RPP is the CCRC for You!

Are you looking for independent living at a CCRC? If you answer yes to any of the following questions, RPP may be the CCRC for you!

Are you a city-person?

Roland Park Place is the only CCRC in Baltimore City. We are right across from the Rotunda. By simply crossing the street you can get a cup of coffee from Starbucks, do your grocery shopping at MOMs Organic, then pick up a treat from Cinnaholic.

Are you ready to never change a lightbulb or hang a picture again?

Our Facilities team is available to take care of any maintenance issue you may have from changing a light bulb to replacing your air filters. Housekeeping will come in twice a month to clean your apartment and once a week to change and clean your linens. This gives you more time to enjoy your hobbies and passions.

Do you want chefs to cook you tasty meals every night?

Not everyone likes to cook, but everyone loves good food. In the morning stop by the café to pick up a latte and a pastry. Join your friends for lunch at the Bistro and eat it al fresco on the patio. For dinner enjoy a gourmet three course meal at our formal dining room The Landing.

Want a gym and a heated pool down the hall from your home?

Support your physical wellness at our gym and pool. Our certified senior fitness specialists are here to help you make exercise plans. If you love taking group classes we offer yoga, aquatic aerobics, and more!

Ready to see Roland Park Place for yourself? Contact us today to set up a private tour.

Roland Park - Woman in the City

What is a CCRC?

When starting on your journey to move into independent living, you will come across the acronym CCRC. Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) provide a place for you to get the care you need without ever moving again. It is independent living, assisted living, healthcare, and memory care all rolled into one! Not everyone will need all of these services, but living at CCRC can give you peace of mind that you will receive the level of care you need.

A CCRC’s fee schedule is different than other independent living communities. A CCRC requires an accommodation fee upfront and monthly service fees. RPP has three different contract types that determine the accommodation fee and the monthly fee. These prices are also set on the square footage of the apartment you are moving into. As the size of the apartment increases so do the fees.

At RRP, the most popular contract is the Type A Life Care declining balance accommodation fee starts at $215,000 and is the most affordable option upfront. It also keeps your future healthcare costs stable, however, this option preserves the least of your estate. If you would like to maintain a larger estate, Type  A 90% refundable contract starts at $374,000 with monthly service fees starting at $3,900. As the name of the contract describes your estate will receive 90% of your accommodation fee. Our newest contract is the Type C Fee-for-Service contract. These are a smart investment option for those who wish to pay less upfront while still maintaining the largest portion of their estate. These contracts start at $356,000 for 90% refundable accommodation fees and $2,700 monthly service fees, with healthcare costs increasing to market rates should they become necessary.

Knowing that your healthcare needs will always be met, you will be able to experience the joy of independent living.

The services and amenities of CCRC’s makes everyday fun and fulfilling. RPP offers services that are a part of your monthly fee such as:

  • Valet service
  • Bi-monthly housekeeping
  • Weekly linen service
  • A meal a day
  • Programs and Special events
  • IT Support
  • 24-hour Security

You get to enjoy the comforts of having everything at your finger tips. A trip to the gym is just a walk down the hallway. A gourmet dinner is always on the menu at our formal dining room. You even get your newspaper delivered to your door each morning.

Why should you choose RPP as the CCRC to move to? You will need to wait for next week’s blog post to find out!

Fall Adventures in Baltimore

Don’t let the cold air and shorter days stop you from exploring the best parts of Baltimore this fall! Here are three activities that are guaranteed to be a highlight this season.

 

Baltimore’s homegrown jewelry maker and designer, Betty Cooke, has an exhibit at The Walters Art Museum. Her pieces are wearable art that residents love to wear to celebrations or to an elegant dinner in the Landing. Just a quick drive from RPP, the Walters is free for all and features art from ancient Egypt to nineteenth century Europe. Bring the whole family for an afternoon out to the museum.

Gourmands can feast at The Food Market on Hampden’s 36th street. Their fall menu features pumpkin throughout with an array of seafood and meat. Going out with a group of friends with very specific tastes? The Food Market has gluten-free and vegetarian options filled with flavors from around the world. The lobster mac and cheese is a must have. Make a reservation, this spot fills up fast!

Need to escape to nature? Druid Hill Park is home to The Maryland Zoo and great walking trails, however, the jewel is The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. On a chilly day the Conservatory is warm and full of blooming plants. Each room transport you to another country from deserts to tropical rain forests. Halloween lovers can take a tour of their carnivorous plant display with a curator.

RPP offers trips around and outside Baltimore for residents. We are only half way through the month and residents have tasted wine at a vineyard, listened to live music at the BSO, and visited three different art museums.

Beginning Your Downsizing Journey

Overwhelmed on how to downsize your home? Don’t let procrastination get in your way. Here are three techniques to start your downsizing journey.

