Sharing Strong Ties: From Your Home, to Retirement Home

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senior living in retirement homeFor Harriet Cole, there was never a question as to where she would ultimately move later in life in order to maintain her active lifestyle with a sense of security. It was a home in which she had shared strong ties over the years.

The Maryland Order of the Eastern Star, which Harriet joined in 1950, has always had a close connection to the Maryland Masonic Homes (Bonnie Blink), a Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Cockeysville.

“All through the years there has been a special committee of the Grand Chapter to visit and bring joy to the residents,” she said. “I have been visiting the community since I became a member of the Eastern Star and I always knew that some day I would be living there.”

It was after her husband’s passing in 2007 that Harriet decided it was time to make the transition.

“I am so glad that I moved here because I couldn’t be any happier,” she said. “The Executive Director, Paula O’Neill, and her staff provide us with excellent care and wonderful extra activities.”

One major event Harriet was able to experience recently was the 75th Anniversary of Maryland Masonic Homes on May 1st in which staff, dignitaries, residents and supporters of the community enjoyed a truly magical evening filled with music, fine dining and a live auction.

During that week, Harriet and her peers along with friends and families also had the option of enjoying a Wine and Cheese Open House, Historical Slide Shows, a Chocolate Extravaganza and a Talent Show.

Being part of these celebrations for a place that had already felt like home for so long was a truly remarkable experience for Harriet, who would encourage others to make a similar decision. Aside from the camaraderie of her home with its many activities and celebrations, she has peace of mind in knowing different levels of care are available onsite to meet any potential health needs.

Now, almost 60 years since she joined the Eastern Star and was introduced to the community, Harriet has nothing but fun and future anniversaries to look forward to in a familial environment.

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