A Letter to the Indian Community in the Pittsburgh Metro Area

By Grace Smith

www.longwoodathome.org www.ongwoodatoakmont.com/

412-826-6120 or e-mail: GSmith@srcare.org

“Longwood at Home” was developed ten years ago, as an alternative to the traditional residential continuing care retirement community. This comprehensive long-term care plan has successfully made “aging in place” a reality for over 280 older adults in Western Pennsylvania. Healthy older adults join Longwood at Home with the assurance that future care needs will be managed by a personal care coordinator (social worker) and covered by a fixed monthly fee. In-home services include homemaker-companion, home health aide, licensed nurse, nutritional assistance, transportation for medical needs, and emergency response system. Your membership guarantees asset preservation, generous tax benefits, personal care coor­dination, excellent home care, and, if ever needed, access, availability and financial coverage at local not-for-profit assisted living/personal care and nursing centers.

Unlike long-term care insurance, which provides only a financial reimbursement for care, Longwood at Home offers a more proactive ap­proach to aging with dignity. Your personal care coordinator knows and understands personal and cultural needs as well as your medical history. By getting to know you when you are healthy and independent, your care coordinator is equipped and able to immediately respond to changes in health and evolving needs throughout the aging process. The personal care coordination is a benefit to the member of Longwood at Home but is also appreciated by adult children who often live out of town and are busy with families and careers. We serve members from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, striving to provide the very best in-home caregiv­ers, while remaining sensitive to specific cultural, religious and personal preferences of each individual.

Longwood at Home is the first and only “at-home” continuing care retirement community in western Pennsylvania. This program has been recognized as a leader both locally (“Aging in Place Requires Good Fortune and Support Services,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 22, 2012 (www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dailynewsmckeesport/s_777699.html) and nationally (Wall Street Journal, “Joining a Community by Staying at Home,” April 9, 2012 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204571404577253821107409372.html).

The concept of an “at-home” community appealed to Dr. Balwant & Mrs. Vidya Dixit, when they attended an informational seminar in 2010. Dr. Dixit has since worked with Grace Smith of Longwood at Home, to 20 The Pittsburgh Patrika, Vol. 17, No. 4, July 2012 communicate the specific cultural, religious and personal preferences of individuals within the Indian community. Longwood at Home’s compre­hensive approach to understanding not only the medical history, but also the personality, cultural history and lifestyle of each member made this program especially interesting to Dr. & Mrs. Dixit.

Longwood at Home would be honored to host informational seminars for your group. Our staff would gladly present at one or both of your two temples or at an Indian restaurant if that is more comfortable for you. This will give you the opportunity to learn the specifics of Longwood at Home and have your questions answered by our staff. We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm with you. n

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