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The value of a one-bedroom apartment home at Pennswood Village? A bigger lifestyle!

The trend toward living in “tiny homes” is huge these days. So many people— from those just starting out, to retirees and seniors—are embracing the value of living in smaller spaces. Why? Because smaller space living frees up more time, energy and resources for experiencing life to the fullest!

The variety of one-bedroom apartment home floor plans at Pennswood Village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, meets the needs of today’s active older adults. If you’re seeking an expansive lifestyle without the work, expense and hassle of maintaining a big home, you can find it at Pennswood Village. Read the full article »

Springtime along Bluebird Trail with the Pennswood Birders

Ann Baker

Ann Baker

When spring takes wing at Pennswood, it’s an ideal time to discover the Bluebird Trail and the Bird Sanctuary located in the stunning natural environment which is Pennswood’s Meadow. “A great way to start is to contact the Pennswood Birders,” says Ann Baker, a five-year Pennswood resident.

Ann is the facilitator of the Pennswood Birders, one of the many committees and clubs that make Pennswood Village so diversely engaging for residents with interests of all kinds.

When it comes to the Meadow, home of the Bluebird Trail and the Bird Sanctuary, “I could go on forever!” laughs Ann. “It’s the kind of tall grass prairie ecosystem that our forebears drove through in their covered wagons. The main plant here is Big Bluestem Grass, which is mixed with other native grasses, as well as familiar native wildflowers such as Goldenrod and Black Eyed Susans.” Read the full article »

FAQ: What are the benefits of choosing a not-for-profit CCRC?

Pennswood Village is a proud, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Bucks County, PA. With a nationally respected name and a BBB+ Fitch rating, we offer seniors a maintenance-free retirement lifestyle in an inclusive community.

Part of our commitment to residents includes our not-for-profit status. Being a not-for-profit retirement community means that once all of our operating costs are met, any additional funds are reinvested back into the community. This not-for-profit status can make a significant difference in the lives of residents and staff members alike and create a positive environment of support and growth.

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FAQ: What do my Life Care entrance fee and monthly fees go toward?

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Pennswood Village is a Quaker retirement community located in Bucks County, offering area seniors an active, maintenance-free retirement lifestyle in an inclusive environment. With exceptional services and amenities, and a full continuum of healthcare services, Pennswood is a nationally respected organization.

Pennswood is also proud to offer a Life Care Contract, an agreement that guarantees residents priority access to multiple levels of healthcare services, such as personal care and skilled nursing, right on campus.

When you become a resident of Pennswood Village, you will pay a one-time entrance fee that covers the cost of the residence and future healthcare services. Thereafter, you will pay for a monthly service package that includes the upkeep of your residence, the community and campus, dining services, housekeeping services, utilities and so much more — all of which contributes to freeing your time.

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The Benefits of Life Care: Federal Income Tax Deductions

Pennswood Village is a proud continuing care retirement community that offers residents a maintenance-free lifestyle and a full continuum of healthcare services, all covered under a Life Care contract. But, what is a Life Care contract?

A Life Care contract is an agreement between a resident and the community that covers most future healthcare expenses. It is the most comprehensive level of healthcare coverage available in a retirement community. With this contract, residents pay a one-time entry fee, as well as a monthly service fee, that covers everything from campus maintenance and dining to amenity upkeep, utilities and programing. The cost of a Life Care contract is largely dependent on both the floor plan and contract type you select.

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Meet Dan Murray: Pennswood Village’s Newest CEO

Pennswood Village CEO Dan Murray

It’s official! Dan Murray is now the Chief Executive Officer of Pennswood Village! Dan began his journey as CEO at Pennswood at the beginning of January 2018 and continues to settle in this month, energetically moving about the community, meeting every resident, staff member and committee.

Dan was originally attracted to the community because of the residents who call it home. “Pennswood has a real sense of community,” says Dan. “It’s warm, caring and supportive. It has a great culture to live in and work in and learn in.”

Before Dan came to Pennswood Village, he was the CEO of Friends Village at Woodstown for more than a decade. Friends Village is also a Quaker Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), located in southern New Jersey. During his time there, he helped the community grow from a nursing care-only community into a full CCRC by supporting the community through a significant expansion.

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It takes a village … to get ready for a 74th wedding anniversary celebration!

This past month, Pennswood residents Ruth and Charley Peterson happily celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary. While they didn’t want to host a big celebration, they decided they would mark the special occasion with a formal dinner in the Pennswood Village dining room. But, as they found out, it takes a village to get ready for a 74th wedding anniversary celebration!

As Ruth and Charley began to assemble their best formal attire for the occasion, they soon ran into a few problems. Charley’s tuxedo trousers that he had worn in the past no longer correctly fit him so he was left with only a shirt and jacket.

“We thought to ourselves ‘Who would have a pair of tuxedo trousers that would fit him?’,” said Ruth.

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Top Tips for Home Staging

Anyone who is selling a house to move to a retirement community should know the importance of home staging. The process of home staging consists of simple changes and repairs that will make your house appeal to the greatest number of buyers. The goal is to create a space where buyers can imagine their own ideal lifestyle in the home.

An example of a staged home

Staging a house can also help it stand out from other competition in the neighborhood, and the investment in staging is a lower cost than a first price reduction. It results in a quick sale, for the best possible price, meaning you’ll be able to begin your maintenance-free retirement community lifestyle sooner rather than later.

Changes can range from a few throw pillows and minor repairs, to repainting or rearranging furniture. As you begin to prepare your house for the market, follow these few tips to ensure a quick sale for a great price.

1.) Rightsize

When you move to a retirement community like Pennswood Village, you’ll want to take the time to reduce your belongings in order to gain an active, maintenance-free lifestyle. We refer to this process as rightsizing. It’s best to begin this process significantly in advance, so that you can complete the work in smaller portions over time to reduce any clutter or stored items throughout the house.

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Living the One-Bedroom Lifestyle

Take a moment to reflect on the rooms you use in your house every day. You probably start each day waking in your bedroom, moving to the bathroom to get ready and then into the kitchen for breakfast. Maybe you spend some time in your living room watching a bit of TV or reading the paper before venturing out into your community for events, activities and errands.

Now also take a moment to reflect on the number of daily chores and regular maintenance you must do, like vacuuming and dusting, yard work, cooking, cleaning and laundry. Would you say that these chores and responsibilities only apply to the spaces you’re using in your house? What if someone was available to take care of these excess responsibilities for you instead?

Imagine if you no longer had to take care of these duties yourself, and only cared for the spaces you use on a daily basis, like your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area. Imagine that you also had services to help you take care of these spaces, with just one phone call? How much time would that leave you with to do the things you truly want to do?

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FAQ: Is Independent Living at Pennswood Village a Good Value?

When researching your senior living options, it’s important to take into consideration the lifestyle and financial implications of each. By completing a side-by-side comparison and cost-benefits analysis, you’ll be able to accurately compare the differences between living in your current house and choosing to live at a retirement community like Pennswood Village.

Armed with this information, you can use it to your advantage when it comes to making other retirement plans, like how you wish to spend both your money and your time. Do you want to make travel plans? Spend more time with your family? Devote more time to volunteering, a hobby or your career? All of this is up to you!

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