How to Attract Hummingbirds
The Magic of Sea Glass
Estate Planning and Your Loved Ones Pg 6 Financial Freedom Hit the Brakes on Scooter Fraud!
SUMMER 2012 FEATURES 4 5 6
Senator Judy Schwank – Report to the People
How Do I Attract Hummeringbirds to My Yard? - Cassidy Frost Estate Planning and the Financial Freedom of Your Loved Ones - Chris Borg
Residents Find Their Inner Artist - Michelle Woolford
Scratch Your Creative Itch and Help Your Memory - Amy Nelson
How to find Sea Glass - Danielle Wigzell
The Personal Care Home: 2012 - Anthony Camilli
Adult Day Care Resource
“Aunt Tilly’s Kitchen”
The Story of Griswold Home Care - Gary Hawkins
Hit the Brakes on Scooter and Medical Supplies Fraud - CARIE
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State Senator Judith L. Schwank • 11th Senatorial District ACT 2 OF 2012: NEW RULES FOR SMALL GAMES OF CHANCE Senior groups, churches, VFWs, clubs and other local nonprofit organizations across Pennsylvania regularly raise money for charity or other civic purposes by conducting small games of chance. These games help fund many local beneficial programs and organizations. Now, for the first time in nearly 25 years, Pennsylvania has updated the law to help these organizations earn more revenue from small games of chance. The newly updated Local Option Small Games of Chance Act increases the prize limits for games. For a single chance, the individual prize limit is increased from $500 to $1,000, and the raffle can exceed $1,000 if it is conducted under a special permit. The weekly prize limit is increased from $5,000 to $25,000 and the monthly prize limit is increased from $5,000 to $10,000. Additionally, special raffle permits are increased from two to eight per year, or from two to ten per year for fire and ambulance companies. The total cash value of all prizes under a special permit increases to $100,000 a year, or $150,000 for fire and ambulance companies. The updated law is good news for organizations that utilize small games of chance as a way to raise money. The new law also tightens regulations on small games licensees. Beginning Feb. 1, 2013, eligible organizations must electronically file an annual report with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for the preceding calendar year stating the prizes that have been awarded, as well as the amounts expended for public interest purposes. These measures will help ensure that organizations and their patrons don’t run into trouble with the IRS or the state Department of Revenue.
The law does not change the one-year license renewal requirement or the cost. The license fee remains at $100 per year; limited event licenses are $10. More information regarding reporting information will be available from the Department of Revenue soon, but I encourage all groups, organizations and clubs that conduct small games of chance to be aware of the new law and be prepared to file annual reports starting in 2013. For more information regarding reporting requirements, call the Department of Revenue at 717-787-8275 or go online to www. revenue.state.pa.us/SGOC. Questions regarding licensing to conduct small games of chance should be directed to the county treasurer at 610-478-6640. Questions regarding conducting games of chance should be directed to Liquor Control Enforcement at 717-540-7410.
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How Do I Attract Hummingbirds To My Yard By Cassidy Frost
reate a hummingbird haven in your very own backyard! Hummers are delight to watch and are not too hard to attract. The first order of business would be to place a hummingbird feeder in your garden. Most hummingbird feeders are red, as red is notorious for attracting hummers. But if your feeder is not red you can tie a red ribbon at the top. You can also place your feeder near a hanging basket, or flower patch with red or brightly colored flowers nearby. You will find that hummingbirds are very territorial, and like to sit and defend their feeder and flowers. If you would like to attract more than one greedy hummer to your garden, try putting out more feeders. But be sure to place them out of site of each other. Otherwise as you know, hummingbirds are piggies, and will sit and guard all of the feeders, and chase the others birds away. You may want to consider placing a hummingbird swing near your feeder. They will enjoy perching and swinging while they watch over their food source. As more flowers begin to bloom you will find that the hummingbirds will visit your feeder less. Not to worry, they are still around, but they would rather drink real nectar from flowers than the nectar in your feeder. Even if they aren’t sipping from your feeders you can keep these adorable creatures in your yard by planting flowers that hummingbirds like. True it seems hummingbirds favorite color is red, but you don’t have to plant all red flowers in your garden. They will drink from any flower that is rich in nectar. Hummingbirds have virtually no sense of smell, and the flowers that attract them often have very little fragrance. Here are a list of nectar rich flowers known to attract hummingbirds: Fuchsias, Bleeding hearts, Hollyhocks, Impatiens, Geraniums, Petunias, Salvias, Bee Balm, Butterfly Bush Buddleia Davidii, Columbine, Honeysuckles, and Viburnums, to just name a few. It would be good to note that cultivated flowers often produce a lot less nectar than the strains in the wild. Another way to add instant color, try adding a purple or red gazing ball or sculpture to your garden, this will also attract hummingbirds attention. Be sure to remove faded flowers. Otherwise the hummingbirds will see the dried up flowers that have no more nectar, and will move on to a better feeding location. By dead heading and removing spent flowers, not only keeps the birds happy, it will also encourage new blooms to grow. Be very careful about pesticides or insecticides on the flowers used to attract the hummers. They not only kill bugs, but are harmful to birds, causing them to become sick and could kill them. The small bugs are also a food source for hummingbirds, providing them with the protein they rely on. Protein is very important to their diet especially as they start to fatten up to get ready for migration. Southeast Pennsylvania
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Some hummingbirds may not visit your feeder, but all birds need to drink water right? Hummingbirds are more attracted to moving water opposed to the still water in a birdbath. You may want to consider adding a mister, fountain, dripper, waterfall or sprinkler. They will enjoy flying through the moving water to cool off and may sit and bathe. It is very important that the water source remains fresh and clean, to prevent diseases from growing that cause them to get sick, and cause many to die a very unpleasant
Hummingbirds enjoy a place to rest and preen. And since they are very territorial they like to perch where they have a good view of their territories, and food sources. Provide perches such as wires, shrubbery (will also give the shelter), close lines, trellises, thin vines etc. This will encourage the little birds to stick around for awhile. Another way to create a hummingbird haven in you garden is to provide resources for them to build a nest. Suitable nesting materials would be, animal fur, fine lint, and small lengths of string. Hummingbirds don’t use nesting boxes or bird houses, like other birds. Instead they build their nests in trees and shrubs. Their nests are double lined, and cup shaped. Try some of these tactics to attract hummingbirds to your garden. And once they are there, they will be encouraged to stick around for awhile. By understanding hummingbirds needs, you can provide a safe haven for these lovely entertaining creatures. Cassidy Frost - About the Author: Hi, my name is Cassidy Frost. I am an avid runner, mountain climber, world traveler, and an on-line store owner. Make your yard a fun place to be! www.TheTinklingWindChime.com is all about stylish garden decor, such rain-gauges, garden fountains, thermometers and so much more! Make your garden inviting for the birds also, try adding a bird-house, bird-feeder or bird-bath. The Tinkling Wind Chime has a wide selection of bird accessories. Such as fancy bird-houses for the uptown birds, and country styles for the down home birds in your life! Join the fun today and start turning your backyard into your own personal Eden!
Estate Planning And The Financial Freedom Of Your Loved Ones By Chris Borg
state Planning...It's not just for the wealthy anymore. We all enjoy being in the driver's seat and controlling our destiny. Well then suppose we want to control what happens to our personal possessions upon our passing? The answer of course is that we need to create an estate plan. With a well-constructed plan, you can spell out all of the details in: 1) A Will, 2) A Durable Power Of Attorney, 3) A Living Will, 4) A Healthcare Proxy and possibly 5) A Trust. With a plan, you get to choose a guardian for your minor children. With a plan, you can minimize the amount of taxes that are due upon your passing. With a plan, you can prevent your estate from going through a lengthy probate process and the accompanying headaches and expenses for your loved ones. Without a plan (a will for instance), the State gets to call the shots. The State dictates who among your heirs gets what! If you want to be certain that your family's needs are taken care of and that their financial freedom goals are carried out according to your wishes, well then an estate plan is just the ticket for you. By now you are probably wondering how much all this is going to cost? Surprisingly, a full package is very manageable. A basic package, which includes a will, a living will, a durable power of attorney and a healthcare proxy usually, costs between $1,000.00 to $1,500.00. If you add a trust into the equation, then you should plan on spending between $2,000.00 and $3,000.00. On a Federal tax level, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Re-authorization, And Job Creation Act of 2010 has allowed for some major changes to take place that affect a person's estate. These changes are set to expire on 12-31-2012 and include: • $5,120,000.00 gift and estate tax exemption • 35% top tax rate • portability of assets between spouses If no further legislation is passed, on 1-1-2013, we will see the above benefits revert to: • $1,000,000.00 gift and estate tax exemption • 55% top tax rate • loss of portability feature On a State tax level there currently are 18 states, which collect estate taxes, and there are 7 states, which impose an inheritance tax on the recipient. Finally, there are 2 states, which impose both estate taxes and inheritance taxes (N.J. and MD.) 6
1 Last Will And Testament: This is the first part of a well-
constructed Estate Plan. It allows you to announce to the world exactly what you want to give and to whom. If you die without a will, which is called intestate, the State is kind enough to make these decisions for you. Unfortunately, there is a very good chance that the State's choices will not be aligned with your wishes. Usually the State will divide your assets between your surviving spouse and your children. Since not too many people actually plan when they are going to die, it would behoove you to create a will and beat the State to the punch. A prudent person will review their will every so often and update it to incorporate any changes. This is also a good time to review any beneficiaries and make changes to your children's guardianship if appropriate. Believe it or not, approximately twothirds of all Americans DO NOT have a will. Don't become one of them.
