A Dynamic Duo in Assisted Living

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elderly couple in assisted livingWhen it comes to a game of pinochle, it is tough to beat good friends Josephine Recupito and Ray Bradley. When it comes to making life-changing decisions, however, they have proven to excel even more. As current residents of Arbour Square, an independent living community located in Harleysville, Pa., these two obviously know what it takes to ensure a fun and secure future.

Though they share similar interests, it is no wonder Josephine and Ray have become great friends as caring individuals who have served others during their lives.

A registered nurse, Josephine utilized her certification in different areas. From working in the emergency room to industrial nursing, she truly enjoyed making a difference in people’s lives, and it is something she has carried with her to this day.

“Up until about two years ago, she continued to have annual reunions with her nursing school class,” said Ann Newman, Josephine’s daughter.

It was when her macular degeneration worsened that prompted her to seek a community with the help of her daughter.

“The day she called, I had gotten an ad in the mail for Arbour Square and I was impressed with the no down payment, month-to-month rental,” said Ann. “I then visited and was so impressed with the building and the wonderful people.”

For Ann, the amenities and services her mother would receive were a great deal compared to other communities that had large entrance fees. Site unseen, Josephine settled into her stylish apartment with a view in 2007 and could not be happier.

Along with group exercise programs at the community’s fitness center, she remains active attending music programs, and of course, playing pinochle every week with her best friend.

Originally from western Pennsylvania, Ray joined the Army and served in the Corps for over three years. When he returned from overseas, he worked 42 years for U.S. Steel and Fairless Steel Works.

After his wife of 60 years passed, one of their three sons suggested he downsize and make the transition to a community that could offer everything he needed.

“My son lived around here at the time and saw Arbour Square,” said Ray. “He told me about it, so we visited and that is when I decided to come here.”

Since his move two years ago, he has enjoyed a maintenance-free lifestyle with his fellow residents as several services including housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation are all provided at the community. This has allowed Ray more time for the numerous available activities as he takes bus trips to casinos and race tracks while showing off his Wii bowling skills.

“I had surgery, so I’m hoping to eventually get back into swimming and playing Golf too,” he said.

From the frequented indoor Main Street to energetic ‘Brain Teaser’ games there are plenty of opportunities for people to stay active. The numerous amenities and services, however, will only expand as staff and residents eagerly anticipate the opening of The Birches, Arbour Square’s Assisted Living Community. This will feature 44 assisted living apartments with an additional 25 in a secure memory care unit.

For Ann, this will be just one more perk for her mother and their new friend.

“This is truly a lovely place,” she said. “The décor is great, there are lots of activities for them, and the people here could not be any more helpful.”

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