As a Quaker community, Pennswood Village is a dedicated steward of the environment. Residents, staff and administrators come together to take critical steps in maintaining the beauty, health and vitality of the environment, not just for their own community, but for generations to come.
“This is a community that cares more than most,” says Joan Thorne, Pennswood resident.
The campus currently features an award-winning storm water management system, LEED certified buildings, a comprehensive recycling program, and a geothermal system that heats and cools the main building and health center. And, with help from the resident-led Environmental Concerns Committee, new green efforts spring up every year.
Home to books, magazines, audio books, kindles, movies, music, and more, the Pennswood Village library is the place for residents to go when they’re looking for a good read, or some quality entertainment.
“It’s always open,” says Caroline Swain, Pennswood resident and Chair of the Library Committee (pictured above, in blue). “You can go whenever, and check out anything at any time.”
Located in the Community Building, the library is easy to access. Conveniently located near the mailboxes, café, dining room, and lounge, it’s easy to stop by to pick up a new book, catch up on current events or check out a movie for the evening.
“We have about 6,500 books,” adds Caroline, “which is a fairly large collection for a retirement community. We also have a lot of large print books, a magnifying reader, and a reader that is able to scan materials and read them out loud.”
Out of 85 teams across the country, Pennswood Village placed 5th during the competitive March Madness Cyber Cycle Challenge. The challenge pits different retirement communities against each other in a competition to see who can cycle the most miles on the futuristic Cyber Cycle exercise machine.
The Cyber Cycle is a stationary recumbent bike, with an added twist: a large computer screen display. As a rider pedals on the stationary bike, the virtual rider on the screen is taken through a computer-generated course. Riders must pedal, steer, and even shift gears to make it through the course. You can even pick your simulated course, whether you want to ride through a forest trail, the Pyramids of Egypt, or even through outer space!
“It’s a fun way to exercise for long periods of time,” said Pennswood resident Jon Harding. “With over 30 screens and trails to choose from, there’s a lot to look at and you can keep track of your statistics including your heartbeat, breathing rate, distance, and how you compare to other riders in your age group. The Cyber Cycle appeals to those of us who like details, a great workout, and a competitive challenge,” continued Harding. Harding has been cycling for years and used to train with a cousin who was a competitive cyclist. He finished second at Pennswood with a total of 212 miles during the challenge, finishing 19th overall.
Procuring the food and supplies for the Dining program at Pennswood Village is probably is not a topic of conversation at the dinner table. While residents and staff members happily dine at meal times, behind the scenes is a highly dynamic team effort that carries out the vital functions of ordering, receiving and storing the multitude of fresh food and supplies that arrive daily on our back dock.
Our Receiver, Chef and Back of the House Manager collaborate extensively to coordinate the 30 plus weekly food deliveries that help to nourish and sustain our residents and staff members.
The Perplexing Ordering Process
Pennswood Village is a community that prides itself on celebrating diversity and inclusion, so when you move to Pennswood, you will no doubt be welcomed with open arms and open hearts.
The transition to community living is made easy by being paired with a current resident, also known as a sponsor. Matches are made on a personal level. Your sponsor will be there from the start, even before you move into the community, to help guide you through the process and show you the ins and outs of community life.
Pennswood resident Helen Greven shares her experience of moving to Pennswood, and what inspired her to get involved in making Pennswood a more welcoming place for new residents. Read her story below:
“My husband and I moved to Pennswood Village in 2005 in our early 70s. We knew no one already living here, but in the course of numerous visits had been impressed with the beautiful campus, friendly atmosphere and the many activities offered. We came earlier than originally planned because exactly the apartment we wanted became available. I realize now how farsighted the founders were to plan for centralized mailboxes surrounded by a cafe, bank, mailroom, library, art galleries, gift shop, auditorium, hallway of bulletin boards, with Resident Health offices, Personal Care and Skilled Nursing facilities just down the hall.
Retirement should be about having options, and spending more time on the things you love to do. When you imagine your perfect retirement plans, what do you see? Do you envision lots of dinner parties and game nights with friends and family? How about lots of visits from your grandchildren? Perhaps you want to reinvent yourself with a new or rekindled hobby by creating a dedicated studio or office?