2 Durable Power Of Attorney: Very simply, this is a very short
instrument that spells out who can make financial decisions for you. This becomes especially critical should you become mentally or physically incapacitated. Obviously, you must trust him or her implicitly. This person is your "Attorney In Fact". As such the person has a fiduciary obligation to you, the principal.
3 A Healthcare Proxy is an instrument that allows a person to
designate another individual to make healthcare decisions on their behalf should they become incapacitated and are unable to make their own decisions. The most qualified designee should be able to make difficult decisions under stressful situations while keeping your best interests in mind.
4 A Living Will is an instrument which delineates your wishes
regarding the use of life support equipment, should the need arise. If you become unable to communicate, this instrument also known as an Advance Medical Directive or Health Care Directive spells out your interests regarding the use of life prolonging medical treatments and or equipment that would sustain your life. So you can see by now how important it is to have all these pieces of the estate-planning puzzle in order. The financial freedom of your loved ones is at stake so you will want to be sure and have the puzzle put together properly. Chris Borg is a practicing pharmacist and financial adviser who writes about health care and investing. Chris's latest website on financial freedom is at RatraceBgone, where Chris provides financial tips such as the 9 steps to financial freedom: 9 Steps To Financial Freedom
Residents Find Their Inner Artist at The Heritage of Green Hills By Michelle Woolford
According to Paul Laincz, a retired art professor and resident at The Heritage of Green Hills, to be a successful artist one need not possess talent – just a motive. For many residents at The Heritage, this statement bears some truth. They have learned to express themselves through the wide variety of arts-related programs available to them at the Reading-based independent living retirement community. One such initiative is the recently established “You Can Draw” Program, which, for many residents, was their first formal introduction to art. Designed for beginners, this program introduces residents to the fundamentals of drawing. According to Laincz, the course instructor and creative force behind the project, the program teaches residents that being an artist is less about artistic talent than being willing to express yourself. And so, never too old to embrace a new hobby, many of the residents have taken to the drawing board as a form of selfexpression. For some, this newfound appreciation for the arts has led to the discovery of untapped creativity that has been swelling inside them all along. For others, they see it as merely an opportunity for personal enrichment. During the first “You Can Draw” class, Laincz reviewed the rudimentary elements of drawing, such as lines and angles. He explained that art is much more complex than looking at something and mimicking on paper what one sees; it involves engineering and architecture – and individual perspective. With each week’s progression, he has introduced such concepts as light, shading and depth. Laincz says the idea to teach an art class grew out of the residents’ piqued interest and desire to learn. “The residents here are extremely active and involved, but when it comes to art, several felt they didn’t have adequate background or resources to draw on their own,” said Laincz. “They felt intimidated because they had no foundation in art. I decided to start a basic art class that would help them to cultivate a fundamental skill set but at a pace with which they felt comfortable.” A resident for almost a year, Laincz moved to The Heritage from Kutztown, where he previously taught photography, drawing and design classes at Kutztown University for 32 years. Today he enjoys doing water color and photography, and his paintings and photographs have been included in exhibits at the Portland Museum, Rochester Institute of Technology, Princeton University and the Everhart Museum in Scranton.
The Heritage offers residents opportunities to be immersed in the arts outside of the community as well. Most recently, residents took a trip to the Berks Encore Senior Festival of the Arts to support their fellow residents who had their artwork on display. Of the eight residents participating in the show, five took home ribbons for their award-winning work. They were among more than 200 artists who entered this year’s competition, which continues to be one of the largest senior art contests and exhibits in the state. The Heritage supports the residents’ strong connection to the arts through its involvement in a number of local art events. The senior community is a three-time sponsor of the Tri-County Art Show and it often hosts special in-house receptions to showcase residents’ winning artwork. “It’s a nice way for us to share our gift with others,” said Joanne Just, who has had several of her pieces on display at The Heritage. Another way the residents share their artistic talents is through volunteer projects with local organizations. A group of ten women from The Heritage, better known as The Blanketeers, have taken it upon themselves to collect, assemble and handstitch quilts for sick children at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Reading. Since the beginning of the year, they have made 133 quilts and 150 hats to be donated to the kids. “For many of the residents at The Heritage, finding a way to utilize their talent as a way to lift others’ spirits is extremely important,” said Cheryl Anderson, Community Life Services Director at The Heritage. “The quilting project is just one among many outlets through which they impart a sense of selflessness and generosity, which so many of the residents possess.” The Heritage community is very artistic -- not just in art, but in theater, music and dance as well – and the value they place on the arts is exhibited throughout the community. In almost any hallway or corridor on campus, one can find the walls adorned by artwork, many of which are original pieces by residents themselves, and some which come from their personal collections. The collection of art continues to grow each day thanks to the residents’ constant desire to discover new passions. “Here at The Heritage there is a "Let's give it a try" attitude that is both refreshing and contagious,” said Anderson. “It is this very attitude that demonstrates exactly the type of creative, strongminded individuals that make up our community.”
“My goal is to show the residents that they can do something they didn’t think they could,” said Laincz. “I want to help them uncover their potential and grow as artists.” In addition to up-and-coming artists, The Heritage has a huge community of resident artists who are well known within Berks County’s arts circle. Many of these established artists belong to the Art Alliance in town and have showcased their talent at Goggleworks. Some have had their work displayed in museums and have participated in both local and national art shows. While residents’ levels of experience vary, they all possess the joy that comes from creating something unique and personal to share with others. They use a variety of mediums such as oils, acrylics, watercolors and photography to create pieces that tell a distinct story and showcase different techniques. And they are happy to have at their fingertips the diversity of classes offered in the community’s art studio.
Heritage residents (from left) Addie Bauman, Inge Boran, Sally Schlegel and Shirley Baker attend the first in a series of art classes as part of the Reading-base senior community's new "You Can Draw” Program. Taught by resident, Paul Laincz, the introductory drawing course, held weekly, will teach residents the basic elements and methods of drawing.
Scratch your creative itch—and help your memory. By Amy Nelson, Personal Care Home Administrator at Phoebe Berks
t Phoebe Berks, our residents are never short of activities for fun and entertainment. But there are a few activities that entertain as well as exercise the memory. Activities that stimulate the senses help to engage memory and encourage reminiscing. Familiar scents such as foods or flowers, and sounds such as the beach, birds or music trigger memories. Many activities require little to no skill at all so they’re easy to pick up for newcomers or those without fine motor skills. For people with some creative experience already, they’re easily adaptable to create new challenges.
• Scrapbooking Many of us have hundreds of old photos, newspaper clippings and other keepsakes chronicling our lives and the lives of our family members. Scrapbooking is a fun way not only to reminisce about good times, but to document memories for children and grandchildren. Families will appreciate the passing on of memories, and it presents an opportunity for individuals to express their own memories creatively. • Fine Arts Painting and drawing present an opportunity to maintain or develop fine motor skills in addition to providing a creative outlet. Individuals can choose to paint landscapes, portraits or abstract designs. Their subjects can be a scene from a treasured memory or something of significance from their life. • Sing-a-longs We might think we’ll never forget the lyrics to our favorite songs, but even those of us with the sharpest memories do. There is nothing quite like music to reawaken long-forgotten memories. Music can remind us of special moments involving friends, family and weddings. • Cooking Over a lifetime, we collect many of our best memories around mealtimes. Family gatherings often come together around meals. Cooking can bring back the scent of mother’s warm apple pie, fresh bread or special cookies. Individuals take joy in preparation and sharing meals as well as writing down recipes to pass on to children and grandchildren. • Crafts/Woodworking Small woodworking projects can help utilize fine-motor skills and exercise the mind with basic math. Other crafts such as beading and stamping also require dexterity but can easily be adapted for those of any skill level or ability.
