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Chestnut Knoll Wins 2017 Best of Senior Living Award from SeniorAdvisor.com

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.

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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.

 

About SeniorAdvisor.com LLC

SeniorAdvisor.com is the largest consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities and home care providers across the United States and Canada. The innovative website provides easy access to the information families need when making a senior care decision, and features trusted reviews and advice from local residents and their loved ones. For more information, please visit www.SeniorAdvisor.com or call 866-592-8119.

 

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.

 

Contact:

Jodie Daniels

Assistant Executive Director

Chestnut Knoll

120 W. 5th Street

Boyertown, PA 19512

610-473-8066

jdaniels@chestnutknoll.com

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Chestnut Knoll named Top Fundraising Team

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Chestnut Knoll once again was named Top Fundraising team for the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's! Chestnut Knoll has raised a total of over $160,000.00 for the Alzheimer's Association. This year's team raised over $19,000.00 in order to defend the rights to the traveling trophy!  Pictured is team captain, Jennelle Jamison pictured with the travel trophy!>
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Chestnut Knoll offers Virtual Dementia Tour

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The Virtual Dementia Tour at Chestnut Knoll was recently front page news in The Reading Eagle. The Virtual Dementia Tour is being used both as a tool for training caregivers, as well as a sensitivity exercise for professionals and families who live and work with people with dementia. Follow the link below to read the article. Click Here for full article
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Chestnut Knoll Employees Recognized for Years of Dedication

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When employees are recognized for their achievements, hard work, and dedication, it has an impact on employee satisfaction and commitment. Chestnut Knoll recognizes the work that each of their employees put into their job, and they regularly reward those who have longevity in the company, or go above and beyond their roles.

This month, 20 Chestnut Knoll Personal Care, Memory Care, and At Home employees were honored in “The President’s Club” for their years of dedication to Chestnut Knoll.

“The President’s Club was created to honor our employees who have been with us for 11 years or more,” said Shawn Barndt, executive director. “It is important to let employees know they are appreciated in their job, and we are grateful to have so many staff members who love what they do each day.”

The following employees were honored for having 11-15 years of service to Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care:

Shawn Barndt, executive director, 15 years
Virginia Kreibel, home care assistant, 15 years
Cindy Mehlman, dining services, 15 years
Crystal Varady, environmental service director, 15 years
Sherry Goodall, lead care assistant, 14 years
Debbra Sundstrom, care assistant supervisor, 14 years
Linda Cimino, care assistant, 13 years
Kathy Flicker, care assistant, 13 years (13 years of perfect attendance)
Jodie Daniels, assistant executive director, 12 years
Linda Detwiler, director of home care, 12 years
Diane Heffner, activities director, 12 years
Sandy Benfield, administrative assistant, 11 years
Esther Gabel, home care assistant, 11 years
Scott Garverich, dining services director, 11 years
Mary Mast, environmental services assistant, 11 years
Diana Migliaccio, home care assistant, 11 years
Carol Newport, care assistant, 11 years
Denise Sellers, home lead scheduler, 11 years
Merced Stauffer, kitchen supervisor/cook, 11 years
Jill Vincent, home care assistant, 11 years

Seven other staff members were also honored for 10 years of dedication to Chestnut Knoll and they all received 10-year anniversary watches.

“Our residents and family members appreciate the kindness and dedication that each staff member shows,” said Barndt. “Residents love seeing familiar faces, and having employees with this type of longevity makes the community feel like home. We are so proud of the commitment that our employees give to Chestnut Knoll residents, as well as the Home Care clients.”

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 Shawn Barndt, executive director, at 610-473-8066 or visit www.chestnutknoll.com.
Chestnut Knoll residents show off green thumbs and passion for gardening

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The gardens at Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care are flourishing once again, thanks to the hard work and dedication of residents at Chestnut Knoll and members of the Pottstown Garden Club. This season, residents have been able to get some fresh air and plant vegetables in the garden, in preparation for later use in the kitchen to be part of their daily meals.

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.

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Chestnut Knoll dedicates ‘Garage’ in Memory of Former Resident

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Chestnut Knoll strives to keep their residents, happy, healthy and active throughout their senior years. Throughout their 15 years of existence, Chestnut Knoll has seen seniors from all walks of life, and each one has a certain passion or hobby that keeps them active and loving life. This was certainly the case for a former resident, who recently had a portion of the Memory Care community dedicated in his memory.

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.

Spring Flower Sale to benefit Relay for Life at Chestnut Knoll

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Spring Flower Sale to benefit Relay for Life at Chestnut Knoll 

BOYERTOWN, Pa., March 18, 2015 – Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is holding a Spring Flower Sale to benefit the Boyertown Relay for Life. The sale will be going on starting Wednesday, April 1, and ending Sunday, April 5.

