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Finding the Best Fit in Senior Living

Katie Kensinger | Juniper Communities


We are fortunate to have a variety of senior living communities in our region, and the options are as varied as the individuals living in them. Considering the needs and goals for you or someone you care about can help determine the most appropriate type of care.

An independent living community typically provides full apartment-style living or cottages. It

also may offer services such as meals, housekeeping, social activities, and transportation.

Personal care communities offer as little or as much help as one needs to stay actively engaged in life. Unlike independent living, personal care offers assistance with bathing, dressing, medication management, and social connection. Communities like Juniper Village even offer programming throughout each day, such as art lessons, exercise classes, lifelong learning opportunities, and happy hour!


Memory care communities are designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. They must have 24-hour support and structured activities to ensure quality of life for residents. Also, most memory care communities have a highly trained team. For instance, Juniper’s memory care associates are Certified Dementia Practitioners. This specific training focuses on the resident’s abilities – assisting with the things they cannot do, while promoting their strengths in an engaging way.


Long-term care communities, formerly known as nursing homes, combine many amenities of personal care with full-time, around-the-clock professional medical care. They typically offer physical, occupational, and speech therapies, as well as skilled nursing care by licensed and certified team members.


Short-term rehabilitation is often the best choice to ease the transition between the hospital and home, especially if you or someone you care for is recovering from an accident, injury, or elective surgery. Short-term rehabilitation is normally less than 30 days (often as little as a week) and provides a targeted approach to recovery. Specialized teams focus on getting you back in action as quickly as possible by developing a collaborative plan tailored to your condition and goals.


Juniper Village at Brookline is a senior living community in State College that offers each of these options. Our campus is home to approximately 240 mature, vibrant adults. It is a place where our team of compassionate professionals nurture the spirit of life in each individual through programs that encourage active bodies, engaged minds and fulfilled spirits. At Juniper Village, we believe that the keys to healthy aging are keeping fit and staying socially connected – to each other and to the broader community.


Moving is never an easy decision. It’s important to research different communities before making a final choice. If you are interested in learning more about Juniper Village at Brookline, Kurt Knauff can assist you with any questions you may have about short-term rehabilitation or skilled nursing. Sarah Gority can help to you navigate options in independent living, personal care, or memory care. Please call us at 814-238-3193. We’d love for you to stop by for a visit!

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