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Reading, PA 19605

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Should I be Concerned About My Parents?

How to Identify if Mom or Dad Needs Help at Home

When we gather together for holidays and special occasions, we look forward with great anticipation to being with family and friends whom we may not see often. Absence may indeed make the heart grow fonder, but it also makes gradual changes in an aging loved one more apparent. Adult children of aging parents are often surprised and concerned at the changes they see in a parent or the household when they visit after long period of time.

The following may indicate a change in the physical or mental abilities of a parent or loved one:

• Piles of unpaid bills
• A stove that looks unused or has items piled on top
• Food in the refrigerator that has spoiled, or lack of food in the refrigerator
• The same items in the cupboards or pantry since your last visit.
• Obvious weight loss
• Your parent wears the same clothing throughout your visit.
• Nothing in the hamper or laundry basket
• Slight odor of urine or dirty hair
• Pet appears underfed or not cared for (litter box not changed, etc.)
• Too much or too little medicine remaining in bottles or medication set • Trouble finding keys or other commonly used items
• Unexplained dents and scratches on the car
• General untidiness in a previously neat home.

If you note any of these changes, make an appointment as soon as possible with the family physician or geriatrician to assess the situation. Be certain that a relative, trusted friend or advocate attends all medical appointments to ensure that any advice or changes in medication are implemented.

The loved one may benefit from having a caregiver come to the home to assist with light housekeeping, medication reminders, running errands and even to keep an eye on things. If having a caregiver in the home is not an option, perhaps it's time to consider a personal care home or assisted living facility.

The Difference between Independent and Assisted Living

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The Difference between Independent and Assisted Living
For anyone starting to shop for senior housing, there can be an overwhelming amount of terminology and lingo to become familiar with. One of the biggest questions you may have is, "What is the difference between independent and assisted living?"

The answer to that may vary from community to community, and licensing and requirements for senior housing are regulated by the state. However the major differentiators are the way they are structured, the amount of care provided, and the type of care provided.
Assisted living falls under the umbrella of Personal Care Homes. These are residential facilities that offer personal care services, assistance and supervision to four or more persons. They are inspected and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Sometimes they are advertised as "assisted living residences," "retirement homes" or "boarding homes." There are no federal regulations for personal care homes. There is no third party reimbursement for personal care homes, but many personal care homes accept residents of low income who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Independent senior living communities, also known as retirement communities, senior living communities or independent retirement communities, are housing designed for seniors 55 and older. In an independent living community, residents have the physical and mental capacity to live independently but want companionship from others his/her age. Independent living communities also offer specific services and amenities that cater to senior citizens and promote active, healthy lifestyles for the golden years.

Assisted Living
Let's first take a look at Assisted Living. Assisted Living Residences (ALRs) are designed to help people who require assistance with the activities of daily living. While they cannot live alone, they also do not require such extensive care that they need to reside within a nursing home facility. Typically, staff is available at all times to help with tasks such as cleaning, changing sheets, laundry service, help with bathing or dressing, meal preparation and transportation, to name a few. Residents can choose they level of assistance they need; for example, they can choose how many meals a day they prefer to prepare for themselves. Often the facility plans social activities and outings.
Different types of arrangements are available in assisted living facilities. For example, a smaller facility may be very home-like and house just a few residents. Alternatively, some facilities are very large and house hundreds of seniors. Some places may offer private rooms or apartments, and others have more shared space.
In January of 2011, ALRs started to be licensed under 55 Pa. Code, Chapter 2800 by the Office of Long-Term Living. Similar to Personal Care Homes (PCHs), ALRs have an initial assessment, development of a support plan, and a written contract between the resident and the residence

Independent Living
Independent Living Residences are structured to allow residents to live on their own. This concept is rapidly growing in popularity, as more seniors are choosing this alternative due to the fear of living alone or desire to be around people more regularly. Most often, Independent Living facilities offer private apartments for seniors, with several different floor plans to choose from. Meal plans are usually offered, although most apartments have fully-equipped kitchens. Similar to Assisted Living, an Independent Living facility typically plans social events and outings for residents to participate in as frequently as they choose.
Note: Nursing homes are in a classification separate from Assisted Living or Independent Living. Nursing homes are licensed medical facilities that are inspected and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. They must meet both state and federal regulations. There is third party reimbursement (Medicare and Medicaid) for those who qualify based on income.


