Major Traffic Pattern Changes at Messiah Village

As we get closer to welcoming the first residents to move into Village Square this fall, several major changes will happen with our Mt. Allen entrances and parking around campus. On September 29, the old main entrance will be reopened to traffic and will bring visitors into the newly expanded Purple parking lot. This lot will be primarily for guests as door #1 will be the preferred entry point for the Village Center. This newly designed road coming into campus will be known as the Village Way entrance. On October 2, the temporary two-way “main” entrance and exit near Messiah Circle/Donegal will return to a one-way exit only. Please use extreme caution. Measures are being taken, including road signage, to advise drivers of the change in traffic patterns. You will also note new directional and way-finding signs being installed around October 2 in preparation for the new buildings and patterns.

Team member parking is being adjusted. The back row of the new Purple lot will be for team members with parking tags. The Yellow Lot near the chapel will transition from guest parking to team member parking on October 2. Please note that Wellness and U-GRO spots will remain designated near the Chapel. The Wellness spots will become guest parking spots early next year when the Center for Vitality & Wellness is fully operational.

Messiah Circle Reopens

On October 2, the portion of Messiah Circle that has been closed off during construction (under the Kibler Bridge) will reopen so a continuous driving loop will be restored. Please note, however, that access to the actual Village Square building is currently limited to incoming Village Square residents when they move in and the staff supporting them until November 8 when common spaces open. In the meantime, you can enjoy driving or walking under the Kibler Bridge!

Resident & Guest Services

The Village Center Resident & Guest Services (formerly known as the receptionist desk) will return to its original location near the Gift Development Office & Wagner Transitional Care.On September 29, residents and team members will need a FOB/badge to swipe at the Chapel doors. Guests can also use the Chapel stenophone system, between 7 am & 7 pm, to call the desk and request entry. After 7 pm, anyone without a FOB/badge will need to enter door #1 as the Resident & Guest Services


New Private Nursing Rooms Set to Open

The first phase of Project Envision is ready to be celebrated!
On Sunday, July 30, guests are invited to Messiah Village for self-guided tours of the brand-new Engle and Greenwood Nursing Neighborhoods. The open house will run from 2 pm – 5 pm. Each neighborhood will be home to 16 residents who will enjoy private suites with a personal bedroom and bathroom with shower. Each neighborhood boasts an open concept kitchen and a great room and living room with fireplaces and built-ins to provide plenty of bright, common space. The views from these new areas are spectacular!

The Engle Neighborhood is named in honor of former Messiah Village residents, the late Dr. Harold H. Engle and the late Miss Alma Engle. The siblings were both well-known medical professionals and their combined estate gifts were among the leading charitable gifts for this project. A special art commission by noted calligrapher Timothy Botts honoring the family and celebrating their naming gift will be unveiled at a private reception in late July.

Residents should begin moving into these private rooms in August. At this time, there are still a few private rooms available for qualified applicants. If you are interested in a loved one moving to one of these new nursing neighborhoods, please reach out to the Messiah Lifeways Welcome Center at 717.790.8201 or email

Fitch Ratings Affirms Messiah Lifeways as Stable through April 2018

In a press release dated April 5, Fitch Ratings affirmed the Messiah Lifeways ‘BBB-‘ rating on the following bonds issued on our behalf:
–$24,080,000 West Shore Area Authority Revenue Bonds (Messiah Village Project), Series A of 2015;

–$10,000,000 Cumberland County Municipal Authority Revenue Bonds (Messiah Village Project) Series A of 2008.

“This is great news,” stated CEO Curt Stutzman. “It’s good confirmation that we are remaining financially stable during the Project Envision expansion. I’m grateful for a solid team that manages our finances with great care.”

The bonds mentioned here are related to the first phase of Project Envision, a major Messiah Village campus expansion.  Construction on three separate sites is now over 60% complete with some spaces expected to open in late July or early August.  Village Square, the Hopewell personal care neighborhood, and the Engle and Greenwood private nursing neighborhoods are all expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2017.

To read the entire release, visit the Fitch Ratings website here.

Campus Expansion in the News

The campus expansion at Messiah Village made front-page news in the February 6 edition of The Sentinel. Reporter Phyllis Zimmerman interviewed VP Kristen Heisey and others to bring readers all the latest news from Project Envision. If you missed the Sentinel’s great coverage, catch up here. It’s estimated that the project is at nearly 60% completion. The Greenwood & Engle nursing neighborhoods could open  as early as August 2017.

Nursing Renovation Preparation

Wohlsen Construction will start setting up their job trailer and installing construction fence to the left side of the Donegal entrance on Friday, September 9. Renovations to the nursing neighborhoods is expected to start later in September. Also, portions of the temporary Green (Nittany lawn) lot will be used by Wohlsen for supply staging and parking. Please use extra caution in all these areas and stay tuned for details.

Partial Road Closure July 26-27

Upper Allen Township has indicated that a portion of Mount Allen Drive will be closed July 26-27.  This will affect ALL traffic entering our campus from the Route 15/ Winding Hill  interchange.