• Games/Puzzles Games that require creative solutions to problems can be entertaining. Number puzzles like Sudoku or word searches and crosswords help keep the mind sharp. Additionally, jigsaw puzzles require good memories and sharp observation. Many of these games and activities can be done either alone or in groups. • Exercise There is no doubt that keeping the body healthy keeps the brain healthy. Exercise is an important part of any plan for a healthy senior. Walking, jogging, gardening, yoga—there are many choices an individual can make to keep physically and mentally active. The best activities keep the mind sharp and the body healthy. And last, but not least: Have fun! A willingness to bravely try new things and expand your life experiences can enrich anyone’s life. Having a sense of humor and a positive outlook are all signs of solid mental health. These activities, and more, are things our Adult Day Center participants experience daily at Tranquility Place, Phoebe Berks’ waiver approved Adult Day Center. Learn more at www. Phoebe.org/berks.
Photography by Jennifer Borror
How to Find Sea Glass or Beach Glass By Danielle Wigzell
Sea glass, also known as beach glass, is becoming rarer to find for two main reasons. The first is that over the last decade or so, fewer glass items such as bottles are finding their way into the sea. Although this is good from an environmental point of view, it is heart breaking for collectors and enthusiasts. The second reason for the decline in beach glass is that more people have become aware of its existence and rare status resulting in more people collecting it to make items such as sea glass jewelry. However, there is still plenty of it to be found if you know where and how to look. Although most beaches will have at least some pieces of beach glass, some will have a great deal more. The location of the best beaches for finding the treasured glass depends on a number of factors including the conditions of the sea in that area, accessibility and popularity with other collectors. The best thing to do is under take a search on Google for and you will find that collectors or jewelry makers will often list their favorites places for finding it. Once you have found a beach local to you, it's time to work out when best to go. The best time for finding sea glass is at low tide as the greatest expanse of beach is available for searching on. Again you will be able to do a Google search and find out low tide times in your area. The best time of year for sea glass collecting is in the Spring after high spring tides and storms which will have washed it ashore.
Once on the beach, there are two main methods for finding beach glass. The first is to look along the water's edge. Sea glass is frosted in appearance when dry which can make it difficult to spot amongst the pebbles depending on its color. However when it is wet, it is easier to spot. You are looking for pieces of smooth shaped glass, with the most common colors being green, brown and clear. The second method of finding beach glass is to look along the tide line. This is where the majority of sea debris is washed in from seaweed to rubbish and glass. If the tide line is dry, sea glass will have a frosted appearance although most colors should still be obvious to spot. The most treasured pieces are old so will be very smooth in shape - often an oval or triangular shape. However watch out for fresh glass, which will have been washed in too. This will be clearer in appearance and is likely to have sharp edges so be careful if handling it. Often beginners to sea glass collecting will simply pick up all the pieces they find. However more seasoned collectors and people that use it to make sea glass jewelry and other items will be more selective about the size, color and shape of the pieces they pick up, leaving the rest on the shores for others to enjoy. If you would like to own a genuine piece of handmade sea glass jewelry, you can view my collection available at http://www.rusticaotearoa.com
What is Seaglass? To appreciate the beauty of seaglass, you need to understand what it is. Seaglass is typically glass, which has been found on beaches along oceans and bays or even along rivers and large lakes. The glass has been naturally tumbled and pounded by the waves, hitting against pebbles and rubbing against the sand over a number of years so the edges are smooth. Natural seaglass generally has a frosted appearance, which is caused by lime and soda being leached from the glass by salt water, as well as constant friction against sand, rocks and pebbles. Seaglass originates from glass items, which have ended up in the oceans and can include soda bottles, beer bottles, medicine bottles, jars, windowpanes and any other form of glass. This may have been deliberately deposited into the sea such as waste or rubbish or may have accidentally ended up there from shipwrecks. Seaglass can be found on beaches all over the world but all the seaglass jewelry made by Rustic Aotearoa has been found around New Zealand. It's important to note that genuine seaglass is naturally shaped and frosted by the sea. Due to the popularity of seaglass for craft and jewelry making, there are now a number of companies who manufacture seaglass by smashing up glass and placing it in a tumbler with salt water and rocks to achieve the desired effect. The result is usually uniformly sized, shaped and colored pieces, which are known as artificial sea glass. This is relatively cheap to buy and doesn't have the fabulous look or feel of genuine seaglass. Seaglass can come in a wide range of colors depending on the origin of the glass, the length of time it has been in the sea and the amount of sun exposure it has had. Some colors are more rare than others. Due to the natural process involved to form seaglass, typically smaller pieces are much more common than larger pieces. Triangular shapes are the most commonly found pieces of seaglass as these are caused by the glass being wedged between rocks or pebbles and worn away by the pounding waves. As the world becomes more conscious of the environment and the need to reuse and recycle, less and less glass is finding it's way to the seas and oceans and therefore natural seaglass is becoming rare.
The Color of Seaglass The color of seaglass is mainly determined by the origin of the glass. However due to the natural processes involved to form genuine seaglass, the shades of color can vary greatly depending on the amount of time it's spent in the ocean and the amount of sun exposure it has had. Some colors of seaglass are reasonably common to find whilst others are much rarer. The below list takes you through the more common colors and goes down to the rarest of all: Green Seaglass - green seaglass is the most common color to find and typically originates from beer bottles. The color is rich and vibrant in most cases. Brown Seaglass - brown seaglass is also common to find washed up on beaches around the world. It originates from beer bottles and usually has a dark coloring. Clear Seaglass - clear seaglass can come for a variety of sources including juice or soda bottles, drinking glasses, glass plates and windowpanes. Although it is referred to as 'clear' seaglass, it is never clear in appearance and features the frosted effect found on all natural seaglass. Amber Seaglass - amber seaglass is slightly lighter in color than brown seaglass and is rarer to find. It originates from old whiskey bottles and medicine bottles, which have found their way into the ocean. Turquoise/Aqua Seaglass - turquoise seaglass (sometimes referred to as aqua seaglass depending on the shade) is reasonably rare to find. It originates from old inkbottles; soda bottles and fruit preserve jars. Deep Blue/Cobalt Blue Seaglass - blue seaglass originates from old poison bottles and is very rare to find. It is often only found in very small pieces due to the length of time it has spent in the ocean.Â Purple Seaglass - purple seaglass is extremely rare to find and it's origin is unknown which makes it a real joy to find along the beach. Red Seaglass - red seaglass is another color of unknown origin, which is extremely rare to find. Black Seaglass - black seaglass originates from extremely old alcohol bottles that pre-date 1800. It is extremely rare to find for two key reasons: its age means the pieces are very small and the black color makes it difficult to pick out among pebbles on the beach. Yellow Seaglass - yellow seaglass is of unknown origin and extremely rare to find. Orange Seaglass - orange seaglass is the rarest color of all to find and it's origins are unknown.
The Personal Care Home: 2012 By Anthony Camilli
ue to recently changed legislation there is some confusion as to exactly what a personal care home is and what services they perform. A Personal Care Home is defined as a premise in which food, shelter and personal assistance or supervision are provided for a period exceeding 24 hours, for 4 or more adults who are not the relatives of the operator, who do not require the services in or of a licensed long term care facility, but do require assistance or supervision in activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living. Personal care homes are inspected and licensed by the Department of Public Welfare. Knowing when our parents could benefit from a personal care home is not so easily defined. There is really not one single or special sign in determining this but rather a closer look at things in general. Are they struggling with cleanliness and upkeep of their home or self? Are there safety issues such as steps or bathtubs that pose a serious risk for falling? Are they able to manage their medications, taking them as prescribed? Are they still engaging in daily living or do they feel lonely and isolated due to a decrease in their ability to get around and interact with others? Any one or combination of these may be an indication that your parents could benefit from residing in a personal care community. Finding the right community takes some time and preparation. Again, there is no easy answer here, but be sure they are not all created equal. The most deciding factor for most families is location. Is the home conveniently located for family and friends to visit? Does the community have quick access to medical facilities in the event of an emergency? Another consideration is the cost. Here is where you want to be sure to be comparing apples to apples. Be sure to know what your costs are going in. Be aware that the more room sizes that are offered, the more difficult it is to “compare apples to apples”. What is included, how much will you pay for increased levels of care, how often will resident be assessed? Please know that the Personal Care Regulations stipulate (*) that a resident is entitled to at least one hour of personal care services. You are paying for at least one hour of services. If you are told that there is an additional or new leveling charge because a resident needs help getting dressed, or bathing, ask what other ADL’s are you providing the other 45 minutes of the day that total at least 1 hour of services. * [2600.57(b) - Direct care staff persons shall be available to provide at least 1 hour per day of personal care services to each mobile resident. ]. Southeast Pennsylvania
Is there a buy in fee? How often are the daily rates and/or ancillary charges increased and to what extent? More than likely you will have researched the two areas of location and cost, and will now be ready to visit some communities. You will quickly see that each community is different in philosophy, personality, construction and design. What is the community’s approach in providing for the needs of their residents? Is it a “one size fits all” approach or a true resident centered approach derived from regularly scheduled resident council meetings, food committee meetings, individualized care plans and a commitment to enhancing the lives of each resident? This balance between offering personal assistance yet maintaining the resident’s dignity and independence should be of utmost importance within the community. This concept should be evident in all aspects of the community including the structure and design of the building. Is the community designed in such a way as to provide peace of mind to the residents as well as their families? Many people feel that the ideal community should provide one floor living eliminating steps or elevators. Ideally a community will be equipped with a 24 hour emergency response system, state of the art fire, safety, security and carbon monoxide systems and back up electrical generators to ensure that the community is prepared and the residents receive continued care in the event of an emergency. Pay attention to details as you tour each community. Observe both residents and staff and how they interact with each other. Do the residents look clean and well cared for? Do they seem happy? Is the community free of unpleasant odors? Do they have an activity program with a list of activities posted? Do they provide transportation, what destinations are included, and at what cost? What is the overall atmosphere of the community? Ultimately the question becomes what are the particular care needs that you are looking to be fulfilled and how well can this community meet those needs? A quality community should exceed your expectations, not just simply address the needs. In summation most quality operated personal care communities can offer most of what the newly created “Assisted living” communities offer and usually at a lower cost. You may read both Personal Care Regulations as well as Assisted Living Regulations on their websites. You may also review a communities inspection results from their past surveys on the DPW website (http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/dpwassets/pchdirectory/index.htm.)
