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Residents Enjoy a Wide Range of Living Options at UPMC Senior Communities

Mar 31, 2015 09:52AM ● By Vanessa Orr

Sherwood Oaks

As people age, priorities often change. While it might once have been important to own a big family home, the desire to deal with the maintenance, expense, and emptiness of a house once the children move out may be replaced by a longing for less work and more leisure time. Safety issues move to the forefront as individuals’ bodies grow older, and many seniors choose to participate in a range of activities to keep their minds engaged.

For this reason, senior communities have been progressively growing across the country, according to Nanci Case, vice president, sales/marketing/development, UPMC Senior Communities. “Seniors who are moving out of their homes need additional support, and that is especially true in Allegheny County, which has the second oldest population in the nation, following Dade County, Florida,” she explained.

To this end, UPMC Senior Communities has established a number of high-quality housing options for those who are ready to leave their homes for more stress-free living arrangements. In the North Hills, these include Cumberland Woods Village, Hampton Fields Village and Sherwood Oaks, which are designed for individuals who can live on their own, and Cumberland Crossing Manor, an assisted living facility that provides a home for seniors who are generally independent but may need a little extra help. Both Cranberry Place and Sherwood Oaks offer skilled nursing and rehab facilities, and Sherwood Oaks also provides personal/memory care for those seniors who need 24-hour nursing care.

Cumberland Woods Village, located on the UPMC Passavant campus, is UPMC’s newest senior living community and offers both one- and two-bedroom apartments. “Cumberland Woods Village offers carefree living in a beautiful environment,” explained Marketing Director Greta Ceranic. “Each apartment offers a full kitchen, washer and dryer, housekeeping once a week, and all utilities except telephone and Internet. Rental agreements also come with 30-day notice, so it’s very flexible.”

Residents who live in one of the village’s 99 apartments have access to both a café and a dining room, where restaurant-style meals are prepared by the facility’s three full-time chefs. “Transportation is available to take residents shopping, to doctors’ appointments and on group outings, and we also have underground parking, which is wonderful for Pittsburgh winters,” said Ceranic.

“One of the biggest reasons that people move into a community like this is because it offers increased socialization, which is why we offer day and evening activities,” she added. “Not only are our mealtimes very social, but we also provide a variety of entertainment, ranging from card games to seminars to movies in our own Legacy Theatre.”

Similar amenities are offered at Hampton Fields Village, a community of 125 independent living apartments located off of Route 8 in Allison Park, not far from Cumberland Woods Village.

On Sherwood Oaks’ 85-acre campus, located in Cranberry Township, seniors can choose to live independently in patio homes or in an apartment building on-site. “Many of our residents were attracted to Sherwood Oaks because it is located in a natural setting, with walking trails, nature trails and gardens,” explained President Mark Bondi. “The majority of the people who live here can just open up their backdoors to enjoy beautiful outdoor views, which is pretty unique.

“Our campus has almost no steps and is designed to be senior-friendly,” he added. “The fact that it is fairly level, and that all of the walkways are covered makes it especially nice for those residents who like to spend time outside.”

Sherwood Oaks offers a full range of amenities, including maintenance and housekeeping, and residents can choose from a variety of meal plans, as well as take advantage of a fitness center with an indoor pool and full-time personal training staff. The gated campus provides 24/7 security, which includes an optional check-in system and watches for residents to wear that allow them to instantly report any issues. 

Both Cumberland Woods Village and Sherwood Oaks are licensed Continuing Care Retirement Communities, which means that they not only offer independent living, but provide multiple levels of care at one campus location. In addition to maintenance-free homes for independent living, residents have access to assisted-living apartments, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, memory support and hospice care as their needs change.

“One of the more popular options that we offer our residents is the ability to participate in Lifecare Advantage, a form of long-term care insurance that enables them to pre-pay for their health care, and  guarantees them unlimited extended care,” said Bondi. “This means that if and when they need it, they can receive skilled nursing or personal care at virtually no additional cost.”

Cumberland Crossing Manor, one of the few licensed assisted living facilities in western Pennsylvania, is located next door to Cumberland Woods Village, and offers seniors a choice of studio efficiency and one-bedroom apartments. Nurses and nurses’ aides are available to assist residents with activities of daily living, including medical management, bathing, dressing, ambulation and toileting.

“It’s all about location, location, location,” said Ceranic. “The majority of our residents used to live within a five-mile radius of our facility, and they chose to move here because we offer beautiful amenities that make their lives easier, in addition to a caring staff that is very attuned to the needs of the senior population.”

Residents enjoy three chef-prepared meals each day, as well as housekeeping services, fitness and rehabilitation services, and transportation to doctors’ visits, shopping and other off-site activities. Because the facility is located on the UPMC Passavant campus, residents are also within minutes of an acute-care hospital.

When seniors need a higher level of care, they can find it at Cranberry Place or Sherwood Oaks, where caregivers are on duty 24 hours a day, and physicians and nurse practitioners are on hand to deal with any medical issues. Sherwood Oaks also offers a secured dementia unit for those residents with memory problems, which was awarded five stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“Our new personal care building for residents with memory problems or dementia has been very well received by residents, family members, and the medical community,” said Bondi, adding that the facility has resulted in a decrease in residents’ agitation and need for medication.

No matter what level of care a person needs, UPMC Senior Communities, with locations throughout several counties, has a facility that can provide a safe, comfortable alternative to living at home. “We invite people to come tour our facilities and join us for a free lunch so that they can see all that we have to offer and meet some of our residents,” said Case.  

To learn more about UPMC Senior Communities, call 1-800-324-5523 or visit

Located inside Cumberland Woods Village on the UPMC Passavant campus, the 250-seat Legacy Theatre provides residents and the general public with the opportunity to enjoy movies, seminars and full-scale productions such as The Philadelphia Story or concerts including The Fabulous Hubcaps, right in the heart of the North Hills. Attractions range from free movies every Monday at 2 p.m. to free Lifelong Learning seminars for seniors every other Tuesday.

“Seniors have a thirst for knowledge in many different areas, so we offer a variety of entertainment,” explained Ceranic. “Right now, we’re screening Oscar-nominated movies during our Monday matinees, and we’ve also hosted a wealth of great speakers, ranging from Dr. Knowledge to Dr. Cyril Wecht.”

The public is invited to attend the theatre’s free presentations, as well as ticketed performances, which include concerts by well-known oldies’ bands and more. For a look at the 2015 schedule, visit

This advertorial has been provided by UPMC Senior Communities.