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This is a destination to learn more about life at Country Meadows, tips and advice for seniors and their families, caregiving support and ideas to keep senior minds and bodies active. Our new category “Through My Own Lens,” is written by a Country Meadows resident and provides a first-hand look into what it is like to live at one of our retirement communities.

How to ensure our senior independent living residents are getting proper nutrition in this current health climate

June 3, 2020

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Country Meadows is home for hundreds of seniors across eleven senior living communities in Pennsylvania, plus one in Frederick, Maryland. And during this time where home means something more, the teams at Country Meadows have been working hard putting new measures in place so residents don’t have to leave their independent living apartments for anything … Continue reading “How to ensure our senior independent living residents are getting proper nutrition in this current health climate”

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How seniors can maintain a peaceful environment to combat COVID-19 related stress

June 2, 2020

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There are many ways that seniors can protect themselves against the coronavirus, and in doing so, they can be at peace knowing they’re lowering their risk of getting the virus. One unintended symptom of avoiding COVID-19 that seniors are not so easily protected against is the stress surrounding the illness. Self-isolating and social distancing to … Continue reading “How seniors can maintain a peaceful environment to combat COVID-19 related stress”

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How Country Meadows blends thoughtful dining in an active and social lifestyle retirement community

May 21, 2020

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When Katherine Thomas began her role as Vice President of Dining and Culinary Services at Country Meadows, she had a big task on her hands. The senior independent living community had decided to move all dining services in-house, parting ways with their outsourced dining contractor. Of course, creating a nutritious, well-balanced menu that worked for … Continue reading “How Country Meadows blends thoughtful dining in an active and social lifestyle retirement community”

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How seniors can stay socially connected during COVID-19 precautions

May 5, 2020

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced stay-at-home mandates across the state, it is a challenge to stay connected to family and friends as we remain separated. For seniors, especially those in active senior living communities with visitor restrictions like Country Meadows, finding ways to connect with others can be particularly difficult. With the help of … Continue reading “How seniors can stay socially connected during COVID-19 precautions”

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How Country Meadows remains a community in times of crisis

April 24, 2020

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As a family-owned senior independent living community, Country Meadows thrives on the core values instilled by generations of leadership that came before us. We treat our residents and our co-workers as family. We also believe that the variety of senior living options we offer is part of what makes our residents feel more at home … Continue reading “How Country Meadows remains a community in times of crisis”

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Director of Career Outreach discusses the family atmosphere at Country Meadows before, during, and after COVID-19

April 22, 2020

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We recently had the opportunity to speak with Grace Vazquez, the Director of Career Outreach at Country Meadows, about how her role contributes to the Country Meadows experience. Grace is an employee that truly embodies the spirit of our Home Sweet Home Promise. Her passion for the community, residents, and career opportunities makes her unique … Continue reading “Director of Career Outreach discusses the family atmosphere at Country Meadows before, during, and after COVID-19”

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Random Acts of Kindness for seniors in independent living communities

April 14, 2020

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April has always been a special month for Country Meadows. Each year, we observe Practice Random Acts of Kindness Month throughout April to honor Mary Jane Leader, one of the retirement community’s co-founders. In the wake of COVID-19, Mary Jane’s message of being kind to others rings truer than ever. It’s always encouraging to have … Continue reading “Random Acts of Kindness for seniors in independent living communities”

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How Design Group manager Sue Seiple turns house to home and campus to community at Country Meadows

March 31, 2020

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There are a range of details that come to mind when you think of home: favorite furniture, picture frames, flowers from a loved one in a vase on the table, trinkets and personal items arranged to be perfectly in place. But what are the feelings that accompany the thought of home? For many of us, … Continue reading “How Design Group manager Sue Seiple turns house to home and campus to community at Country Meadows”

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How to talk to children about the Coronavirus pandemic: A guest blog by Executive Director of Spiritual Life at Country Meadows, Rev. Howard West

March 25, 2020

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America is in the midst of a pervasive disruption of life as the country battles an unprecedented health crisis, the likes of which few of us have ever seen before. COVID-19, or coronavirus as it’s commonly called, has become a global pandemic and Americans are bracing for the trauma a health crisis of this scale … Continue reading “How to talk to children about the Coronavirus pandemic: A guest blog by Executive Director of Spiritual Life at Country Meadows, Rev. Howard West”

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A Flavor of Home

March 12, 2020

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People use many words when describing what makes a place feel like “home.” Many cite home-cooked meals and delicious desserts as a big reason! Mealtime is at the heart of good company, good conversation and good food. At Country Meadows, we couldn’t agree more! We include resident input and regional favorites in our dining program. … Continue reading “A Flavor of Home”

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What are Advance Directives and Health Care POAs?

