Sherwood Oaks Offers an Unbeatable Move-In Program

Selling your home and moving to a new residence can be an overwhelming process if you’re not prepared. Having the experience of professionals can make all the difference.
“The goal of the program is to help new residents maximize the profit on the sale of their home and experience a smooth transition when settling into their new retirement residence at Sherwood Oaks,” says Katherine Vojtko, Vice President of this retirement community PA. “New residents can take advantage of the program benefits, many of which are free, that cover home selling, moving and organizing, estate sales and interior design services.”
Contact this retirement community PA, Sherwood Oaks, and schedule a visit and tour to find out more about how we can help make your move an easier transition with our move-in program. (800) 642-2217.

Ensuring Financial Security

The New Year brings thoughts of income taxes. At this retirement home pa, every Sherwood Oaks resident can use some of their monthly service fee as a medical expense on their federal income tax. The Business Office calculates this amount each January and includes it in a letter that it sends to residents.
If you would like more information on this helpful benefit to living at this retirement home pa, Sherwood Oaks, call us at (800) 642-2217.

A Message to Adult Children (And the Parents They Love) Part 2

In the last issue this retirement community PA started a discussion on how adult children can help their parents have a safe and happy place to live. Sometimes this can happen at home, but then again, sometimes this is not safe or realistic. Below is Part II in this Sherwood Oaks series.
6. Get familiar with the language of senior living. If you would like to receive a free glossary with definitions of terms and concepts call us at 800 642-2217. Understanding the differences between retirement living, assisted living, personal care and skilled nursing care will make your Internet searches and site visits more productive.
7. Once you have your parents’ permission to work together on a plan, ask them what’s important to them. For example, how do they feel about living in a community that offers transportation, meals, health care or fitness programs? This retirement community PA includes all those amenities. The plan should include a discussion of finances. What resources do they have to support the plan? Do they have long-term care insurance? Offer to do the legwork to sort through the many living options that are available. Ask if they would agree to see the “best of the best” after you have completed your research. If you would like to receive a comparison checklist, again please give us a call 800 642-2217.
8. When you and your parents are discussing a plan, include the option of respite (a short-term stay), so that they can try it before making a commitment.
9. The book, “Mom, Dad…Can we Talk?” by Dick Edwards is a resource that may help to address unhelpful family dynamics.
10. We know that there are some parents who will never agree to a move. No matter how reasonably and respectfully you present options that permit them to maintain independence and control over their lives, they will decide to remain in their home. If this is the case with your parents you want to make their home as safe as possible. Our Occupational Therapists have developed a checklist to help you, titled “Staying at Home Alone, a Checklist for Home Safety.” Call this retirement community PA to receive your free copy today 800 642-2217.

A Message to Adult Children (And the Parents They Love)

We hear you. You are concerned about your parents. They are elderly, and you feel that they need extra help but they see things differently. You worry daily. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed, guilty or sad. You just want your parents safe and happy, and are unsure of what to do.
Here are some thoughts to consider.
1. Recognize that your parents are highly accomplished people. Consider how they’ve succeeded in life. Whether their accomplishments are related to work, military, social or personal, we need to respect and admire their capabilities. So, any discussion about their lives and future needs to be based in respect. You cannot “place” your parents anywhere, including a retirement community. You may, however, be able to help them decide to do this on their own.
2. Realize from your own life that independence and control are basic human needs. Your parents have the need for independence and control even as they age.
3. Conversations with Mother and Dad are more productive if you place your own feelings (worry, sadness, guilt), on the back burner. These are your problems, not theirs.
4. Ask for your parents’ permission to discuss their future in a logical, non-threatening manner.
5. Appeal to their willingness to plan for the future. They may not accept change right now, but may agree to make a move at a future date, such as a new year, after a holiday, or a birthday milestone. Or, they may consider a move in the future if other strategies fail. Other strategies may include a home safety assessment by an occupational therapist, or hiring home-based care.
If you would like to speak with someone about this retirement community PA, give us a call at 800 642-2217.

10 Ways We Help You Move and Save Money!

Moving to a retirement community pa, Sherwood Oaks can feel overwhelming unless you realize how much help is waiting in the wings. Here are 10 things we provide to help you move to this retirement community pa, and you save money, too.
1. Director of Residential Services assists you in choosing finishes for your home at Sherwood Oaks. Click here to ask her a question.
2. “Preferred Realtor Program” with Howard Hanna and Prudential Preferred Realty helps sell your home quickly and move to this retirement community pa.
3. You receive a 10% rebate on your realtor commission when using our program.
4. We give you a four month “timeline calendar” to give you step-by-step moving guidance. Click here to have one mailed to you.
5. You get five free hours from a professional moving organizer. Click here to learn more
6. You are invited to a “Lunch & Learn” program at this retirement community pa. Sherwood Oaks, on January 24th and 30th where a panel of experts will explain you how prepare your home for a spring sale.
7. Our staff comes the day after your move to remove empty boxes and trash.
8. Our resident Welcome Committee greets you with lunch and dinner invitations. Click here to view our video
9. Free home-delivery of your evening meal on moving day.
10. Moving Organizer, Paul Regan, unpacks, assembles and makes your bed
before he leaves your new home – ahhh.

What’s New in Real Estate?

Elaine DeBilt is the Relocation Director for Prudential Preferred Realty in Pittsburgh PA and she recently shared these thoughts.

Q. What’s happening in the Pittsburgh real estate market today?
Elaine: The Pittsburgh market as a whole is up about 5% appreciation from last year. With corporate companies coming into Pittsburgh we do not have enough houses for sale. Just to mention a few: Bayer, Gardner Denver, Chevron, Shell and numerous other mining companies. Rentals are in even more demand.

