A caring community is so much more than bricks and mortar, rooms and apartments, and yes, even more than a thoughtful staff and wonderful volunteers. It is programs and services that create an atmosphere supportive of a life well-lived.
A pleasurable Dining Experience, enriching Activities for body and mind, the opportunity to live a Spiritual Life strengthened through worship, and an engaging, vibrant community life and cultural experience all make up the Lifestyle at Friends Home in Kennett.
Dining at Friends Home in Kennett is an experience to be remembered. Good nutrition is a cornerstone of health, independence and quality of life. Our Director of dining services received his training in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute in New York. In collaboration with our nursing staff and nutritionist, he evaluates residents’ needs as well as likes and dislikes as he creates well-balanced, delicious menu choices. Snacks are always available and family and friends join residents for meals at a nominal cost.
Friends Home is a community that blends the vibrancy of younger, active residents with the needs of residents that have aged-in-place or joined the Friends family at an older age. The Gardening, Glee, Cooking, Cards, and Walking Clubs keep our residents in motion physically and mentally, as does daily exercise. Trips to dining venues, local shops and boutiques, concerts and plays, as well as shopping excursions (everyone’s favorite) are scheduled throughout the month. Of course there are crafts and musical entertainment and cards and Bingo; and our wrap-around porch is legendary and enjoyed by all.
While Friends Home in Kennett is under the care of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), it is non-sectarian. A brief service in the manner of Friends is held weekly, and ministers from Catholic and many Protestant sects visit their parisioners and hold services in the Home. Residents also attend religious services with family and friends at the church or Synagogue of their choice.
A spiritual grounding is often so essential to our residents in particular those nearing the end of their lives. Friends Home welcomes ministers from various Hospice organizations to provide spiritual comfort to our residents who choose to accept such services.
Culture means different things to different persons. Our residents come from different backgrounds and cultures. Respecting that difference has always been an important aspect of life at Friends Home. Dining encourages residents to suggest recipes they perfected through the years in their own kitchens; Community Life meets with residents to encourage suggestions for trips or speakers.
The South Chester County Historical Society meets monthly at the community and offers presentations filled with the unique culture of Chester County; The Chadds Ford Historical Society offers tours of colonial homes and life as it was known in the Kennett and Chadds Ford area; We are fortunate to be within minutes of Longwood Gardens a botanical treasure and we are an easy trip to Philadelphia or Lancaster county.
As new residents join the family they bring new and different perspectives on culture and heritage. Friends Home welcomes them all.