Whatever your retirement plans may be for your future, Pennswood Village has the space for you. In the expanded two-bedroom apartment, you can live life your way, to the fullest potential. At 1,190 square feet, this spacious floor plan allows for just about anything!
Once you open the door, you will be greeted by a cheerful foyer with a convenient coat closet. As you continue into the home, a spacious living and dining area unfolds, with a modern, fully equipped kitchen just off to the side, making hosting any events a breeze. Plus, with the ample-sized balcony just steps away, you can bring your parties, your painting, reading, or whatever activities you enjoy out into the beautiful scenery that surrounds Pennswood Village.
On either side of this main center of the home are two large bedrooms, flooded with lots of natural light thanks to the large windows. To the right is the master bedroom, which boasts an extensive walk-in closet that can easily accommodate your possessions. The master bedroom also has its own large bathroom just steps away.
The second bedroom is nearly a mirror image of the master; featuring a comfortable sleeping space, sizeable walk-in closet, and a full-size bathroom. In this bathroom you will find the washer and dryer conveniently located to make the few household tasks you have as easy as possible so you can get back to focusing on the things you want to do more of.
An added bonus to the ease of living that the expanded two-bedroom gives is the ability to personalize your new space with your choice of paint colors, window treatments, appliances and more.
Retirement is your time to enjoy whatever interests you. Coupled with the flexibility of the expanded two-bedroom floor plan, Pennswood Village makes it easy for you to get more out of life. No longer will you have to worry about all the work that goes into maintaining a house because our maintenance staff will take care of that for you.
With less time focusing on maintaining a home, and with all of the exceptional amenities and services, and countless activities just steps outside your door, you can be sure that your life will remain as vibrant and complex as you are!
There is currently a wait list for the expanded two-bedroom floor plan, so it’s never too early to come in for a tour! For more information about this and other floor plans, please call us today at 866-740-4977.
After searching for the right community, and planning for the next step in your life, you’ve finally decided to call Pennswood Village your home. So, what is your next step? The process of becoming a resident of Pennswood Village is made easier with the help of our friendly, experienced staff.
Each person moving to Pennswood is unique, and is often faced with circumstances, questions, and challenges that we are happy to talk about and suggest solutions. Our staff knows that moving can be fun and uplifting, but it can also sometimes be confusing, scary and unfamiliar. Our staff takes great pleasure in making your move as stress-free as possible by getting to know you and your expectations.
“Everything I learned, I learned from the movies,” iconic movie star, Audrey Hepburn once said.
Movies are a widely popular form of entertainment at Pennswood Village, and the Film Committee strongly believes in Hepburn’s sentiment. Movies are a wonderful way to impart meaning to the mundane, evoke emotion, and teach us valuable lessons, as well as to simply provide entertainment. This belief in the importance of film and celebrating different types of cinema forms the backbone of what the Pennswood Village Film Committee aims to achieve with every film they project.
Every week, three times a week, you will find a movie playing in Penn Hall. Fridays are typically family film nights, Saturday nights are for more mature, complex films, and Monday nights feature a more diverse showing of special interest films ranging from black and white classics, to musicals and cutting-edge documentaries.
Blue, black, burgundy or purple polo shirts … These are the uniform colors of the Utility Staff of Dining Services that residents see all day and evening, walking the halls in Woolman, Barclay or the Village.
The Utility Staff is comprised of many bright young minds who strive to provide great service to all the residents, guests and their fellow co-workers. They are responsible for numerous and essential tasks throughout the Dining Services Department on a daily basis.
When residents hear “utility,” they think of dirty dishes! Each day the Utility Staff collect, wash, sanitize and store approximately 4300 pieces of silverware, over 5000 pieces of china and nearly 2000 pieces of assorted glassware. Our resilient pot washers hand scrub, rinse and sanitize between 1000 and 1200 pots, pans, sheet trays, and utensils daily to support the culinary team and department.
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, marked by all sorts of seasonal events for everyone to enjoy. At Pennswood Village, there was lots of holiday cheer to warm up the chilly winter air. From carols and cookies to stringing lights and Santa visits, it seemed as though there was always something festive going on last month!