FAQ: What Makes Pennswood Village Unique?
When searching for a senior living community, prospective residents are often looking for a community as unique as they are — a place to learn and grow, to relax and enjoy, as well as contribute to the wider community and the world. Some people visit Pennswood once and immediately know that this is the community they will call home and others visit many times before making a final decision.
Pennswood Village is different from other senior living communities and our residents describe what makes us unique. From the welcoming, friendly residents and our above-and-beyond staff members, to the vibrant culture, and more, Pennswood is a step above the rest.
“My wife and I visited 12 Life Care communities, mainly in Bucks County,” said Tony Spisto, a resident who recently moved to Pennswood. “We had a list of tangible criteria, including the cost, nurse to resident ratio, Medicare ratings, cleanliness, and contracts. Pennswood came out consistently on top.”
Pennswood Village has been an established, Bucks County tradition for more than three decades. During that time, Pennswood has evolved and progressed to become the cultural organization it is known to be.
Pennswood Village is based on the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Although a small percentage of resides living at Pennswood are Quaker, most residents believe in the importance of these values, regardless of their faith traditions.
By the residents, for the residents
Many senior living community activities are led by an activity director or staff member. But, at Pennswood Village, all activities, trips, organizations and events are planned by the residents, for the residents.
From the board of trustees to each of the countless committees, the residents lead the way and decide what is best for the community as a whole. Pennswood’s mission is to provide residents with the best lifestyle possible, and as part of that mission, residents get to decide what that means for them.
Committees are just one of the many ways residents are able to make a difference on and off campus. If there is a cause residents are passionate about, they form committees with residents and staff to make a change.
Pennswood Village sits next to two schools, George School (a Quaker boarding school for grades 9-12) and Newtown Friends School (a Quaker school serving pre-k to 8th grades). Because of this location, Pennswood residents have the unique opportunity for intergenerational interaction, and to be a part of each school.
Students from the schools often visit the Pennswood campus for activities and volunteer opportunities, and residents frequently visit the schools for activities too.
“We often have 5th graders meet here for brown bag lunches with the residents,” says Jane Crumlish, a new Pennswood resident. Pennswood also hosts students of all ages for water volleyball tournaments, help in the Community Garden, Tech Tutoring, Halloween parades, and much more.
The staff at Pennswood also plays an important role in intergenerational activity. Staff members and their families (along with Resident’s families) are welcome in the community’s amenities, like the gym, the cafe, and all about the grounds. You’ll see more than just residents interacting around the campus.
Jane says, “I am thinking of the future, but not necessarily planning for it, and it’s good to know I don’t have to. It will be there should I ever need it.”
“When looking at communities, we looked at the star rating Medicare gave, and Pennswood had a 5 star rating,” says Tony. “We looked at the ratio of nurses to patients in Life Care to know that our needs would be met.”
These are just some of the aspects that make Pennswood Village a unique place to live. See the Pennswood Village difference for yourself – come take a tour of the community! Give us a call today at 866-740-4977 to schedule a visit.