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610-929-5751

51 Seminary Avenue
Reading, PA 19605

SacredHeartVillaPA.org

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Tips for Berks Seniors to Stay Cool During the Summer

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Tips for Berks Seniors to Stay Cool During the Summer

Sacred Heart Villa of Laureldale, outside of Reading, PA is a personal care home that serves seniors. The staff at Sacred Heart Villa encourages all older adults to enjoy summer and to stay safe. Below is background and tips to stay cool.

Nearly 400 Americans die from heat stroke caused by heat waves each year and most of the victims are elderly. Heat stroke is defined typically as hyperthermia exceeding 106 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop over a number of days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.
 Elderly people, particularly those with high blood pressure, are the most likely to suffer, since they are least able to control the environment they are in. Factors such as not being able to afford adequate air conditioning or not being able to move from a hot environment to a cooler one are common causes for the elderly.
 The elderly are the most likely age group to suffer from non-exertional heat stroke because of other preexisting illnesses such as dementia, heart disease, obesity and diabetes compounded by the use of medication - especially diuretics or medications prescribed for hypertension and Parkinson's disease that may affect their volume status or sweating ability. Since poorer circulation makes many seniors feel too cold in air conditioned spaces they may want to reach for a sweater, even when it's hot outside.
There are a number of symptoms to watch for in the onset of heat exhaustion and the more serious heat stroke. These symptoms can often be confused with other conditions, leaving the condition ignored. Symptoms may include:

• heavy sweating
• tiredness
• weakness
• headache
• nausea
• fainting
• rapid pulse
• hot, dry skin
• confusion/ change in mental status

If you observe an elderly person with any of these symptoms, it is considered a medical emergency and 911 should be called immediately.
If a person appears to be suffering from symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, take actions to assist them to recover by moving them to a cooler environment, get them to drink cool, non-alcoholic drinks and cool them rapidly by fanning them and, if possible, cover them with cool, damp sheets.

To avoid the onset of heat-related conditions, elderly people can take some simple actions to minimize the risk:

• drink non-caffeinated liquids frequently and at regular intervals
• eat cool, water-rich foods such as salads, fruit, ice cream, Jello, yogurt
• keep blinds and curtains closed at home to keep the sun out
• shop in air-conditioned malls, spend time at the local senior center
• try to complete all errands in one place rather than getting in and out of a hot vehicle
• wear breathable clothing of natural fibers, such as cotton and linen.

Sacred Heart Missionary Sisters Continue to Serve in Reading

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Sacred Heart Missionary Sisters Continue to Serve in Reading

Since 1908, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have served people all over the world. Few Reading and Berks County residents know that they continue serving people right in their own backyard through their personal care home in Laureldale, PA.

The Sisters created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. Sacred Heart Villa incorporates the spirit, love and care that have been the foundation of St. Michael Convent, the Motherhouse of the Missionary Sisters.

 With the dream of enlarging their mission of caring for the aged and infirmed, the Sisters began extensive renovations to St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms.

 When the renovations were completed, Sacred Heart Villa was born. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004. There are 57 Sisters and approximately 40 other senior residents (when fully occupied) living at Sacred Heart Villa.

The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety and security in an environment of beauty and grace.

About the Sacred Heart Missionary Sisters

The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an international congregation of over 800 religious women. The United States Motherhouse is located in Reading, Pennsylvania. What began with a mere eight Sisters emigrating from Germany in 1908 grew to 408 United States Sisters. Today, there are 91 Sisters in the United States province which extends over six states and Mexico.

The charism statement of the Sisters is "Being graced by the love of Christ we are called to respond to His love and to make that love present to everyone." In responding to God's call, each Sister, including the Sisters who are retired and infirmed, uses the gifts given her to answer the needs of God's people.

In the 103 years the Sisters have been in the United States, they have cared for newborns, single mothers, orphans, the elderly in nursing homes and the terminally ill. From the beginning of life, they have tended all with great care and compassion. The Sisters are very committed to continuing their mission of bringing God's love to everyone.

The community is always welcome for a tour and to attend daily mass. For more information about Sacred Heart Villa call 610-929-5751 and visit http://sacredheartvillapa.org/.

Reading Area Personal Care Home to Host a Picnic for Multiple Generations

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Reading Area Personal Care Home to Host a Picnic for Multiple Generations

On Sunday, July 27th 2014 at Sacred Heart Villa in Reading the residents, staff and their families enjoyed a picnic at Sacred Heart Villa in Laureldale. Sacred Heart Villa is a personal care home operated by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The picnic will bring together the young and old to enjoy fellowship, good music and great food.

There was live country music from One Last Rider and homemade funnel cake from the Sacred Heart culinary staff in addition to standard picnic fare. Attendees competed in the raffles to win numerous gifts.

The beautiful Sacred Heart Villa facility and property is located in a country setting on a hilltop in Laureldale. Senior residents enjoy all inclusive pricing, nutritious meals, free transportation to medical appointments, weekly housekeeping, linen and towel service, and many other services and activities.

For a tour or more information about Sacred Heart Villa call 610-929-5751 or visit http://sacredheartvillapa.org/.

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News - Open House October 2013

Photos from the October 2013 Open House at Sacred Heart Villa.

      

      

     

       

      

    

 

 

 

 

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Sacred Heart Villa was chosen as the setting for a short film by Wyomissing’s own Justen Patrick Lander, award winning director, writer, cinematographer, and editor.  

