A Senior Living Community’s Positive Force

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Janet Richardson at Personal Care Community

A first-prize winner for quilting at the Bucks County Grange Fair, Janet Richardson uses her talent to teach her peers at Spring Village at Floral Vale, an assisted living/Memory care community.

If there is one thing especially evident about Janet Richardson based on her past careers and current daily regimen, it is that she thrives on helping others.  Therefore it is not surprising that she is viewed as an ambassador for her new home, Spring Village at Floral Vale, a Memory Care community in Yardley, Pa. that values the personal enrichment of its residents.

Janet raised two children with her husband of 51 years in Long Island, NY.  At that time, she proceeded to work part-time jobs that included real estate and driving buses for handicapped children.  She eventually started working full-time managing the front desk at a police station.

As the years passed, it became clear that Janet’s husband needed additional care, so the family moved him to a nursing home.  Not soon after, however, Janet found herself in a similar position.

“The doctors felt I shouldn’t be home alone, so when it came time for my own care, my daughter looked into several facilities before deciding on Spring Village,” she said.

Since making the move in January 2011, Janet is very grateful having trusted her daughter’s opinion.  Not only has she quickly immersed herself in the many social opportunities Spring Village offers, but she has found an outlet for sharing her creativity.

“I work on my quilting and arrange flowers for the tables.  I help and encourage other people in the process; it always makes me feel better,” she said.Senior Living/Memory Care Resident Janet

Janet with Floral Display at Community

While expressing her creativity by designing the floral displays seen throughout the senior living community, Janet enjoys reading and taking daytrips to restaurants and the movies.

In addition to perfecting her inviting floral displays and receiving first prize at the Bucks County Grange Fair, Janet can be seen reading and enjoying the different musical entertainment that comes to perform at Spring Village.  “We also go on outings to restaurants, movies and the opera,” she said.  “We even visited the 9/11 Memorial at The Garden of Reflections in Lower Makefield, Pa.”

While Janet also appreciates having the flexibility to see her two granddaughters living nearby, she is particularly happy to have found a community that embraces her personal interests and needs, such as her desire to learn the computer.

“We were teaching Janet and other residents how to use Google to email their families,” said Chris Korn, personal enrichment manager.  “We sit down with each resident to find out what their interests are as opposed to the routine activities.  It really adds to our community.”

According to Chris, this has resulted in activities ranging from a farm visit for the resident horse lovers to a ceremony honoring the community’s veterans, along with specially-designed Tai Chi and line dancing classes.

This is all part of Spring Village’s Personal Enrichment Programs that center around each resident’s past, hobbies and wishes.  With their years of experience and continual education in memory care, the staff works with individuals and their families providing support and adjusting care plans as a resident’s needs change.

“Our thought is that we should not expect residents to be in our world; we must be in theirs,” said Admissions Director Callista Oberholtzer.

It is this philosophy that has allowed Janet to not only have a feeling of security, but that the staff is like family.  “I feel very safe here.  If a resident has needs, everyone comes together to help out,” said Janet.

With this deep appreciation for her home and a knack for helping others, Janet has gladly taken on her role as an ambassador welcoming new residents and making them feel comfortable.

“As a resident, Janet truly is a positive force at Spring Village,” said Callista.

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