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Sacred Heart Villa of Reading Helps Meals on Wheels of Berks County


Each month several residents of Sacred Heart Villa in Laureldale, PA volunteer to bake cookies for the Meals on Wheels program of Berks County. In the lower level of the facility, ladies work together and have fun organizing ingredients, mixing, and placing the batter on the cookie tray. The cookies are then picked-up by Meals on Wheels of Berks, run by BerksEncore, and inserted into the meals as treats and desserts to many seniors in the greater Berks County region.

Meals on Wheels of Berks County has over 1,000 volunteers strong and growing. They promote Healthy Living with yummy recipes and the best local fitness programs. Additionally, they have a Grocery Shopping Program with Redner’s Warehouse Markets to offer grocery delivery service directly to your home. A Food Bank is offered through a partnership with the Greater Berks Food Bank. Additionally, two of Berks Encore’s centers host monthly food banks.

Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit

The Massacre that Gave Life to the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart

The Event that Created the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ

Many Catholics and non-Catholics alike are familiar with the beneficence of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart. They are seen in schools, hospitals and in other settings around the world compassionately serving humankind. Who would think that this loving group would have been brutually attacked and killed? Who would think that God would have used this tragedy for good, putting the Missionary Sisters on the map and prompting many young women to join their ranks of servitude?

One hundred ago years in Papua New Guinea a fledgling Catholic missionary group was massacred by natives. As the story of the killing spread around the globe, numerous women wanted to devote their lives to serving God and volunteered to go to Papua New Guinea. So many volunteered to go to South Pacific nation that many women were re-assigned to other countries. The event spring boarded the nuns into service around the globe and their impact is still strongly felt today.




In Berks County, the Missionary Sisters operate Sacred Heart Villa, a personal care home in the park-like setting atop of hill in Laureldale outside Reading. Here the aging seniors like peacefully among the Sisters in the beautiful facility. Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit


What is the Difference Between Personal Care And Assisted Living?


What is the Difference Between Personal Care And Assisted Living?

For a long time in Pennsylvania the terms Assisted Living and Personal Care were synonymous prior to 2011. At the time, Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare issued licenses entitled "Personal Care Home," while marketers at personal care homes adopted the phrase "assisted living" to appeal to consumers.

In 2011, the Pennsylvania Office of Long-Term Living began to license "Assisted Living Residences" (ALR) separately from Personal Care Homes (PCH). Since then, any facility using the terms assisted living in describing or marketing their services must meet the criteria associated with ALR compliance.

Why Assisted Living?
The creation of the Assisted Living service model was intended to bridge the care gap between traditional personal care homes and skilled nursing centers and to do so at a lower cost than skilled nursing care.

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's Assisted Living Definition

The PA DPW's web site reads:

ALRs are different from PCHs in 3 ways: concept, construction and level of care. ALRs embody the concept of allowing a resident to "age in place" without having to move to a licensed long-term care facility when their needs increase.

The construction of an ALR is different from a PCH. PCH residents live in bedrooms that may be shared by up to 4 people. ALR residents will have living units with kitchen capacity. No one will be forced to share a living unit. Living units will have a door with a lock and a private bathroom. This housing-service model will allow for privacy and maximum independence. It is similar to a studio apartment where the resident can make meals if desired and have a private bathroom.

The level of care provided in an ALR is distinguishable from a PCH, offering another choice of long-term living options in the commonwealth. A person who needs the level of care of a nursing facility must transfer when their needs become too great. That same person, however, will be able to live in an ALR where they'll be provided with the services they need to age in place.

More information is found at

If you have additional questions about Assisted Living and Personal Care Homes call Sacred Heart Villa, a personal care home in Berks County at 610-929-5751.

Tips for Berks Seniors to Stay Cool During the Summer


Tips for Berks Seniors to Stay Cool During the Summer

Sacred Heart Villa of Laureldale, outside of Reading, PA is a personal care home that serves seniors. The staff at Sacred Heart Villa encourages all older adults to enjoy summer and to stay safe. Below is background and tips to stay cool.

