I am writing to share our recent experiences while my husband was a patient at Moravian Manor Communities. Hank was transferred to MMC from Penn Medicine in Philadelphia; he is currently on the liver transplant list. Life in the last two months have been nothing short of a hurricane, tornado or at minimal a whirlwind. His first liver offer call came January 27. Unfortunately, only to be not the right liver. Within the following four weeks, we received three additional calls of a liver offer. All to end with “not the right liver.”
While hospitalized at Penn Medicine, the social worker provided me with a list of skilled nursing rehabilitation centers near Lititz. Hank’s doctors at Penn had determined he would need further care upon discharge from Penn.
Having no knowledge personally regarding such facilities, I took the decision to God and asked for assistance with selecting the right facility for my husband. My prayers were quickly answered with the choice being Moravian Manor Communities. Our social worker quickly reached out to Marci Hoover in admissions. With a few conversations between them, the social worker notified us that MMC could accept Hank and that Marci was extremely knowledgeable and very accommodating. I found that to be the same in my encounters with her.
Upon arrival via EMS Transport from Penn, we were greeted by your receptionist staff (Kelly & Maryann) and very quickly Virginia Boyle appeared, took charge, facilitated Hank’s transfer into Moravian Manor Communities(efficiently and smoothly) while spending time with me calming my fears and assuring me Hank was in good hands, and more importantly excellent care. I immediately felt at ease.
Professionalism. Compassion, care, concern, warmth and friendly manners came at me from everyone. I knew I had selected the right place for Hank.
The nursing staff all went above and beyond in his care. The Therapy Dept eased him into the necessary movements to help him regain his strength (very important for transplant surgery). His personal care, medications, medical needs, nutrition, well-being all were addressed timely and always professionally. I was able to fall asleep in my bed with overall peace of mind.
So after briefly getting a little respite and knowing Hank was in good hands, we received another call for another liver offer. I quickly reached out to your staff as to what was happening and would someone go to Hank’s room, wake him and stay with him while we (Penn Transplant Coordinator) talked to him about the specifics of this offer (offer #4). All A-OK there. Our coordinator at Penn said let’s get you here. Moravian Manor staff kicked into super high gear beyond our expectations. Virginia Boyle on the case, nursing staff Joy and Tiffany taking full charge of being with Hank non-stop, getting him awake, dressed and ready. All the while most of the world was sleeping. Hank and I were beyond grateful for the prayers showered over him during this time. I arrived at Moravian Manor to be greeted by Gary in security, who took my luggage and escorted me into the lobby. Tiffany brough Hank down and we awaited transport.
Parting MMC with EMS transport we were again prayed over from your folks. This was so comforting. Unfortunately, after arriving at Penn and all pre-surgical testing completed, we got the call that the liver was not the right liver. Emotional roller coaster drop #4.
Hank returned to MMC and surrounded by caring, compassionate, warm, friendly staff welcoming him back. They spent time with him to let him express his feelings of yet another disappointment of yet another liver offer fallen through. I cannot tell you how much this helped his emotional state of mind. Everyone went far above and beyond basic care to ease him back in routine. He finished the week with your center through good nursing care, wonderful accommodations, excellent PT, social work intervention, nutrition and even housekeeping – he comments often of such a terrific group of folds.
So now he is home, thanks to a thorough group assessment. I picked him up with the numerous offers of “post-transplant” if he needs further care…MMC welcomes him back.
I need you to know the exceedingly superb care and attention bestowed upon us in Hank’s care. I am most assured that God led me to decide up Moravian Manor for his care. Jesus touched us more than once during his stay. The folks at Penn Medicine are also impressed. Having two lengthy phone calls with Dr. Howse was also informative, comforting, reassuring and welcomed…the perfect physician to enhance your care.”
With heartfelt gratitude, blessings and grace,
~ Sharron and Hank
After planning for a move to a senior living community for five years, Ron and Linda decided on a Woods Apartment on the Warwick Woodlands campus, and moved in mid-2019.
“After only a few weeks, and we already felt at home. The timing was perfect. We always lived in the area and wished to remain here. One daughter still lives in Lititz and another not far away in Wayne, Delaware County. We feel like newlyweds again, we really do. And the peace of mind we now have just can’t be explained, it’s an incredible feeling. We feel very secure.”