  1. Read a Book

    If the thought of donating one possession makes your skin crawl, start with reading a book about downsizing and decluttering. Finding other’s philosophies on how to downsize will help you develop your own. One of the most famous decluttering gurus, Marie Kondo, has a simple philosophy of keeping only that sparks joy. Downsizing books can also guide you to what to do with the items you are no longer going to keep. When you find your downsizing philosophy, you will be able to create a plan to tackle each room. Each downsizing author has special tips and tricks that you can cherry pick to fit your situation best. Thinking of giving your wedding china to your family? Author and blogger Elizabeth Steward knows the difficulties of giving family members your special items you won’t be taking with you.
    In No Thanks Mom: The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do NOT Want (and what to do with them), Stewart outlines how to pass on your valuables to those who will appreciate them.

  2. Go through one small area a day

    Are you a person of action? Start with one small thing to downsize. It can be your shoe collection and you get rid of the dress shoes that always hurt your feet and the sneakers that are falling apart. Maybe its a kitchen drawer full of five different wooden spoons. Keep one (and a spare if you’re passionate about cooking). Everyone has the dreaded junk drawer full of random bits and bobs. Spoiler alert, most of it is junk that needs to be thrown away. If you start with one collection, one drawer, one closet a day, then in a few weeks you will have gone through your whole house. On a good day maybe you will get bit by the downsizing bug and do a whole room!

  3. Hire professionals

    When you are still overwhelmed and have managed only a tiny pile of donations, it is time to bring in the experts. RPP loves working with Abilities Network and Senior Move Management. More than just downsizing, they offer amazing moving services including floor plans and organizing. Moving is always stressful, having professionals help makes the journey more exciting and less daunting.

 

Grand Move-Ins At Our Grand Expansion

Our first Expansion residents are moving in! 21 residents will be moving in this month with more in October. The 8th floor club room is becoming a popular breakfast spot to read the morning paper and drink a cup of coffee. If you see moving trucks driving down 40th Street they are probably heading to RPP.

Visit the Grand Expansion

We have a two bedroom apartment in our Grand Expansion all set up waiting for you to visit. This unit is on the first floor facing into the courtyard, perfect for dog owners. There are units on all floors available to buy with views facing into the courtyard or the cityscape.

Open Concept Kitchen, Dining, and Living

Spacious Living Room

Main Bedroom fits a King size bed

Tons of Storage in the Bathroom

A Meditation on Wellness

Your physical health is just the beginning when it comes to wellness. At Roland Park Place, we focus on six elements of wellness.

Nutritional

Physical

Intellectual

Spiritual

Social

Emotional

 

Many activities and programs we plan for our residents cover more than one element, such as our weekly meditation class.

Kathy, our meditation and yoga instructor, guides the participants through 45 minutes of breath work and visualization to calm their minds. The effect is immediate! Our residents leave the class feeling centered and calm. This practice helps residents support their spiritual, intellectual, and physical wellness. Meditation is especially impactful for seniors because it preserves the brain’s gray matter  and reduces inflammation.

President, Sam Guedouar, Featured in Baltimore Magazine

RPP President, Sam Guedouar, is featured as the face of metropolitan senior living in this month’s issue of Baltimore Magazine.

From Baltimore Magazine

When Sam Guedouar took leadership of Roland Park Place, he brought lots of relevant experience, having managed luxury hotels such as Westin, W Hotels, and Marriott for 20 years. “I figured if I could make a difference for hotel guests by providing exceptional hospitality for one or two nights, I can make a difference in residents’ lives by providing the unparalleled services and amenities that luxury hotels offer.” Roland Park Place offers independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, and private suites for memory care, long-term care, and short-term rehab, as well as providing trips, lectures, wellness, entertainment, and dining experiences. “We are passionate about reaching our residents on a personal level,” says Guedouar, who holds advanced degrees in hospitality and healthcare administration. “Everything we do is focused on the unique needs of residents.”

 

 

Library Working Group Going Strong

What’s open 24/7 and has over two thousand books?

The Roland Park Library!

To keep the library running smoothly, the Library Working Group works seven days a week cataloging, record keeping, and shelving. Made up of seven Roland Park Place residents and headed by Mrs. McCarthy, residents have access to the newest bestsellers, biographies, literature, and more.

The group orders four books twice a month then catalogues and processes the books. While mystery and biography are the most popular, residents can request books to be added to the library. To keep the library in tip-top shape, each member has a weekday assigned to them when they organize the shelves and keep track of the returns and checkouts.

The library is popular during the night as residents love to borrow a book to read before bed.

 

National Senior Fitness Day 2021

To celebrate National Senior Fitness Day, a group of residents and our fitness manager walked the trails at Lake Roland. We are so grateful to be a quick drive to Lake Roland where you can walk, kayak, and fish as you’re surrounded by nature.

One resident says hello to a turtle

Physical exercise is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. At our fitness facilities you can swim in a heated pool, take a group fitness class, and even receive personal training.