Nearly 400 Americans die from heat stroke caused by heat waves each year and most of the victims are elderly. Heat stroke is defined typically as hyperthermia exceeding 106 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop over a number of days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.
 Elderly people, particularly those with high blood pressure, are the most likely to suffer, since they are least able to control the environment they are in. Factors such as not being able to afford adequate air conditioning or not being able to move from a hot environment to a cooler one are common causes for the elderly.
 The elderly are the most likely age group to suffer from non-exertional heat stroke because of other preexisting illnesses such as dementia, heart disease, obesity and diabetes compounded by the use of medication - especially diuretics or medications prescribed for hypertension and Parkinson's disease that may affect their volume status or sweating ability. Since poorer circulation makes many seniors feel too cold in air conditioned spaces they may want to reach for a sweater, even when it's hot outside.
There are a number of symptoms to watch for in the onset of heat exhaustion and the more serious heat stroke. These symptoms can often be confused with other conditions, leaving the condition ignored. Symptoms may include:

• heavy sweating
• tiredness
• weakness
• headache
• nausea
• fainting
• rapid pulse
• hot, dry skin
• confusion/ change in mental status

If you observe an elderly person with any of these symptoms, it is considered a medical emergency and 911 should be called immediately.
If a person appears to be suffering from symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, take actions to assist them to recover by moving them to a cooler environment, get them to drink cool, non-alcoholic drinks and cool them rapidly by fanning them and, if possible, cover them with cool, damp sheets.

To avoid the onset of heat-related conditions, elderly people can take some simple actions to minimize the risk:

• drink non-caffeinated liquids frequently and at regular intervals
• eat cool, water-rich foods such as salads, fruit, ice cream, Jello, yogurt
• keep blinds and curtains closed at home to keep the sun out
• shop in air-conditioned malls, spend time at the local senior center
• try to complete all errands in one place rather than getting in and out of a hot vehicle
• wear breathable clothing of natural fibers, such as cotton and linen.

Sacred Heart Missionary Sisters Continue to Serve in Reading

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Sacred Heart Missionary Sisters Continue to Serve in Reading

Since 1908, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have served people all over the world. Few Reading and Berks County residents know that they continue serving people right in their own backyard through their personal care home in Laureldale, PA.

The Sisters created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. Sacred Heart Villa incorporates the spirit, love and care that have been the foundation of St. Michael Convent, the Motherhouse of the Missionary Sisters.

 With the dream of enlarging their mission of caring for the aged and infirmed, the Sisters began extensive renovations to St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms.

 When the renovations were completed, Sacred Heart Villa was born. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004. There are 57 Sisters and approximately 40 other senior residents (when fully occupied) living at Sacred Heart Villa.

The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety and security in an environment of beauty and grace.

About the Sacred Heart Missionary Sisters

The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an international congregation of over 800 religious women. The United States Motherhouse is located in Reading, Pennsylvania. What began with a mere eight Sisters emigrating from Germany in 1908 grew to 408 United States Sisters. Today, there are 91 Sisters in the United States province which extends over six states and Mexico.

The charism statement of the Sisters is "Being graced by the love of Christ we are called to respond to His love and to make that love present to everyone." In responding to God's call, each Sister, including the Sisters who are retired and infirmed, uses the gifts given her to answer the needs of God's people.

In the 103 years the Sisters have been in the United States, they have cared for newborns, single mothers, orphans, the elderly in nursing homes and the terminally ill. From the beginning of life, they have tended all with great care and compassion. The Sisters are very committed to continuing their mission of bringing God's love to everyone.

The community is always welcome for a tour and to attend daily mass. For more information about Sacred Heart Villa call 610-929-5751 and visit

Reading Area Personal Care Home to Host a Picnic for Multiple Generations


Reading Area Personal Care Home to Host a Picnic for Multiple Generations

On Sunday, July 27th 2014 at Sacred Heart Villa in Reading the residents, staff and their families enjoyed a picnic at Sacred Heart Villa in Laureldale. Sacred Heart Villa is a personal care home operated by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The picnic will bring together the young and old to enjoy fellowship, good music and great food.

There was live country music from One Last Rider and homemade funnel cake from the Sacred Heart culinary staff in addition to standard picnic fare. Attendees competed in the raffles to win numerous gifts.

The beautiful Sacred Heart Villa facility and property is located in a country setting on a hilltop in Laureldale. Senior residents enjoy all inclusive pricing, nutritious meals, free transportation to medical appointments, weekly housekeeping, linen and towel service, and many other services and activities.

For a tour or more information about Sacred Heart Villa call 610-929-5751 or visit


News - Open House October 2013

Photos from the October 2013 Open House at Sacred Heart Villa.