Signature Senior Living open house gets ‘seal’ of approval

By on December 28, 2016
Signature Senior Living Lititz held an open house on Dec. 15. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

Signature Senior Living Lititz held an open house on Dec. 15. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

Signature Senior Living Lititz hosted an open house on Dec. 15. Located at 80 W. Millport Road in Warwick Township, the facility is close to the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center and the Traditions of America 55+ development.

Lori Prevost, NHA, executive director of the Lititz facility, said that the location is perfect.

“This is a great location for seniors; we’re located close to other facilities that we can partner with,” she said.

Signature Senior Living Lititz is the first of two identical memory and personal care facilities operated by Dallas-based Signature Senior Living to open in the county. It will be home to 80 residents. The other facility, Signature Senior Living Lancaster, is being constructed at 31 Millersville Road on the site of the former Hambright Elementary School. Estimated cost for the Warwick Township facility is nearly $11 million, including land, construction, furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Each unit at Signature Senior Living has a spa area.

Each unit at Signature Senior Living has a spa area.

Colleen Burnes Alles, NHA, Signature Senior Living PA sales specialist, said the Lititz community welcomed its first resident on Nov. 15 and currently is home to 19 residents.

“We are happy to be part of the greater Lancaster area providing additional options for the senior population,” she said, “We take a personal approach with our residents &tstr; we meet their needs at their level.”

During the open house, guests were invited to tour the facility and view the various living options for both personal care residents and those in the secure memory care unit. Both areas boast a central courtyard. The larger courtyard for personal care residents can be accessed directly from some living units. There’s also a common entrance from the screened-in porch that adjoins the library. The courtyard features a fountain and a walkway around it. The roof extends over the walkway so that even on rainy days, people can walk around the courtyard and be relatively dry.

Personal care units feature a kitchenette equipped with microwave and refrigerator, and the sink is wheelchair accessible. Three meals a day are served in a dining room with private dining area. A bistro offers coffee and snacks available round the clock.

Laundry and housekeeping services are available. For those who prefer doing their own laundry, there are two laundry areas.

The library in the Signature Senior Living  personal care area.

The library in the Signature Senior Living personal care area.

The memory support area has its own activity areas, living room, dining room and bistro. Window seats along the courtyard allow residents to enjoy the view of the outdoors, while a door with sensors allows access to the courtyard. A tour guide explained that the intent is to allow residents to have access to the courtyard, but to also monitor the courtyard so that no one is out for extended periods in cold or inclement weather. Living quarters are arranged in pods to promote a sense of community, and there’s a shadowbox outside each unit, which allows residents and/or their families to provide a personal touch.

A movie theater offers comfy seating and has a popcorn maker. Wheelchairs can also be accommodated. Signature Senior Living Lititz also boasts a hair salon and spa. There’s a chapel onsite. There’s even a fitness and rehab area. Fox Rehabilitation partners with Signature Senior Living Lititz to provide physical therapy and occupational therapy rehab services for the community.

The tour of the facility was comprehensive, but perhaps, the hit of the open house were the PARO robotic harp seals. Jordan Hall, assistant director of the Lancaster facility, and Victoria Warfel RN, wellness director of the Lititz facility, explained the seals to interested guests. Warfel said that the seals are used in the memory support area. Seymour is the Lititz facility’s seal, while the Lancaster facility’s seal is named Lucy. Each robotic seal can recognize its name and residents’ voices as well as tone of voice. It and responds to being petted, cuddled and talked to and reproduces the sounds that a real harp seal makes in various situations.

“Harp seals were chosen because people don’t have expectations of a harp seal. If it were a cat or dog, people expect them to act in a certain way, and some people are allergic to cats and dogs or may be fearful of dogs. The harp seal can be whatever people want it to be, and it’s proven to reduce stress in patients,” Warfel explained, adding that there are about 100 of the robotic seals in the US.

Jordan Hall (left) and Victoria Warfel hold one of the therapeutic robotic harp seals.

Jordan Hall (left) and Victoria Warfel hold one of the therapeutic robotic harp seals.

Burnes Alles said that the official opening of Signature Senior Living Lancaster Personal and Memory Care Community is just weeks away. She added that Signature Senior Living is currently looking at additional locations throughout state to build additional personal and memory care communities.

For more information about Signature Senior Living, visit SignatureSeniorLiving.com or call 283-4355.

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