Health Care for Life

Personal Care

Fostering Independence through Caring Support

The intimate size of our Personal Care residence enhances the family feeling that fills our entire senior living community. Meet a few of our friendly residents in our photo gallery.

For every new Personal Care resident, we establish an individualized plan of care that empowers him or her to live as independently as possible. Our longtime staff members provide varying levels of assistance with bathing, grooming, medication management, health monitoring and other daily life activities.

We also welcome temporary, or short-term, residents who are recovering from surgery or an illness and want to transition home from the hospital or rehabilitation center at a not-for-profit, faith-based organization in a location rich with history. All guests enjoy the same amenities as our full-time Personal Care residents, including:

  • Furnished private rooms and shared suites
  • Activity rooms and lounges
  • Dining room that serves homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fitness/exercise room
  • Chapel
  • Beauty salon
  • Social and recreational calendar
  • Walking trail and garden
  • Library with Internet access
  • Gift shop
  • Lifelong Learning Academy, Senior ACTS and other community programs

Personal Care FAQs

Why should I choose Personal Care at SpiriTrust Lutheran®, The Village at Gettysburg?

The Village at Gettysburg, formerly known as the Gettysburg Lutheran Retirement Community, is backed by SpiriTrust Lutheran®, a faith-based, not-for-profit provider that places people before profits. At SpiriTrust Lutheran®, we don’t just serve the community; we are committed to it. We believe that our role is to provide the foundation for the very best senior citizen housing by offering access to quality care, services and lifestyle options. It’s a responsibility we take to heart, and we are firmly committed to ensuring that community needs are met.

What’s the difference between Personal Care and Assisted Living?

Personal Care offers meals, living accommodations and personal assistance or supervision with activities of daily living, while Assisted Living provides the same services plus supplemental health care services.

At The Village at Gettysburg, we offer Skilled Care so that Personal Care residents who need additional medical services can move to a higher level of care right in our community.

Must I be a member of a Lutheran church to be accepted for admission?

No. Our mission to serve and care was born out of faith — faith that guides every decision we make concerning those who turn to us for care. That faith is what sets us apart. While our beliefs are rooted in Lutheran heritage, we recognize that faith is different for everyone. We warmly welcome those of differing faith journeys and life experiences at our faith-based community.

Do I have to be a resident of a SpiriTrust Lutheran® senior living community to be admitted to the Personal Care or Skilled Care residences?

No. However, current residents have priority access to higher levels of care.

Will I be able to order my meals from a menu?

Yes. Our dining room operates like a restaurant, with service by wait staff, and seasonal weekly menus. Breakfast includes a variety of hot and cold selections. Two daily entrees, plus an expansive “anytime menu,” are available at both lunch and dinner. Outside of typical dining hours, a separate menu featuring a variety of items, such as delicious salads and sandwiches, is available.

May I have guests?

Yes. Family and friends are always welcome at our warm, friendly retirement community. They can join you anytime for meals as well as visits in your room, the lounges or outdoor areas. Pets are also permitted to visit.

Is transportation provided?

Yes. We provide scheduled transportation to medical appointments, outings, shopping trips and more. There may be an additional charge for some transportation services.

May I use my own doctor?

Residents continue to see their own physicians and other medical providers in the greater Gettysburg community.

Can you accommodate my loved one for a short-term stay?

Yes. We offer respite care if a room is available.

What steps do I need to take to become a resident in Personal Care?

Take these steps:

  1. Schedule an appointment with our Personal Care Home Administrator.
  2. Complete an application for review.
  3. Obtain medical approval. We will provide you with a medical evaluation form to take to your personal physician.
  4. Meet with our health services manager for a pre-admission assessment. The assessment is an opportunity for us to learn more about your preferences and discuss your personal service needs.

Will I attend an orientation at move in?

Yes. We realize that transitioning to a Personal Care residence can be stressful. Our staff will meet with you to help you settle in and get to know our retirement community. They are also available on an ongoing basis to answer any questions.

May I bring my own furniture?

Yes. We do provide furnished rooms but encourage residents to personalize their suites. All personal furniture and furnishings you wish to bring should be reviewed with the Personal Care home administrator prior to move in.

What happens if I need additional assistance in the future?

Among the benefits of living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (or CCRC) are the levels of care offered. In addition to three levels of support within Personal Care, seniors take comfort in knowing that Skilled Care and Rehabilitation Services, including physical therapy, are available throughout the continuum. SpiriTrust Lutheran® Home Care & Hospice can also provide additional services.

Does Medicare cover some of the cost for Personal Care?

No. Medicare is your health insurance and does not cover Personal Care. Medicare frequently covers Skilled Care and Rehabilitation Services after certain criteria have been met. For more information about Medicare, contact the Social Security Administration at 800.772.1213.

If my funds deplete, will I be asked to leave?

No. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements at time of entrance, abide by the rules and regulations of SpiriTrust Lutheran®, have not unethically spent down your funds, and maintain your eligibility for Medicare and other third-party reimbursements, you will not be required to leave.

Are pets permitted?

Yes. Well-behaved pets are welcome to visit. Pets must be leashed and have current vaccinations. Any pet-related damage is the responsibility of the owner.

Is smoking permitted?

No. All of our senior living communities, including The Village at Gettysburg, are smoke-free. It is our desire to offer a safe and healthy environment at all of our retirement communities.

Do I need long-term care insurance to move to The Village at Gettysburg?

While it’s not mandatory, long-term care insurance might help to cover the costs of Skilled Care, Personal Care or Home Health Care services. If you have long-term care insurance, please check the terms of your policy.

If I live in a Personal Care setting, and then need temporary or permanent medical care, can I move into a Skilled Care residence? How is the transition handled? What happens to my Personal Care suite?

An advantage of moving to The Village at Gettysburg is that it offers multiple levels of care. Residents can move through the continuum of care as needed and as appropriate. If you move from Personal Care on a temporary basis, you would continue to pay the per-diem rate for this service.

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