Assisted Living Resident Has a Legacy of Giving

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personal care and assisted living resident in paAnyone who has known Mary Krieger is certainly familiar with her caring nature. “She has always had a heart for other people,” said her brother, Father John Schmeer. Therefore, when this longtime volunteer decided to make the transition to a senior
housing option, Mary chose Legacy Gardens of Bristol, a home that could offer her the support she has given so many others.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Mary grew up with six siblings. She became a young bride in 1945 and later welcomed a son. “My husband was in the service, so we moved around,” she said.

With her husband in the Sea Bees, the family eventually settled in Williamsburg, Va. It was there Mary started her first job sewing uniforms for sailors. Her skill soon made her the ‘go-to’ person for side jobs of fitting uniforms and making alterations.

Years later, the couple moved back to Philadelphia where they brought Mary’s mother-in-law into their home to care for her. Additionally, Mary would travel a few times a week to Havertown to assist her parents.

Providing this care for her loved ones and the passing of her husband caused Mary to consider her own future and potential health needs. Following a temporary stay in rehabilitation, she looked at the different options in Bucks County online with her brother. Mary knew she wanted a personal care home with a smaller setting. As they narrowed their search, the two came across Legacy Gardens of Bristol.

Known for its cozy home-like atmosphere, the small personal care residence would allow Mary to maintain her independence with the knowledge that 24-hour assistance would be available. After touring Legacy Gardens, she stayed at the rehab paying on a daily basis until a room became available.

Since making the move to Legacy Gardens in June of 2006, Mary has enjoyed the convenience in having a support network and access to numerous activities. “The staff is very accommodating here,” she said. “You’re always invited to do the activities that are available but you are not obliged to, which I think is very nice.”

Among the many activities available, Mary particularly loves playing Bingo and watching the various entertainment that comes to the community. Having flexibility for her own pursuits, however, is something that is especially important to Mary, who at the age of 87 still happily devotes a great deal of time to her outside volunteer efforts. “I do knitting for St. Mary’s Hospital; I make blankets, hats and other things children or adults in the hospital can use,” she said.

While she has received a certificate for her services, she has also taken pride in teaching or reminding her fellow residents how to knit and crochet. She has even taught some of the staff at Legacy Gardens, many of whom have been at the community full-time for at least five years.

It is this demonstrated commitment and the staff’s compassion and constant availability that gives Mary a sense of security. “They really take care of us,” she said. In addition to the individualized Personal Service Plans, the staff provides medication and personal hygiene assistance along with laundry and linen services and weekly housekeeping.

For Mary, as someone who has given so much to those in need over the years, knowing she will always have this assistance from a supportive staff means a great deal.

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