Pickersgill’s Response to the Corona Virus

Good Morning:

I am writing today to share with you Pickersgill’s response to the CoronaVirus or COVID-19 outbreak in Maryland. Protecting our residents is our primary concern. Currently, we don’t have any COVID-19 cases in the community. I know that you are following the news about the spread of the disease. Yesterday, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Governor Hogan met with representatives of the senior living and long-term care community on Tuesday to discuss the State of Maryland’s preparation and plans to contain (and now mitigate) Marylanders’ exposure to the virus, particularly for the staff, residents, and families of senior services organizations. Governor Hogan presented his recommendations to the public on Tuesday afternoon. You can watch it by clicking on this link: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/03/10/governor-hogan-announces-ninth-positive-case-of-covid-19-in-maryland-issues-new-guidance-for-long-term-care-facilities/. At that presentation, he stated that effective immediately, senior living communities should restrict access and visitation. This was supported by the Federal Government that issued similar and more detailed guidance. We have decided to follow the Federal Government’s and Governor’s recommendations regarding visitor access.

Consequently, out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and welfare of our residents and given the recommendations of the government, we have decided that visitors will not be allowed into the Pickersgill, whether it is independent living, assisted living or the nursing home. This became effective yesterday afternoon. We recognize that this is a very serious step but feel it is necessary at this time. However, visitors will be allowed when it is absolutely necessary, such as end-of-life situations, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. All individuals who enter the building will be screened using CDC guidelines.

Despite these restrictions, we still need to operate the community. This means that certain individuals need to be on-site. This includes our staff, pharmacists, medical consultants, vendors and construction workers. Our staff are receiving training regarding COVID-19 so that they are knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms. The other individuals I listed are being screened regularly using CDC criteria.  I realize that this is not a perfect solution but anything we can do to reduce our resident’s exposure to the virus we should do. I recognize that communicating with your family member is very important and we are exploring a variety of ways you could do that in addition to talking with them by telephone since you can’t visit with them.

We are monitoring this developing situation closely and complying with the protocols developed by the Maryland Dept. of Health, the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ), the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This is a very dynamic environment and I will let you know about any changes to these restrictions as soon as I know them. I am asking for your support while we work through this situation. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Barry Eisenberg, FACHE, LNHA 
Executive Director 
Pickersgill Retirement Community 
615 Chestnut Avenue, Towson, MD 21204 

Homegrown Assisted Living in Maryland: How Our 217-Year History Propels Us Toward the Future

We all tend to look forward and make plans for the future. With a proud and storied history of providing assisted living in Maryland, Pickersgill Retirement Community is drawing from its past to plan for the future. When you review your options for assisted living in Maryland, Pickersgill Retirement Community’s rich history stands out. While we are the oldest retirement community in Maryland, we are also a forward-thinking community with a commitment to values and comfort. Continue reading

Meet Simonne, Delegating Nurse at Pickersgill Assisted Living

Simonne Bisaha began working as a delegating nurse for the assisted living program at Pickersgill in December of 2017. Over the course of her first year working here, she noticed something about the community that hadn’t always been the case in her career.

“At Pickersgill, there are a lot of people who have worked here for a long time, so there’s a family atmosphere and a special feeling of cohesiveness,” she said. “It starts from the Executive Director [Barry Eisenberg] on down: The people are warm and accepting and helpful, which gives us all a great sense of security in being here and with what we do every day.” Continue reading

Modern Floor Plans: Life at Pickersgill

Pickersgill Retirement Community offers several modern floor plans in assisted living that are current, bright and apartment-like. Each floor plan is a contemporary space that features modern upgrades and windows to let in light all year long. Your loved one will truly feel at home in one of our two assisted living floor plans: (1) the garden level suite or (2) the large unit with kitchenette.

Both of these modern floor plans serve as a blank slate to create a comfortable, private home to come home to at the end of the day. Your parent will be able to take advantage of the many community events, organizations and services taking place right here at Pickersgill, while having help with daily tasks at your request. Continue reading

The Value of Our Approach to Assisted Living

Pickersgill has been providing quality care since 1802, and today the mission of our board continues in everything we do: to provide quality care at a reasonable price. We combine a host of services and amenities with a social model of assisted living that improves our residents’ quality of life while keeping them independent longer. Here’s a look at what makes Pickersgill a sensible option for an ideal assisted living lifestyle in the Baltimore area. Continue reading