The Phoenix

Tips on choosing your senior living destinatio­n

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Your children are grown and on their own, you are enjoying retirement, and now it is time to consider simplifyin­g your living situation. Is a senior living community the right choice for you? What factors should you consider in choosing a senior living destinatio­n? Who do you ask for advice?

Undoubtedl­y, the best advice comes from those who have already made those decisions. Here are the stories from residents at White Horse Village in Edgmont Township, Delaware County.

Ginna Clark: amenities, activities and action

When her husband, Jim, passed away in 2008, Ginna Clark found herself living alone in her spacious home in Swarthmore, Delaware County.

“I didn’t expect to move to a senior living community,” she said. “It wasn’t until my daughter suggested we stop by White Horse Village for a quick visit that I began to consider a move.”

Ginna wanted a fireplace, a garden and lots of activities. Within a short time, she moved into her Garden apartment, complete with that fireplace she wanted, a day planner packed with lots of social and volunteer activities and a fitness schedule that would make the immortal Richard Simmons tired.

Nancy Gerber: continuing care options

Nancy Gerber returned to her native New York after raising her children in the Philadelph­ia area. Four years ago, she decided the time was right to move back. She had friends at White Horse Village and knew she would be happy returning to the area.

What really sold Gerber on the community was the knowledge that when the

day comes that she needs more assistance, as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), White Horse Village will be there for her.

“The concept of knowing my healthcare needs will be met for life is wonderful,” she said. “I wanted to make sure my children wouldn’t need to worry about me in the years ahead. Living here enables adult children to both have a life and be attentive to their parents in ways that are not caretaking; that’s very important!”

Bob Bruce: variety of housing options

Bob Bruce and his nowdecease­d wife, Judy, moved to White Horse Village after living in Wallingfor­d, Delaware County, for more than 30 years.

Bob had retired as President of Widener University, and Judy was having health challenges. Finding a community that was spacious and not a high-rise appealed, but being within walking distance of the heartbeat of the community activities was important. Having a variety of options was key.

“People in their mid-60s decide it’s time to get rid of the big house, and because of the many housing options here, it attracts a lot of different people,” he said. “There is something for everyone.”

Ursula Siebeneich: good neighbors

Ursula Sienbeneic­h knew as she was picking a senior community that she needed a place where she would fit in and feel comfortabl­e.

“It’s important to have a sense of place within the community: Will I fit in here? Will I like the people? Will people like me?” she said.

With the pandemic, that need for being part of a community of “family” was all the more critical.

“I like the fact there’s a sense of community,” she said. “This became even more evident during the pandemic as residents walked the hallways just being friendly, smiling and greeting each other. White Horse Village is just the right size for me; you get to know many of the residents.”

Whether it is the people, the activities, the amenities or the healthcare services, the key is to talk to others who have already navigated the process and who can help answer questions, ease fears, and help you turn the page to the next chapter of your best life.

About White Horse Village: Situated on 96 acres in southeaste­rn Pennsylvan­ia, White Horse Village is an active senior living community offering a full range of living options and healthcare services. The community intentiona­lly creates opportunit­ies for extraordin­ary living in a vibrant, diverse community through personal growth, connectedn­ess, and relationsh­ips. As a nonprofit organizati­on, White Horse Village reinvests earnings back into the organizati­on to further the mission and vision. For more informatio­n, visit www.whitehorse­village.org.

 ?? COURTESY OF WHITE HORSE VILLAGE ?? Ursula Siebeneich working on a stone sculpture in the White Horse Village art studio.
COURTESY OF WHITE HORSE VILLAGE Ursula Siebeneich working on a stone sculpture in the White Horse Village art studio.
 ?? COURTESY OF WHITE HORSE VILLAGE ?? Nancy Gerber in her apartment at White Horse Village.
COURTESY OF WHITE HORSE VILLAGE Nancy Gerber in her apartment at White Horse Village.
 ?? COURTESY OF WHITE HORSE VILLAGE ?? Bob Bruce in the White Horse Village library.
COURTESY OF WHITE HORSE VILLAGE Bob Bruce in the White Horse Village library.
 ?? COURTESY OF WHITE HORSE VILLAGE ?? Ginna Clark in her apartment at White Horse Village.
COURTESY OF WHITE HORSE VILLAGE Ginna Clark in her apartment at White Horse Village.

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