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Retirement Living Community Highpointe at Rebecca Offers Residents a Wealth of Amenities

Aug 28, 2019 11:52AM ● By Vanessa Orr

Retirement Living Community Highpointe at Rebecca

Two years ago, Mary Lloyd Thompson moved into Highpointe at Rebecca, an independent living community located in Allison Park. Since then, she and her dog, Blackie, have taken an active role in the activities offered by the Concordia Retirement Community.

“I didn’t know many people when I moved here, and thought that I’d be a hermit,” said the former Oakmont resident. “Instead I’m a social butterfly! People here are very nice, while still respecting your privacy. And there’s always something going on.”

Since Concordia purchased Rebecca Residence in 2004, the property has grown from a 14-acre lot to what is now a 68-acre campus. This includes Highpointe, built in 2017, which features 109 one- and two-bedroom, and two-bedroom deluxe independent living apartments situated on top of a hill, earning the building its name. The 200,000 sq. ft. complex hosts a wealth of amenities, ranging from multiple community rooms to a library, fitness center, chapel, wood shop, beauty shop/barber shop, game room, and even a guest room for out-of-town visitors.

“The layout is very convenient, and it’s nice to know that you’re living somewhere safe,” said Thompson, who moved to Highpointe to be closer to her family. “What I really like is the view out my back door; it looks out onto a big meadow where Blackie and the other dogs play. They think it’s the cat’s meow.”

Highpointe is designed to offer worry-free living, which means that residents don’t need to deal with the hassles of broken appliances, driving to the store or doctor, and in some cases, bad weather.

“If a person’s air conditioner breaks, they just call the front desk, and we get it fixed or replaced,” said Resident Care Coordinator and Admissions Counselor Julie Spirnock. “Every Tuesday, we also offer transportation to grocery stores and department stores, and each resident is able to take advantage of free rides to medical appointments 12 times a year.”

“If a resident has his or her own car and the weather is bad, all they have to do is call the front desk and we’ll go get their car from the parking lot or garage and pull it up under the porte cochére so they don’t have to get wet,” said Executive Director and Nursing Home Administrator Mike Kaufman. “We’ll even brush off the ice and snow and get it warmed up for them.”

He adds that staff also helps with unloading groceries when residents return from shopping, and will park their cars for them as a courtesy.

“The staff is wonderful, and very, very patient,” said Thompson,“and they deal with any problem that comes up. Because it’s a new building, not many things break, but when something does happen, they are there to help.”

She gives the example of a concern that residents had about the lack of an elevator on the far side of the building. In response, an elevator is being added this month to make it more convenient for those who live on the second and third floors to get to their apartments. “When we had a problem with the garage doors, they were quickly replaced,” added Thompson.

Residents are also pleased with the social opportunities provided at Highpointe, which include trips to the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Pirates’ games, casinos and more.

“A number of our residents recently went to Fallingwater on our 22-passenger bus,” said Spirnock, “and about 80 of them usually join us for our Friday happy hours, even bringing their families to enjoy a cocktail while listening to the band.”

“I really like that we can take the bus to different events,” said Thompson, who has enjoyed trips to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and to see The Lion King at the Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh. “It’s so convenient; you don’t have to think about where to park or eat, and you’re with a group of people you know. All you have to do is sign up and go.”

In addition to providing a worry-free environment, Highpointe at Rebecca also works with residents to make living in the apartment complex as affordable as possible. 

“As an S&P double-A rated organization, Concordia is very blessed to have significant financial strength, so it can borrow money at very low interest rates, which in turn saves money for our residents,” said Kaufman.

Concordia offers pay-as-you-go plans, as well as significant discounts on entrance fees and monthly fees, and a 3 percent discount for veterans. Unlike some other independent living communities, they do not charge on a continuum-of-care basis.

“While we do offer personal care and skilled nursing care, we’ve found that a high percentage of our residents don’t require these services, so why should they pay for them?” said Kaufman. “While some organizations do promote an all-inclusive package, it causes entrance fees to be much higher. We prefer to take things one step at a time, which makes it more affordable.”

Depending on a person’s situation, Highpointe will work with them to find the perfect fit. “Some people don’t have a lot of savings, but have a higher monthly income, so they can pay a lower entrance fee with a higher monthly payment,” said Spirnock. “Those who want to pay a higher entrance fee can get lower monthly payments. We have three different payment options available.”

While there are many reasons to live at Highpointe at Rebecca, including convenience, safety, and affordability, Thompson believes that it’s the people who make it feel like home.

“What you really notice is how nice everyone here is,” she said. “People go to all different churches and don’t wear their beliefs on their sleeve, but we all have a common Christian bond.”

“The residents are happy, and it shows,” agreed Spirnock. “Any time I’m on the elevator with prospective tenants and they ask people who live here if they like it, they say that they love it. They practically sell the apartments for me!”

To learn more about Highpointe at Rebecca, visit www.rebeccaretirementliving.org or call 724-444-1521.