Stop by the lobby of Chestnut Knoll between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on a sale day to choose from a selection of spring flowers to decorate your house. Flowers available include lilies, white and colored mini daffodils and full-size daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, mums, azaleas, and African violets. Flowers can be bought in arranged baskets or as single flowers. 

Prices for the flowers are $3.50 and up. All proceeds benefit the Chestnut Knoll team in the Boyertown Relay for Life Cancer Walk. 

For more information, please call Chestnut Knoll at 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.
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Chestnut Knoll turns Greshville Inn Pink while Raising Money for Relay for Life

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Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is thrilled to announce that in one night, with the help of the community, they were able to make great strides toward their Relay for Life fundraising goal of $10,000. Chestnut Knoll hosted a fundraiser at Greshville Inn, where 10% of the sales were donated to the Boyertown Relay for Life Cancer Walk occurring in June, in addition to cash donations. 
  
The fundraiser was held Thursday, January 29, on a snowy night, but that didn’t stop guests from supporting a great cause! At the fundraiser, as soon as guests walked through the door they were greeted by Chestnut Knoll employees, dressed in their pink attire, to let everyone know about the fundraiser and how donations could be made. There were baskets for raffles and a wheel to spin for prizes, in addition to staff members walking around the room collecting cash donations. As cash goals were met throughout the evening, various pink props were placed around the venue to slowly turn Greshville pink.

Guests enjoyed dinner and drinks served by Chestnut Knoll guest bartenders, there was some dancing in the dining room, people donned pink leis and sunglasses, and laughter was heard throughout the restaurant. 

“The community support is always so touching,” said Shawn Barndt, executive director. “We even had help from friends at Wilcox Farms, who generously donated an overflow parking lot so guests wouldn’t have to worry about there not being parking in the Greshville lot. The Chestnut Knoll shuttle ran back and forth all night for patrons who came to support our team. We are so fortunate to have these people in our lives – from friends to family members, volunteers, residents, and community members – everyone joins in and has a great time for a good cause!”

Chestnut Knoll first started the Relay team in Boyertown four years ago and has donated approximately $15,000 to date. This year the team goal is to raise an additional $10,000. Chestnut Knoll Relay captain Jennifer Diehl reports that joining the Boyertown Relay has not only added to the overall Relay event through additional funding provided by the team, but it has brought an additional camaraderie to the residents, family members, volunteers, and staff who have joined together in order to raise funds for a good cause. 

“We love that this is yet another way that we, the employees of Chestnut Knoll, can give back to our community!” said Barndt. “We love the additional moments of joy and great memories and friendships that we are making during the process!” 

Anyone interested in joining the Chestnut Knoll Relay for Life team, or helping with any upcoming fundraisers can contact Shawn Barndt. The next Relay fundraiser will be an Indoor Yard Sale at the community in February, and they are looking for baked good donations and patrons to purchase them. 

For more information about Chestnut Knoll or the Relay for Life team, 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.
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Dining with Friends: A New Memory Care Program at Chestnut Knoll

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The Dining with Friends program was developed at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Connecticut. The program uses reminiscing through conversation in order to offer an opportunity to encourage conversation, socialization, fun, and nutrition during meal times. Chestnut Knoll has brought the program to their memory care neighborhood to help residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Volunteers sit and share a meal with residents and engage them in reminiscent conversation. The purpose of bringing in volunteers is to create a more social environment, as well as give visual and verbal cues for residents who may be in need of prompting, allowing for more independence. The program started in July and has been working nicely so far. A few volunteers have been trained and are in place; however, additional volunteers are needed in order to have the program up and running full force, seven days per week. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Dining with Friends program, please call Dawn Hydock, volunteer coordinator, at 610-473-8066.
Chestnut Knoll rated Deficiency Free

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The Department of Public Welfare recently made an unannounced visit to Chestnut Knoll to conduct their annual survey. Chestnut Knoll was rated deficiency free! Executive Director Shawn Barndt would like to congratulate everyone on staff for this achievement. The Department of Public Welfare has very stringent standards that are difficult to attain, and it takes a dedicated caring team with a great attention to detail to accomplish these results. This is an indication of the superior quality of care and services the community and caregivers provides to the residents every day.
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Chestnut Knoll Earns Top Honor for 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Looks Ahead to 2014