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Choose the Exercise that’s Right for You

Does it seem confusing knowing what is right and wrong when it comes to being active and fit? Well, actually it is not as confusing as you may think. Read More.

 

Eating Healthy May Be Easier Than You Think

There’s no doubt that diet plays a major role in our health. Obesity related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.But what does healthy eating really mean? It’s not as difficult as you may think to adapt and maintain healthy eating habits. 

 

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Cooking for One or Two

Sometimes as people age, lose their spouse, or no longer have others to cook for, they may cook less due to low motivation, loneliness, depression, low energy levels, physical disabilities, lack of knowledge of how to shop and prepare for only one or two people, or just get tired of cooking. Read More.

 

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Should I be Concerned About My Parents?

When we gather together for holidays and special occasions, we look forward with great anticipation to being with family and friends whom we may not see often. Absence may indeed make the heart grow fonder, but it also makes gradual changes in an aging loved one more apparent. Read More.

 

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The Difference between Independent and Assisted Living

For anyone starting to shop for senior housing, there can be an overwhelming amount of terminology and lingo to become familiar with. One of the biggest questions you may have is, “What is the difference between independent and assisted living?” Read More.

 

Sacred Heart Villa to host special Christmas Masses.
For those seeking mass at 6 pm Christmas Eve and 10:30 am Christmas morning, you are in luck!

 

 

 

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What services is a personal care home supposed to provide for the residents?

There are a few ways that you can find out what services a particular personal care home offers.Read More.

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Affordable Senior Living Options in Reading and Berks County

No one wants to leave their home, but local seniors and aging boomers in the greater Reading and Berks County area have numerous options for senior housing and personal care.Read More.

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Catholics in Berks County Feel at Home in Sacred Heart Villa

Home is where the heart is. For the thousands of Catholics living and aging in Reading or Berks County their faith is very personal and very important.Read More.

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Senior Living Communities Keep Residents Safe with Emergency Preparedness
All personal care homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must adhere to the regulations set forth by the Department of Public Welfare. Read More.

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Tips on Downsizing into a Personal Care Home or Assisted Living Facility

You’ve lived for more than 50 years in your own, big home. You have lots of valuables, you have furniture, have stuff and admittedly you may have a little junk to discard. You may find yourself asking “How to downsize into a retirement community?” Read more.


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Sacred Heart Villa of Reading Helps Meals on Wheels of Berks County

Each month several residents of Sacred Heart Villa in Laureldale, PA volunteer to bake cookies for the Meals on Wheels program of Berks County. Read More.

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Sacred Heart Villa releases a video tour and testimonials

Sacred Heart Villa, a personal care and senior living facility outside of Reading, PA, is referred to by some as Berks County's best kept secret. Read More.

Sister Patrice talks about the event that led to the growth of the MIssion Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart

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Reading Area Personal Care Home to Host a Picnic for Multiple Generations

On Sunday, July 27th 2014 at Sacred Heart Villa in Reading the residents, staff and their families enjoyed a picnic at Sacred Heart Villa in Laureldale. Read More.

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Sacred Heart Missionary Sisters Continue to Serve in Reading

Since 1908, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have served people all over the world. Read More.

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Tips for Berks Seniors to Stay Cool During the Summer
Nearly 400 Americans die from heat stroke caused by heat waves each year and most of the victims are elderly. Read More.

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What is the Difference Between Personal Care And Assisted Living?
For a long time in Pennsylvania the terms Assisted Living and Personal Care were synonymous prior to 2011. Read More.

Events in 2014 - See Sacred Heart Villa events here.

 

 

 
 

About Us

Mission Statement


Sacred Heart Villa, sharing the vision of the Ministry of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, provides compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual care to enhance the quality of life for each person.

Sacred Heart Villa History

The Sisters created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. Sacred Heart Villa incorporates the spirit, love and care that have been the foundation of St. Michael Convent, the Motherhouse of the Missionary Sisters.

With the dream of enlarging their mission of caring for the aged and infirmed, the Sisters began extensive renovations to St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms.

When the renovations were completed, Sacred Heart Villa was born. The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety and security in an environment of beauty and grace.

Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004. There are 57 Sisters and approximately 40 other senior residents (when fully occupied) living at Sacred Heart Villa.

 

About the Sacred Heart Missionary Sisters

The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an international congregation of over 800 religious women. The United States Motherhouse is located in Reading, Pennsylvania. What began with a mere eight Sisters emigrating from Germany in 1908 grew to 408 United States Sisters. Today, there are 91 Sisters in the United States province which extends over six states and Mexico.

The charism statement of the Sisters is “Being graced by the love of Christ we are called to respond to His love and to make that love present to everyone.” In responding to God’s call, each Sister, including the Sisters who are retired and infirmed, uses the gifts given her to answer the needs of God’s people.

In the 103 years the Sisters have been in the United States, they have cared for newborns, single mothers, orphans, the elderly in nursing homes and the terminally ill. From the beginning of life, they have tended all with great care and compassion. The Sisters are very committed to continuing their mission of bringing God’s love to everyone.

 

51 Seminary Avenue

Reading, PA 19605

SacredHeartVillaPA.org

Click for map/directions

 

Schedule a Tour

610-929-5751

Activities

Each day residents have the option to participate in numerous activities including games, events, mass and other activities. Residents also enjoy themselves in our library, beauty salon, lounges, social hall and outdoor gardens.

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