March 2, 2020

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Medical emergencies can happen to anyone. From paying unexpected costs to making quick decisions, they can also bring a mountain of stress. For seniors and their loved ones, life-threatening emergencies can bring challenges that go beyond medical bills. To bring peace of mind to you and your family, you want to be sure you know … Continue reading “What are Advance Directives and Health Care POAs?”

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Fulfilling Country Meadows’ promise of Home Sweet Home

February 28, 2020

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Our promise of Home Sweet Home begins long before a resident moves to Country Meadows. In a blog earlier this month we spoke about how important it is, not only to our residents but also to our co-workers. Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tom Baker, has been with our company for 17 years and … Continue reading “Fulfilling Country Meadows’ promise of Home Sweet Home”

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To move or not to move? The cost of senior living communities

February 21, 2020

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In a recent blog post, we looked at factors involved in deciding to move to a senior living community, namely health, home maintenance, transportation, meals and social life. Now, we’ll address another major consideration for seniors and their families—finances. Understandably, many families are concerned about the cost of senior living communities. Some can’t imagine they … Continue reading “To move or not to move? The cost of senior living communities”

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To move or not to move to a retirement home community?

February 13, 2020

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As a retirement home community, one of our main responsibilities is to work with families contemplating this choice and to help guide them to the decision that is best for them. We help families consider their options to make their best decision We know some seniors aren’t ready to move to a retirement home community. … Continue reading “To move or not to move to a retirement home community?”

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We offer a “Home Sweet Home Promise” at all of our retirement communities

February 8, 2020

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What do you visualize when you think of “home”? Take a few seconds—maybe close your eyes. Perhaps several images come to mind. Your idea of home may be a bit different from someone else’s, though we anticipate similarities as well. After countless conversations with residents over nearly four decades of senior living experience, we at … Continue reading “We offer a “Home Sweet Home Promise” at all of our retirement communities”

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Gov. Leader’s legacy is key to Country Meadows’ ongoing commitment to senior care services

January 30, 2020

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This month we celebrate the birth of Country Meadows Retirement Communities Founder George M. Leader. He and his wife Mary Jane began their work in senior care services in 1962 and established Country Meadows in 1983. George M. Leader was also Governor of Pennsylvania from 1955 to 1959. He is credited with creating the state’s … Continue reading “Gov. Leader’s legacy is key to Country Meadows’ ongoing commitment to senior care services”

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The solution to senior cabin fever? Retirement community activities

January 28, 2020

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Wintertime can be difficult for seniors, especially if they are no longer comfortable driving in snow and ice. But wintry weather doesn’t interfere with the activities of seniors at retirement communities, where schedules remain full all year long. Older adults can begin to feel trapped inside during the winter, often venturing out only for trips … Continue reading “The solution to senior cabin fever? Retirement community activities”

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Enhancing independent senior living with spiritual life services: An Interview with Rev. Howard West

January 22, 2020

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Spirituality is defined and practiced differently from generation to generation. As a group, the baby boomer generation is one of the most significant segments of the population and growing. As this group grows older, so do the ongoing problems like depression, grief and loneliness. As we age, a spiritual connection may become stronger. It’s a … Continue reading “Enhancing independent senior living with spiritual life services: An Interview with Rev. Howard West”

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Senior living residents share their fondest memories of wintertime

December 24, 2019

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The holiday season is in full swing and our residents are enjoying the season. Each year, residents and co-workers come together to decorate our campuses throughout our retirement living and assisted living communities, for the excitement and enjoyment of all.   Recently, we sat down with a number of our residents across our various Country … Continue reading “Senior living residents share their fondest memories of wintertime”

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The joy of conversation and socialization and their importance for seniors

December 12, 2019

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Mom and Dad haven’t been the same for some time. As their kids grew older and moved hours away, and they sold their family business, many of the joys of conversation and socialization were lost. They now watch hours upon hours of television—Mom occasionally works on some of her favorite pastimes, like crafting and sewing. … Continue reading “The joy of conversation and socialization and their importance for seniors”

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