Blog

Springwell maintains a blog and Facebook page as additional systems of communication.

We use these platforms when we have news to share with our current and future residents, as well as their family members. Please be sure to check our blog and Facebook page frequently for the latest news, announcements and accolades from Springwell Senior Living.

The construction of The Homestead has begun!

This was written by Frank Simmonds – our resident Historian and the unofficial Mayor of Springwell. We thought you would enjoy his update on our new Independent Living building! Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 3.50.42 PM

How often we have sat on the veranda and enjoyed the greenery of Springwell’s back yard, or have watched children ride their sleds down the hill. Well, the scenery has changed in recent months. On the first of March a protective fence was planted around the entire area to restrict trespassing on the grounds where The Homestead will be built. Ground breaking began the first of March but sev-eral weeks of intermittent rains hampered any grad-ing of the soil (not dirt). We have seen dump truck after dump truck load of soil being moved from one place to another. There is good reason for this.

Let’s say the new building and its wings will be erected on level ground, call it “grade 400,” but not all of it is level. It is more or less level in the front of the building, that is facing the corner of Wexford and Enslow Avenues, but both roads have an incline, especially Enslow in the back. It starts at grade 400 but increases to about grade 412, twelve feet higher. The back yard is also in-clined, and in order to make it level, tons and tons of soil was removed and piled where it would not interfere with construction. Notice that the bottom of the white wall is about ten feet or so below the surface of Enslow Ave. and you can understand why the upward slant of the ground made excavation necessary to make a flat surface for the new building.

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The white retention wall is special, made of hollow concrete blocks of several sizes and shapes that interlock when assembled, then filled with stone. The biggest weights about 3,000 pounds. Their job is to keep the soil along Wexford Avenue where it belongs and protect Homestead buildings and lawns.

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How about all of that equipment! There were two dump trucks shuffling soil day after day, bulldozers with shovels on their fronts lifting soil and loading it in trucks, there are several sizes of bulldozers large and small, the smallest one I named Hanna because it is so fast and can reverse its direction on a dime. There are backhoes that can reach out, dig a ditch, pull the earth to it, pile it beside itself or load it on a dump truck. The bucket on one of them is the correct size for the excavation of foundations. Then there’s the grader, look for the bulldozer with two antennas attached to it’s front bucket. The an-tennas are in touch with a disk mounted on a pole at the end of the back side-walk, the disk talks with a satellite that talks with Wohlsen’s computer (the Contractor) that instructs the blade to move up or down to level the ground – within a fraction of an inch. The driver of the grader just steers and lets the grading happen.

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Don’t miss the chance to see a building being built. Look out the window in the Overlook Sunroom to see skilled workers excavating ditches for footings of walls, laying rebar in them for strength, filling them to a precise level with concrete, then laying cement blocks on top forming walls of the first wing of the building. The Homestead is growing right before your eyes!


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Memory Care Director Anita Green Earns National Certification

Anita Green is a special person….and we are privileged to have her as our Memory Care Director in our Gardens Pavilion.  Anita is one of our most experienced nurses and has worked at Springwell for 17 years.

Recently, Anita pursued her National Certification for Activities Professionals – a program requiring extensive independent study and classwork – and she recently received recognition for her completion.  Our Gardens Pavilion has its own Activities Director, but Anita believed it was important for her to strengthen her knowledge of this important aspect of therapeutic programming.

Anita Receives NCCAP Cert

Springwell has a strong clinical foundation with Anita leading the program as an LPN. She is always looking for new learning opportunities & challenges, and became our Memory Care Director in June 2015.

Congratulations and thank you to Anita for always striving to make Springwell a safe, warm & vibrant place for our residents to live.


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We’re Breaking New Grounds at Springwell!

What a glorious day for a groundbreaking! We had the honor of having the Mayor, along with many elected officials, participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for our new Independent Living Residences. We had over 100 attendees watch Phil Golden, John Chay, Neil Meltzer from LifeBridge Health, and many of our much loved residents and coworkers do the ceremonial dig on our beautiful new Homestead building. We are “breaking new ground” with our new partnership with LifeBridge and we couldn’t be more pleased.

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The residences are for full-service Independent Living.  The monthly fees include a meal program, activities, scheduled transportation, housekeeping, utilities, wellness checks, etc, etc.

The residences are larger on average and of a greater variety than those available previously from Springwell for Independent Living.  Most units have balconies or patios; never before available at Springwell.

The new Independent Living residences range in size from a 1 BR / 1 Bath at 600 sq ft (The Brooks) to a 2 BR / 2 Bath corner at 1,130 sq ft (The Peabody).  In-between those are the 1 BR / 1.5 Bath at 740 sq ft (The Hopkins), the 1 BR & Den / 1.5 Bath (The Mencken) and the 2 BR / 2 Bath at 1,000 sq ft (The Newberry).  In addition, there are many gracious common areas including the Library, Courtyard, Pub, Living Room, Dining Room and Multipurpose Classroom among others.

Opening is planned for July, 2018.  Pre-leasing will begin this July.

 


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Phil Golden Judges Aging 2.0 Tech Accelerator

Springwell’s Director and Principle, Phil Golden, was one of 7 Judges for Aging 2.0′s Technology Accelerator.  Aging 2.0′s Baltimore chapter is part of a wide network focused on highlighting innovation for the senior community. Their mission is to help health entrepreneurs test and validate their technology by working with mentors as well as senior focus groups.

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Springwell will be piloting this years winner – Reciprocare.   Reciprocare founder Charlene Brown won $5,000. Her startup connects agencies with caregivers, and helps low-income women find jobs.

The two-month accelerator included 12 focus groups at senior communities where startups had a chance to get feedback.  Wearables startup Cyber Timez won second place recognition, while another four startups — TechStar TutorsSilver SedansReachOut and Agewell Biometrics — will get access to pilot programs at CHAI and Springwell Senior Living.  You can read the entire article in Technical.ly Baltimore here.

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Open House Thursday, April 20th

You are invited to our SPRING OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, April 20th from 10 am – 12 noon.

Whether you are looking for Assisted Living or Independent Living now…or plan to in the future…this is a great time to come by and casually tour the campus and learn a little bit more about us.

Come Participate in 1 of 2 brief panel discussions at 10:30 or 11:30 followed by a tour of our Assisted and Independent Living Campus.We ask that you RSVP and let us know which panel discussion you would like to attend.  Radio personality Frank Luber will facilitate the discussion.  To RSVP please call 410-664-4006 or  Email: Phil@SpringwellSeniorLiving.com

You’ll also learn about our NEW INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENCES currently under construction Opening in 2018.

11x17 Sheets.cdrWe look forward to seeing you on April 20th!


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