  • Directional sign boards will be in place.
  • The suggested route for Messiah Village visitors would be to use the Bowmansdale exit from Rt. 15, then to Kim Acres Drive.  From there, entrance can be made at the West side of campus, or follow Nittany Drive which leads back to Mt. Allen Drive.

Please take note of this temporary change in traffic pattern. Thank you!

True or False: Long Term Care for Seniors

Long-Term Care: True or False?

From nursing homes to hospice care, or Medicare to power of attorneys, there are many myths and misconceptions about long-term care in Pennsylvania. Often long-term care and its details can be misinterpreted, miscommunicated, may be outdated or, in some cases, difficult to thoroughly understand. As older adults and/or their families begin to navigate the waters of long-term care, the journey can become complicated. With numerous options and decisions to be made, coupled with medical and insurance jargon and the fast pace of healthcare, making the right decision about the care you or a loved one needs is a challenge. This is especially true for those entering this labyrinth for the very first time.

Below is a sampling of a few common myths and misconceptions people have about long-term care, along with the answers to some of these often asked questions. Some answers may surprise you; others may affirm your knowledge, and some will help you make swifter and more educated choices. It should also help individuals plan ahead and get a better handle on terminology, plus shed light on the cost of care and whether you are financially prepared. Take the test and see how you fare.


1.      Personal care homes and assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania are one in the same. 

2.      Medicare pays for personal care/assisted living in Pennsylvania. 

3.      The monthly median cost of a one-bedroom in an assisted living residence or personal care home in Pennsylvania is $3,555. 

4.      The percentage of those 65+ living in nursing homes at any one point across the U.S. is approximately 15%. 

5.      The percentage of those 65+ that will need some form of long-term care (community based and/or facility based care) is 95%. 

6.      Medicare pays for long-term care in a nursing facility indefinitely. 

7.      The annual median cost of a semi-private (shared) nursing bed in Pennsylvania is $73,753. 

8.      Nursing Homes take all your money up front including your home, even if your spouse is still living there.

9.      The percentage of U.S. retirees with $100,000 or less in savings and investments is 71%.

10.   Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death.

11.   Hospice is not limited to the 6-month terminal illness diagnosis.

12.   A person must be competent to sign a Power of Attorney or Advance Directive/Living Will. 


1.      False! In 2011, the Office of Long-Term Living under the PA Department of Human Services began to license Personal Care Homes (PCH) and Assisted Living Residences (ALR) as two separate levels of care in PA. Though similar, there are differences based on concept, construction, and level of care. Currently there are approximately 1,200 licensed personal care homes in Pennsylvania as compared to only 35 licensed assisted living residences.²

2.      False! The only level of domicile/residential care that Medicare Part A covers is nursing care. This coverage is based on medical necessity and most often requires a qualifying stay in an acute care hospital.

3.      True! The average median cost is $3,555, which is an annual median cost of $42,660.¹ Despite their being a difference in licensure; current financial data for the cost of personal care and assisted living are lumped together. In Pennsylvania, these costs are out-of-pocket almost exclusively. 

4.      False! Estimates between 2013-2015 states anywhere from 3.1 to 3.4% of those ages 65+ live in institutional settings such as nursing homes at any one point. 

5.      False! The number currently stands around 70%.² Though most seniors won’t move into a nursing home long-term (see question 4), this statistic shows that a majority will need care and services provided by family and/or professionals both inside or outside the home. 

6.      False, False, False! Medicare Part A covers the cost of skilled nursing care for a limited benefit period. For more details on coverage and benefit periods, please go to

7.      False! The annual average median cost for a shared nursing accommodation in PA is $105,485.¹ 

8.      False!!! Nursing homes are fee-for-service and charge a daily rate and bill on a monthly basis, much like paying a monthly rental. Therefore there is no upfront payment or entrance fee. Secondly, thanks to the enactment of spousal impoverishment rules, if a spouse or dependent child still lives in the house, the home is protected from having to be liquidated to pay for nursing care. Furthermore, a specific amount of joint assets is protected for the spouse still living in the community. To learn more about spousal impoverishment rules, visit

9.      True! Very sadly almost ¾ of retirees in the U.S. have less than $100,000 saved for retirement.³ Compare that to the annual median cost of a semi-private nursing room in PA, and you get a sense of how long (or not) your retirement savings might last.

10.   True! Hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized knowledge of medical care, including pain management. The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s last days by offering comfort and dignity.

11.   True! Hospice services can extend well beyond 6 months as long as their physician certifies the need.

12.   True! In PA, after the Power of Attorney (POA) or an advance directive is drafted, the principal (the person making the POA) must be capable of understanding the document in order to sign it. However, elder law attorneys state that if a person suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease has a “lucid moment” and are competent at the moment, they can still sign these documents and they would remain valid even if they do not remember signing it later on.


12 correct – very impressive!
8-11 correct – good job!
4-7 correct – definite room for improvement
0-3 correct – you better call the Coach for help! >

This list of questions could go on and on, and there is so much to learn. So if you have another question that isn’t on this list, please contact Messiah Lifeways Coaching at 717.591.7225 or email

¹Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey 2015
²Pennsylvania HealthCare Association, Long-Term Care Trends and Statistics
³Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald & Associates, 2004-2016 Retirement Confidence Surveys