By Pennswood Village resident, Lorraine Pasadino
For members of our community who may not yet know me, but do recognize my little dog Casey (a white and caramel colored male Havanese) as we take our Pennswood Village daily walks, my name is Lorraine Pasadino. My heart’s desire is to share my experiences and learnings about hospice care before Pennswood Village ever existed in my mind’s eye, and after joining this community. Also, I’d like you to know that I am a hospice volunteer and, if requested by the resident, Casey and I do visit as a team.
“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”
Do you have a perfect companion with four feet? Bring them along with you when you make your move to Pennswood Village! We know that you consider your pets to be family members, and that’s why we welcome them in the Pennswood community. Residents at Pennswood already give happy homes to many of their furry family members, and we invite you to do the same.
We also know that some people may not always enjoy being around animals, which is why we have some guidelines for pets and their guardians to follow. It’s truly up to you to decide how much you’d like to be around pets.
It’s 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning in February. The snow is falling lightly and the members of the Landscape Department are warming up their vehicles, getting ready to begin a day with no end in sight. This is a day in the life of the Landscape Department during the winter season. They’re always on call no matter the time or day. With a bag packed with extra clothes, it looks like it’s going to be a big storm and the sleeping accommodations will be an empty apartment in the Gurney building.
Browse these beautiful photos of peonies at Pennswood! These are original photos shot by Pennswood Village residents. Click on each image to view a larger version.
Resident photographers: Daisy Grubbs, Margaret Carlough, Frank Follmer, and Yoma Ullman
Having flexible financial options to make the most of your retirement is important. Pennswood Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Bucks County understands this. As a resident of Pennswood Village, whether you already have long-term care insurance or not, you can live the retirement lifestyle you want with the security and peace of mind of future protection and services.
Joining the Community
With most agreements, a resident will pay an initial, one-time entrance fee when they move into a community (often based on the size of the residence selected), and a recurring monthly fee, also known as a monthly service fee.
No matter how you like to stay fit, there’s a fitness opportunity for you at Pennswood Village. The many wellness amenities and services provided on campus make it convenient and easy to stay healthy. Just take a short walk to the Passmore Fitness Center, stroll around the grounds, join a class, or enjoy a swim in one of the pools.
Pennswood Village’s 82-acre campus makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors during the warmer weather months (or even the snowy months – just bring your cross country skis!). A scenic, paved walking and biking trail winds through the grounds, through the butterfly garden, bird sanctuary, and scenic campus. You can even bring your furry, four-legged friend along and stop by the dog park, too.
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