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Abington Manor

Where can you go in the Lehigh Valley to take in a spectacular view of the countryside, enjoy a home-cooked meal, play games like Wii bowling and receive 24-hour medical care if you need it?

The answer may surprise you. Perched on the hillside, overlooking the eastern part of the Lehigh Valley in Williams Township is a new community of adults who are enjoying a relaxed, stress-free lifestyle without the mortgage!

HMK Client Abington Manor

The beautiful Abington Manor offers spectacular views from its location atop the hills in Williams Township.

Welcome to Abington Manor at Morgan Hill, a personal care facility that you have to see to believe. The first of its kind in Williams Township, this community debuted in the fall of 2008 and in just three short years occupancy is full and there is a waiting list! Sixty older adults call Abington Manor home but more importantly, 180 family members of those 60 residents call Abington Manor the best decision they ever made.

Finding an affordable, easily accessible, home-like facility with a compassionate and caring staff including a strong medical component is no easy task. The owners of Abington Manor have pulled it all together and answered the prayers of many families when they built and staffed this beautiful campus in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Susan Sartoretto had two decades of experience in the health care field when she cut the ribbon at the grand opening and assumed the role as CEO. She is joined by her indispensible business partner, Dr. Kundu, Medical Director; Connie Bills, Executive Director; and David Seng, Marketing Director. Forty full-time and part-time employees join these four key administrators and consider themselves part of the Abington family.

According to Susan, most first-time visitors are quick to tell her that “This is not at all what I expected.” At the conclusion of the tour, visitors can feel a real sense of community because “Everyone seems to genuinely care for one another.” Mr. Seng refers to Abington as the new generation of personal care facilities. “New generation facilities are family focused, logistically condensed with no long hallways, and they generate a strong sense of neighborhood and community.”

Susan Sartoretto, CEO of Abington Manor

Susan Sartoretto, CEO of Abington Manor, enjoys daily visits with residents who have become fondly known as “The Lobby Ladies.”

The medical component is an important one, but it “remains behind the curtain,” Seng explains. On-site therapies and nurturing care from a welltrained staff help to expedite a resident’s recovery when surgery is necessary.

John Mehler, Administrator, Northampton County Area Agency on Aging was quick to recognize the valuable services available at Abington Manor and initiated a PEER Group pilot program in 2009. Monthly meetings are hosted to monitor a mentoring program where new residents are matched with established residents so that they can look out for one http://www.whereslloyd.com/cls another.

“The greatest benefit of the PEER Program is the increased involvement in the community life for residents,” according to Mehler. While the program promotes self advocacy and advocacy for others, it’s also a vehicle for residents to effectively address areas of discontent. Second only to the state of Florida with the highest population of aging adults, Pennsylvania has hundreds of private and state-funded skilled nursing, assisted living and 55 and older communities throughout the Commonwealth.

The Lehigh Valley’s need for quality health care is evidenced by HMK’s growing Medical Services Division which includes Orthopedic Associates of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Around the Clock Nursing, OAA Orthopaedic Specialists, Devonhouse Management, Spring Meadow Assisted Living, Smith Health Care, Whitehall Manor, and Saucon Valley Manor. The two latter facilities are actually dual licensed as personal care and assisted living facilities. Each of these entities is locally owned and operated and each grew out of an unmet need for health-care related services for area residents.

The health-care landscape in the Allentown-Bethlehem- Easton area has changed dramatically in the last 25 years, driven in large part by our demographics. The good news for residents is that we have choices. And thanks to business owners like Susan Sartoretto and Dr. Kundu of Abington Manor, many of the options available to us are like a home away from home. For more information on life at Abington Manor go to www.theabingtonmanor.com.

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