After maintaining a beautiful home and property for many years, right-sizing for Ron and Linda is their new beautiful 1,950-square-foot apartment in The Woods…with nine-foot ceilings, two bedrooms, customized features, the convenience of underground parking, the curbside appeal of the Woods’ brick exterior, and access to all the services and amenities offered by both Moravian Manor Communities’ campuses, as well as the conveniences of downtown Lititz.
If you’re just starting your search for senior living, Ron recommends properly assessing your current situation, determining your requirements, and then identifying the community that best meets your desires. “Be realistic about your needs, and talk to people like Linda and I who have experienced the entire process.”
~ Ron and Linda
After a career in community behavioral health at non-profit organizations, Mark and his wife, Fran, moved from Gladwyne, PA to our Hendricks Place townhomes in 2012.
While Moravian Manor’s “Community within a Community” approach to living and the connectivity to downtown Lititz was attractive to Mark and Fran, it was ultimately their personal experience with our staff and nursing care that brought them to Moravian Manor Communities. Back in 2000, Fran’s mother was diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s. They learned of Moravian Manor Communities’ specialized memory support program and were very impressed, and without hesitation placed the care of Fran’s mother, and for a short period for rehab, Fran’s father in the community’s care.
Because of their personal experience, Mark and Fran began to support our ministry through ongoing financial contributions. Years later when touring the Health Center renovation project, they were reunited with a team member who immediately recognized Fran and began reminiscing about time spent with Fran’s mother. Even after all these years, you can hear the emotion in Mark’s voice as he shares this story; an interaction Mark describes as a defining moment…the moment they knew without a doubt that there is no place they’d rather be than Moravian Manor Communities.
Mark’s love of creating and working with his hands, coupled with his passion for helping others, has led to his involvement in the community on and off campus. On campus, he spends time pursuing new hobbies and connecting with others through wood carving, woodworking and even learning how to play the ukulele.
“It took us a long time to settle on a retirement community. I was one of those that was a little reluctant at first. Once we went through the transition, it was like a huge sigh of relief. And honestly, I haven’t talked to one person in terms of our neighbors and friends here that would say anything different. Pippa loves spending her ‘golden’ years here!”
~ Rich, Step and Pippa
Residents enjoy pursuing their woodworking talents in the woodshop at Moravian Manor Communities. Join this conversation as residents Dale, Tom, and Mark discuss a favorite pastime and how being creative is one of the most exciting and rewarding thing a person can do.
Having worked at Moravian Manor Communities in the sales office for five years and 18 additional years at two other senior living communities, Marcie and her husband made a move into The Woods on the Warwick Woodlands Campus.
“We love the intimate side of Moravian Manor Communities, and that the CEO takes a personal interest in everyone here. EGStoltzfus is a quality builder and we decided to ‘upgrade’ to a home with two bathrooms after raising two daughters in a 3-bedroom, 1-bath home! After our first two weeks here, we felt like we were on vacation and couldn’t believe this was our new home…we are so happy with our decision.”
~ Marcie & Augie
Pursuing their inner musician, Ukelele club members Dick, Betty, Bob and Ed highlight the enjoyment they get from “powering up our brain cells and having fun laughing and learning a new skill.” Step into their class virtually to see first-hand this amazing community life group.
Pastor Rich joined Moravian Manor Communities in 2009 as chaplain and it was a mutual fit. It comes as no surprise that he and his wife decided to make our community their home as well.
“We were ready to downsize and after reviewing the current cost of lawn care and snow removal, it just made sense to move. Also, how many people are lucky enough to literally walk to work! The move was truly effortless with the sales team and maintenance staff making it a very easy transition.”
~ Chaplain Rich & Pam
“After visiting several other Life Plan Communities in Lancaster County, a friend suggested we check out Moravian Manor Communities and their new campus, Warwick Woodlands. We were not familiar with them so we did some research and made an appointment to visit…from day one we were very impressed! Everyone was so welcoming and The Woods apartment building seemed like the perfect fit for us! In April 2019, we moved in and have never regretted our decision; actually, it turned out to be the best decision we have ever made! Life at Moravian Manor Communities has certainly exceeded our expectations and we love everything about The Woods and our new home. We have a new extended family in a beautiful setting in a highly rated community – and we couldn’t be happier! Life is good!”
~ Don and Ed