Retirees Enjoy Active Lifestyle

“Make the decision to come to Sherwood Oaks while you are young and active enough to enjoy it,” advises Loretta Pospistle.  Loretta and her husband Richard, have been residents since 2006. They love the fact that the residents develop and run the activities at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community and they are taking full advantage of them to match their energetic lifestyle.

At this active Pittsburgh retirement community, Loretta participates in Tai Chi and shares a weekly walk as part of the Walk with a Friend program. She puts on her dancing shoes and joins husband Richard to take part in line dancing fun. “I enjoy games,” says Loretta, “and I play poker, dominoes, and a variety of card games. I also like to play Mah Jongg, but there wasn’t a play group here at Sherwood, so Richard and I started one!”

“I enjoy being active and helping others,” says Richard, who frequently entertains residents on his keyboard.

Now that he has time to devote to it, Richard is getting back to painting as a member of the art group.  He spends time with the resident art instructor and is working in both acrylic and watercolors. He has served on the Program Committee in this retirement community that secures outside entertainment such as musical, comedy and guest speakers to perform at Sherwood Oaks. And as a member of the Dining Services Committee, he has also participated in determining healthful and appetizing food options and reviews resident comments.

When Loretta served as a member of the Health Affairs Committee, she received health care concerns of residents and helped develop educational programs, such as preventing falls. She felt honored when asked to create a permanent Sherwood Oaks historical display for the Oak Lodge.  “Richard and I love to be active and involved, but we make certain to set aside time each day to spend with each other.”

Other popular activities at this retirement community include the indoor heated swimming pool, Landscape Committee, Book Club, Ceramics and Art Classes.

Sherwood Oaks residents currently have over 50 committees and activities available on campus. They know that active people are happier, healthier and a whole lot of fun to be around.  Click here to read more about the activities available at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community.


What is a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community)?

A Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, is a senior community which offers housing, services and nursing care, all in one location.

In order to attain a CCRC certificate, an organization applies to the PA Department of Insurance for a “certificate of authority.” If granted, the organization is able to use the title of continuing care retirement community and qualifies for certain tax benefits.

So, how can seniors be sure which continuing care retirement community is right for them? “The key is knowing that the services that will be rendered to you are governed by the written agreement between the community and the resident. These agreements must be read carefully to determine exactly what is—or isn’t included,” says Mark D. Bondi, President and CEO of Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community.

CCRCs offer many different types of agreements. Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community is a Type A community. The most commonly offered CCRC agreements are:

Type A (Extensive) Agreement – includes housing, residential services, amenities and unlimited, specific health-related services with little or no increase in monthly payments except to cover normal operating costs and inflation adjustments.

Type B (Modified) Agreement – like A above, except that a specified amount of health care services are included. After the specified amount of health care is used, a discounted rate or full per day rates for required health services will be charged.

Type C (Fee-for-Service) – Includes housing, residential services and amenities for the fees stated in the agreement. Access to health care is guaranteed, but it may be required at full fee-for-service rates.

     Rental Agreement – Allows residents the opportunity to rent their housing and provides, but does not guarantee, access to health care services paid on a fee-for-service basis.

Bondi describes an example to illustrate the big differences between CCRC agreements. “If a resident becomes ill at Sherwood Oaks, our Type A agreement offers multiple levels of care at no additional cost allowing the residents’ needs to be met on campus as they change. Other types of agreements do not. Residents who fall ill at other CCRCs will need to find a health provider and arrange for payment of health services on their own. And these payments may be significant—costs for one year of skilled nursing services can exceed $90,000.”

Residents choose Sherwood Oaks because their healthcare, including personal care, are here on campus and guaranteed. They are glad to come to Sherwood Oaks when healthy enough to enjoy life, friendships and fun.  Click here to learn more about Continuing Care at Sherwood Oaks.


Give yourself a “Wellness Checkup”

Experts tell us that there are several components to feeling well, including the emotional, spiritual, cognitive, social, physical, and vocational aspects of life.  As we look forward to a future in retirement, it may be a good time to look at strengthening the areas of life that were neglected during working years so that we can achieve maximum satisfaction and enjoyment from retirement.  Sherwood Oaks is an active Pittsburgh retirement community with a state of the art fitness center.  Bill Burtner, Wellness and Health Promotion Manager, can custom design a fitness program just for you as well as suggest some easy ways to stay active.  Click here to meet Bill and give us a call at (800) 642-2217 to schedule a tour of our Fitness Center and talk to Bill about how he can help you on your way to your “Wellness Checkup”.