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Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to announce the community was presented with a 2017 Best of Senior Living Award for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in the past year.
BOYERTOWN, Pa., Dec. 16, 2016 – Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care, in Boyertown, Pa. is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award Winners on SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.
SeniorAdvisor.com’s Best of 2017 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top one percent of senior care providers across the country.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for the consistent outstanding care and services that are provided by the staff at Chestnut Knoll for our residents and the greater surrounding community everyday,” said Shawn Barndt, executive director.
The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Awards tabulates over 130,000 family created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 200,000 communities currently listed on SeniorAdvisor.com, just over 1,600 were recognized with this prestigious award.
Chestnut Knoll is the only winner in Boyertown, PA, and regularly receives highly positive reviews from their families like this one: “It takes a team with very special hearts to care for our seniors. I can’t thank you enough for what you do on a daily basis for all the residents at Chestnut Knoll. All I can say is ‘well done, faithful friends, well done,’” said Addie M.
“Families are increasingly looking to online reviews to find out who truly delivers great care for our seniors, not just who claims to deliver great care,” said Eric Seifert, President of SeniorAdvisor.com. “Our SeniorAdvisor.com Awards program is all about celebrating the exceptional people who do just that. We're honored to spread the word about these organizations whom families can entrust with the care of their senior loved ones.”
To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on SeniorAdvisor.com.
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About Chestnut Knoll
Chestnut Knoll is an award-winning senior community, offering Personal Care and Memory Care residences at an affordable month-to-month lease with no buy-in fees. Services include 24-hour personal care assistance with medical support, meals, housekeeping, social events, transportation, and a state-of-the-art wellness program that provides ongoing therapy services, regardless of insurance coverage. Chestnut Knoll also offers At Home care services available to seniors where they live. Services include assistance with medication monitoring, personal care, companion care, light housekeeping and laundry, and transportation, to name a few. For more information on Chestnut Knoll Personal Care, Memory Care, or At Home Services, please call Jodie Daniels, assistant executive director, at 610-473-8066 or visit www.chestnutknoll.com.
Assistant Executive Director
120 W. 5th Street
Boyertown, PA 19512
The Pottstown Garden Club has approximately 60 members and meets monthly in order to learn new things about gardening. Chestnut Knoll has formed a special relationship with the club and the members enjoy working with the residents of Chestnut Knoll in maintaining some special gardens around the community. Residents enjoy working in the gardens, especially those who were avid gardeners before joining the Chestnut Knoll family.
“It is very touching to hear the residents reminisce about the gardens they had at their homes, their gardening experiences, and their tips for planting things while they worked,” commented Debbie Houck, member of the club. She said that she enjoys coming to Chestnut Knoll because it “makes their day, and ours!”
When the Garden Club started at Chestnut Knoll, planters were custom built in order for the residents to plant with ease. Vertical stands were built at a height so someone in a wheelchair could easily tend the first three rows, and one planter was built on high legs for someone standing up. Three trellises are in place, and four straw bales are stacked two-on-two for ease of planting.
Residents planted radish and lettuce seeds in the high table planter, herbs were planted in containers on a vertical stand, and a portion of the top of each of the straw bales was opened up and pumpkin seeds were planted in them. Gourds were planted in the ground to grow on the trellises, and heirloom yellow pear tomatoes and cucumbers were planted directly into the soil.
Vegetables aren’t the only things they’re growing, either. One garden is in the memory care neighborhood at Chestnut Knoll and this garden has a variety of flowers, as well as vegetables.
In addition to working with the residents in maintaining the areas, the garden club also provides horticultural therapy several times per year to the residents of Chestnut Knoll. Doreen Duncan is the horticulturist who organizes activities, such as Valentine’s Day creations, spring centerpieces, and a pumpkin project in the fall.
“Gardening is a hobby that is enjoyed by many of our residents throughout their lives, as farmers and for enjoyment,” said Jodie Daniels, Certified Senior Advisor and assistant executive director. “There are great therapeutic effects to working with their hands in the soil, seeing the fruits of their labors, and most of all, making great friends. Many great conversations and relationships have been formed between the residents of Chestnut Knoll and the Volunteer Members of the Pottstown Garden Club who have been very committed to keeping the love of horticulture alive.”
“We are so glad we are able to provide these activities for our residents so they can continue to pursue some of their favorite hobbies,” said Shawn Barndt, executive director. “Working with the Pottstown Garden Club is just another example of how bringing the Boyertown community into the Chestnut Knoll community creates a win-win experience for everyone involved!”
The garden area has become the residents’ favorite place to bring family when they visit. They are very proud of the gardens and are eager to share the work they do there.
For more information about the Garden Club and other unique programs Chestnut Knoll offers, please call 610-473-8066.
David Rogers became a resident at Chestnut Knoll in 2011. He suffered from memory loss and was able to be supported and continue to have a quality of life while living at Chestnut Knoll, despite his dementia. Chestnut Knoll worked with Rogers and his family to keep him engaged in not only his daily routine, but also in the greater community. Often he would visit and “go to work” in his brother Joe’s garage on Washington Street in Boyertown, which gave him joy and fulfillment.
