Enhanced Personal Care Dining Experience Coming to PPH - Philadelphia Protestant Home
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Enhanced Personal Care Dining Experience Coming to PPH

Posted on: Aug 14, 2018

Enhanced Personal Care Dining Experience Coming to PPH

The expanded dining rooms, expected to be complete in first quarter 2019, have been designed expressly for the senior residents in Personal Care. 

As part of its commitment to enhance services and improve the campus environment, PPH is at the precipice of another exciting project. All three Personal Care Dining Rooms are undergoing major renovations and, once complete, will feature elements and amenities that meet the specific needs of senior residents who require personalized care plans.

PPH continues to enhance its services and improve its campus with nearly $3 million annually in capital investments. Examples of recent enhancements include the Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Center & Gardens, Pathways Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center lobby and nursing floor renovations, a fully integrated Wellness & Aquatics Center, outdoor raised garden beds, and the Personal Care Dining Room renovations totaling approximately $10 million over the last three years.

The new dining rooms have been carefully designed with the needs and desires of Personal Care residents in mind. An upgraded sound system will enable easy listening to important announcements for the hearing impaired, and large windows that allow natural light to permeate the space will help residents with low-vision better read menu items. The abundance of sunlight in the dining rooms also can boost mood and stave off depression and other emotional symptoms that can accompany aging.

State-of-the-art equipment, including a new Rational Oven –a combination unit that allows several different healthy cooking methods – and pantries and dishwashers on each floor, not only will enable consistent food temperatures, but also will allow more customization and cook-to-order meals than ever before. Improved workflow will better utilize staff resources and enable concurrent meal service to all residents in Personal Care.

The renovation also will create a separate entrance to the busy PPH Chapel and two additional restrooms for residents and visitors. These upgrades will allow members of the community to visit the Chapel while maintaining safety, privacy and confidentiality in residential hallways. The new space also creates a beautiful terrace for al fresco dining as well as opportunities for the PPH Life Enrichment Department to host more robust cooking and baking seminars as part of residents’ lifelong learning. An environmentally-friendly green roof will contribute to efficient rainwater runoff.

“We are wholeheartedly committed to staying ahead of the curve by continuing to meet the increasing need for Personal Care services throughout Philadelphia, Lower Bucks and Eastern Montgomery counties and beyond,” says Anthony Manzo, PPH President and Chief Executive Officer. “A rapidly aging Baby Boomer population transitioning into their senior years will create tremendous demand for and strain on healthcare and memory care services within senior living communities. At PPH, this exciting capital improvement – the state-of-the-art Personal Care Dining Experience – is just one way in which we are poised and prepared to serve our residents and their families now and well into the future.”

For more information about supporting this project at PPH, visit www.PPHFamily.org/giving.

PPH Personal Care Dining Experience

By the Numbers:

Additional 800 sq. ft. per floor (slightly more on Second Floor)

Phoenixville-based Lolli Architects to serve as design partner

Delta BJDS, Inc. to serve as building partner

Completed dining rooms can accommodate up to 178 Personal Care residents

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About PPH

The Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPH) is a nonprofit all-in-one senior living community in Northeast Philadelphia and serves more than 600 senior residents and their families. Founded in 1889 and guided by Christian Values, PPH provides residents peace-of-mind security and a place to call home for life. Licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and certified by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), PPH’s skilled nursing facility has a long-standing five-star CMS rating, a rare accolade in the healthcare industry.

PPH includes three distinct senior living solutions and accommodates residents as they age through the continuum of care and require additional support. Residents enjoy vibrant Independent Living, additional support in Personal Care and long-term medical care and memory care in its Pathways Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which is consistently ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. 

Together, we are advancing our nearly-130-year-old mission to provide a caring senior living community that affords residents the opportunity to achieve their highest possible quality of life.

What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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