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The Village at Crystal spring represents forward-thinking ideas for senior care in the heart of Annapolis. Stay informed of our milestones at this growing community by bookmarking this page. For press/media inquiries, please contact Courtney Malengo, Director of Public Relations at 301-354-2706.

Our CEO Shares Why Crystal Spring Will Serve All Seniors

May 29, 2015

Our CEO Larry Bradshaw shares in his guest column with The Capital Gazette that The Village at Crystal Spring (a new proposed continuing care retirement community) will be for all seniors, not just those who are wealthy.  

"The Village at Crystal Spring will not just exist for those seniors who will live there, but to serve seniors beyond the physical walls of our community. National Lutheran Communities & Services (sponsor of The Village at Crystal Spring) is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and with that comes a long legacy of caring for seniors across various socioeconomic demographics," Larry said. "We have never asked anyone to leave any of our communities because of financial hardship. In order to do that, we give back more than $5 million annually to offset the cost of care for residents."

Read more of his column here. 

Hear Us On WASH-FM!

November 21, 2014

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is getting into the Christmas spirit with its sponsorship of 24/7 holiday music on WASH-FM 97.1 from Nov. 21- Dec. 25. You'll hear on-air spots for several of our communities, including:

  • The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community
  • The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community
  • The Village at Crystal Spring—A National Lutheran Community

Be sure to tune in for a holiday greeting from our President & CEO Larry Bradshaw. You can listen live with the iHeart radio application on your smartphone or tablet, or visiting washfm.com.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the National Lutheran Family!

Annapolis Named in Forbes Top 25 Places to Retire

June 23, 2014

Annapolis has been deemed one of the top 25 Great Places to Follow Your Passions in Retirement by Forbes. The city is dominated by the Chesapeake Bay—surrounded by three sides of water—and is well known for its recreational boating. We think Annapolis is a great place to retire too. It’s the home of our next continuing care retirement community, The Village at Crystal Spring—A National Lutheran Community (TVCS). Whether your passion is photography, learning to sail or discovering your inner artist, all of those interests and more can be pursued at TVCS.

Forbes identified seven categories focusing on personal leisure-time interests. The categories included arts, fine dining, lifetime learning, volunteering, outdoor activities on water, outdoor activities on land, and golf. According to Forbes’ article, they canvassed statistical databases and previously published assessments by enthusiasts, then evaluated them with internal metrics. Annapolis was chosen, among the likes of Traverse City, Mich., Asheville, N.C. and Austin, Texas.  

TVCS will be the anchor to a planned mixed-use development located at Forest Drive and Spa Road—pending approval by the Maryland Department of Aging. The community will offer seniors a variety of residential, lifestyle and health care options, several dining venues, hotel-style amenities, a chapel, and a health care center with private rooms. Future residents and their families will also enjoy various retail amenities and a shared Village Green within Crystal Spring Annapolis.

To read the full article, click here.

CEO Larry Bradshaw's Guest Column in The Capital

May 10, 2013

National Lutheran Communities & Services' (NLCS) CEO Larry Bradshaw wrote a guest column for The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., which appeared on May 9. With more than 30 years experience in the senior care industry, Larry Bradshaw details why the mixed-use intergenerational concept for Crystal Spring is what Annapolis seniors desire and the trend for many future retirement communities.

Guest Column: The Village at Crystal Spring good for seniors

May 9, 2013

The Capital


For the past two-and-a-half years, National Lutheran Communities & Services has worked closely with Crystal Spring Development to create a desirable continuing care retirement community — The Village at Crystal Spring — to meet the ever growing, and changing, needs of seniors in the Annapolis area.

We believe the collaborative approach our project development team has taken with city planning departments and the Maryland Department of Aging has made Crystal Spring Annapolis a better project.

From the beginning, The Village at Crystal Spring has been a planned component of the larger, integrated Crystal Spring Annapolis project to include the element of mixed-use. This concept of planned integration has been very attractive to prospective residents of this community; to date more than 1,600 seniors have shown great interest in TVCS and approximately 900 have attended informational sessions.

TVCS is not the stereotypical retirement community many think of. This mixed-use, inter-generational concept represents another alternative to more traditional retirement communities, and it is what makes this project so unique. Younger seniors in Annapolis have indicated a desire that their retirement years be interactive and involve more than just interactions with other seniors.

No detail of this project has been made in insolation; rather every detail has been integrated with thoughtful and intentional connection from all parties involved. TVCS’s proposed site has been carefully considered during the planning process and operationally planned to utilize the site effectively while exceeding the environmental standards.

The vision for TVCS is that seniors are vibrantly connected to the community around them with the security of health care at their fingertips. Seniors will be within walking distance of many amenities including retail, restaurants, a cultural arts center and more; but can also retain privacy and peaceful surroundings once they return to their respective residences on campus.

We envision residents using their village identification cards to pay for a meal in the CCRC, as well as any goods or services in the adjacent restaurants and shops. Many of the health care services will be provided directly in the residences on campus. This care model allows for enhanced independence and decreased separations from a spouse/significant other, providing safety is not compromised.

Annapolis seniors want to retire with the security of health care and wellness in a city they have grown to deeply love. In zip codes 21401 and 21403 alone, there are 22,540 individuals in the 55+ range (Nielson projected 2013 data). As more baby boomers look to retire, these needs will only increase.

Meeting the changing needs of seniors is the story NLCS started writing in 1890, and continues to write each day. What was The National Lutheran Home in Washington, D.C., is now a family of retirement communities and services located throughout Maryland and Virginia. As a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America serving people of all beliefs, our desire to care for seniors comes from a deeply-rooted mission that we have championed for 122 years.

Innovation in the delivery of services and our continued commitment to benevolent care programs, which totaled more than $5 million in 2012, is quickly becoming the National Lutheran hallmark. In our 122-year history, we have never asked any resident to leave because of financial hardship. It is these same values and services we want to bring to the seniors of Annapolis.

For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org or www.thevillageatcrystalspring.org.

The writer is president and chief executive officer of National Lutheran Communities & Services and has more than 30 years’ experience in senior care.

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Get the Facts on Crystal Spring

March 15, 2013

Crystal Spring Annapolis is a new mixed-use planned development in Annapolis, Md., located at Forest Drive and Spa Road. This vibrant, community-integrated neighborhood will be anchored by a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) known as The Village at Crystal Spring—A National Lutheran Community.*

Subject to approval by the Maryland Department of Aging, The Village at Crystal Spring is sponsored by National Lutheran Communities & Services, a faith-based, not-for-profit serving seniors since 1890. 

The Village at Crystal Spring will offer seniors a variety of residential, lifestyle and healthcare options nestled amidst an inter-generational community setting featuring a village green, cultural arts center, chapel, boutique shopping, restaurants, market and more. 

As the project continues to move through the approval process with the City of Annapolis, we will continue to provide informational updates and resources like the links below. We look forward to bringing our 122-year mission of serving seniors to those in the Annapolis area. 

Helpful Resources & Information:

FAQs: Get the Facts on Crystal Spring (pdf for print/download)

Crystal Spring Annapolis   (development website and site plans) 

National Lutheran Communities & Services  (CCRC sponsor's website) 


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