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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.

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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Reinventing Retirement: Baby Boomers Make the Senior Living Transition

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

By 2030, baby boomers, all 70+ million of them, will have reached the age of 65. Sometimes called the Silver Tsunami, this will create an unprecedented demand for retirement options….Continue Reading

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What does it cost to live in a retirement community?

July 26, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

When considering the cost of living in a retirement community, it is important to have a complete listing of included services and amenities since each retirement community has its own pricing structure. For example, Ecumenical’s comprehensive plan includes an apartment, three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, maintenance, transportation to appointments and errands, social programs, laundry, cable television, WiFi and many other services, all on one convenient monthly bill.

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Safety Measures in Dementia Care Homes Give Peace of Mind to Residents’ Families

June 29, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Peace of mind is why many families of loved ones with memory issues choose dementia care homes. Keeping the person with dementia safe is often too difficult to do at home. Dementia care homes are designed to provide memory support in a safe and secure environment.

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Alzheimer’s: After the Diagnosis & Before Choosing Memory Care Facilities

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

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is overwhelming. There is no cure and as the disease progresses, it causes cognitive and functional decline and impacts quality of life. It is important to allow time to grieve and mourn while accepting a diagnosis of dementia, not just for the person with Alzheimer’s but family members as well. Here are tips to help guide your planning before you need to consider memory care facilities.

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Sandwich Generation: Dementia Care Facilities Can Help

April 27, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

More than one-fourth of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are ‘sandwich generation’ caregivers—caring for someone with dementia and a child or grandchild at the same time, according to a report from the Alzheimer’s Association.

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