in one- or two-bedroom apartments with spacious, bright and airy floor plans. From a master bedroom with a walk-in closet to a second bedroom with a guest bath for visiting children and grand kids, Erickson Living apartments offer many modern features and amenities. Residents may work with an interior designer to incorporate custom elements like granite countertops in the kitchen and bath, hardwood floors, custom window treatments, built-in shelving, safety railings, and more.
For seniors who need a bit more help with everyday life, assisted living services are available in private rooms at all Erickson Living locations but Linden Ponds in Hingham, MA.
Continuing Care Neighborhoods
The continuing care neighborhoods at Erickson Living communities provide seniors who need some more help with daily tasks with the services they need. Residents easily maintain a sense of independence within the greater suburban community, while receiving access to specialized medical care, personal care from experienced, friendly staff, and a host of amenities.
Continuing care services at Erickson Living communities include assisted living, long-term care, memory care, rehabilitation care, and short-term respite care for seniors who are normally cared for by loved ones at home.
Within the assisted living community, seniors receive the help they need to take medication, enjoy their meals or get dressed, while remaining stimulated and active through a variety of clubs, classes, and activities available within the continued care neighborhood or across the Erickson campus at large. Assisted living residents enjoy the freedom to decorate their private room the way they'd like and can even bring their own furniture to feel more comfortable.
Long-term care residents at Erickson Living communities receive more comprehensive assistance with everyday life and personal care, in a private room with a private half bath.
Memory care residents receive care with dignity and compassion, tailored to their special needs: a daily routine, meals and daily activities with their caregivers, a campus setting, and added security features for the resident's safety and loved ones' peace-of-mind.
Residents of the larger Erickson Living community, who may suddenly require more personal medical attention and assisted living services due to injury or illness can enter the short-term rehabilitation program. Residents have access to full-time physical, speech, and occupational therapists, as well as teams of specialist doctors and nurses to hasten their recovery time. This access to high-quality medical care without leaving their community provides independent Erickson residents with peace of mind. Rehabilitation care is also open to seniors who are not Erickson independent living residents as a comfortable, convenient alternative to hospital recovery.
In addition to its spacious modern apartments, security, and convenience, Erickson Living communities are best known for the high quality of medical care, which is covered by most major insurance providers, as well as Medicare.
Proximity to top, board-certified, full-time geriatric specialists at the on-site medical center is a major draw to independent seniors. Independent living residents are welcome to continue using their own, off-site primary care physician, however, the on-site medical center can fill that role or simply step in for urgent care or same-day appointments.
Erickson Living community doctors average 19 years field experience, offer same-day appointments, practice exclusively within the Erickson community and spend an average of 25 minutes with each patient, more than three times the national average nine-minute appointment. Even seniors who are not residents of Erickson Living can enjoy superior health care services, which focus on preventative care and whole-body health, and many do.
Services & Amenities
In addition to Erickson Living's renowned health care services, its communities offer a broad range of amenities conveniently located on campus, including an unprecedented number of clubs and activities, a fitness center, and multiple restaurants. Residents can choose from fitness-focused activities like yoga, tai chi, and ballroom dancing, attend seminars, take college level classes right on campus, or join other seniors on organized day trips to attractions in the area.
Many of these activities are covered as part of the monthly service package, permitting Erickson seniors to get more out of retirement living for less money than they would off-campus.
Erickson Living strives to make life as easy as possible for residents, and that starts from the time they decide to move to Erickson. A variety of complementary realty and moving services are offered to ease the transition process, including helping find a real estate agent to sell their homes quickly. Erickson Living services provide home staging and professional organizing and downsizing, which includes helping with the removal of unwanted items. Some Erickson campuses may even reimburse a portion of new residents' moving expenses.
Erickson's monthly service package makes it easy for retirees on a fixed income to live comfortably and affordably. New residents pay an entrance deposit, which may be refunded up to 100 percent to the resident or their estate, or can be applied to the costs of continued care services at Erickson.
The monthly service package includes property taxes, utilities (electricity, basic cable, garbage collection, and climate control), repairs and maintenance, landscaping and lawn care, transportation services, 24-hour security and emergency services, and a meal plan for on-campus dining at one of the many on-campus restaurants.
The monthly service package price is adjusted annually to reflect costs, as determined by the community's not-for-profit board of directors.
Should residents ever suffer financial hardship, Erickson Living offers a financial assistance fund. In 27 years, no resident has been turned out due to financial hardship beyond his or her control.
Caring and Compassionate Staff
With more than 12,000 employees across Erickson Living's campuses, a high staff-to-resident ratio is strictly monitored in order to ensure the best care possible. The company was and is built on values that include respect and caring for co-workers, residents, and the surrounding community; diversity and inclusion; enthusiasm; integrity; responsibility; excellence, and teamwork.
By living through these core values everyday, the Erickson Living staff imparts a sense of enthusiasm and vibrancy to the residents, making Erickson Living a fun, fulfilling place to work or to reside.
Corporate Culture and Philosophy
Across Erickson Living's 16 campuses, the company promotes diversity and inclusion, celebrating the heritages and backgrounds of each of its 21,000 + residents and providing diversity training for all employees. Unique to the community leader is its Diversity and Inclusion Council, which organizes interfaith holiday celebrations, including Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa. The Passover Seder is observed, while remembrance gardens and Yad Vashem programs memorialize the Holocaust tragedy. Cultural events include Black History Month, Cinco de Mayo, and more. Several campuses fly the rainbow flag as part of the company's culture of inclusion, and health benefits are extended to same-sex partners of employees.
To support its inclusion goals, Erickson Living partners with a number of organizations, including Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Pine Street Inn Boston homeless shelter, the Alzheimer's Association, United Negro College Fund, Gloucester Institute of Virginia, and a variety of relief and outreach efforts.
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