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United Zion Retirement Community is a Life Plan Community with Personal Care Services and a Healthcare Center. Using a compassionate, person-centered approach, we provide skilled nursing care, including:

The community features convenient outdoor spaces provide stunning views of Lancaster County, PA farmland and common areas provide plenty of room for various social and recreational activities.

Personal Care provides assistance with daily living activities, including: housekeeping, bathing, medication management, incontinence care, and more.

Every room in our Healthcare Center is a private room. The Healthcare Center at United Zion Retirement Community uses a neighborhood model where there is a home-like comfortable living space, dining room, and kitchen for each hall of 12-17 residents.

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Residents and their families often comment on the great quality of care, the wonderful fresh homemade food, the family-feel, and the variety of activities. Here is what one resident’s family had to say – “The staff has been excellent. They are attentive, knowledgeable and patient oriented.”

As a Life Plan Community (also called a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC), United Zion is certified for both Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Would you like to talk with someone about United Zion Retirement Community? Call us at (717) 626-2071 or email us.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What accommodations are available in the Healthcare Center?

Each Healthcare Center accommodation is a private room with fully-accessible bath and a window to our lovely hilltop views. Many of our private rooms have their own dedicated bath; while other private rooms share a bath in a suite arrangement with one other room.

All rooms are arranged in a neighborhood-model setting, which gives a home-like feel. Each neighborhood of 12-17 residents consist of a:

  • Living room with fireplace
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen

Also, our retirement community has the following to enhance the choice of services and activities:

  • Wellness suite
  • Full-service salon
  • Library
  • Community rooms
  • Chapel

Learn more about available skilled nursing accommodations in the Healthcare Center information packet. You can also contact us with any questions!

What type of care is offered in the Healthcare Center at United Zion?

The Healthcare Center at United Zion Retirement Community offers:

Learn more by downloading the Healthcare Center information packet. You can also contact us with any questions!

What help is available to cover the cost?

In addition to an individual’s own personal resources, United Zion Retirement Community is Medicare and Medicaid certified, enabling acceptance of all supplemental plans and long-term care insurance. Coverage on some Medicare replacement plans may vary depending on network participation. If eligible, there are VA benefits that can help supplement cost. We also work with long-term care insurance. Contact us with any questions!

How does the admission process start?

To get started, request information and get an application here. Completion of the application and providing supporting documents, along with appropriate medical information is the first step.

  • If coming from home, a home visit is preferred to establish a plan of care best suited to an individual’s needs and goals.
  • If coming from a hospital for short-term rehab, make sure to mention to the hospital’s case manager about your interest in United Zion.

Request an informational brochure and get an application here.

How is Skilled Nursing Care different than Personal Care?

In the Healthcare Center for skilled nursing care (which includes short-term rehabilitation and long-term care), residents are provided with medically-necessary services as well as assistance with daily living activities and mobility support. Care in the Healthcare Center is overseen by Registered Nurses (RNs), with the support of LPNs and certified nurse aides (CNAs). Due to the more challenging needs of the residents in Healthcare, there is a higher ratio of staffing to residents.

Personal Care Services are about keeping the resident’s maximum independence with non-medical supportive services. Personal Care assists with activities of daily living, such as medication management, incontinence care, meals, social activities, housekeeping, and daily reminders. Care is overseen by licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with support of medication technicians, certified nurse aides and resident aides.

How does Skilled Nursing Care differ from a Nursing Home in Lancaster, PA?

Skilled Nursing Facility is just another name for Nursing Home. However, often people use the term “nursing home” to refer to any senior living facility, including Personal Care.

Is United Zion Retirement Community considered a Skilled Nursing Facility and/or Nursing Care Facility according to the State of PA?

Yes, United Zion is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania as a nursing home, also known as a skilled nursing facility. Learn more here.

Is Skilled Nursing Care only provided on United Zion’s campus?

Yes. United Zion is a Life Plan Community offering:

We do not offer home care services at this time.

Do I need to have already been living at United Zion in order to be eligible for short-term rehab or long-term care support in the Healthcare Center?

As a benefit of the continuum of care offered to residents, current United Zion residents do have priority access to the Healthcare Center. However, we also take those outside of those currently living at United Zion. Contact us today in order to hear when a unit becomes available.

What services are included in the Healthcare Center for Skilled Nursing Care?

Skilled nursing care includes:

  • Registered nurse (RN) oversight, with direct care by licensed professional nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs)
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapies include the latest techniques to restore an individual’s maximum independence
    • These therapies are coordinated with social services, spiritual care, life enrichment activities, and dining services to provide a lifestyle-oriented approach
    • A variety of educational, social, spiritual, and recreational programs offer personal fulfillment suited to one’s own interests

Additional services include:

Learn more about available skilled nursing services and rates by downloading the Healthcare Center information packet. You can also contact us with any questions!

What if my family or friends want to visit?
  • Can children, grandchildren, or friends visit me and spend the night?
    • Visitors are always welcome. However, in the Healthcare Center, overnight guests are not allowed. There are a number of nearby hotels for family (see below). Overnight guests are allowed in Residential Living.
  • Are there nearby hotels for them to stay at?
    • There are several hotels in the area including Hotel Rock Lititz. Please let us know, as resident’s families may receive discounted rates at some local hotels.
  • How close are you to an airport or train station?
    • There are 4 nearby airports:
      • Lancaster Airport (10 minutes)
      • Harrisburg International Airport (1 hour)
      • Philadelphia International Airport (1.5 hours)
      • BWI: Baltimore-Washington International Airport (1.5-2 hours)
    • The Lancaster train station is a 15-20 minute drive away
How much does Skilled Nursing Care cost?

Please request an informational brochure or contact us to learn about pricing.

Does Medicare and/or Medicaid pay for it?

Short-term rehabilitation (if approved) can be covered under your health insurance like Medicare. If you are qualified for Medicare, Medicare will help pay for your long-term care stay.

How do you pay for Healthcare?

Residents are billed monthly at United Zion. Contact us with any additional questions you have.

Is Skilled Nursing Care tax deductible?

Please discuss this with your tax professional.

What are the age requirements?

United Zion Retirement Community is focused on supporting adults 62 years of age and older.

What are the benefits of Skilled Nursing Care?

Skilled Nursing Care in our Healthcare Center provides 24/7 medical care for your love one, including end-of-life hospice care.

In additional to the medical care, it also includes assistance with daily living activities (like meals and housekeeping), social activities, and spiritual support.

This assistance helps residents live their life to the fullest and provides comfort to those that need it.

Is there a waiting list?

Please contact us to find out about availability.

How far in advance can I get on the waiting list for Healthcare?

Feel free to contact us and submit an application to let us know that you are interested in becoming a resident at United Zion’s Healthcare Center, either in preparations for rehab after a planned surgery or for future long-term care needs.

However, please consider applying for Residential Living or Personal Care, as United Zion residents do get priority access to Healthcare for both long-term care and short-term rehab.

What kind of social activities take place in Healthcare?

Residents have a large selection of activities to choose from, including individual, small group, and large group activities. These activities could include:

  • Reading
  • Board games
  • Bingo
  • Trivia
  • Crafting
  • Painting
  • Listening to music
  • Singing
  • Music concerts
  • Fitness classes
  • Outdoor activities
  • Prayer group
  • Bible study
  • Book club
  • …and so much more!

Some residents also enjoy the outside areas or taking walks. Chapel services are offered at least 6 times each week.

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