It is true – some things just get better with age. Case in point: The Mary J. Drexel Home in Bala Cynwyd. The historic nursing home has experienced a magnificent transformation, which was celebrated with a grand re-opening in June as The Hearth at Drexel.
New Name Represents New Approach to Senior Living on the Main Line
The historic Mary J. Drexel Home, which formerly served the personal care and skilled nursing needs of senior residents on the Main Line for more than 100 years, announced its name change today to “The Hearth at Drexel.” The name change represents a new approach to senior living, as the community gets closer to reopening in 2014.
During this time of year, we are reminded of the hope, love, joy and peace of the holiday season. At our senior communities, we are thankful for you. You give us the tools to provide compassionate care to those who need extra help today, whether living at one of our four communities or in their own home.
By: Karen Read, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Senior Living
If you live in, work at or visit any of our Liberty Lutheran Senior Communities, (Artman, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, The Village at Penn State, and Mary J. Drexel) chances are you have heard or read about “culture change” and may be wondering what it is. In long term living, culture change is a transformational organizational shift from the institutional medical model of care to a “person centered” model that emphasizes individual choice and recognizes that each individual is unique and must be celebrated. At Liberty Lutheran Senior Communities we call our culture change journey the “Liberty Way”.
Many parents look forward to the day their adult children will have children of their own. That’s because becoming a grandparent is a way to touch the future and an opportunity to bring all the generations in a family closer together.
Studies by organizations like the Society for Research in Child Development show grandparents have the potential to play key roles in the lives of their grandchildren and that intergenerational relationships offer multiple benefits to both young and old.
Mary J Drexel is in a state of evolution. The former nursing home off Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd joined the Liberty Lutheran Family of Services in 2008 and is in the midst of a major transformation that will allow for a new model for care and community life for older adults at this historic site. Changes have been under way since the spring of 2012, when the building that housed the former nursing home and the cottage were demolished. Now that the summer of 2013 is winding down, new buildings are in place and the project is really taking shape.
For the last 150 years, Mary J Drexel on Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd has been a symbol of excellence for the nursing care of older adults. It joined the Liberty Lutheran Family of Services in 2008 and today is in midst of a major transformation that will allow for a new model for care and community life for older adults at this historic site.
Crews are hard at work these days to turn the property into a state-of-the-art Assisted Living Community. The former nursing home and cottage were demolished in the spring of 2012. Dave DeLuca, Director of Real Estate for Liberty Lutheran, said they were able to get some materials in the ground before the winter and then battled through the cold and freezing weather to lay the foundation before spring.
“Every day it wasn’t snowing, we were here working on the rock and working on the foundation pieces,” DeLuca explained.