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We hope you enjoy this resource about tips and guidance for seniors and their families for their journey, ideas for living actively and well and insights into living at Ecumenical. Visit often as we share information regularly. And feel free to comment on any that interest you most.

Retirement Home Activities Reduce Loneliness in Seniors

May 17, 2024
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Older adults are especially at risk of social isolation and loneliness from factors such as retirement, death of a loved one, separation from family and declining health, mobility and mental health. Retirement home activities are designed to help residents foster connections and decrease feelings of loneliness.

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What Is the Cost of Independent Living for Seniors?

April 19, 2024
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Retirement community living offers options for seniors at all levels of care, from independent living to personal care and assisted living to dementia support. So, what are the advantages of community living and how does the cost of independent living for seniors compare to aging at home?

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Meet our furry, four-legged co-worker, Lola Bunny.

April 3, 2024
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

My name is Lola Bunny, named after the Looney Toons character. I am a Flemish Giant Hare. I am three years old and weigh about 20lbs. I am larger than the pet rabbits people are used to seeing. When I first arrived to campus, my standard rabbit cage was a bit too small so one of my co-workers on the maintenance team built me my own custom rabbit cage. It’s big enough for me to have my little house and blanket and hop around in. I love it!

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Tips for Low-Cost Senior Independent Living

March 28, 2024
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

It seems everything is so expensive these days – food, gas, housing, utilities and even entertainment. For seniors, it is more important than ever to know how to stretch a dollar. Here are some tips for low-cost senior independent living.

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How to be ready when a loved one needs an Alzheimer’s care facility

February 11, 2024
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

“I need to get my stepdad placed ASAP. He has dementia and cannot stay at home any longer. He is 85 and mom is 84. It is deteriorating her health by caring for him.” We hear pleas like this every day, adult children urgently looking for an Alzheimer’s care facility for their aging parent. That’s why it is so important to start planning early, without the emotional stress and immediate need for dementia care.

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Why Work for a Retirement Community in Harrisburg, PA?

January 19, 2024
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Did you know that Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is the #1 place to retire in the US, according to a recent U.S. News and World Report ranking? What makes it a great place to live for retirees? According to the report, the area ranked high for its affordability, access to health care and the overall happiness of its residents compared to those in other metropolitan areas. Those factors, and a healthier job market than similar metro areas make it a great place to live and work, too. Combined with job growth in the senior living field, it is easy to see why working for a retirement community in Harrisburg, PA offers plenty of career potential.

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Safety First in Pennsylvania Assisted Living Facilities

December 28, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

When it comes to residents of Pennsylvania assisted living facilities, safety is of the utmost importance. That’s why state licensing provides the basis for protecting the health, safety and well-being of residents. The best assisted living communities build on this foundation with comprehensive measures that cover facility, fire and disaster safety as well as resident health and well-being.

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The Power of Pets in a Retirement Facility

November 17, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Aw, puppies! Did you know that pets can help with healthy aging? And you don’t have to own a pet to reap the benefits. For seniors in a retirement facility, visiting therapy pets spread cheer, too. Here are a few commonly asked questions about pets in a retirement facility.

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Brutal Winter? Elderly Care Facilities Offer Peace of Mind

October 18, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

At holiday gatherings, aging is often more apparent as we compare our parents to the younger versions of themselves of our holiday memories. It can be quite unsettling. Elderly care facilities can offer peace of mind for families and aging loved ones alike. Even if the time isn’t right for a complete move-in, a winter respite stay can provide fresh insight to what life in a senior living community could be.

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Downsizing to a Retirement Community? Declutter Like a Pro

September 22, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Whether you call it a home edit or a decluttering, getting rid of your belongings can be overwhelming. And when you are downsizing to a retirement community, there is the added anxiety of changing lifestyle in a new home. But with tips from professional organizers like The Home Edit and Marie Kondo, you can make the transition easier.

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