From the Provider
"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength."
- Betty Friedan
Country Meadows of Leader Heights, also known as York South, is located just 14 miles from the Maryland state line. (It's one of two Country Meadows communities in York.) Residents love being able to get out to fun outings and events, such as the Balloon Fest at the Expo Center, the Hot Rod Parade, classic car shows, and the Markets at Shrewsbury for Amish hand-made crafts and produce. And, Country Meadows of Leader Heights is just a short drive away from Baltimore, Gettysburg, and Lancaster.
On campus, residents enjoy a wide variety of cultural events that bring in performers and visitors from the surrounding community. Here you'll regularly find professional musicians, singers, authors, presenters, and lecturers -- including the Ryan Trumpeters and Susquehana Singers.
One of the things that makes Country Meadows of Leader Heights special is its emphasis on volunteerism and its connection to charitable organizations in and around York. For example, residents can volunteer for the Backpack Program Committee -- making and selling chocolate-covered pretzels and candies to raise money for needy children at nearby York Haven Elementary School. Residents can also participate in advocacy walks for arthritis and Alzheimer's, or other events or fundraisers in the area. Residents know they're giving back and making a difference in the community, and their lives are richer because they're able to help others.
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.
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, veteranarians' offices
- Outdoor pond for social gatherings
- Aquatics center with therapy pool
- Fitness center with Nautilus equipment
- Multiple dining rooms
- Community Room with billiards table, card tables, and large shuffle board
- Shared areas for amusing guests, mingling, and unwinding
- Computer center with access and instructions
- Housing organized according to peer groups
- Beauty shop
- Barber shop
- Gift shop staffed by residents with numerous items hand-made by residents
- Balloon Fest: York Expo Center
- Onsite performances by professional singers and musicians
- Hot Rod Parade
- 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
- Games: the Country Meadows of Leader Heights includes an activity called Time Slips -- story creation inspired by images
- Life-long learning programs
- Volunteer opportunities like the Backpack Program, described above
- Art classes
- Painting courses
- Piano lessons
- Cooking presentations
- Current events exchanges
- Support groups including groups for grief, Alzheimer's, and memory care
- Zipper Club: members have had heart surgery
- Men's clubs and ladies' clubs
- Movie nights
- Fireside chats
- Shopping trips
- Lunch out
- Field trips to museums
- Organized travel ventures
- Devoted fitness staff to assist with exercises
- Customized fitness programs
- 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
- 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 - Leader Heights (South York)
Average Rating: based on 4 Reviews
I am a friend or relative of resident
I have a Dad who had a stroke 1 year ago and was given 2weeks to live in August 2011. He has always been a fighter. We took him to a Hospice and in 9 days he was discharged to a rehab facility near his home. Having 100 days of rehab covered by insurance he began to slowly but surely progress. When rehab expired he was moved to another floor. It was a very stressful environment. During my bi-weekly visit, traveling 2 1/2 hrs each way, I found myself being more of an aide than a visitor and always left feeling sad and exhausted. He began looking like a Holocost survivor. People who loved him pleaded with me to move him closer to me, they had done all that they could do for him. My wife & I paid an unannounced visit to Vountry Meadows one Saturday afternoon. It was as though the staff was waiting for my arrival and gave us full attention and a thourough tour. I was blown away by the genuineness and courtesy we were shown. The place looked more like a Hotel in the Bahammas that i couldnt afford, than an assisted living facility. From the Dining Rooms, fireplaces, decor, menu, private room, and state-of-the-art Physical Thrapys, in-house movie theatre, a host of daily activities, a mission statement based on dignity, quality of life, and respect written with the same resolve as the Constitution and Bill of Rights, I couldn't help but weep when I walked out the door. I though my Dad would not qualify in his current condition. Everyone at CM believed my Dad was capable of doing things I no longer believed. They were eager to receive him! He had been there for 3 weeks and has regained his dignity, is adding new words to his vocabulary daily, and lifting his "paralyzed" leg that was never supposed to move again. He has gone on short Tours and last week was taken inside his favorite store, in public for the first time in a year! When I leave after a visit I feel joy and well being, not stressed. No place or caretakers will ever be perfect, but this facility has many of the most compassionate human beings I have ever met. It is a proactive not reactive environment. It's a neighborhood of friends that I hope exists for my generation.
Thank you very much for your kind comments about our community and co-workers. Everyday we strive to make life a little better for each and every one of our residents as well as their family members. I am thrilled to read that your father is doing so well and in turn, you have found peace of mind. My father also resides in one of our Country Meadows communities and it gives my siblings and me comfort to know that he is surrounded by new friends and co-workers available to respond at a moment's notice. I also am happy to read that your father is once again enjoying life both in and outside Country Meadows. Moving to a retirement community never should result in giving up one's favorite pastimes and hobbies. I hope that he is able to make several return trips to his favorite store and continue to enjoy the many outings and activities offered at Country Meadows.
Again, thank you very much for choosing Country Meadows. It is our honor to serve your family.
Michael Leader-President & CEO
I visited this facility
The only place we visited where all of the staff was friendly and reached out to answer all questions. Very nice dining accommodations, with a lot of open space. This place offered a variety of activities and supportive staff members. I was quite impressed with the cleanliness of the facility, to be honest I was blown away by it. The rooms had bathrooms, they didn't have a "communal" bathroom like other facilities do. Some rooms even offered a kitchen with a washer and dryer! They also came with a living room type setting it wasn't just a room for a bed and couch, there was a lot of space. Overall, I think it'd be wise to seriously consider this "home away from home". Prices were reasonable considering the amount of space and things offered.
I am a friend or relative of a resident
When visiting my aunt at the facility I found it to be clean, well organized and beautifully decorated. The staff is very caring and especially respectful to the residents as well as their family and visitors. The professionalism was wonderful. My aunt had some issues with confusion as well as memory issues and the staff helped her when she needed it but in doing so they allowed her to do as much for herself as she was able. The dining experience was one that was social as well as convenient for the residents. They are welcome to eat in the dining room or eat in their rooms if they choose. Assisted living residents there are always accounted for but allowed some breathing room for naps and relaxing as well. The grounds of the campus are beautifully maintained. there are a variety of activities available for residents to participate in but none are mandatory. They have outings to a variety of places in the community for the residents to have the chance to get away sometimes too.
I visited this facility
Have seen them work very well with the individuals and also have a caring and great program for dementia residents.
Location of Country Meadows - Leader Heights (South York)
Features of Country Meadows - Leader Heights (South York)
- Beauty/Barber shop
- Gardens/outside patio