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Chestnut Knoll recently received a trophy for being the Top Earning Memory Walk Team at the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Chestnut Knoll participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Kutztown University on Saturday, October 12, 2013 and raised $15,358. “It is a huge honor to have received the trophy this year, an honor that we would not have without each of our team members. Their efforts, time, commitment, and dedication made this possible,” said Jennelle Jamison, director of memory care. “Our team consists of staff members, family members, and community members, all of whom have seen the impact this disease has on the lives of those around us. We will continue to fight to end Alzheimer’s disease in hopes that one day the world will know a place where your memories are forever safe.” The 2014 Walk will be Saturday October 11, 2014 at Kutztown University. Chestnut Knoll’s goal this year is to raise $16,000. This year, some fundraisers include the 5th Annual “Making Memories to Save Memories” Beef and Beer Fundraiser, held in March; and a Chicken BBQ and Pulled Pork sale on September 30 (tickets will be available at the end of August). The community also holds “themed” days, where staff pays $2 to dress down or in a themed outfit for the day; and sweatshirt sales, with all proceeds going to the Memory Walk.
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Boyertown Relay for Life 2014

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Chestnut Knoll participated in the Boyertown Relay for Life, held Saturday, June 21. They have held a variety of fundraisers so far this year and have been able to raise over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.
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Volunteers help Chestnut Knoll with Chicken BBQ and Relay for Life

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Volunteers from Vanguard recently helped with Chestnut Knoll's Chicken BBQ, and also organized a bake sale for the Relay for Life team. The Vanguard VTO Day benefit (Volunteer Day Off) is a huge success and provides a great way for to give back directly in the local community. The group organized a huge bakesale for the Chestnut Knoll Relay team, as well as helped with the Chicken BBQ and resident activities for the day! Volunteers included: Stephanie Rotenberger, Deb Hershberger, Lisa Geiser, Susan Smith (along with her daughter Stephanie and Stephanie's friend, Carolyn), Diana Caldwell, Samantha Delany and Megan Wadkins.
Executive Director Shawn Barndt named Boyertown's Citizen of the Year

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Boyertown's 60th Citizen of the Year award was given to Shawn Barndt, the executive director of Chestnut Knoll. She has shown years of dedication to Alzheimer's and dementia patients and to the Chestnut Knoll community. Read the full Boyertown Times article here! Check out the Reading Eagle article here!
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5th Annual “Making Memories to Save Memories” Beef and Beer Fundraiser

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Chestnut Knoll recently held their Annual “Making Memories to Save Memories” Beef and Beer fundraiser, and the community was able to raise over $7,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Over the past 13 years, Chestnut Knoll has donated approximately $130,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association. Check out the article and more photos on the Pottstown Patch!
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Annual Community Yard Sale Proceeds benefit Boyertown Fire Departments

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Chestnut Knoll is thrilled to announce they raised $685 at the Annual Boyertown Community Indoor Yard Sale to benefit the Boyertown Fire Departments. Residents, friends and family came out to the indoor yard sale in February to see what bargains they could find and all of the proceeds went to the Boyertown Fire Departments. Residents Fern Freed and Margaret Reichart were proud to give a check in the amount of $685 to Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Chief and Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Ryan Bingaman.
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Chestnut Knoll donates Alzheimer's Video Respite DVD Collection to Boyertown Community Library

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Chestnut Knoll recently donated 13 Alzheimer's Respite DVDs to the Boyertown Community Library. Video Respite was created to keep the attention of people with Alzheimer's or dementia, enabling the caregiver to have a respite and focus on other tasks. Each DVD provides the caregiver with a way to improve his or her own quality of life by providing a respite from the challenges of caring. All of the DVDs are designed to hold the attention of people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia through music, light movement, reminiscence, socialization and sensory and cognitive stimulation. These DVDs are wonderful additions to an overall care strategy. All are ideal aids for caring for a person with dementia in the home. Check them out for yourself at the Boyertown Community Library!
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Chestnut Knoll turns Greshville Inn Pink while Raising Money for Relay for Life

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Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is thrilled to announce that in one night, they were able to raise $1,000 in cash, plus a percentage of food and beverage purchases donated by Greshville Inn for the Relay for Life Cancer Walk. Chestnut Knoll hosted a fundraiser at Greshville Inn, where 10% of the sales were donated to the Boyertown Relay for Life Cancer Walk occurring in June, in addition to cash donations. Check out more photos and the full article on the Pottstown Patch!
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Residents Honored at Fox Optimal Living Ceremony

