Landis Homes' Adult Day Services Celebrates 30 Years

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In August of 1989, Landis Homes began its first adventure of serving older adults who lived in their own homes beyond the retirement community campus. There was considerable thinking and planning over many years, before the dream became a reality and the first clients were welcomed to the program in Eden West.

Because of its location on the Landis Homes campus, the center - in addition to the usual array of activities, could also offer swimming at the indoor pool, shuffleboard, hot meals, and later fitness on state-of-the-art equipment.

A reception, held in September 2019 in the newly renovated Westview community room, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of the first Adult Day Services (ADS) center at Landis Homes. Invited were local dignitaries and persons who were part of the history from the beginning and to the present.

Faith Hoover, Director of Adult Day Services, served as emcee and began by addressing the ADS clients in the audience saying, "We love all the ways you share your lives with us, and that you help to make each day meaningful and fun. Thank you for choosing us!"

Faith later interviewed former CEO Ed Longenecker who was part of the early history, which included four name changes, and a number of blizzards.

Evon Bergey, Executive Director of Landis Homes & Community Based Services thank Faith and Eden West Manager, Christy Carpenter, for their extraordinary leadership of the program, along with the team of staff members.

Evon noted, "When it started, what is now Landis Adult Day Services, was the newest program in the area and now it is the longest running."

Initially, ADS at Landis Homes was managed in cooperation with and under the auspices of the Lancaster County Office of Aging, with which it continues to collaborate today. Over the years, the program also developed relationships with the Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Development Services, United Disability Services and the Veterans Administration.

In his comments, Lon Wible, the Executive Director of the Office of Aging said, "Adult day services, in my mind, was way ahead of its time and continues to be the perfect service alternative for many older adults and their caregivers."

Landis Adult Day Services is an affiliate of Landis Communities with two centers, one especially for clients with memory loss, on Landis Homes campus at 1001 East Oregon Rd, Lititz. More information at LandisAdultDay.org or by calling 717-581-3939. 

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Present to celebrate the anniversary, left to right are Larry Zook (President, Landis Communities), Rod Lefever (Board Treasurer, Landis HCBS), Joshua Parsons (Lancaster County Commissioner, Chairman), Evon Bergey (Executive Director of Landis HCBS), Faith Hoover (Director of ADS), Jacqueline Burch (Board Member, Landis HCBS), Craig Lehman (Lancaster County Commissioner) and Lon Wible (Executive Director, Lancaster county Office of Aging).


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