"I wanted a place my parents would call home," says daughter, Karen.
“I wanted a place my parents would call home,” says daughter, Karen.

When Karen toured The Hearth at Drexel with the Executive Director, Betty Bebian, she believed she found a perfect solution for the care and support that her parents needed.

Karen says, “Although Mom and Dad had lived independently all their lives, their needs for care and daily support were increasing. We didn’t want a clinical environment with restrictions and call- bells, but a place they could call home.”

Opened in June in Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, The Hearth represents a new approach to Assisted Living and features the shared warmth of households and the opportunity to enjoy their meals and conversation with neighbors around the dining room table.

Betty Bebian says, “It’s unlike the typical personal care environment. Each of our four households are fully equipped and beautifully furnished to enhance the daily lives of our residents. Our goal is ‘resident – centered’ care –to nurture each person’s dignity, and encourage them to use their abilities and preferences when choosing their daily activities and meals.”

Moving is overwhelming at any age- it’s a big adjustment. Karen recalls, “I wasn’t sure how a move like this would go for my dad – but it was really fine. In the warmer weather we sat on the porch – he loved that – and my mother has improved so much.”

Although Karen’s mother had experienced a series of falls before moving to The Hearth, she now enjoys walking through the halls and participating in some group activities.

Karen says, “I appreciate that The Hearth is affiliated with a faith-based organization – its core underpinning is reflected in the loving way the staff have been, from the housekeepers and maintenance, to the nurses and administration. Add to that, it’s beautiful here, and we believe our parents are in the best place possible at this stage of their lives.”

 

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