"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
- Henry Ford.
At Country Meadows Retirement Commmunity of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, there is no shortage of stimulation available to residents. The home's lavish activity program offers opportunities for continuing learning, social interaction, and fitness programs, all so important to keeping brain and body healthy and young.
The fitness center includes Nautilus equipment and a rehabilitation center with workouts planned for seniors, plus guided physical therapy. Art courses, piano lessons, and current events exchanges keep mature minds active and socially connected. Motivation is possible at all levels, evidenced by the existence of the raised garden in the Alzheimer's area.
Set at the foreground of the Berks County countryside and along the Tulpehocken Creek, the rural Wyomissing community seems remote and subdued. Yet the home is surprisingly close to civilization, yielding benefits that adult education, medical centers, shopping, and churches can provide. The locale affords seniors access to entertainment like the World War II Air Show at the Reading Airport and the annual Health & Wellness Fair. Residents appreciate day trips to Reading Phillies games, significant savings at the VF Factory outlets, and picnics at the Red Bridge recreation area.
Country Meadows Retirement Communities is a multi-generational family business, founded by former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader and wife Mary Jane. For over four decades, the organization has remained family-owned, with the founders still sitting on the board. Adult children Michael Leader (CEO), David Leader (COO), and brother-in-law, Ted Janeczek (CFO), now run the establishment. There are a total of 10 communities owned by Country Meadows -- nine in Pennsylvania, and one in Frederick, Maryland.
The organization's family mission is to keep residents self-sufficient and independent as long as possible. How independent is independent? The answer differs for each resident. As we age, we lose ability to perform certain tasks -- but there are other tasks we can still do. Country Meadows assesses each individual to find out what he can do and where he needs help. Country Meadows meets residents where they're at. For example, a man who can no longer drive might be able to help with directions; a woman who can't use a knife to chop carrots safely might be able to fold napkins or tear lettuce.
Country Meadows staff also customizes exercise programs to each individual's ability. Classes are instructed according to levels of proficiency for optimum physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.
Country Meadows strives to help residents find meaning in their lives. The staff knows that giving back to the community can be extremely gratifying to seniors, even as they themselves are receiving assistance. For example, a resident might need assistance getting dressed because it hurts to lift her arms -- but that very same resident might be able to participate in an arthritis advocacy walk. She is giving back and making a difference, and her contribution matters. Country Meadows has partnered with numerous charitable organizations to make opportunities like this possible, because they know that senior lives are made richer when they can help others.
One secret of Country Meadows' success: they recruit and retain the best staff in the area. They've been deemed "Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania" eight times between 2001-2011. This is no accident: Country Meadows management strives to create a culture of fulfillment and passion by providing ongoing training, education, and career enhancement opportunities. Employees are happy to be here, and families notice that they are gracious, approachable, and helpful.
* Apartment complexes are grouped according to level of care
According to Director of Advertising, Mandi Block, "It's all about you." Classes are organized by differing levels of ability. Some activities are actually run by the seniors -- for example, one small group regularly watches opera on DVDs together.
Country Meadows has proven through four decades that it walks its talk. Goals are to:
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