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Live Independently In Your Private Cottage or Apartment

Maintain your vibrant lifestyle in our private senior cottage neighborhood and senior independent living apartments, while adding peace-of-mind with priority access to our supportive nursing care and a variety of helpful services. As a maintenance-free community in Lancaster, PA, we do the work for you (ex. home maintenance, housekeeping, and scheduled group transportation).

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How would you live if you didn’t have to worry about…

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…and never shovel another inch of snow again.

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Everybody is so kind, I can just relax and be myself.

~ Jackie

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We love our cottage and neighbors. We love it here! Praise the Lord!

~ Faye

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“Our life has given us greater independence, less work, less expense, and more activities, all surrounded by a caring and supportive staff and great neighbors. We welcome all to join us.”

~ Nino

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Independent Residential Living for Seniors in Lancaster County, PA?

Independent Residential Living is suited to individuals or couples looking to maintain a vibrant lifestyle while adding peace-of-mind. Leave behind the burden of home maintenance and enjoy helpful services like housekeeping, grounds care, and on-call maintenance. Moving into a residence involves a one-time entrance fee and an on-going monthly fee which covers a host of included services. Learn more.

Why consider United Zion Retirement Community for independent senior living?

United Zion offers an easier lifestyle allowing time to pursue special interests. Choose from cottages in our neighborhood or senior apartments. As a Life Plan retirement community (also called a “Continuing Care Retirement Community”), we offer the security of having priority access to personal care and healthcare services in the future for a temporary need or for ongoing care. With over 110 years of service to Lancaster County, generations have been coming to us for quality services and the family atmosphere of a small, friendly community.

What services are included?

Our independent living apartments and cottages include:

  • Maintenance of the interior, exterior, and provided appliances
  • Most utilities including water and sewer
  • Real estate taxes
  • Housekeeping
  • Emergency response call system
  • Grounds care
  • Trash removal
  • Planned activities
  • Scheduled group transportation

Plus, there are plenty of on-campus amenities such as the:

  • Library
  • Fitness center
  • Community room and other common areas
  • Hair salon
  • Sunrooms
  • Game rooms
  • Gift shop
  • Chapel
I’m looking for a 55+ community in Lancaster County, PA – is United Zion Retirement Community right for me?

In some sense, United Zion is a 55+ retirement community in Lancaster, PA (it’s just technically 62+). Residents of United Zion Retirement Community must be 62 years of age or older at time of residency. If applying as two applicants, one applicant must be 62 years or older. Give us a call (717) 627-8421 to find out why United Zion is the right place for you!

Are you building new senior independent living apartment in Lancaster County PA?

We completed 10 new one-bedroom, one-bath senior independent living apartments here in Lititz in the Fall of 2018. Each apartment is in our main building with convenient indoor access to dining, wellness, chapel, salon service, and more. Learn more here or call (717) 627-8421 to talk with us or schedule a tour.

How does the admission process start?

Submit an application to see what units best fit you financially. There is no cost for submitting an application. Then, let us know what types of units you have the most interest in.

Looking for the timeliest access to the next available unit? Then, apply to our Future Resident Priority List. The list does require a $1,000 deposit, which will be applied against your entrance fee. Individuals on the priority list are called first. Individuals or couples thinking of a retirement community in the future should consider joining the Future Resident Priority List as the wait for an open unit can take anywhere from 2-5 years depending on the type of unit desired. Give us a call at 717-627-8421 to discuss.

What additional services are available in apartment and cottages should a need for assistance with daily activities arise?

United Zion welcomes the use of additional support in cottages and apartments from family, friends, or outside service providers to facilitate one’s independence as long as possible. We encourage conversations about specific needs and how our services may be able to meet your individual needs.

Does United Zion Retirement Community offer a separate memory support area?

United Zion focuses on the individual needs of each person, including dementia support (including for those with Alzheimer’s), regardless of which level of living they reside. We are an integrated community when it comes to memory care. We do not offer a dedicated or secured memory care unit. Individual circumstances may require additional caregiver supervision or transfer to Personal Care or Healthcare to ensure appropriate support will be available. Current technologies are also used in the main building to enhance the security and safety of individuals displaying a potential to wander.

What are the age requirements?

Residents of United Zion Retirement Community must be 62 years of age or older at time of residency. If applying as two applicants, one applicant must be 62 years or older.

How new are the apartments and cottages when I move in?

All units are refurbished before you move in, including new flooring and paint of your choice. Our most recently built units were opened in the Fall of 2018.

What are the differences between Independent Residential Living and Personal Care?

