From the Provider
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
- Henry Ford.
At Country Meadows Retirement Commmunity of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, there is no shortage of stimulation available to residents. The home's lavish activity program offers opportunities for continuing learning, social interaction, and fitness programs, all so important to keeping brain and body healthy and young.
The fitness center includes Nautilus equipment and a rehabilitation center with workouts planned for seniors, plus guided physical therapy. Art courses, piano lessons, and current events exchanges keep mature minds active and socially connected. Motivation is possible at all levels, evidenced by the existence of the raised garden in the Alzheimer's area.
Set at the foreground of the Berks County countryside and along the Tulpehocken Creek, the rural Wyomissing community seems remote and subdued. Yet the home is surprisingly close to civilization, yielding benefits that adult education, medical centers, shopping, and churches can provide. The locale affords seniors access to entertainment like the World War II Air Show at the Reading Airport and the annual Health & Wellness Fair. Residents appreciate day trips to Reading Phillies games, significant savings at the VF Factory outlets, and picnics at the Red Bridge recreation area.
Country Meadows Retirement Communities is a multi-generational family business, founded by former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader and wife Mary Jane. For over four decades, the organization has remained family-owned, with the founders still sitting on the board. Adult children Michael Leader (CEO), David Leader (COO), and brother-in-law, Ted Janeczek (CFO), now run the establishment. There are a total of 10 communities owned by Country Meadows -- nine in Pennsylvania, and one in Frederick, Maryland.
The organization's family mission is to keep residents self-sufficient and independent as long as possible. How independent is independent? The answer differs for each resident. As we age, we lose ability to perform certain tasks -- but there are other tasks we can still do. Country Meadows assesses each individual to find out what he can do and where he needs help. Country Meadows meets residents where they're at. For example, a man who can no longer drive might be able to help with directions; a woman who can't use a knife to chop carrots safely might be able to fold napkins or tear lettuce.
Country Meadows staff also customizes exercise programs to each individual's ability. Classes are instructed according to levels of proficiency for optimum physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.
Country Meadows strives to help residents find meaning in their lives. The staff knows that giving back to the community can be extremely gratifying to seniors, even as they themselves are receiving assistance. For example, a resident might need assistance getting dressed because it hurts to lift her arms -- but that very same resident might be able to participate in an arthritis advocacy walk. She is giving back and making a difference, and her contribution matters. Country Meadows has partnered with numerous charitable organizations to make opportunities like this possible, because they know that senior lives are made richer when they can help others.
One secret of Country Meadows' success: they recruit and retain the best staff in the area. They've been deemed "Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania" eight times between 2001-2011. This is no accident: Country Meadows management strives to create a culture of fulfillment and passion by providing ongoing training, education, and career enhancement opportunities. Employees are happy to be here, and families notice that they are gracious, approachable, and helpful.
- Close proximity to libraries, senior centers, banks, churches, temples, doctors' offices, veterinarians' offices
- Shared areas for amusing guests, mingling and unwinding
- Covered porches to enjoy the country backdrop
- Raised garden
- Fitness and rehabilitation center with Nautilus equipment
- Housing organized according to peer groups
- Beauty shop
- Barber shop
* Apartment complexes are grouped according to level of care
- Yearly Health & Wellness Fair
- Reading Airport WWII Air Show
- Easter egg hunt at Gring's Mill Park
- Annual Peach Festival held here onsite at the Country Meadows of Wyomissing
- Picnics at Red Bridge recreation area
- Festival of Lights at Christmas time
- Lunch & Learn: lectures from outside speakers
According to Director of Advertising, Mandi Block, "It's all about you." Classes are organized by differing levels of ability. Some activities are actually run by the seniors -- for example, one small group regularly watches opera on DVDs together.
