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Making the Move to Pennswood: one resident’s experience

Donna, working with Pennswood’s helpful staff, to make apartment home selections.

“Whatever you want, that’s what it will be,” says Donna Bauman, Pennswood Village resident, about life at this Newtown, PA Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Donna moved from a three-bedroom house in Arizona to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in early 2017 to be closer to her children and their families. Initially, she and her children considered sharing a home, but Donna insisted that she find her own apartment home at a nearby retirement community instead.

Her son found three different communities to visit, each located within an hour of where he and Donna’s other children live in New Jersey. But, for Donna, the decision to move to Pennswood Village was an easy one. “By far, Pennswood was the most spectacular place I could ever want to be.”

Be Our Guest

Donna immediately knew that she wanted to make Pennswood Village her home after staying two nights in a guest suite through the “Be Our Guest” program. The program allows prospective residents to get the full experience of life at Pennswood Village by staying in a guest apartment, spending time with other residents, and enjoying all the services and amenities the community has to offer.

“I knew I was home as soon as I walked into that apartment. In fact, the guest suite I stayed in is my home now!” says Donna.

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Pennswood Village Pets: Bring your furry family members

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”

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Lynne and Todd Wayman’s cat Chester

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.

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Celebrating the Earth: Environmental Concerns Committee continues green efforts

Pennswood resident Ann Baker, chair of the Environmental Concerns Committee

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.

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Live Life Your Way in the Expanded Two-Bedroom Floor Plan

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.

A Night at the Movies!

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“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.

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A Day in the Life of the Dining Services Utility Department

IMG_2925Blue, 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.

IMG_2908When 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.

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Celebrating the Holidays at Pennswood Village

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!

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Hooked on Fresh Fish in the Pennswood Village Dining Room

Pennswood Village is committed to providing a unique and exceptional dining experience for residents—and the foundation of this experience is the ingredients used in cooking the meals. Pennswood cares about the sustainability and quality of the food served. Strongly believing in the Quaker tenant that we are all stewards of the Earth, the talented culinary staff has a passion for curating meals that are fresh, seasonal and locally sourced whenever possible. They not only create delicious meals, but also help support community farmers and the greater environment.

untitledOne particularly interesting facet of dining at Pennswood Village is our fish. It is quickly becoming a talking point with fresh local and exotic fish being featured on the menu. With 42 years of culinary experience, Executive Chef Steve Plescha of Pennswood doesn’t just order all the fish, make recipes and cook. He also emphasizes the importance of locally sourced fish and the farm-to-table movement by always sourcing the fish responsibly so not only the residents get the best-tasting fish, but also so the oceans remain a stable ecosystem.

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The Incredible Spirit of Giving at Pennswood Village

14November is a month for reflection and generosity. Not only will we celebrate Thanksgiving, but it is also Philanthropy Month. Pennswood Village is a caring community, as stated in our mission. Generosity as a guiding principle recognizes that residents, staff, and board are united in responsibility to each other and to the broader community. Our Quaker Guiding Principles guide our understanding of generosity and we embrace the idea that our lives together are enriched through this culture that has been sustained since our founding in 1980.

During the past year, fundraising efforts at Pennswood Village have raised over $1 million for the community’s Fellowship Fund, which provides monetary assistance for residents who have outlived their financial resources. In addition to the Fellowship Fund, Pennswood Village has other funds to benefit a variety of causes that help maintain our tradition of excellence. The Employee Scholarship Fund, for instance, helps employees with the cost of pursuing a certificate or college degree, and The Endowment Fund helps maintain the financial strength and well-being of the community and its residents.

Cultivating a Culture of Giving

There is a special atmosphere at Pennswood Village that allows for a close-knit, family-like community. With residents and employees alike both embracing and promoting traditions of generosity, the community has remained strong, and continues to grow stronger.

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Living a Meaningful Life by “Welcoming the Stranger”

Pennswood Village has a magnificent culture of giving, and the residents continuously surprise the community with their charity and volunteer work. One incredibly passionate and dedicated resident is Marguerite Chandler. A former Peace Corp member, who was active in her community throughout her working life, has dedicated her retirement to helping others full-time. In this pursuit of helping others, Marguerite has recently helped relocate a young Syrian refugee family to the Bucks County area.

Having wanted to help with the Syrian refugee crisis and understanding how frustrating, disorienting and exhausting it is to live in another country, Marguerite felt called to help this family. Knowing very little about how to relocate a refugee family in the United States, Marguerite learned quickly from those who had experience doing this work, and was joined by a group of others from all different faiths and traditions.

“The experience of working with this family, who is so appreciative and eager to succeed, gives me an enormous sense of gratitude for the goodness of people and for what we might take for granted in this country,” Marguerite explains. “The world can seem dark and unforgiving, but when you see this situation and how people came together to do wonderful things in only a short amount of time, it’s amazing. It’s those kinds of things that make life meaningful.”

In reflection of the Thanksgiving holiday, Marguerite is thankful to live at Pennswood Village, a community that embraces helping others, and where everyday chores are taken care of, so she can fully commit herself to social justice and peace building.

Below is Marguerite’s perspective on helping this young Syrian refugee family:

WELCOMING THE STRANGER

Written by Marguerite Chandler

Almost every faith group has an admonition to “welcome the stranger.”

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