Q. What is the average number of days a home is on the market in the Pittsburgh region?

Elaine: Homes priced up to $150,000 are on the market for less than 30 days. Homes priced from $200,000 to $300,000 are on the market from 30 to 60 days, and homes $300,000+ sell on average between 120 and 160 days.

Interest rates are at an all-time low of 3.25%, giving the consumer more buying power.

Q. What are the most important considerations in selling a home?

Elaine: Location, price and condition. An agent can help stage the house to look like HGTV. Pricing is key, it off sets all the other objections.

Editor’s note: If you are considering retirement living options at this retirement community pa and would like some information about recently sold homes and comparables in your neigborhood, Elaine has offered to provide this. Please contact this retirement community pa, Sherwood Oaks, to receive this valuable information 800 642-2217. Check out our website at

Continued Learning at Sherwood Oaks

This time of year something special happens at this Retirement Community PA,
Sherwood Oaks. The Continued Learning Committee present their highly popular
schedule of classes. All classes are free and begin at 10:30 a.m.
(unless otherwise indicated). All are open to the public.
Call (800) 642-2217 to register for any of these free classes.
October 3, 10, 17 & 24….. Dr. Bill Markus, retired Chair of the Political
Science Department at Duquesne University,
shares his keen observations of world events.
October 4 ……………………… Musician and teacher Jno (John) Hunt will
present a program on “Tin Pan Alley” musicals.
October 5 ……………………… Pittsburgh History and Landmarks
Association, “Celebrating Pittsburgh.”
October 11 ……………………. Jerry Andree, Cranberry Twp Manager.
October 12…………………….. Gerry Frankovich presents
“The Story of Football.”
October 12 ……………………. Sherwood Oaks resident discuss current events
in a program titled “News and Views.” 4 p.m.
October 18…………………….. David Newell shares his recollections as
Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
October 19…………………….. Krista Ball discusses how The Caring Place
helps children (and adults) cope with grief.
October 25…………………….. Gary Augustine discusses “the Civil War:
Causes, Courses and Legacy.”
October 26…………………….. Civil War re-enactor Susan Thomas showcases
“Belle Boyd, Confederate Spy.”
November 13 & 14………… AARP Driver Safety Class. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$12 for members, $14 for non-members.

Want to learn more about this active Retirement Community PA? Call for more information or a tour! (800) 642-2217.

What is the Difference Between Lifecare and Rental?

What is the Difference Between Lifecare and Rental at this Retirement Community in PA?

Our research has shown that most people move to Sherwood Oaks because of Lifecare. They want to know that they have guaranteed healthcare from a quality provider at this retirement community in PA, and are willing to pay a refundable entrance fee for this assurance. Lifecare gives seniors peace of mind because they don’t have to worry about paying high “out of pocket” costs for nursing care.

However, many seniors want all of the amenities of Sherwood Oaks without the entrance fee, and they choose our Rental program. The Rental program gives residents a beautiful place to live and all of our amenities with a month-to-month rental contract. Rental fees are affordable, and seniors choosing this option enjoy priority access to continuing care, if needed in the future.

Email Sherry Cook or call her at (800) 642-2217 if you’d like to learn more about these options at this retirement community in PA.

30th Anniversary Gift Basket

To commemorate our 30th anniversary, this retirement community pa, Sherwood Oaks, has a gift basket full of 30-something gifts.

Retirees moving in by December 31 will receive this basket of benefits:

• 30 Days of Free Residency
• 30 Free Meal Passes
• $3,000 to offset moving expenses or patio home upgrades.

This offer is good on both lifecare and rental contracts.  If you want to view the floor plans and videos of our patio homes and secure unlimited extended care in an active and vibrant retirement community in pa, now is a great time to call. Sherry Cook can be reached at (800) 642-2217. Our upcoming events include:

30th Anniversary Open House
Thursday, September 6 from 3 – 5 pm
Tour of the Community Center and a Patio Home Residence

30th Anniversary Cocktail Reception
Thursday, September 13 from 4-6 pm
Sherwood Oaks Cranberry Lake Grill

Russian Pianist, Sasha Vionov
Friday, September 14 at 7:15 pm
Sherwood Oaks Auditorium

“Pittsburgh – Quirks and All”
Tuesday, September 18 at 7:15 pm
Sherwood Oaks Auditorium

Vocalist, Anna Singer
Tuesday, September 25 at 7:15 pm
Sherwood Oaks Auditorium

Managing Dizziness & Balance Disorders
by Susan Whitney, Program Director
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
Wednesday, September 26 at 10:30 am
Sherwood Oaks Auditorium.

Please RSVP to (800) 642-2217
for any of these fine events at this retirement community pa, Sherwood Oaks.

“What Happens if I Get Sick?”

We hear this question often at this retirement community PA. Our answer is simple – we take care of you. To begin, a registered nurse is always available to consult with you in your campus patio home or apartment here at Sherwood Oaks if you get sick. All you have to do is activate your emergency pendant or call us. But beyond this, a physician or nurse practitioner is on campus Monday – Friday, and UPMC Passavant/Cranberry Hospital is only two miles away from this retirement community pa. And when needed, Sherwood Oaks guarantees unlimited accommodations for you in our on-site personal care and nursing care centers with our Lifecare Advantage program.

We go beyond taking care of you when you get sick. Check out all of our programs to help you stay healthy at

Once you decide to live at Sherwood Oaks you’ll never worry about how you’ll manage if you get sick.