On October 2, 2018, LeadingAge PA member Rolling Fields, a Heritage Elder Care Community in Crawford County, was hit by a tornado. The independent living homes suffered extensive damage while the skilled care facility was also affected. In spite of the destruction caused by this natural disaster, no serious injuries were reported. Rolling Fields is proud of their staff who responded quickly and professionally to ensure the safety of their residents.

More than 160 residents and employees are safe. Residents were evacuated to local nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities where they will remain until they are able to return home to Rolling Fields. 

Heritage President and CEO, David Smeltzer, shared the following, "As President and CEO of Rolling Fields and its parent affiliate Heritage Ministries, I want to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge the incredible work of the staff at Rolling Fields. Had it  not been for their swift and appropriate reaction to the tornado warning, there would have certainly been serious injury to our Elders. I could not be more proud to be affiliated with this great group of caregivers." Smeltzer also extended sincere appreciation and thanks to the "first responders and community organizations and businesses who provided support immediately after the tornado and in these days which have followed." He highlighted the efforts of their elected officials, Senator Michele Brooks and Representative Mike Kelly, who have been working to  help clear regulatory issues.

Damages at Rolling Fields now reach beyond physical buildings as many residents have lost personal belongings and clothing as a result of the tornado strike. Unfortunately, these items are not covered by insurance. 

To learn more about how the tornado has affected services as Rolling Fields and what you can do to help, please visit their website or Facebook page. To donate to their recovery efforts, please visit the tornado recovery section of their website.