Sacred Heart Villa to host special Christmas Masses

For those in the Reading area who seek a place to worship on Christmas Eve and / or Christmas Day, Sacred Heart Villa will be hosting special masses.

On Christmas Eve mass will be at 6 pm. Mass will also occur at 10:30 am on Christmas morning. Anyone who wishes to attend mass is invited and the cathedral is open to all.

Merry Christmas from the Missionary Sisters and your friends at Sacred Heart Villa. 



Sacred Heart Villa Events

Events in 2014

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Line Dancing 2014


Easter 2014


Hollywood Casino Bus Trip sponsored by Sacred Heart Villa

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Pick up at Klein's Transportation, Douglassville, PA at 8:45 am
Sacred Heart Villa, 51 Seminary Ave., Reading PA at 9:15 am
Arriving about 10:30am at casino, leaving at 4:30pm.

Cost: $26 per person with $25 free slot money, $5 off buffet or 25% off casual dining.
Light refreshments on bus along with door prizes.

RSVP by Monday March 24, 2014 at 610-929-5751


Brunch with the Easter Bunny

Join us for a fun day on April 13.
We are having an Easter Egg hunt and will have the Easter Bunny there for the children.

The festivities are from 11 am - 1 pm.
The egg hunt starts at 11.

$9 for adults, $6.50 for children 6-11.
Children under 5 are free!

February 14, 2014 Sacred Heart Villa's Valentine's Dance


7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. , Music by Peter Sauder
Light dinner and hors d’ oeuvres, Assorted desserts and beverages

$15.00 pp or $20.00 a couple
Paid RSVP required by Friday, February 10

(semi-formal attire)
51 Seminary Ave, Reading PA  19605 – 610-929-5751

Open House Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 6pm. We had many visitors come to visit. Photos of the event are here.

 State Senator Judy Schwank (center) 11th Senatorial District visits Sacred Heart Villa.

Sacred Heart Villa Administrator and Staff interviewed on local radio station WEEU in Reading. Watch below

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


Sacred Heart Villa offers a great working environment, and we always want to know about qualified job candidates.
If you are interested in joining our family, please come to our community to apply in person.
Sacred Heart Villa
51 Seminary Avenue
Reading, PA 19605

We are currently seeking:
Part-Time Dietary Aide
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For inquiries or to schedule a tour call 610-929-5751

Catholics in Berks County Feel at Home in Sacred Heart Villa


Home is where the heart is. For the thousands of Catholics living and aging in Reading or Berks County their faith is very personal and very important. Unfortunately for them, Sacred Heart Villa in Laureldale is one of the area’s best kept secrets for senior living. We hope now that the secret is out.

Sacred Heart Villa was formerly the 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 opened its door to all residents. Sacred Heart Villa incorporates the spirit, love and care that have been the foundation of St. Michael Convent, the Motherhouse of the Missionary Sisters.

The community is located in a park-like setting and offers spiritual people peace and tranquility. Inside the personal care home there is a full size cathedral as beautiful as any other cathedral in the Reading area. There is daily mass for the residents and the community.

If you tour the facility you will see residents enjoying the option of attending daily mass. Others enjoy watching mass on the internal television station from their room. Almost all residents feel peace and a spiritual boost from the community that is replete with religious statues and relics important to Catholicism.

Sacred Heart Villa is still home to almost 20 sisters who are retired from mission work from all over the globe. The sisters live and mingle with lay residents, eat the same food and receive the same care as the other residents.

For a personal tour and guide to senior living in the Berks area, we invite you to contact Sacred Heart Villa for a tour and information session. You will see the care and compassion of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for their residents.

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