‘Right at Home Here Right Away’

‘Right at Home Here Right Away’

May 16, 2016

Patricia “Pat” Smith raised three children in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and lived there for over 50 years with her late husband, G. Wayne Smith. She was deeply involved at First Baptist Church and the local hospital as a volunteer. She played bridge with friends. She was a member of groups that raised funds for education and women’s issues.

But there came a time when Pat couldn’t take care of the house, the car and the yard by herself. Her daughter Leslie Smith Frank had taught mindfulness classes at Glenmeadow for many years and developed close connections with staff; she introduced Pat to the idea of Glenmeadow as a new home, and Pat made the move in June 2015.

“Of course it was a gigantic change. It was a completely different lifestyle to come here,” says Pat, who has three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. “I just felt right at home here right away. Everybody was so nice and helpful, and I made real friends very soon.”

Pat is one of 156 residents who loves and appreciates the easy, quality lifestyle at Glenmeadow. So that others might have the benefit of her viewpoint, Glenmeadow will open the doors to some of its apartments on Sunday, May 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Area residents who are considering alternative living situations, for themselves or for someone they care about, are welcome to stop by, look at floors plans, meet staff and visit with residents like Pat.

Visitors can also learn about Glenmeadow’s programs that serve the wider community, such as Glenmeadow Getaways, the travel program, and the Lifestyle Pass, through which community members can access programs and amenities at the retirement community but live in their current home.

Home and property services, such as housekeeping and handyman services, are also available to those 62 and over living throughout the area through Glenmeadow at Home.

Pat now plays bridge four afternoons a week in several Glenmeadow clubs. She sings in the Glee Club, takes yoga class, and she sees Leslie and her husband, James Frank and their four grown children as often as they are able. Pat goes on Glenmeadow’s various trips to the symphony and other events, and she attends the frequent musical programs and lectures on site.

“I’ve just been made to feel at home here very quickly, and I think I’ve adjusted to the new lifestyle very nicely,” she says. “I think it’s a beautiful, beautiful area, and Glenmeadow itself is quite lovely.”

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