Volume LVIIIMay 2011Number 2

A Home is Built with Love and Dreams

When you reach your golden years, you may choose to begin a second career, travel, volunteer or even go back to school. Even so, there's always no place like home. Find the freedom to experience the opportunities this time of life presents without worrying about the headaches of home maintenance. Masonic Villages provides retirement living options to fit your lifestyle, amenities to enhance your life, financial security with one basic monthly service fee, and peace of mind knowing that health care services are available, if needed. Each of our locations has a unique atmosphere focused on creating community, building respect and serving you. Masonic Villages takes care of life's details so you can dream big during retirement!

Masonic Village at Elizabethtown

This campus may be 100 years old, but it features many new options. The Masonic Health Care Center is preparing for a major renovation to make its comfortable neighborhoods even more home-like. Across the campus, brand new retirement living cottages are under construction, and there are a few that can still be reserved. Call soon! The Village Green area now offers retirement living options at reduced rates, with the same great guarantee of service, amenities and peace of mind.

Bro. Clarence Cox, P.M., dual member of Ephrata Lodge No. 665 and Lodge No. 43, Lancaster, has enjoyed getting to know what it means to be a part of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown since he moved to the campus last September. He is now helping other new and inquisitive people by giving tours at the Visitors Center several times a month.

"[My family] tells me that I can't be at a better place, and I agree with them," Bro. Clarence said.

"I've found out that whoever you stop and talk with is very friendly and willing to help. It's just a great group of people!" he continued. "You have all of the basic medical facilities you need right here, and they're very helpful. The place is well-kept and clean, and I give the staff credit for keeping on top of the information they give to residents. The food is great!" With a wry smile, Bro. Clarence added, "I credit the Masons for that - we love to eat!"

Open House:
June 1 at 10 a.m. in the Deike Auditorium
For more information about Retirement Living: (800) 676-6452
For more information about Personal Care and Nursing Services: (800) 422-1207

Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill

For Marge Johnson, living at the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill is somewhat of a family tradition. Her mother moved to Masonic Village in 1998 and lived there for 10 years. In 2004, her brother and sister-in-law moved there. After Marge's husband passed away in 2008, she wanted to be surrounded by people she loved, so she also moved to Masonic Village. "It was the best decision I could have made for myself at the time," Marge said. "I have my own apartment, but when I want to see people, I can just go out into the hall. There are so many people you can talk to here. I feel like I've made a lot of good friends."

Marge and her friends and family enjoy eating in the Bistro and dining room together. She has joined a knitting group and volunteers in the gift shop and at a local hospital. "I am very content," Marge said.

"One of the nicest things for me is that I never wanted to be in a home by myself. Here, when it snows, I don't have to worry about the cold, shoveling or the furnace. I can just look outside and appreciate the snow. ... I love it here! I can't sing [Masonic Village's] praises enough."

Open House:
May 26 at 10 a.m. in Kenneth Mills Auditorium
July 14 at 10 a.m. in Kenneth Mills Auditorium
The Sounds of Pete Cannella:June 15 from 6-8 p.m. in Kenneth Mills Auditorium
Drop In Open House: August 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Kenneth Mills Auditorium
For more information about Retirement Living: (610) 828-5760
For more information about Personal Care and Nursing Services: (610) 825-6100

Masonic Village at Sewickley

Bro. Bob Herbert, Chartiers Valley Lodge No. 725, Pittsburgh, and his wife, Paige, will move to Masonic Village at Sewickley in May with their miniature poodle, Teddy. "We're looking forward to living there. Everything meets with all of our wants and expectations. The facility is gorgeous and the people are friendly," Bro. Bob said. "We want to be somewhere where if we need [personal care] or nursing services, they're available."

"When you own your own house, something is always breaking. At Masonic Village, you just make a phone call, and it's fixed. We don't need to worry with the mundane issues of life," Paige added.

"I look at it as carefree living. There's no more grass to worry about, snow to worry about or maintenance to worry about," Bro. Bob said. And that leaves more time for traveling; social activities with professional societies and the fraternity, including Syria Shrine, where Bro. Bob is an officer, and enjoying the company of new friends.

"We went over to meet some residents at the Cocktails with Santa Party. Some of the people we know who live at Masonic Village were there to meet us. It was like the word spread throughout the room that we had arrived. They all wanted to meet us and called us 'the new kids' because of our young age," Bro. Bob said.

"It was a lot of fun," Paige echoed. "I think we were the last ones there because we were all still sitting and talking at the end of the night. Everyone was very welcoming."

Drop-In Ice Cream Social: May 31 from 4-7 p.m. at Masonic Village at Sewickley Clubhouse
Open House: June 30 at 10 a.m. at Masonic Village at Sewickley Clubhouse
Lifecare Seminar: July 28 at 10 a.m. at Masonic Village at Sewickley Clubhouse
John Delano Presentation: August 23 at 10 a.m. at Masonic Village at Sewickley Clubhouse
For more information about Retirement Living: (412) 741-1400, ext. 3530 or (866) 872-0664
For more information about Personal Care and Nursing Services: (412) 741-1400, ext. 3600

Masonic Villages' Admissions Policy

Admissions to the Masonic Villages are governed by the Committee on Masonic Homes, members of which are elected by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. The Committee on Masonic Homes approves or disapproves applications for admission primarily on the basis of need. Decisions concerning admission, the provision of services and referrals of residents are not based upon the applicant's race, color, religion, disability, ancestry, national origin, familial status, age, sex, limited English proficiency (LEP) or any other protected status.

Regardless of your financial situation, you can afford to move to a Masonic Village! When you choose to live at the Masonic Villages, you are not required to turn over your assets; you maintain complete control of them. Fraternal support enables the Masonic Villages to serve all eligible individuals as part of our Mission of Love.

Please contact the Admissions or Marketing Office at the Masonic Village of your preference for information on the living area desired. For more information, visit www.masonicvillagespa.org.

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