Directory of Residential Facilities in
BERKS, CHESTER, LANCASTER, LEBANON, LEHIGH & MONTGOMERY COUNTIES
Properties in boldface are advertisers in The Senior Guidebook Lists provided and updated by PA Dept of Health, PA Dept of Insurance, and the County Offices of Aging Email changes/additions to: email@example.com AA - Active Adult
IND - Independent Living
PC – Personal Care/Assisted Living
RHB – Rehabilitation
A/D - Alzeimer’s & Dementia Care
CCRC – Continuing Care Retirement Community (Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing/Independent Living)
BERKS Berkshire Commons PC, A/D • 610-779-3993 Reading PA Berkshire Center N • 610-779-0600 Reading PA Berkshire Manor N • 610-779-0600 Reading, PA Berks Heim N • 610-376-4841 Leesport PA Berks Leisure Living PC • 610-916-8833 Leesport PA Bernet Golden Age Guest Home PC • 610-689-5360 Birdsboro PA Beverly Healthcare Reading N • 610-779-8522 Exeter PA Buehrle Assisted Living PC, A/D • 610-682-1360 Topton PA Chestnut Knoll PC, A/D • 610-473-8066 Boyertown PA Colonial Manor Adult Home PC • 610-385-6175 Douglassville PA Columbia Cottage PC • 610-927-0310 Wyomissing PA Country Meadows of Wyomissing IND, PC, A/D • 610-374-3122 Wyomissing, PA Danken House PC • 610-678-9282 Wernersville PA Elmcroft of Reading PC • 610-370-2211 Reading PA
Evans Retirement Center PC • 610-944-7257 Fleetwood PA Golden Living Center of Reading N • 610-779-8522 Reading PA Golden Ridge at Furnace Knoll PC • 610-693-5850 Robesonia PA
Keystone Villa at Fleetwood IND, PC • 484-637-8200 501 Hoch Rd. Blandon, PA 19510 www.keystonevilla.com Kutztown Manor N • 610-683-6220 Kutztown PA Laurel Personal Care Home N, PC • 610-562-2284 Hamburg PA
Grand View Manor PC• 610-944-1800 Fleetwood PA
Liberty Square PC • 610-589-1679 Stouchsburg PA
Green Hills Manor PC • 610-775-1451 10 Tranquility Lane Reading PA 19607
The Lutheran Home at Topton CCRC, A/D • 800-322-9597 Topton PA
Harmony Hill Assisted Living PC • 610-589-5415 Womelsdorf PA
The Manor At Market Square IND, PC • 610-373-0800 Reading PA
The Hawthorne PC • 610-375-9696 Reading PA
Manor Care Health Services N, A/D • 610-374-5166 West Reading PA
Hearthstone at Amity PC • 610-385-7600 139 Old Swede Road Douglassville PA 19518
Manor Care Health Services N, A/D • 610-921-9292 Laureldale PA
Hearthstone at Maidencreek PC • 610-926-7600 105 Dries Road Reading PA 19605 www.hearthstonehealthgroup.com
The Heritage of Green Hills CCRC • 484-269-5100 200 Tranquility Lane Reading PA 19607 ww.heritageofgreenhills.com
The Highlands at Wyomissing CCRC, A/D • 610-775-2300 2000 Cambridge Avenue Wyomissing PA 19610 www.TheHighlands.com Keystone Villa at Douglassville IND, PC, A/D • 610-385-5002 1152A Ben Franklin Highway East Douglassvilla, PA 19518 www.keystonevilla.com
Manor Care Health Services N, A/D • 610-670-2100 Sinking Spring PA Manorcare Pottstown N • 610-323-1837 Pottstown PA Mifflin Center N • 610-777-7841 Shillington PA Mifflin Court PC • 610-796-1600 450 E. Philadelphia Ave. 19607 Shillington PA www.genesishcc.com Miller Personal Care Home PC • 610-374-9203 Reading PA
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Phoebe Berks Health Care Center N, RHB • 610-678-4002 1 Heidelberg Drive Wernersville PA 19565 www.phoebe.org Phoebe Berks Village CCRC • 610-927-8550 1 Reading Drive Wernersville PA 19565 www.phoebe.org Phoebe Berks Village Commons PC • 610-927-8512 1 Reading Drive Wernersville PA 19565 www.phoebe.org Providence House IND • 610-376-7787 Reading PA Rittenhouse Senior Living of Reading PC • 610-208-8890 Reading PA Sacred Heart Villa PC • 610-929-5751 Reading PA Spruce Manor N, A/D, RHB • 610-374-5175 West Reading PA Stabon Manor Personal Care Home PC • 610-373-2272 Reading PA Twin Spruce of Myerstown IND • 717-866-2938 Myerstown PA The Villa St. Elizabeth PC • 610-478-1201 Reading PA Walnut Woods of Boyertown IND • 610-367-6616 Boyertown PA Wyomissing Nursing & Rehabilitation Center N • 610-376-3991 Wyomissing PA
LANCASTER Akron Haven PC • 717-859-4141 Akron PA Audubon Villa N, PC • 717-626-0211 Lititz PA Brereton Manor Guest Home PC • 717-872-2403 Washington Boro PA Brethren Village CCRC • 717-569-2657 Lancaster PA Calvary Fellowship Homes CCRC • 717-393-0711 Lancaster PA Cambridge Lancaster PC • 717-397-3000 Lancaster PA Cherry Street Home PC • 717-684-7060 Columbia PA Cocalico Assisted Living PC • 717-335-2244 Denver PA Cocalico Christian Home PC • 717-336-1788 Denver PA Colonial Hall PC • 717-397-3000 Lancaster PA
Evergreen Estates Retirement Community PC • 717-394-2208 Lancaster PA
Lancashire Terrace Retirement Village IND • 717-569-3215 Lancaster PA
Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community N • 717-665-6365 Manheim PA
Fairmount Homes CCRC • 717-354-4111 Ephrata PA
Landis Homes Retirement Community CCRC, A/D • 717-569-3271 Lititz PA
The Muhlenberg Lodge PC • 717-627-2335 Lititz PA
Faith Friendship Villa of Mountville PC • 717-285-5596 Mountville PA Friendship Community PC • 717-656-2466 Lititz PA
The Long Community PC • 717-381-4900 Lancaster PA
Garden Spot Village CCRC, A/D • 717-355-6000 New Holland PA
The Long Home PC • 717-397-3926 Lancaster PA
Golden Living Center N • 717-397-4281 Lancaster PA
Longwood Manor PC • 717-426-0033 Maytown PA
The Groves PC • 717-733-2040 Ephrata PA
Luther Acres CCRC • 717-626-6884 Lititz PA
Hamilton Arms N • 717-393-0419 Lancaster PA
Magnolias of Lancaster A/D • 717-560-1100 Lancaster PA
Harrison House of Christiana N • 610-593-6901 Christiana PA Harvest View Assisted Living CCRC • 717-445-4551 Narvon PA
Colonial Lodge PC • 717-336-5501 Denver PA
Heatherbank Nursing and Rehabilitation Center N • 717-684-7555 Columbia PA
Conestoga View N, RHB, A/D • 717-299-7850 Lancaster PA
Hershey Mill Home PC • 717-285-3358 Mountville PA
Country Meadows of Lancaster PC, A/D • 717-392-4100 Lancaster, PA
Hearthstone Retirement Villa PC • 717-492-9692 Mount Joy PA
Country View Manor PC • 717-284-3350 Quarryville PA Denver Nursing Home N, PC • 717-627-1123 Stevens PA Ephrata Manor IND, N, PC • 717-738-4940 Ephrata PA
Laurel View Memory Support Assisted Living A/D • 717-355-6000 New Holland PA
Homestead Village CCRC • 717-397-4831 Lancaster PA Hope House PC • 717-293-9089 Lancaster PA Lancashire Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center N • 717-569-3211 Lancaster PA
ManorCare Health Services PC, N • 717-367-1377 Elizabethtown PA ManorCare Health Services N • 717-397-4261 Lancaster PA