- Nautilus: exercises are devised for seniors
- Tai Chi
- Yoga: gentle
- Wii bowling league: all locations of Country Meadows compete against each other annually
- Additional computer games include golfing, tennis, and baseball Life-long learning programs
- Volunteer opportunities. Walking clubs for exercise and fundraising: ten cents per mile donated by Country Meadows on behalf of senior walkers for the Alzheimer's Association and the Arthritis Foundation
- Art classes
- Painting courses
- Piano lessons
- Cooking presentations
- Current events exchanges
- Support groups including groups for grief, Alzheimer's, and memory care
- Happy Hour
- Movie nights
- Fireside chats
- Hymns for Us
- Shopping trips
- Lunch out
- Field trips to museums
- Organized travel ventures
- Devoted fitness staff to assist with exercises
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Massage therapy
- Day-long dining: snacks and beverages
- Regular, high-caliber meals served three times per day
- Dressing assistance
- Medication management
- Weekly housekeeping
- Weekly linen services
- Weekly trips to community pool
- Transportation to appointments, errands, shopping, and church
- Full-time, onsite chaplains with referrals to clerics for other religions
- Potential residents learn total costs immediately, as the rental fee is all-inclusive with services
- Rental fee covers all utilities plus cable television and wireless internet access
- No buy-in fee
- 24-hour trained, compassionate staff
Country Meadows has proven through four decades that it walks its talk. Goals are to:
- Promote a Genuine Sense of Community
- Honor the Rights and Independence of Seniors
- Support Wellness in all of its Dimensions
- Encourage Lifelong Growth and Development
- Provide Leadership to Our Team
- Practice Professional and Social Responsibility
- Create the Standard for Quality
- Establish a Culture of Integrity
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Reviews of Country Meadows of Wyomissing (Berks County)
Average Rating: based on 4 Reviews
I am a friend or relative of a resident
At this point I'm very pleased with their service. Country Meadows facility is very nice. They're keeping my mother's room very clean and well-maintained.
I am a friend or relative of a resident
The facility is clean and well staffed. The dementia ward in particular is very nice, and special care is taken to keep those residing there safe. There are special precautions taken to make sure visitors can easily enter and exit via a touch pad and a picture with the code that those without dementia can figure out. They take special care to make sure we are kept up to date on medication changes as well as any incidents that may occur. They also don't require direct input to make changes as necessary, and have done a very good job for the 3 years I have dealt with them. Parking is plentiful and easily accessed. It sits adjacent to the Schuykill River and has some lovely views. Though it's not cheap it's also not outrageous, and they were knowledgeable and helpful while going through the process of having my grandfather's estate used, and after setting up government assistance.
I visited this facility
Our first impression of Country Meadows is that it's a great and very fine facility. The place is clean and decorated nicely. The accommodations seem comfortable and the furniture appears to be well taken care of. The staff member who gave us the tour was very knowledgeable and informative. We went on a tour of the whole building. She showed us 2 apartments. We were also shown the dining rooms and all the different services that the facility can provide. The dining room is lovely. With cleared tables and clean china and linens on the tables. The food seemed very good. They also have a beautiful chapel for worship. There are a great many activities for the residents there. Also, there's a fitness room and all sorts of other rooms where people can get together and have company and fellowship with each other. I believe that this facility is one of the nicest, mid-line priced independent living homes we've seen this year. I would definitely recommend Country Meadows to others.
I am a friend or relative of a resident
My mother was a resident at Country Meadows for her last 6 years. Her accommodations were comfortable. We felt that she was well cared for. The residence was clean and tastefully decorated. The staff was courteous, cheerful, and caring. Our visiting was unrestricted and welcomed. As my mother's health declined, the staff went out of their way to allow her to stay in assisted living. She was temporarily moved to a building for more attention when she had a temporary setback. While it was a difficult transition for Mom to go into a home after 90 years of independence, she appeared to enjoy the variety of activities offered. She was shuttled to her appointments, for occasional excursions, and for shopping. We believe that she made a good choice to enter Country Meadows.
Location of Country Meadows of Wyomissing (Berks County)
Features of Country Meadows of Wyomissing (Berks County)
- Beauty/Barber Shop
- Fitness Room/Gym