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First Phase of $75 Million Repositioning Project at Charlestown Opens

December 5, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD ( December 5, 2016) – Charlestown retirement community has opened Caton Woods, a new continuing care Assisted Living community that will be home to 116 residents.  


Construction of Caton Woods, which took nearly two years, completes phase 1 of a 3-phase repositioning project with a cost of $75 million. The new building replaces the previous assisted living facility built 29 years ago.  


Phases 2 and 3 will include the repositioning of two outdated buildings, making space for a new Memory Care and a Skilled Nursing facility.  This massive project positions Charlestown for the future.


Research shows that the number of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia will continue to increase yearly. "There is a growing demand for memory care services, so we are planning accordingly to meet those needs," said Executive Director Clara Parker.


The need for memory care has increased as a result of people living longer. Those longer lifespans often mean increased number of cases of dementia, a category of brain diseases in which the patient suffers a decline in mental ability that impacts activities of daily life. Those with Alzheimer's disease, for example, are considered in that category.


Caton Woods is H-shaped with apartments on the outside and large common areas in the middle. It includes spacious apartment homes, beautiful outdoor spaces and screened porches, rooftop terrace and patio with gazebo.  The building also has new amenities with creative arts space, theater, fitness center, salon, game room, library, and spa.


Caton Woods also offers modern amenities such as higher ceilings, granite counter tops and cherry cabinets. In comparison to rooms that are now just 190 square feet, those in Caton Woods are between 300 and 600 square feet.


Meal service is customized with pantry kitchens, and bistros, where residents are able to gain access if they want a late night snack.


Hord Coplan Macht Inc. was the architecture firm. General contractor was Whiting-Turner. Charlestown is managed by Erickson Living.