Oak Leaf Manor PC • 717-872-9100 Millersville PA Oak Leaf Manor North PC, A/D • 717-898-4663 Landisville PA Personal Touch Assisted Living PC • 717-733-3880 Ephrata PA Pleasant View Retirement Community CCRC • 717-665-2445 Manheim PA Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community CCRC, A/D • 717-786-7321 Quarryville PA Red Rose Manor PC • 717-394-8999 Lancaster PA Rheems Nursing Center N • 717-367-1831 Rheems PA
Maple Farms Nursing Center N • 717-859-1191 Akron PA
St. Anne’s Retirement Community N, PC, IND • 717-285-5443 Columbia PA
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown CCRC • 717-367-1121 Elizabethtown PA
St. John’s Herr Estate IND, PC • 717-684-0678 Columbia PA
Meadow Ridge PC/AL • 717-490-8100 Lancaster PA
Sunny Crest Home PC • 610-286-5000 Morgantown PA
Mennonite Home CCRC, A/D • 717-393-1301 Lancaster PA
Susquehanna Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility N • 717-684-7555 Columbia PA
Moravian Manor CCRC • 717-626-0214 Lititz PA Mountain View Assisted Living PC • 717-355-6000 New Holland PA
Moyer Personal Care Home PC • 717-721-6194 Ephrata PA
United Zion Home CCRC • 717-626-2071 Lititz PA Village Vista Skilled Nursing Facility N • 717-397-5583 Lancaster PA Vineyard of Centerville PC • 717-299-2919 Lancaster PA 15
Welsh Mountain Samaritan Home PC • 717-355-9522 New Holland PA Westvue at Homestead Village PC • 717-397-4831 Lancaster PA Willow Valley Retirement Communities CCRC • 717-464-6800 Lancaster PA 800-770-5445 Willow Valley – The Glen N, PC • 717-464-6161 Lancaster PA Willow Valley – Meadow Ridge PC • 717-490-8100 Willow Street PA Willow View Home PC • 717-786-5519 Willow Street PA Woodcrest Villa Retirement Community CCRC, A/D • 717-390-4100 Lancaster PA Woodland Heights Retirement Community CCRC • 717-445-8741 Narvon PA Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center N • 717-445-4551 Narvon PA
LEBANON Cedar Haven N, A/D • 717-274-0421 Lebanon PA Columbia Cottage-Palmyra • 717-832-2900 Palmyra PA Cornwall Manor CCRC • 717-273-2647 Cornwall PA ECC Retirement Village – Albright CCRC, A/D • 717-866-6541 Myerstown PA ECC - Stone Ridge Campus CCRC, A/D • 800-223-5704 Myerstown PA Elmcroft of Lebanon PC • 717-228-0909 Labanon PA
Hearthstone Manor of Lebanon PC, A/D • 717-272-8782 Lebanon PA
Hill Farm Estate PC, IND • 717-867-5176 Annville PA Kar-Lyn Homes PC • 717-274-7525 Lebanon PA Kindred Place IND • 717-867-5572 Annville PA Lebanon Valley Brethren Home • 717-838-5406 Palmyra PA
Lebanon Valley Home N • 717-867-4467 Annville PA Linden Village PC, A/D • 717-274-7400 Lebanon PA ManorCare Health Services N, A/D • 717-273-8595 Lebanon PA Palmyra Nursing Home N • 717-838-3011 Palmyra PA Pleasant View Retirement Community CRC, A/D • 717-665-2445 Manheim PA Rothermel L Caplan TCU • 717-270-7729 Lebanon PA Spang Crest Manor PC, N, RHB, Daycare • 717-274-1495 Lebanon PA The Traditions of Hershey IND • 717-838-2330 Palmyra, PA Twin Oaks Nursing Home PC, N • 717-838-2231 Campbelltown PA Twin Spruce of Myerstown PC • 717-866-2938 Myerstown PA United Christian Church Home CCRC • 717-867-4636 Annville PA
York Street PC • 717-272-1124 Lebanon PA
LEHIGH Arden Courts A/D • 610-366-9010 Allentown PA Atria Bethlehem IND, PC, A/D • 610-317-0700 Bethlehem PA Blough Healthcare Center N • 610-868-4982 Bethlehem PA
Manorcare Health Svcs Allentown N, A/D • 610-776-7522 Allentown PA Manorcare Health SvcsBethlehem I N, A/D • 610-865-6077 Bethlehem PA Manorcare Health SvcsBethlehem II N • 610-861-0100 Bethlehem PA
Cedarbrook Nursing Homes N • 610-395-3727 Cedarbrook Lehigh County Home Allentown PA
Moravian Village of Bethlehem CCRC • 610-954-7349 Bethlehem PA
Country Meadows of Allentown PC, IND, A/D • 610-395-6521 Allentown PA
Mosser Nursing Home N, A/D • 610-395-5661 Trexlertown PA
David A Miller Assisted Living PC • 610-794-5300 1925 Turner Street Allentown PA 18104 www.phoebe.org
New Seasons at Mountainview PC, RHB, A/D • 610-797-4651 Allentown PA
Fellowship Manor N, PC, IND • 610-799-3000 Whitehall PA
New Seasons at Allentown PC, RHB • 610-433-9220 Allentown PA
Phoebe Apartments IND • 610-794-6262 West Linden Street Good Shepherd Home Bethlehem 1901 Allentown PA 18104 N • 610-807-5600 www.phoebe.org Bethlehem PA Phoebe Home Good Shepherd Home N, RHB • 610-435-9037 1925 Turner Street Longterm Care Facility Allentown PA 18104 N • 610-776-3136 www.phoebe.org Allentown PA Green Meadows at Allentown PC • 610-434-7433 Allentown PA
Holy Family Manor N • 610-865-5595 Bethlehem PA Kirkland Village CCR • 610-691-4504 Bethlehem PA Lehigh Manor Nursing & Rehab Center N, A/D • 610-366-0500
Lehigh Valley Hospital TCU • 610-402-3300 Allentown PA Liberty Nursing And Rehab Center N • 610-432-4351 Allentown PA Luther Crest Retirement Community CCRC • 610-391-8220 Allentown PA
Phoebe Terrace Retirement Community AA • 610-794-6000 1940 Turner Street Allentown PA 18104 www.phoebe.org Sacred Heart Hospital TCF Allentown PA • 610-776-4500 St. Luke’s TCU • 610-954-4242 Bethlehem PA Traditions of Hanover IND • 610-882-0400 Bethlehem, PA Valley Manor Nursing And Rehab N • 610-282-1919 Coopersburg PA Westminster Village CCRC • 610-434-6245 Allentown PA
MONTGOMERY Alterra – Clare Bridge of Montgomery PC • 215-540-0520 North Wales, PA Alterra - Wynwood of Montgomery PC • 215-542-9670 North Wales, PA Arbour Square IND • 215-513-4250 Harleysville, PA Beaumont at Bryn Mawr CCRC • 610-526-7000 Bryn Mawr, PA Blue Bell Place PC • 610-227-6443 Blue Bell, PA Brandywine Assisted Living at Dresher Estates PC • 215-591-4000 Dresher, PA Brandywine Assisted Living at Senior Suites PC • 610-272-6200 Norristown, PA Bright Field • PC 215-855-1235 Lansdale, PA Brittany Pointe Estates CCRC • 215-855-4109 Lansdale, PA Colonnade of Schwenksville PC • 610-287-1822 Schwenksville, PA Columbia Cottage PC • 610-409-8910 Collegeville, PA Dock Woods Community A/D, PC, N • 215-368-4438 Lansdale, PA Elm Terrace Gardens CCRC • 215-362-6087 Lansdale, PA Fort Washington Estates CCRC • 215-542-8787 Fort Washington, PA Foulkeways at Gwynedd CCRC • 215-643-2200 Gwynedd, PA
Gwynedd Farms Estates CCRC • 888-302-2287 Ambler, PA Harston Hall PC, N • 800-699-1520 Flourtown, PA Highway Home for the Aged Inc. PC • 215-855-2697 Hatfield, PA The Inn Madelyn & Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life PC • 215-371-2100 North Wales, PA Integrated Health Services at Whitemarsh N, A/D • 610-825-6560 Whitemarsh, PA Keystone Hospice PC • 215-836-2440 Wyndmoor, PA Luther Park Personal Care Home PC, N • 215-659-3900 Hatboro, PA Manor Care Health Services N, A/D • 215-938-7171 Huntingdon Valley, PA Manor Care Health Services King of Prussia N, A/D • 610-337-1775 King of Prussia, PA Manor Care Health Services Lansdale N, A/D • 215-368-4350 Montgomeryville, PA