In Personal Care (often referred to as Assisted Living), there is 24/7 staffing to help with activities of daily living (such as medication management, bathing, meals, and incontinence care). Residential Living is independent living in your own private cottage or apartment. You no longer worry about home maintenance and repairs, ground care, snow shoveling, and other burdens of home ownership.

What are the benefits of independent residential living?

Residents of our senior apartments or cottages enjoy knowing they no longer have to worry about home repairs, home maintenance, yard work, snow shoveling, and other burdens of home ownership.

Residents appreciate the on campus amenities, including:

  • Dining
  • Chapel services
  • Art gallery
  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Billiards
  • Hair salon

Staying active is easy with social events, such as:

  • Bingo
  • Trivia
  • Prayer group
  • Bible study
  • Volunteering
  • Educational speakers
  • So much more!

Plus, they have peace-of-mind for the future with priority access to our supportive care services, including short-term rehab and long-term nursing care.

How much does senior independent residential living cost?

Entrance fees and monthly fees vary depending on type and size of residence (ex. independent living cottages or apartments). To learn more, request a brochure or contact us today!

Does Medicare and/or Medicaid pay for independent Residential Living?

Medicare and Medicaid do not help cover cost for Residential Living or Personal Care. However, United Zion’s Healthcare Center does accept Medicare for short-term rehabilitation and Medicaid for long-term care.

How do you pay for independent living?

After you pay the entrance fee, there is a monthly fee that covers water, gas, electric, on-campus activities, scheduled group transportation, property taxes, maintenance, housekeeping, and grounds care. Payment can be directly deducted from your bank account or by check.

Is senior independent living tax deductible?

United Zion’s Residential Living is not tax deductible.

What type of contracts do you offer?

United Zion is a Type C contract Life Plan Community. We offer a standard plan, a 50% refund plan, and a modified plan. Learn more about these plans by giving us a call at (717) 627-8421.

Once I need more care, does the cost that I paid for the apartment/cottage cover future care services (ex. skilled nursing care, memory care, etc) or how does that work?

As a Type C community, rates are dependent on the care level. However, you do have priority access to additional levels of care, should you require it in the future. The benefit of Type C is the lower entrance fee and lower Residential Living monthly fee than what Type A (Lifecare) or Type B communities provide.

Are short-term rentals/leases available?

We do not offer rentals at this time.

Is there a waiting list?

Usually the time period from application submission to move-in is 2-5 years. That is why it is best to get your application in before you are ready to move. There is no cost to applying at United Zion, so apply online here or call today for an application: (717) 627-8421.

How far in advance can I get on the future resident list?

You can apply at any time. Often it can take 2-5 years for the unit to come available. We recommend applying when you know that United Zion is the right place for you. There is no cost to applying at United Zion, so apply online here or call today for an application: (717) 627-8421.

What kind of activities and amenities are available?

There is something for everyone at United Zion. Residents appreciate the on-campus amenities, including:

  • Dining
  • Chapel services
  • Art gallery
  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Billiards
  • Hair salon

Staying active is easy with social events, such as:

  • Bingo
  • Trivia
  • Prayer group
  • Bible study
  • Volunteering
  • Educational speakers
  • So much more!
How close are you to an airport or train station for visitors?

The train station is 20 minutes away with trains into DC, NYC, Pittsburg, Harrisburg, and Philly. The Lancaster Airport (15 minutes away) offers regional flights. Harrisburg International Airport is under an hour away. Philadelphia International Airport and BWI (Baltimore/Washington International) are both within 1.5-2.5 hours.

Are there nearby hotels for them to stay at?

There are several hotels in the area. The closest is Hotel Rock Lititz. Talk to us about a discount for family and residents.

Can children and/or grandchildren visit me and spend the night?

Yes, your friends and family are welcome to visit and spend the night.

Can children and/or grandchildren live with me for extended periods of time?

As long as the stay is under 30 days, your children or grandchildren can stay for an extended time period.

Are there nearby things to do, places to eat, and place to shop?

There are so many things to do in Lititz and Lancaster County. Lititz offers a bevy of small shops, fantastic restaurants, museums, art galleries, hiking trails and more. Here is a list of ideas of places to explore with grandkids in Lancaster County.

If you’re looking to learn more about what there is to do in Lancaster, visit Discover Lancaster or

Are meals/dining packages available? Is it buffet-style or table service?

Yes! We offer affordable and flexible restaurant-style dining and grab-and-go meals for residents living in both cottage (neighborhood) and senior apartments. Packages are available: you can purchase a meal card in multiple amounts to suit your needs. Learn more about our independent senior living community in Lancaster County, PA.

What happens if I need to move out of my residence and into a higher level of care?

If you feel like you need additional levels of care, you will meet with the Residential Living social worker to determine what your needs are and to provide support for the transfer.

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