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William Penn Care Center and Loyalhanna Continuing Care Campus
Helping Westmoreland County Seniors Age in Place
By Daniel Casciato

As a continuing care retirement community, William Penn Care Center in Jeanette, and its sister campus, Loyalhanna Continuing Care Campus in Latrobe, are guiding residents in achieving the highest degree of independence by providing excellent care in a healthy, safe, and comfortable environment. Together, they offer skilled and long term care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, hospice, respite and short-term care.

A continuing care retirement community allows seniors the ability to enjoy all levels of care and age in place from independent living to skilled nursing care. When a resident is in need of medical care, they can rehabilitate or stay long term at our skilled nursing facility. If they are able to progress to a higher functioning level the option exists for them to age in place at the independent/personal care suites. The facilities' most important underlying philosophy is to provide residents with compassionate and quality care in a home like environment.

William Penn Continuing Care Campus is a certified Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) as certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance. This designation simply means that it provides multiple levels of care in one campus, allowing residents to move between levels of care as their needs change.

The campus differs from a traditional CCRC by not requiring large down payments or what is referred to as a "life care contract." It simply provides the varying levels of service with a more traditional monthly rental rate structure. Movement between levels is offered as preferred placement within the campus. Independent living apartments or short-term medical services can be obtained by moving less than 200 feet to the next building. 

Loyalhanna Continuing Care Campus is a skilled nursing facility located in Latrobe, PA. The facility offers a wide variety of therapies and services and is licensed by the Department of Health for the approval of both Medicare and Medical Assistance. The goal of the facility is to assist each resident to achieve the highest degree of independence through the provision of quality resident care, in a healthy, safe and comfortable environment.  

The most important aspect of a continuing care facility such as William Penn Care Center and Loyalhanna Continuing Care Campus is that it allows residents to age in place.  

Both William Penn Care Campus and Loyalhanna Care Campus were honored this year by the Tribune Review readers. William Penn Care Center  was voted  the 'Quest for the Best' Gold winner as the #1 nursing home for the fourth consecutive year while William Penn Senior Suites & Personal Care won the gold for 'Quest for the Best' for the first time this year.  Loyalhanna Care was voted Quest for the Best Silver Winner, while Loyalhanna Care Senior Suites and Personal Care was voted Quest for the Best Bronze Winner.

In addition to these accolades, another way that William Penn Care Center distinguishes itself from other continuing care retirement communities is respiratory therapists are available 24/7 in the state-of the-art pulmonary/ventilator unit.  

If you are just starting your search for a continuing care facility for a loved one, the staff recommends touring both facilities. While it may be difficult for families to move a loved one to a continuing care community, the facilities strive to make this transition easier for families and their loved ones.

Senior management from William Penn Care Center and Loyalhanna Continuing Care Campus contributed to this article.

For more information, visit www.williampenncc.com and www.loyalhannacc.com

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