Immediate Openings in Personal Care

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

You may already know about Sherwood Oaks, a PA Retirement Community. However, I’m writing today to talk about our openings and Personal Care services.

Personal Care provides home-like living for seniors who need more help than what is available in their homes. Sherwood Oaks has a Personal Care center on our Cranberry Township campus, and we have 7 vacant, private studio apartments available for seniors who need help with activities such as bathing, dressing, cooking and healthful eating. Our care-givers are on duty 24 hrs/day, and physicians and nurse practitioners visit for any medical need. A private studio apartment rate begins at $135/day.

The first step in applying for residency at this PA retirement community, is calling Sherry Cook, Client Advisor, at (800) 642-2217. She can schedule a time for you and your family to visit the campus, ask questions and see if Sherwood Oaks is the right retirement community in PA for you. Sherry will answer your questions, guide you through a personal tour and give you the application forms and information.

Read what people are saying about us:
“As we add to our age, we all need sage advice and experience of those around us.  Sherwood Oaks provides this in generous quantity and quality demonstrated in their Personal Care accomodations and daily assistance.  We are so glad we’re at this PA retirement community!”

Newk and Ginny Newcomer
Personal Care Residents
(Residents of Sherwood Oaks for 13 years)

Would you or someone you know like more information about this retirement community in PA?  Come to our Mother/Daughter Brunch on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m.  in the private dining room at Sherwood Oaks.  RSVP to reserve your spot – (800) 642-2217.

My Thoughts on Families

by Katherine Vojtko

Sherwood Oaks has been serving retirees for almost 30 years and I’ve been working in this field for 15. Ideally, both the client and the children are supportive of a move to a PA retirement community. But, this is not always the case. It is not unusual to hear from a desperate daughter or son who is alarmed when they see that their parents are not able to do as much as they use to. The children are alarmed and concerned for Mom or Dad’s safety and health – but this alarm and concern is not shared by parents.

What to do? It’s not an easy situation, but we give this advice to children and families:

1.Remind yourself that your parent is an intelligent and successful adult. It is easy for the parent/child role to get reversed. You can guard against this by staying respectful of their accomplishments and role in your life.
2.Help them retain/gain back as much control over their lives as is possible. Ask them for solutions. Look into technology and home-based services that may help them remain independent and have control over their lives.
3.Involve them in problem solving – what are their thoughts on solving the issues that concern you.
4.Do they realize that as they age, they are role models to the grand children and extended family?
What kind of legacy do they want to leave of themselves?
5.Talk about what they have achieved and contributed over their lifetimes to the family, to a business, to their social network, or to the neighborhood. How, and in what setting, can they best continue these contributions?

These are a few ways to engage your parent in constructive conversations about the future. These conversations will likely be more effective taken in small doses over time, and not presented in a family “intervention” format. With any luck, Sherwood Oaks may have the good fortune of being a part of your parent’s future.

Consider bringing your mother or daughter (even your father or son!) to our Mother/Daughter Brunch on Saturday, March 10th at 10 a.m. in the Sherwood Oaks Dining Room when we will learn more about how Sherwood Oaks is one of the most comprehensive PA retirement communities.  RSVP to (800) 642-2217 to reserve your space.

Katherine Vojtko, M.A, M.P.H
Vice President
Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community

Next Year – Resolve to Lower Your Taxes

Next April you can significantly lower the taxes that you owe to the federal government. As a lifecare retirement community in PA, the IRS considers part of the entrance fee and part of the monthly fee to be pre-paid medical expenses. If you are like most residents, these expenses get added to other medical expenses (medicines, co-pays, etc.), and the amount that exceeds 7.5% of your adjusted gross income can be deducted. The monthly fee deduction is per resident, so if you are a couple, it’s times two!

Plus, there are no school, local or county taxes to pay. Now, that’s a real bonus!

To have a copy of our Cost Comparison Calculator mailed to your home, call us at (800) 642-2217.