Enriching Lives, Together
Type of Community
Life Plan/Continuing Care Retirement Community
Range of Services
The Calvin G. and Janet C. High Learning & Wellness Center offers a fitness studio, indoor pool, art gallery, bank, pharmacy, salon, spa and classrooms for lifelong learning. Since 1989, Landis Homes hosts the longest-running adult day services center in the area, including enhanced support for those with memory loss. Landis at Home, a home-care agency, provides personal care, companionship, help with household tasks and transportation.
Landis Homes offers cottage homes, apartments, hybrid homes, personal care, healthcare and memory support to over 850 residents on a spacious campus. It is one of two retirement communities in Lancaster County that meets the high standards of the independent, accrediting organization, CARF. It was the first retirement community in the area to receive a LEED Gold certification for sustainable construction practices.
Since mid-June, residents have gathered in shaded woods with two fitness trainers for a morning workout. In the photo above, residents participate in exercises using hand weights for strength training and the trunks of trees for support as they lean, bend, squat and stretch. The idea to use this new class space was one of many creative responses to emerge during this unusual year.
What Makes Landis Homes Unique
In the history of the retirement community, 2020 will be remembered as a year like no other. When Landis Homes passed its 56th birthday in mid-February, life on campus seemed normal. As winter turned to spring, life began to change dramatically with the addition of new safety protocols for all persons living or working on the campus due to the pandemic. The community had two primary goals: to keep everyone safe and to continue offering life-enriching opportunities for residents.
The natural setting of the 114-acre campus is especially appreciated now. There are many outdoor areas to explore, including ponds, woods, rain gardens, a bluebird walk and restored stream and wetland areas with a large variety of birds and plant life. The extensive network of walkways and paths connects fitness stations and resident gardens with neighboring farm markets.
New options to stay active in body, mind and spirit included using closed-circuit TV, through which both residents and employees have shared photos of current events and previous travels. A variety of exercise sessions were also broadcast, as well as live music and special-interest programs.
This fall, Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning® began its 13th year of offering classes on campus. Residents, as well as any person age 55 and older in the Lancaster community, can take advantage of more than 50 courses offered in person and online.