Oakbridge Terrace Assisted Living Residence PC • 215-542-8787 At Fort Washington Fort Washington, PA Oakbridge Terrace Assisted Living Residence at Gwynedd Estates PC • 215-628-8840 Spring House, PA Oakbridge Terrace Assisted Living Residence at Normandy PC • 215-699-8727 Blue Bell, PA Oakbridge Terrace Assisted Living Residence at Spring House PC • 215-628-8110 Lower Gwynedd, PA Park Avenue Manor PC • 215-679-4022 Pennsburg, PA
St. Joseph’s Manor PC • 215-938-4000 Meadowbrook, PA St. Mary’s Manor PC • 215-368-0900 Lansdale, PA Summersgate PC • 215-572-8300 Jenkintown, PA Sunrise Assisted Living of Abington PC, IND • 215-576-8899 Abington, PA Sunrise Assisted Living of Blue Bell PC • 215-619-2777 Blue Bell, PA
Peter Becker Community PC • 215-256-9501 Harleysville, PA
Sunrise Assisted Living of Haverford PC • 610-896-9777 Haverford, PA
Rydal Park CCRC • 215-885-6800 Rydal, PA
Sunrise Assisted Living of Lafayette Hill PC • 610-940-3888 Lafayette Hill, PA
Sanatoga Court PC • 610-718-0900 Pottstown, PA Sanatoga Ridge Community IND • 888-539-0088 Pottstown, PA
Manor Care Health Services Pottstown N, A/D • 610-323-1837 Pottstown, PA
Sauders House N, A/D • 610-658-5100 Wynnewood, PA
Maple Village PC • 215-675-0103 Hatboro, PA
Senior Suites PC • 610-272-6200 Norristown, PA
Mary J. Drexel Home PC, N • 610-664-5967 Bala Cynwyd, PA
Shannondell at Valley Forge CCRC • 800-669-2318 Audubon, PA
Masonic Home of Pennsylvania IND, PC, N 610-825-6100 Lafayette Hill, PA
Souderton Mennonite Home CCRC, A/D • 215-723-9881 Souderton, PA
Meadowood CCRC – Lifecare Community Frederick Mennonite Community CCRC • 610-584-1000 Worcester, PA CCRC, A/D • 610-754-7878 Frederick, PA New Seasons at Friends Services for the Aging SummersGate PC, RHB • 215-572-8300 – Quaker Communities Jenkintown, PA CCRC • 215-619-7949 Blue Bell, PA Normandy Farms Estates CCRC • 800-756-2287 Granite Farms Estates Blue Bell, PA CCRC • 888-499-2287 Media, PA
Springhouse Estates CCRC • 888-365-2287 Lower Gwynedd, PA
Southampton Estates CCRC • 888-311-2287 Southampton, PA Spring Mill Presbyterian Village IND, PC • 610-828-4848 Lafayette Hill, PA Springfield Residence CCRC • 215-233-6300 Wyndmoor, PA 215-233-6300
The Birches at Arbour Square PC, A/D • 215-541-3700 Harleysville, PA
The Colonnade of Schwenksville PC • 610-287-1822 Schwenksville, PA Waverly Heights CCRC • 610-645-8600 Gladwyne, PA Whitemarsh House PC • 215-233-1575 Flourtown, PA Willowbrooke Court at Normandy Farms N, PC, IND • 215-699-8727 Blue Bell, PA Willow Crest Manor PC • 888-9Willow Willow Grove, PA Willow Lake PC • 215-830-0433 Willow Grove, PA Willow Ridge Center N, A/D • 215-830-0400 Hatboro, PA Wyncote Church Home CCRC, PC • 215-885-2620 Wyncote, PA 17
Adult Daycare Resource Directory BERKS Ageless Harmony Adult Senior Day Care Hrs: 7:30 AM-5:00 PM Laureldale PA Ph. 610-929-1197 Mt. Penn PA 610-898-0712 Sinking Spring PA Ph. 610-685-2382 Down on the Farm Adult Daycare Hrs: 7:00 AM-5:30 PM Douglassville PA Ph. 610-385-6175 Fox Hunt Meadow Senior Day Respite Farm Hrs: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Birdsboro PA Ph. 610-582-9887 Phoebe Berks Tranquility Place Hrs: 7:00 AM-5:30 PM / M-F Wernersville PA Ph. 610-927-8940 Prospectus Senior Day Services Hrs: 7:30 AM-5:30 PM Reading PA Ph. 610-372-4637 St. Joseph Adult Day Services Hrs: 7:30 AM-5:30 PM Reading PA Ph. 610-378-2267 Woodhaven Day Care for Adults Hrs: 7:30 AM-5:30 PM 2405 New Holland Road Shillington, PA 19607 Ph. 610-777-4579
CHESTER Adult Care of Chester County Hrs: 6:30 AM-6:30 PM Exton PA Ph. 610-363-8044 Kennett Square PA Ph. 610-444-4413
Lynch Homes Adult Day Care Malvern PA Ph. 610-647-4309 Tel Hai Adult Day Care Hrs: 6:00 AM-7:00 PM Honey Brook PA Ph. 610-273-9333
LANCASTER Adult Day Services at Garden Spot Village Hrs: 7:30 AM-5:30 PM New Holland PA Ph. 717-355-6226 Ephrata Area Rehabilitation Services Ephrata PA Ph. 717-733-0710 Lancaster Generations Lancaster PA Ph. 717-656-8783 Lancaster Regional Medical Center Lancaster PA Ph. 717-295-8211 Landis Homes Adult Day Services Lititz PA Ph. 717-581-3920 Masonic Village Adult Daily Living Center Elizabethtown PA Ph. 717-361-5353 PAI Adult Day Services Lancaster PA Ph. 717-519-6740 Spanish American Civic Association Lancaster PA Ph. 717-397-6267 The Senior Center Adult Daily Care M-F 7:30 AM-5:30 PM Gap PA Ph. 717-442-2496 Sarah Care of Great Valley M-F 7:00 AM-6:00 PM Malvern PA Ph. 610-251-0801
LEBANON Eldergarden Lebanon PA Ph. 717-274-3821 Palmyr PA Ph. 717-832-3854 Spang Crest Manor Adult Day Services Lebanon PA Ph. 717-272-1495
LEHIGH Concepts of Lehigh Valley Bethlehem PA Ph. 610-866-7600 Lifepath, Older Adult Daily Living Center Bethlehem PA Ph. 610-814-3141 Sarah Care Adult Day Services Hrs: M-F 6:30 AM-6:00 PM Sat. 8:00 AM-3:00 PM Allentown PA Ph. 610-391-1576 Westminster Village Allentown PA Ph. 610-782-8390
MONTGOMERY Adult Day Services Lansdale PA Ph. 215-855-8296 Souderton PA Ph. 215-703-0523 Advance Lane Training & Employment Corporation Hrs: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Colmar PA Ph. 215-822-6417 Applied Skills Industries Huntingdon Valley PA Ph. 215-938-7767 Beelong Adult Day Services Hatboro PA Ph. 215-675-0103 Bon Homie Older Adult Daily Living Center Hrs: 7:00 AM-5:30 PM Limerick PA Ph. 610-792-8820
MONTGOMERY Center Point Training Center Worcester PA Ph. 610-584-0550 Evergreen Adult Day Program Wyndmoor PA Ph. 215-233-6309 Frederick Mennonite Community Adult Day Care Hrs: M-F 7:00 AM-5:30 PM Frederick, PA Ph: 610-754-7878 Helen L. Weiss Senior Day Program North Wales PA Ph. 215-371-2121 Helping Hands Bechtelsville PA Ph. 610-754-6491 Main Line Adult Day Center Bryn Mawr PA Ph. 610-527-4220 Manatawny Manor Adult Day Services Hrs: 7:00 AM-5:30 PM Pottstown PA Ph. 610-705-3749 Montgomery Adult Daily Living Center Lansdale PA Ph. 215-855-7997 Senior Adult Activities Center of Montgomery County Norristown PA Ph. 610-275-1960 Senior Care of Blue Bell Blue Bell PA Ph. 610-828-4144 Senior Care of Gibraltar Horsham PA Ph. 215-443-5300
Best Chicken Salad Ever
Enjoy the season with these five-star summer recipes.
