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Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging


BayWoods of Annapolis

James Harrington, Director of Business Development

7101 Bay Front Drive

Annapolis, MD 21403


Q: What are the top three criteria for choosing a continuing care retirement community?

A: Your priority should be location and the surrounding areas. People want a community that is close to their family and friends. You want to be in a place that has an appealing location like BayWoods on the water. Important medical facilities such as John Hopkins and Ann Arundel Medical Center are in close proximity. You’ll also find yourself surrounded by major colleges, universities, sporting events and theatre that lends itself to an active adult life.

Second, you should consider the size of the community, balancing one that serves all your needs without being overwhelming. Choose a vibrant, active community that should feel like a neighborhood featuring high staff-to-resident ratio.

Third, you should choose a community that provides a good return on your investment. Find out if the community has a good reputation for its own financial management and good health care provided on-site with enrichment programs.

You should tour every community and meet existing residents to find out why they chose BayWoods. Most tours will invite guests to stay for a meal. Take them up on that offer and talk to residents who should be happy to answer your questions.

Q: What are the advantages of a co-op living?

A: Every decision that is made at BayWoods has the residents’ best interests at heart, because the residents are shareholders who own the community. They receive all the benefits of home ownership, plus tax advantages and property appreciation. BayWoods is one of only two continuing care retirement community co-ops in Maryland.

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