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Personal Care at Ecumenical Retirement Community in Harrisburg, PA

Personal Care Personalized For You

Through the years, even our most active residents may experience a growing need for personal care assistants with day-to-day routines. At Ecumenical, we extend a compassionate, helping hand where the focus is on personal care services in retirement living. Our focus is to maintain these residents' independence and enrich the lives of those who call our community home.

Life with our personal care services includes:

  • Aid with daily routines through personal care assistants and services
  • The privacy of apartment-style retirement living
  • Staff on duty 24 hours every day
  • Three freshly prepared meals a day served restaurant style
  • An all-inclusive rental fee that includes heat, air conditioning, electricity, basic cable
  • A pet-friendly and welcoming community
  • Weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen services
  • Scheduled transportation to appointments, shopping, errands, places of worship
  • Diverse social and recreational activities
  • Accommodations for couples with different care needs to live together
  • Access to healthy-living wellness and fitness programs
  • Onsite salon and spa services for men and women
  • And more

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Personalized Your Needs

Let us assist you or your family in finding the right services for your needs. We are available every day of the week for your convenience. Contact us today to schedule your personal tour of our personal care services. We look forward to meeting you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between a personal care community and a nursing home?
A: As recently as the mid-1980s, the limited options for seniors needing assistance were living with a family member or living in a nursing home. There was really no place for a senior who needed some assistance with dressing, bathing and meals but did not need around-the-clock skilled nursing care provided in a nursing home. For many high functioning seniors who live with some challenges, living in a nursing home with lower functioning residents can be depressing and debilitating.

In many cases, living in a personal care community like Ecumenical Retirement Community will focus on a resident's remaining strengths and abilities. In other words, focus on what tasks the resident still can perform appropriately on his or her own rather than emphasizing those areas in which the resident needs assistance.

Q: How do I know when it's time for personal care?
A: If you or someone you love is finding it increasingly difficult to manage daily routines, you are not alone. Personal care services typically are recommended when an older adult requires occasional or on-going support with daily activities or routines. A supportive living environment with access to qualified caregivers can make a world of difference to individuals with a goal to retain as much of their independence as possible.

Evaluate if you or your loved one is having challenges with any of these areas:

Medical visits (frequent doctors’ visits, replying on others to take you, recent falls, recent hospital admissions)
Medication management (difficulty filling prescriptions, hard to interpret pharmacist’s instructions, missed dosages)
Meal preparation (difficulty planning meals or cooking, skipping meals, challenging to grocery shop)
Driving abilities (lack of confidence due to hearing, vision or walking issues, recent auto accident)
Home responsibilities (overwhelmed with paying bills or managing bank account, difficulty performing chores, feeling fearful or anxious when alone)
Personal connections (have given up favorite activities, relying more on others for help)

Our Position on the Pending Assisted Living Licensure in Pennsylvania

The State of Pennsylvania has proposed a new Assisted Living Licensure (AL), bringing significant change in the continuum of care for seniors. Ecumenical Retirement Community is now licensed as a Personal Care community. This new category does not adversely affect or change our Personal Care license status in any way.

We are assessing the proposed healthcare services and related cost implications involved in the new AL licensure and will only participate if it ultimately benefits the quality care of our residents, they, their families and our co-workers expect us to deliver.

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