Pear Salad Ingredients:
3 medium chicken breasts, baked in oven until done ½ cup celery, chopped ⅓ cup onion, chopped small 1 - 8oz can of pineapple tidbits, not crushed, drained ¾ cup mayonnaise 1 Tbl soy sauce ½ cup slivered or chopped almonds
3 medium heads romaine lettuce 1 medium pear ¼ lb. prosciutto ⅓ cup pecorino romano cheese ¼ cup lemon juice ½ cup olive oil ½ tsp black pepper 1 tsp sugar
1. After baked chicken has cooled, pull apart or chop into coarse but medium-sized pieces. 2. Add celery, onion, pineapple, mayonnaise, soy sauce and then almonds in that order. 3. Mix well and serve hot or cold.
1. Wash and clean lettuce, tear into small pieces and dry. 2. Place lettuce in a medium-sized bowl Cut thin slices of pecorino romano cheese and add to lettuce. 3. Cut prosciutto into small pieces and add to lettuce.
1. Mix lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, and sugar. Whisk lightly and pour over lettuce. 2. Just before serving, thinly slice pears and add to salad. Toss all ingredients and serve.
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What is Home Health Care? Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible. In general, home health care includes part-time or intermittent skilled nursing care, and other skilled care services like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology (therapy) services. Services may also include medical social services or assistance from a home health aide. Usually, a home health care agency coordinates the services your doctor orders for you.
Examples of skilled home health services include: • • • • • • •
Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound Physical and occupational therapy Speech-language therapy Patient and caregiver education Intravenous or nutrition therapy Injections Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
Examples of home health aide services include:
• Help with basic daily activities like getting in and out of bed, dressing, bathing, eating, and using the bathroom • Help with light housekeeping, laundry, shopping, and cooking for the patient NOTE: In order to cover home health care, Medicare and other health insurance plans have certain requirements. For example, Medicare requires you to be “ homebound. ” Read more about how Medicare covers home health care, or call your plan for more information.
What to Expect
Once your doctor refers you for home health services, the home health agency will schedule an appointment and come to your home to talk to you about your needs and ask you some questions about your health. The home health agency staff will also talk to your doctor about your care and keep your doctor updated about your progress. Doctor’s orders are needed to start care. It is important that home health staff see you as often as the doctor ordered. Here are some examples of what the home health staff should do: • Check what you are eating and drinking. • Check your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing. • Check that you are taking your prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly. • Ask if you’re having pain. • Check your safety in the home. • Teach you about your care so you can take care of yourself. • Coordinate your care. This means they must communicate regularly with you, your doctor, and anyone else who provides care to you.
Getting Started If your doctor or referring health care provider decides you need home health care, they should give you a list of agencies that serve your area. If they suggest an agency or give you a list, they must tell you whether their organization has a financial interest in that agency. Use Home Health Compare to find out more about each agency and talk to your doctor or other health care provider about the information you find here. Keep these things in mind: • There are differences in how home health agencies operate and the services they provide. Look closely at each agency and the services they offer, discuss your options with your doctor or other health care provider, and choose the agency that best meets your needs. Your choice should be honored by your doctor, hospital discharge planner, or other referring agency. • Your choices may be limited by agency availability, or by your insurance coverage. Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare health plans, or other health insurance plans may require that you get home health services from agencies they contract with. Call your plan for more information.
Home Health Patient Rights As a patient of a Medicare-approved home health agency, you have several rights and the home health agency must provide you with a written copy of them. They include rights such as the following: • The right to choose your home health agency. (For members of managed care plans, the choices will depend upon which home health agencies your plan works with.) • The right to have your property treated with respect • The right to be given a copy of your plan of care, and participate in decisions about your care • The right to have your family or guardian act for you if you are unable • The right to make complaints to the agency or the State Survey Agency about your treatment, care that’s not provided, or staff shows disrespect for you or your property
For more information go to www.medicare.gov, and select Home Health Compare.
The Story of Griswold Home care
Griswold Home Care was first conceived in response to a tragedy that befell a member of the church where the Rev. Dr. Lincoln Griswold (our founder's husband) was the pastor. An aging, widowed parishioner could not find anyone to help her after her primary caregiver fell and broke her hip. Although her family lived nearby, the woman was left alone and did not drink enough fluids. As a result, she passed away from kidney failure. Inspired by this apparent growing need in her community, Jean Griswold started Griswold Home Care at her Erdenheim, Pa home in 1982. As the companyâ€™s reputation for affordable respite, overnight, live-in care and companionship services grew, requests for care started to come from beyond the local community. Additional home care centers were opened to meet the growing needs of each community; creating work opportunities for local professional caregivers who knew the area and who could better service neighboring clients, even in bad weather conditions. What began as a grassroots organization of competent, compassionate individuals has since grown into the worldâ€™s oldest non-medical home care organization and one of the first home care companies to offer affordable 24-hour service to older, disabled and at-risk individuals.
In 1989, Gary Hawkins opened the Berks County office of Griswold Home Care with a initial caseload of three clients and five caregivers. Twenty three years later, his office has served thousands of Berks County seniors with non-medical home care allowing them to stay at home receving care while maintaining as much independence as possible. In the three decades since the company's inception, Griswold Home Care has helped more than 100,000 individuals and families throughout the United States, referring more than 19,000 caregivers in any given year. As part of our dedication to providing quality inhome care services worldwide, only franchise Care Directors who share Jean Griswold's philosophy of providing outstanding, compassionate service at an affordable rate are welcomed into the Griswold Home Care network. In recognition of this continuing service commitment, Griswold Home Care has been profiled in Forbes, Success and Entrepreneur magazines as well as on NBC's Today Show. Jean Griswold has personally received numerous regional and national awards and honors for her outstanding service and remarkable achievements.
Hit The Brakes On Scooter and Medical Supplies Fraud!
ach year, taxpayers lose over $60 billion to fraud and abuse in Medicare. Older adults who have problems with walking can be especially vulnerable to power wheelchair and scooter fraud. You have probably seen the commercials on television…the ones telling you not to worry about paying for a wheelchair or scooter because Medicare will pay for it. These ads can be very enticing: A new scooter or power wheelchair that won’t cost you anything. However, it’s not that easy. Medicare has strict rules about when they will pay for a power wheelchair or scooter and no matter what the commercials say, Medicare NEVER pays 100% of the cost. For example, Medicare will only pay for such an item if you have been deemed as homebound by your doctor. The equipment must also be for your use inside your home, if you are unable to get around your house. They will not pay for a scooter or wheelchair if it is a convenience item. You must also see your doctor in person before she or he can write a prescription for the equipment for you. And remember: you must be properly fitted for these types of vehicles. No one piece of equipment is right for everyone. Some red flags that a company might not be legitimate: A power wheelchair or scooter provider promises you won’t have to pay anything They tell you they don’t need a prescription from your doctor They offer to take care of your co-pay for you A company that says they’ll send you one just to “try it out” Your Medicare summary notice (MSN) shows charges for equipment that you never got It is very important to note that if Medicare pays for something that you don’t need now, it may not pay for something you really do need in the future. Scams are not limited to scooters and wheelchairs. Have you ever received an unsolicited telephone call from someone offering “free” diabetic supplies? Maybe they also said that you wouldn’t need a prescription from your doctor, that these supplies would be delivered to your door, and that all you need to do is give them your Medicare number. If this sounds familiar, you- and countless others- have likely been the target of a diabetic supply scam. Did you notice the red flags? •
Unsolicited call – You did not initiate the call and have no way of knowing who is on the other end of the line.
“Free” diabetic supplies – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Medicare never pays 100 percent of the cost of diabetic supplies.
No prescription needed – Medicare requires a prescription from your doctor for diabetic supplies. Many scammers will tell you they have their own doctors in-house who will sign the prescription, when in actuality they are simply forging signatures.
Scammers often use aggression and fear-based tactics to get what they want: your Medicare number. When a senior falls victim to this type of scam and gives out their personal information, the effects can be far-reaching. Since your Medicare number is also your Social Security number, Medicare fraud and identity theft are two sides of the same coin. Con artists can use that number to submit false claims to Medicare and receive payment for a variety of services and supplies that you never received. Or, you may wind up with piles of supplies that you never ordered, don’t want, and can’t use. Since Medicare has limits on how many times they will pay for certain services and items, there is the risk that future claims submitted by legitimate providers will be denied, resulting in you paying out of pocket or going without a service or product that is medically necessary. For example, a senior who gives their Medicare number to an unsolicited caller later discovers that Medicare has been billed and has paid for a $5000 scooter in her name. If that same beneficiary has a true medical need for a scooter in the future, Medicare may not pay, because according to their records, she already has a scooter. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is something you can do. Protect! Detect! Report! If you receive one of these unsolicited calls, do not give out your Medicare number. Protect your personal information! Protect: Remember, your Medicare number is also your social security number, and it’s critically important to keep it safe. Do not be afraid to say no and hang up the phone. If you need diabetic supplies, or any other types of medical products, work with your own doctor first.
