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Columbia, MD

Howard County Long-Term Care Recommendations

Hopkins Investment Management has researched the Columbia area for the best Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, In-Home Care, and CCRC facilities for our clients.  Our recommendations are based on open source research, reviews, ratings, calls, and visits to some locations.

Also, we encourage those residing in the state of MD check out this resource containing a wealth of information regarding long-term care in MD. It gives access to surveys, reports, statistics, listings of services, as well as the ability to compare different long-term care choices. Visit:Maryland Consumer Guide to Long-Term Care


Assisted Living: Brighton Gardens of Columbia

7110 Minstrel Way Columbia, MD 21045

Brighton Gardens of Columbia is an Assisted Living Community that houses a separate memory care unit for those diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer’s. They offer personal, assisted care to their residents, as well as transportation services to the nearby cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C. They are also located conveniently close to Howard County General Hospital. Brighton Gardens is best known for its active environment and the quality of meals they provide for their residents, and they have been voted one of the “10 Best Places to Live” by several publications. According to SeniorAdvisor.com, their average monthly cost range is approximately $2,970-3,180 for semi-private rooms, $3,690 for a studio, and $4,020-4,470* for single bedrooms – costs may differ depending on the service or care you or your loved one requires. Brighton Gardens only accepts private pay, but residents can be reimbursed if they have LTC insurance. It is our understanding that Brighton Gardens is a fairly highly sought after community, so availability may be limited, but we recommend Brighton Gardens of Columbia as a quality choice for assisted living/memory care in Howard County, MD. For more information about Brighton Gardens and its amenities, as well as positive reviews from residents and their family members, please call or visit:

(410) 884-0773

Brighton Gardens Website

Brighton Gardens Reviews - Senior Advisor - We would recommend Senior Advisor as a great resource for reviews and information regarding long-term care options. 


Skilled Nursing: Lorien Encore at Turf Valley

11150 Resort Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Lorien Encore at Turf Valley is known as an Assisted Living Community that also houses a Skilled Nursing Facility in a separate onsite wing for those who require more highly intensive and comprehensive care and services. Their skilled nursing facility provides both short and long-term care for up to 63 patients at a time. They offer several types of specialized care, including dementia/Alzheimer’s care, ventilator/respiratory care, wound care, dialysis care, palliative care, and more. Living options are mostly semi-private rooms with several private rooms, each with its own attached restroom. According to Maryland Consumer Guide to Long-Term Care, Lorien Encore’s average daily cost ranges from around $300-400*, depending on type of room and care required. In addition to private pay, they also accept LTC insurance plans, Medicare, and for those who qualify, Medicaid, as forms of payment. 

We recommend Lorien Encore at Turf Valley as a quality skilled nursing facility choice because of its 91 out of 100 HealthGrove.com Smart Rating as well as their high star ratings for health inspections, staffing, quality measures, and overall rating given by Medicare.gov. To view and compare these ratings to other nearby nursing homes, as well as more information about Lorien Encore and its services/amenities, please call or visit:

(410) 461-7070

Lorien Encore at Turf Valley Website

HealthGrove.com Smart Rating

Medicare.gov Star Ratings

Family Satisfaction Survey


In Home Care: 2nd Family Home Health Services

6200 Georgetown Blvd. Suite E, Eldersburg, MD 21784

2nd Family Home Health Services is an In-Home care service that provides personal home care for seniors in many locations, including Howard County. Each 2nd Family caregiver is a Certified Nursing Assistant and works under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. Furthermore, all caregivers must take and pass a specialized course designed by the Alzheimer’s Association, on care giving tips and techniques for dealing specifically with Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. Although not considered medical care, their services include light housekeeping, laundry, assistance with activities of daily living, transportation, meal preparation, medication supervision, and more. They only accept private pay and LTC insurance where it is applicable to the services provided. Their caregivers are available 24 hours a day, and payment is made on an hourly basis with a lowest hourly cost of $20/hour* according to caring.com. The positive patient testimonials and reviews from patients’ families leads us to recommend 2nd Family Home Health Services as a quality local option for In-Home care. For more information about 2nd Family Home Health Services and their philosophy and approach to caregiving, as well as reviews, please call or visit:

(443) 609-3465

2nd Family Website

2nd Family Reviews - Senior Advisor

2nd Family Reviews - Caring.com


CCRC: Vantage House

5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Vantage House of Columbia is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) that offers independent living arrangements and amenities to residents, as well as assisted living and skilled nursing care. Some of their attractions include an on-site fitness center, game and card rooms, and weekly social excursions to movie theaters, golf courses, and more. With roughly 222 independent living residences, Vantage House offers 15 different floor plans, including studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and penthouse apartments, allowing you to choose the size that works best for your lifestyle and budget. According to SeniorAdvisor.com, their average monthly cost is around $2,342 for a studio, $2,538 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $3,718* for a two-bedroom apartment, not including the entrance fee.

If skilled nursing medical care becomes necessary, you can expect to pay on average $290-333/day* according to Maryland Consumer Guide to Long-Term Care, (also depending on whether you have a private or semi-private room). They do not accept Medicare or Medicaid as forms of payment, nor do they contain a separate care unit for dementia/Alzheimer’s patients. We recommend Vantage House as a quality CCRC option because of their HealthGrove.com Smart Rating of 93 out 100 and their high family satisfaction results from Maryland Consumer Guide to LTC. For more information and a look at these reviews and ratings, please call or visit.     

(410) 964-5454

Vantage House Website

HealthGrove.com Smart Rating

Medicare.gov Star Ratings

Family Satisfaction Survey


*All costs listed are averages and estimations gathered from online sources. We would highly recommend calling or visiting to obtain a better, more specific quote.

If you have any comments regarding this page or are familiar with another great LTC option not listed, please give us a call or email us.