Chest­nut Knoll cel­e­brates 18th birth­day

The Boyertown Area Times - - NEWS - From Chest­nut Knoll For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Res­i­dents, staff, vol­un­teers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity gath­ered at Chest­nut Knoll Per­sonal Care and Mem­ory Care on Tues­day, Sept. 18, to cel­e­brate 18 years of award-win­ning care.

The se­nior com­mu­nity lo­cated at 120 W Fifth St., Boy­er­town, of­fi­cially opened on Sept. 18, 2000, also pro­vides home care ser­vices through Chest­nut Knoll At Home in Gil­bertsville, Penn­syl­va­nia. This di­vi­sion pro­vides care to se­niors choos­ing to re­main liv­ing at home. Care­givers pro­vide ser­vices to se­niors re­sid­ing in Berks, Mont­gomery, and Ch­ester coun­ties.

Over the years, the com­mu­nity has re­ceived no­table awards, in­clud­ing “Car­ing Su­per Star of 2018” for ser­vice ex­cel­lence in as­sisted liv­ing, in three or more years by Car­ing.com, as well as 2018 Best of Se­nior Liv­ing Award from Se­niorAd­vi­sor.com.

Chest­nut Knoll takes pride in its longevity within the Boy­er­town area. The se­nior liv­ing com­mu­nity sup­ports the United Way, Boy­er­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary, and lo­cal emer­gency re­spon­ders, in ad­di­tion to, Boy­er­town Re­lay for Life and Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This sum­mer, Chest­nut Knoll also gave four Boy­er­town High School stu­dents a unique, first-time work­place un­der­stand­ing through par­tic­i­pa­tion in Good­will’s Sum­mer Work Ex­pe­ri­ence As­sess­ment Pro­gram.

Chest­nut Knoll re­mains com­mit­ted to be­ing a re­source both lo­cally and to the sur­round­ing ar­eas by of­fer­ing free ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars and ac­cess to Cer­ti­fied Se­nior Ad­vi­sor Jodie Daniels, as she helps fam­i­lies nav­i­gate through health­care, hous­ing, and ser­vices needed for their loved ones.

“It is im­por­tant to us — staff mem­bers and res­i­dents — to build and main­tain our con­nec­tion within Boy­er­town,” says Shawn Barndt, BSW, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “Keep­ing con­nected helps our res­i­dents flour­ish and al­lows our staff to be men­tors to oth­ers within the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Chest­nut Knoll also rec­og­nized em­ploy­ees for their ded­i­ca­tion to their con­tin­ued ef­forts to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life of its res­i­dents. Cur­rently, there are over 30 em­ploy­ees who have given 10 to 18 years of them­selves to their res­i­dents! “I am proud to be sur­rounded with such a ded­i­cated group, their longevity says a lot about our com­pas­sion­ate care team! “says Barndt.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Care as­sis­tants Kyle Krausse, Laura Cas­taneda and Lynsey Kasper, proudly hold up their T-shirts, which were given staff as “birth­day presents” in cel­e­bra­tion of Chest­nut Knoll Per­sonal Care and Mem­ory Care’s 18th birth­day.

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