News From Laurel View Village

Now Welcoming New Residents in Personal Care

By Angela Rizzo | December 20, 2016

We have completed upgrades in a number of our Personal Care suites, and we are now welcoming new residents. If you have been considering a change now might be the time to visit and investigate the amenities offered in Personal Care at Laurel View Village. First of all, please understand this is not nursing care. Our Personal Care residents are very active; they just want the assurance that help is nearby 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for medications, bathing, therapy, and so on. We offer studio apartments or two room suites that include bedroom, living area, kitchenette and full bath. Closet space is generous, and all meals are included. We have a dedicated dining room for our…

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Laurel View Village to begin MUSIC & MEMORY Certification

By Angela Rizzo | December 15, 2016
Music and Memory at Laurel View Village

December 7, 2016 –  How many times have you heard a song and a wave of memories comes back? Songs can make you happy, help you reminisce and tap deep emotions. The MUSIC & MEMORY program is all about bringing joy into the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia and a wide range of cognitive and physical impairments. Laurel View Village (LVV) will begin the certification and implementation of MUSIC and MEMORY in 2017. LVV will become one of over 3,000 certified facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, but one of the first in the Somerset and Cambria County region. According to MUSIC & MEMORY, the approach is simple, elegant and effective: We train professionals in…

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Opening Minds Through Art Program Offered at Laurel View Village

By Angela Rizzo | December 15, 2016
Opening Minds Through Art

December 7, 2016 – Laurel View Village has partnered with Mount Aloysius College to offer residents the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. The program has allowed ten Mount Aloysius students to be paired with ten residents to create art and meaningful relationships through the eight week course. The OMA program has been implemented under the direction of Dr. Donald Talbot, professor of English and Fine Art at Mount Aloysius. According to the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) website, the program is a Scripps intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. OMA’s mission is to build bridges across age…

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Reserve now for Thanksgiving Dinner at the Oakwood

By siteadmin | November 9, 2016
Thanksgiving at Laurel View Village

Call (814) 288-2880 to reserve your family’s table on Thanksgiving Day at the lovely Oakwood Restaurant.  

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WJAC News Reports on Our Mat Ministry

By siteadmin | June 16, 2016

The folks from our Mat Ministry are once again in the spotlight. A local TV news feature will  highlight the Laurel View Village Mat Ministry in its “Making a Difference” feature. The story titled “Mats for the Homeless” is reported by WJAC’s Lindsay Ward, and will air on WJAC TV 6 on Friday morning, June 17 in the 5 AM and 6 AM morning newscasts. The story will also be posted on the WJAC website, and we will post a link here when it comes available. Congratulations to all in our Mat Ministry. We are proud of the good work you do.

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Everyday Heroes: Volunteers Honored for Service

By siteadmin | April 22, 2016
Smiling Volunteer with Certificate at Laurel View Village Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 2016

Laurel View Village recently honored our many dedicated volunteers, “Our Everyday Heroes.” Our 2016 Annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast was our public thanks to all our Village and local community residents who generously gave of their time in the past year. Village staff and our Board of Trustees expressed gratitude for the countless contributions our volunteers made and continue to make throughout the Village. They help to pack our famous apple dumplings for festivals, weave mats for the homeless, read newspapers or write notes for residents in skilled nursing care. They serve as volunteer drivers, wheelchair pushers, assistant gardeners, and companions; there are so many quiet acts of kindness happening everyday at Laurel View. The entire Village is grateful to all…

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From Grocery Bag to Useful Art: Our Mat Ministry Helps the Homeless

By siteadmin | February 1, 2016
Photo of Photo of Mat Makers at Laurel View Village

A growing number of folks who live at Laurel View Village have been working diligently on an unusual ministry to help the homelsss. They have been creating useful mats from thousands of plastic shopping bags. The results are amazingly beautiful, thick and water resistant. Our mats which measure approximately six feet by three feet are perfect for under sleeping bags. They keep the fabric dry and off the ground, and are very light weight. Our ministry has distributed 54 mats to date to homeless shelters in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Fredericksburg, VA, Somerset and Johnstown. It takes approximately 20 hours to hand crochet one of our jumbo mats. The color choices and patterns that our volunteers have created are truly beautiful. Our…

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New CEO Joins Laurel View Village

By siteadmin | October 31, 2015
Residents Greet New CEO Michelle Rassler

Our Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michelle N. Rassler from eastern Pennsylvania is our new CEO. She started work today at Laurel View Village and spent much of her first day getting to know staff and residents. “Everyone has been so welcoming,” said Michelle. “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to be here and help Laurel View Village grow and prosper long into the future.” Our new CEO has over 16 years of administrative experience with continuing care retirement communities in Allentown and Frederick, PA, plus financial experience managing the Bureau of Collections in Lehigh County. She has also been involved in leadership training and coaching for LeadingAge PA, our state division of the nation’s most respected elder…

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Residents Enjoy Day Trips

By siteadmin | October 9, 2015

Our residents love to go places, and day trips are some of our most popular campus activities. Many of our day trips are free to our residents; others may have an admission charge. Recently a group of Vista, Townhome and Cambridge Place residents jumped on our Laurel View bus and headed out on a free excursion to Tranquility Gardens in the Menoher Heights area of Johnstown. Tranquility Gardens features classical statuary in majestic forested settings. Our residents walked the trails and enjoyed picnicing on the  grounds. Another day our staff arranged for lunch at the Coal Miners Cafe and an afternoon of live theatre at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown. There was a charge for this trip, but our staff did…

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New 3D Panoramas Added to Our Web Site

By siteadmin | August 19, 2015
3D panorama photo of Laurel View Village Townhome, Davidsville, PA

We send thanks to a very special young man, Dylan Conrad, and his dad, Adam Conrad, broker at Perry Wellington Real Estate in Johnstown. Adam volunteered his new 3D camera and software to create very cool virtual tours of a Vista and a Cambridge Place apartment as well as one of our Townhomes. Dylan took the room by room photos. Lori Knox recruited volunteers willing to allow photography of their homes, and now we are proud to display these panoramas on our website. Viewers can click on an overhead or a “dollhouse” version of each apartment (seen above) and then use their mouse to scroll through each residence. The images are striking, and we hope they will help web visitors…

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