Rogers’ life ended at Chestnut Knoll on November 1, 2013, but his legacy lives on. His family wanted to give back to the Chestnut Knoll community for all the staff and caregivers did for him and the family during his stay. They started a memorial fund and it was decided that the David Rogers Garage would be created with the funds.
The “garage” is located in the Memory Care Neighborhood at Chestnut Knoll, and includes a large mural that was painted on one of the walls to make it look like the interior of a garage. In addition, David Rogers’ Garage has a tool bench with tools, toolboxes, gas cans, a creeper bed, oil pans funnels, and tool belts.
“Those who suffer from memory loss often wander,” said Shawn Barndt, executive director. “Engaging them in activities, such as reminiscence therapy, is one strategy to enhance life.” The garage area was strategically designed to be a therapeutic area to serve this purpose.”
A memorial and dedication took place on Saturday, March 28 at Chestnut Knoll. Over 20 family members and friends, along with the Chestnut Knoll staff, took part in the memorial, in honor of Rogers.
“Chestnut Knoll was an answer to our prayers. Dad was already in the early stages of Alzheimer’s when he needed to make a change from living alone in his home,” said Rogers’ son, Dave. “The staff was available, open, friendly and caring. They treated Dad like family; they treated all of us like family whenever we visited. They made Dad’s last 2 and a half years very comfortable, and they made him feel safe.”
“It was our honor to care for David at Chestnut Knoll and be a support system to both David and his extended family as he progressed through his journey,” said Barndt. “We are thankful to be able to provide a structured environment with a caring staff that is understanding of the dementia/disease process. These factors, along with our high level of expertise, are what make Chestnut Knoll a leader in the industry.”
In addition to the commitment to caring for residents, Chestnut Knoll strives to involve family, friends and the Boyertown community in various projects and fundraisers. When the idea for the garage came about, Chestnut Knoll turned to local artist Jennifer Martin to aid with the design and creation. Martin is a Boyertown native who has been doing murals and decorative painting for over 15 years. She started a taxidermy business called Bone Canvas that specializes in beetle-cleaned European mounts. She custom hand paints skulls of hunter’s trophies and decorative skull pieces for homes and businesses.
For more information about her company, visit www.bonecanvas.com. If your loved one is suffering from memory loss, Chestnut Knoll can help! Learn more about how Chestnut Knoll’s expertise with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can make a difference in the life of your loved one.
Please call 610-473-8066 to for more information about the community.
Chestnut Knoll takes the extra steps to ensure their residents are happy and comfortable within the community, but also have opportunities to explore their interests and keep busy outside the community walls.
The Men’s Club at Chestnut Knoll allows any senior gentleman living in the personal care or memory care community to get together once a week in a group setting. The group meets every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m., with around seven–11 residents attending. The men enjoy meeting to discuss current events, and do a lot of reminiscing.
The Men’s Club recently went on their first outing to the Friendship Hook and Ladder Fire Company Social Quarters, where they enjoyed a few drinks and each other’s company. Two residents are lifetime members of the social quarters, while the others are lifetime members of other fire halls in the Boyertown area.
“All of the men agree about how much they enjoy the club, which has been in existence for two years,” said Sam Gaugler, Chestnut Knoll staff member. “They say the meetings are great gatherings with enjoyable conversations, learning about things they have in common, and learning about others’ backgrounds. They all also enjoy a beer or glass of wine!”
The club plans to go to different fire department social halls and restaurants for some of their meetings in the future.
Thomas Herb, resident of Chestnut Knoll and member of the Men’s Club, said he really enjoyed the trip to the Friendship Hook and Ladder and hopes that they do it again sometime. When he was informed that maybe a trip to Iezzi’s Tavern might be next on the Men’s Club list of outings, he was quick to reply, “Sign me up!” with a smile on his face.
"Chestnut Knoll is very connected to the Boyertown community and we are so grateful that our residents can enjoy special outings to some of their favorite places,” said Shawn Barndt, executive director.
For more information about Chestnut Knoll and how we can help your loved one live a happy, comfortable life, full of activities and social events, please call 610-473-8066.
Chestnut Knoll offers Personal Care and Memory Care residences at an affordable month-to-month basis with no buy-in fees. Services include 24-hour personal care assistance with medical support, meals, housekeeping, social events, transportation, and a state-of-the-art wellness program that provides ongoing therapy services, regardless of insurance coverage. Chestnut Knoll also offers At Home care services available to seniors where they live. Services include assistance with medication monitoring, personal care, companion care, light housekeeping and laundry, and transportation, to name a few. For more information on Chestnut Knoll Personal Care, Memory Care, or At Home Services, please call Jodie Daniels, assistant executive director, at 610-473-8066 or visit www.chestnutknoll.com.
Assistant Executive Director
120 W. 5th Street
Boyertown, PA 19512