Be wary of unsolicited callers. Recognize the red flags. Also, it’s very important to read your Medicare statements when they Detect: come in the mail. They are the best tools we have to spot fraudulent claims and report them. If you receive a similar scam call or suspect fraud, take action and call the Pennsylvania Senior Medicare Patrol at CARIE, Report: the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly. By reporting, you can help fight Medicare fraud while warning other seniors. Help is free and confidential. No buttons to press and no menus to navigate; a real person will answer the phone and help you. 1-800-356-3606
Learning to see like your camera sees; composing with the ‘rule of thirds' in mind
By Kelvin Scoon
What you see in your viewfinder or digital screen is not always what you get, when you take a photograph. This is one of the first reality checks the newbie photographer experiences. But it is not a problem if you understand the reasons for these differences. The first thing to remember is that you see the subject in front of you in 3 dimensions, but your camera records it in 2 dimensions. Another very important difference that you need to remember is, that you view the total scene, usually through 2 eyes, but your digital camera sees and interprets the subject through a sensor or digital eye and records only a section of the whole scene. The resulting photograph could be sometimes not pleasing to the eye. You may have seen some professionals looking through a rectangle formed by the fingers of both hands, trying to frame their compositions. Artists and designers, mathematicians too, have studied this problem for centuries and have developed the general theory of the ‘golden mean' or ‘golden ratio' and which photographers now refer to as ‘the rule of thirds'. What is ‘the rule of thirds'? The ‘rule of thirds' is a general guideline or ‘rule of thumb' for composing visual images such as paintings, designs and photographs. It is an imprecise simplification of the ‘Golden Mean' rule of composition that artists, architects and designers have been using for centuries. To apply it, you imagine the image on which you are focusing, as being divided into nine equal parts by two horizontal and two vertical lines in the manner of a tic-tac-toe board, and you place important elements that are the main focus of your subject along these lines or at their intersections, to create a generally more dynamic photograph. Learning very early to think and see according to ‘the rule of thirds' removes the hit and miss from taking pleasing photographs right from the start. This comes easy to some gifted photographers but for most of us it is a skill we must learn by time, analysis and practice, so that it becomes second nature like how we learn and never forget how to ride a bicycle. Here are some suggestions. • Print some of the photographs you have taken, superimpose the tic-tac-toe grid and determine if you had subconsciously applied ‘the rule of thirds'. If you did congratulate yourself. If you didn't take mental notes of the corrections. • If some of the subjects are still available, try taking the pictures again, this time imagining the grid as you focus. Print and compare with your earlier efforts. You will be shooting with a digital camera. You won't have to worry about the cost of wasted film and developing charges. • Do the same analysis of photographs by professionals, trying to see if they applied the rule or broke it. You will find many photographs to practice on in magazines and newspapers. Southeast Pennsylvania
• Practice seeing the grid in your mind's eye through the viewfinder or digital screen every time you attempt to focus for your shots. In time you will find that you don't have to think about it. • After it has become second nature to you, then you could think of how you may ignore the rule or even break it sometimes to produce unique outstanding compositions. • Remember that ‘the rule of thirds' is also a good rule to apply when editing your pictures. Creative cropping or reframing could sometimes turn an ordinary shot into an outstanding photograph. Have fun while you learn to take outstanding photographs with your digital camera.
Kelvin Scoon is a retired Advertising Executive and Publisher with a lifelong interest in photography as an active amateur and buyer of professional photography for his advertising clients and publishing projects. Kelvin Scoon runs Digital Photography Mastery a one stop shop website for photographic equipment and supplies, training and updated information on developments in the photographic industry. For a limited time he is giving away FREE copies of Chris Farrell's land mark eBook "Earn $300 a Week With Your Digital Camera.
Extreme makeover: The Highlands at Wyomissing announces renovation and expansion
t's not your grandmother's retirement home. Actually, it may be your grandmother's retirement community, even if looks and feels more like a resort or country club. Ambience and individual choice and options are strong themes emerging from the next generation of people moving to retirement communities. Individuals from the Silent Generation (born between 1929 and 1945) are hardworking, independent, adaptive, well-traveled, expect good service and are more affluent than their previous generations. They are health-minded and defy aging. 81% report that they are in good or excellent health. They are interested in exercising at the gym, swimming or taking a fitness class like yoga or Tai Chi. They enjoy fine dining but prefer less formal dining. They enjoy cafes and coffee over conversation. They have a focus on health and more natural foods. They have diverse dining choices because their tastes were influenced by travel. When is comes to a lifestyle of retirement they are looking for meaningful and purposeful programs and activities. They look for volunteer opportunities. They enjoy the cultural arts and want to continue to learn. They are likely to take a computer course, learn to paint or sculpt, and engage in life long learning. With this information in mind, The Highlands at Wyomissing broke ground on a major renovation, expansion and reposition of the community/core area of its main building. The renovation and additional square footage to the main section of the 20+ year-old building has been planned by administration, Board members and community residents for more than three years. The physical plant of The Highlands has served the community for more than two decades. A primary goal of this project is to preserve the integrity of the existing building, yet enhance and update its appearance. It is The Highlands intention to improve residentsâ€™ access to services and amenities while incorporating innovative features.
The design concept includes the addition of a one-story structure to the front of the main building, an expansion to support service functions, infrastructure improvements, and a significant remodel of the existing core of the building with added and expanded services and amenities, including additional parking. The key resident enhancements for expansion/renovation include a new, enlarged multipurpose room to accommodate large group events. This space will be divisible for smaller group events and educational programs. It will also be used for worship space. The current library will expand to include additional space for books, comfortable seating for reading and computers for research. The bank will relocate and offer more space for transactions and safety deposit boxes. The salon/spa will be enlarged and add space to introduce new spa services, including massage, pedicures, and facials. The Gift Shop, operated by the residents, will provide space for additional merchandise for residents and visitors. There will be an enhanced health and wellness space for wellness services including blood pressure and weight clinics. The most significant enhancement will be to dining services providing options with an expanded Cafeâ€™ for causal dining, a Club Room, including a bar, with wait staff service casual dining and an update to the formal Terrace Room. Additional meeting rooms will be added for a variety of events and programs. An update to the fitness center is also planned. The project is expected to be complete in 2013 and the organization looks forward to serving the needs of a new generation of active senior adults moving to The Highlands. The Highlands at Wyomissing, a member of The Reading Hospital health system, is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Wyomissing Pa, offering residential, personal care and nursing and rehabilitation services. For more information on The Highlands at Wyomissing call (610) 288-3405.
IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR AT MIFFLIN COURT SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY
When considering a senior living community for your loved one, there are many important factors to consider. A key question to ask is how that community supports family involvement in the lives of their residents. Studies show that family visits and emotional support of the elderly can improve life expectancy by several years and create a more positive and optimistic environment.
No one understands this more than Mifflin Court Senior Living Community in Shillington. At Mifflin Court, they recognize how important family is. That is why Mifflin Court offers family events such as the Old Fashioned Summer Barbeque; an Easter buffet complete with an egg hunt for the visiting children; or the elegant annual Holiday Brunch. Most recently they hosted an Italian Dinner buffet, an enjoyable evening with live entertainment. The menu featured various pastas and sauces, meatballs and sausages, garlic bread, wine and homemade desserts. These are events that the residents, the families and the staff look forward to! Everyone enjoys themselves and gets to spend quality time with their family. Sisters Dru & Josie Mifflin Court also offers their resident’s family use of their private dining room for special events such as birthdays and anniversaries. The birthday meals even come with a complimentary birthday cake. Not only does Mifflin Court have family joining them, they have family members that call Mifflin Court home. They have not one but two sets of sisters, and also three married couples. One of their sets of sisters came to Mifflin Court at different times and was
reunited after losing touch over the years. Their niece tells Mifflin Court that they were together all the time when they were younger, spending at least every Sunday together for meals. Now they get to hang out together again after all these years. Their niece goes to see them regularly, just like she saw them at dinner every Sunday growing up. She says she has fond memories of that time and it’s great that they are finally together again. Another of the sister acts shared a home before going to live at Mifflin Court and now live together in a shared apartment. They do everything together. One family member says she likes to come and spend time with them here but also likes the fact that she doesn’t feel that she needs to be here every day because she knows whether she is here or not, her family is being well taken care of. She says it feels very warm and cozy here. In addition to the sisters, there are married couples too. One of the married couples has been with the community for a few years now. They still like to spend all their time together, even after all these years; they are still in love and in love with their home. Their daughter tells Mifflin Court they have Married couple Bob & Joyce Smith been married over 60 years and she is glad to know that as they age, she doesn’t have to worry about them because she knows they are being well taken care of. Ask anyone that lives at or knows someone who lives at Mifflin Court Senior Living Community. Recently renovated, now more than ever, it’s a beautiful place to call home! For more information about Mifflin Court Senior Living Community or to schedule a complimentary lunch and tour for yourself or a loved one, please call 610.796.1600 or visit their website at www.Genesishcc.com/MifflinCourt.
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