Janice and John Dunnigan have been active members of the greater Baltimore community their whole lives, raising their family in Parkville. When their sons participated in Boy Scouts, John served as a Scoutmaster and Janice as a Den Leader. Both sons swam with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and swam competitively through college, keeping John and Janice busy with practices and meets.
John was very active in his Masonic lodge, Washington Lodge No. 3. He served as Master and then as Potentate in the Boumi Shriners. Following his term as Potentate, he regularly volunteered by driving patients from Baltimore to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Janice was involved with the Daughters of the Nile, a female Masonic organization. The couple moved to Brightview Perry Hall as Independent Living residents in September 2019.
Q: What drove you to move to Brightview Perry Hall?
Janice: We had been in our home for 42 years. My husband had redone about every room in the house, but we found it was more difficult to upkeep the house and property. It was taking more time, and we needed more people to come in and help.
We looked at four facilities, but when we came into Brightview Perry Hall, there was a warm feeling. When we toured our apartment, it just felt like home. Here, we have such peace of mind. We don’t have to worry about a skylight leaking, snow removal, or the three dreaded words – “what’s for dinner?”
Q: What are some activities that you enjoy in the community?
Janice: I love seated yoga and the SPICE exercise classes. The card-making class is so much fun. There are also musical activities and word games. The team comes up with so many diverse activities. Here, you can sit in your apartment and be as private and quiet as you choose, or you can come out and do activities. We also like the different choices for the dining venues here.
Q: How do you like interacting with the Brightview Perry Hall team?
Janice: The Vibrant Living team is fantastic. They are so helpful and fun; they come up with diverse activities. The dining staff is very kind and respectful.
My husband was in the hospital for a month last year, and when he came back, he needed physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nursing care. I talked to our director, Laura, and she got in touch with everyone. The day he came home, we had everything we needed.
Q: What would you say to seniors considering moving to Brightview Perry Hall?
Janice: Come and visit us. Don’t make a rushed decision; come for several visits.
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