Recent Blog Articles

  • Finding a long-term care facility: you have a choice, so ask questions

    If you have a loved one in need of long-term care services, how do you select the skilled care facility that is right for him or her? What features and qualities do you consider, and what questions do you ask to make your selection?  Lancaster County has many long-term care facilities, and deciding on the … Continue reading Finding a long-term care facility: you have a choice, so ask questions

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  • Generational ties and love of music motivate gift for The Courtyards Residents

    Janet A. Booz lived in Village Manor and the Courtyards from 2008 until 2017. After she died, her son Larry Booz, and daughter Linda Booz Klein reached out to the Courtyard’s Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Lori Schoener, to express their appreciation for the care that their mother received, and to inquire if there was a way for them to make a gift that would tangibly express their appreciation.

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  • Whisperglide swing for The Courtyards

    After Ken’s wife Kathleen died in November 2016, he wanted to do something that would honor her memory, and express his appreciation for the care that she received during the time that she lived in the Courtyards. Katie – as she was known by her family and friends – had herself been an extraordinarily caring person. A loving wife, mother and friend, she had worked her entire career as a nurse.

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  • Northside Court: The latest in privacy, comfort, and contemporary senior living

    Northside Court, Brethren Village’s new senior independent living community, is now open and fully occupied by residents enjoying contemporary apartment living. The 72 private apartments within the complex offer privacy, style, and plenty of space inside and outside. With Northside Court, Brethren Village introduces a new retirement lifestyle choice to its continuing care retirement community … Continue reading Northside Court: The latest in privacy, comfort, and contemporary senior living

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  • Rivals, best friends, and much more: Jack and Jim, a dynamic duo for 88 years

    Jack and Jim Forsha now live at Brethren Village Retirement Community with their wives, Billie and Jean. Remarkably, their individual paths through life have been strikingly similar, with one rarely making a major decision without the other one. It’s who they are, it’s what they know, and neither of them would have it any other way.

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  • Is spring fever real? Yes, judging by senior enthusiasm for outdoor wellness activities

    “The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” (Harriet Ann Jacobs, American writer) What is it about spring that seems to revive the soul—and body, too? Do we really get spring fever? Clinical psychologist Michael Terman says that what we call spring fever is an … Continue reading Is spring fever real? Yes, judging by senior enthusiasm for outdoor wellness activities

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  • Seniors join in the fun of tour bus trips at retirement communities

    The best continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) plan entertaining, enlightening tour bus trips that offer new experiences for seniors all year long in comfort and style. Residents enjoy socializing on these fun-filled trips to museums, concerts, shopping destinations, and other places of interest. At Brethren Village Retirement Community near Lancaster, PA, we organize and host … Continue reading Seniors join in the fun of tour bus trips at retirement communities

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  • Rehab services aid our Residents and greater community members in healing and recovery

    Physicians frequently recommend rehabilitation services for seniors and others following hospitalization due to stroke, serious injury, or surgery. Doctors also prescribe rehab therapy for people dealing with chronic pain or problems affecting mobility or balance. At Brethren Village, our Transition of Care Services Team evaluates and treats our rehab patients—our own Residents, as well as … Continue reading Rehab services aid our Residents and greater community members in healing and recovery

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  • Water activities at retirement communities can be key to wellness for seniors

    More and more seniors are finding aquatic exercise to be their favorite and most beneficial way to maintain fitness. While physical activities in water can have advantages for anyone, they have notably favorable results for seniors with certain health challenges. Water therapy can provide soothing relief for chronic condiditons including arthritis, joint pain, and circulatory … Continue reading Water activities at retirement communities can be key to wellness for seniors

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  • Volunteers find proven health benefits in lending a hand to help others

    “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more,” said writer H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Those of us who work year-round with hundreds of Brethren Village Volunteers can attest to the truth of that statement. We see their broad smiles and witness the camaraderie among them. A national survey of Volunteers a … Continue reading Volunteers find proven health benefits in lending a hand to help others

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