The Move-Out Process

Have you and your family “had the talk”… about handling your Charlestown affairs at the end of life?

To help your family:
Ensure they have a copy and/or know where to find your Will or Trust. Veterans should make sure a copy of your DD214 is available.
Have your family familiar with your Residence and Care Agreement with Charlestown. This is the contract that defines your refund settlement, if any.
Complete the Authorization for Entry to Living Unit form explained below.

When the final surviving resident passes in an apartment in Independent Living, Security will immediately place a special Security lock on the door to the Apartment. Unless an existing Trust is involved, a Letter of Administration from the Baltimore County Courthouse-Register of Wills in Towson, MD must be obtained to open the Estate to the Executor for relatives to gain access to the locked residence. Recently, Security has altered their requirements allowing residents to designate up to two authorized persons to enter your apartment. However, you must complete the “Authorization for Entry to Living Unit” form available from the Administration Office or the Resident Life Office. The Form needs to be turned in to Brittany Owens in the Resident Life office in Cross Creek.

Before going to Towson, it’s suggested that you call ahead to The Register of Wills (410-887-6680) to find out what exactly the County needs you to provide them. For example, a copy of the Death Certificate, amount of money going into your Estate, and various other items may be required. The Executor (or Trustee) of the Estate should take a copy of the Trust or the Letter of Administration to the Security Supervisor to receive the key to the Security lock. In addition, the Executor or family member should obtain copies of the Death Certificate (suggest 10 copies) to notify all concerned.

If they haven’t already done so, your family should contact Lavina Dukes, our Move-Out Coordinator, for both the Move-Out Handbook and Things to Consider checklist to guide them through the process. The goal is to get your family through this and to speed up the apartment turn-over quickly so the refund from Charlestown can be finalized. For the handbook, checklist and additional information, please contact Lavina at 410-737-8838, x8375 or send her an email at

-Charlie Eichenlaub-

Charlestown’s Board of Directors

Here is how it works:

Charleston residents live in a non-profit entity called Charlestown Community Inc.(CCI) and there is help in determining our present and our future. Charlestown’s Board of Directors are charged with maintaining Charlestown’s financial well-being and assuring the long-term viability of the community.

This group of qualified professionals recently added two new members, who bring valuable talents. Joanne L. Martin, a Cybersecurity Specialist, among many other impressive qualities, and Laura Ellison, a Healthcare Financial Specialist with much experience in helping to maintain and expand not-for-profit health systems. You can read more about them in the July and August issues of The Sunburst.

Board discussions may be on the following:
• Decide where to invest excess cash from operations and entrance deposits
• Budget for future Charlestown expenditures
• Deliberate with Erickson Living on what Erickson is planning for Charlestown
and arbitrate what is best for the community
• Recruit replacement board members, when necessary

The Board members do not publicly discuss what they are doing for the community, as their deliberations need to be confidential so that all viewpoints can be considered during the decision-making process. However, residents can review board meeting minutes.

Erickson Living is the management entity that the Board of Directors has contracted to handle Charlestown’s day-to-day business. Simply put, the pictures you see on the elevator each day are the Erickson Living Management Team and all other workers and staff are Charlestown employees hired by Erickson Living to assist the daily needs of the community.

Charlie Eichenlaub
Member, Resident Council Communications Committee

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Our “Two Time” Residents

Our 100 Year Old Underground Tunnel.

Plus More Little Known Facts About Charlestown.

The book sale has been very successful. As a result of your efforts, 350 booklets were sold the first 16 days of September.

Attend Maryland Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon

Each year the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame chooses 50 outstanding volunteers from nominations received from across the state. This year we are pleased to announce the Charlestown residents that are being inducted into the Hall of Fame:

Otto J. Greul, Jr.
Ralph Strong

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Michaels’s Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD
11:00 AM Social Time & Cash Bar
12:00 PM Noon Luncheon
Musical Entertainment Provided

Residents wishing to attend the event to support the inductees should make reservations by contacting Kathleen Hart in the Volunteer Program Office no later than September 28.

MD Senior Citizen Hall of Fame

Residents Mission Moments Program

Who do you recommend be recognized?

This spring the Harmonious Community Living Committee affiliated with the Resident Council Resident Life Committee initiated a Mission Moments Program featuring residents who live their lives demonstrating the “Residents and the Erickson Way” values. We are asking every resident to become cognizant of these special people and to submit their name and a brief summary of how they stand out as a role model for Harmonious Community Living. Submissions should be directed to Pat Kasuda. Monthly the committee will feature in upcoming Sunburst articles the Mission Moment Resident. Who do you recommend be recognized?

The Harmonious Living Committee focuses on behaviors that will enhance Harmonious Community Living by living “The Erickson Way”. Using “The Erickson Way” residents live values cultivating positive personal relationships. How we engage with residents and staff is critical to the success for Harmonious Community Living.

In January 2018 Pat Kasuda and Judi Welsh presented an ELLIC class, “Walk the Talk,” to explain how together residents can make a positive difference in the lives of others. This interactive class featured “The Erickson Way Living Values” and addressed how some of challenges in community living can become opportunities to change negative behaviors into positive building relationships.

Remember “The Erickson Way” is built on respect and caring, diversity, friendliness and enthusiasm, integrity, responsibility, excellence and teamwork. These values serve as our guiding principles and should reflect in all that we do.

Please use this form to submit the name of a resident you wish to see recognized.

Resident Mission Moment Form