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Chestnut Knoll and Fox held an awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 14, honoring the achievements of participants of the Fox Optimal Living program. One of these participants is Mervin Clemmer, a former volunteer firefighter for the Liberty Fire Company. In 2013, Fox and Chestnut Knoll developed a beneficial program, called the Fox Optimal Living (FOL) program. Through the FOL program, Chestnut Knoll has taken health care decisions about therapy out of the hands of insurance companies and has placed them back in the hands of qualified health care providers. The FOL program began July 1, 2013, as clinical continuum geared for all diagnoses and functional levels. Residents have the option of a one-on-one class, or can be grouped together based on similar levels of fitness. There are no out-of-pocket costs to the residents or families and participation is not mandatory but highly encouraged. The FOL program has helped Mervin Clemmer become more active and he appreciates all the help he gets from the physical therapists and this great program! He and his family members and the staff at Chestnut Knoll and Fox are proud of his achievements! Back row: Brian Clemmer, son; Michael Melnick, MSPT, CSCS, Fox Optimal Living Consultant; Nicholas Banar, MS, exercise physiologist. Front row: Sherry Jessum, daughter; Mervin Clemmer; Jim Jessum, son-in-law.
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New Fox Optimal Living Program at Chestnut Knoll

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Did you know that functional decline is not a natural part of aging? Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury death. Thanks to modern medicine, we are aware that regular exercise can help reduce the risk of falls while significantly improving your overall quality of life. In 2013, Fox and Chestnut Knoll decided to use their experience and program success to develop an even more beneficial program, called the Fox Optimal Living (FOL) program. This pioneering concept was designed to allow all residents the access to unlimited therapy and wellness services regardless of insurance coverage. Through the FOL program, Chestnut Knoll has taken health care decisions about therapy out of the hands of insurance companies and has placed them back in the hands of qualified health care providers. The FOL program began July 1, 2013, as clinical continuum geared for all diagnoses and functional levels. Residents have the option of a one-on-one class, or can be grouped together based on similar levels of fitness. Currently, about 90 percent of the residents living at Chestnut Knoll are actively participating in the program. Check out the full article on the Pottstown Patch!
Executive Director Shawn Barndt provides insight to keeping the holidays happy for seniors

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Shawn Barndt, executive director, and a mother of a resident at Chestnut Knoll were recently contacted to provide advice and tips for making the holiday celebrations fun for senior loved ones and family members. Check out the full article on the Reading Eagle website!
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Chestnut Knoll Catches Bear Fever!

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Chestnut Knoll is thrilled to introduce their new Boyertown Bear, Knolla! Chestnut Knoll celebrated its 13th Birthday on Sunday, September 8, as many staff members, families and community members came out to celebrate and see Knolla for the first time! Click here to read more about Knolla on the Boyertown Times! More photos can be found here! Click here to read about Chestnut Knoll's 13th Birthday Bash on the Reading Eagle!
Expert Advice on "What's Happening" LIVE with Dene Liott

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Chestnut Knoll prides itself with providing quality senior care to the Boyertown community, and At Home services in the Phoenixville and Gilbertsville areas. Watch "What's Happening" LIVE with Dene Liott to learn more about senior care from experts at Chestnut Knoll, such as Jodie Daniels, assistant executive director, and Linda Detwiler, At Home director, who appeared as guests on "What's Happening" to provide information and advice to seniors.
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Chestnut Knoll Walks to End Alzheimer's

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Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care participates annually in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. As a team, they host various events throughout the year to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Some events include a “Making Memories to Save Memories” Beef and Beer fundraiser; a BBQ chicken sale; and a hoagie sale. Although they hit their long-term goal, the fundraising does not stop here. They will continue to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association in hopes of eliminating the disease. “So much of the journey of Alzheimer’s is unpredictable and uncontrollable that fighting back through fundraising efforts is a way to empower the community to make a difference," said Shawn Barndt, executive director.
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Strength, Mobility and Balance Exercise Program at Chestnut Knoll

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Seniors at Chestnut Knoll have the opportunity to increase their activity level, and have a better quality of life and level of independence, thanks to the Fox Better Living Strength, Mobility and Balance Exercise program. This program offers a proactive approach to improving strength, mobility and balance deficits by using evidence-based, objective assessment tools. The program is a progressive and challenging exercise program, proven to increase strength, mobility and balance in order to improve the ability to maintain independence and individual wellness. Sessions are 60-90 minutes long and occur two times per week. “This program is a high-level exercise class of progressive intensity and has gotten a great response from the residents,” said Nicholas Banar, trained exercise physiologist and program leader. “I feel the residents believe in the program and are dedicated to improving their overall wellness and quality of life through this dynamic exercise class.” Banar earned a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology from East Stroudsburg University and has been with Fox Rehab for three months. Fox Rehabilitation is a national leader in providing physical, occupational and speech therapy services to seniors in houses, apartments, assisted living residences or adult medical day care. (Fox Rehabilitation, www.foxrehab.org).
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Keeping Residents Active and Engaged at Chestnut Knoll

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.

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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.

Contacts:
Jodie Daniels
Assistant Executive Director
Chestnut Knoll
120 W. 5th Street
Boyertown, PA 19512
610-473-8066
jdaniels@chestnutknoll.com