In The News

There’s always something fun and exciting going on at Frederick Living. The more you know about what’s going on here, the easier it is for you to become involved—and that makes Frederick Living a more interesting community for all of us. View our latest news below or use the menu to the left to get more detail—and be sure to follow us on Facebook for regular updates as well!

Notice of Retirement

October 1, 2020
TO:ALL OF OUR FREDERICK LIVING STAKEHOLDERS FROM:John Hendrickson, CEO RE: Notice of Retirement DATE: September 30, 2020 On Monday, September 28th the Frederick Living Board of Directors received and accepted my notice of retirement to be effective February 28, 2021. Many of our residents will recall what it is like to take that step. For me to deliberately move from employment in a career and a life that has been my passion and livelihood is no easy step, however, it is a good and right thing for Frederick’s future and for my family. We are fortunate to have a strong senior leadership team, as well as, a faith-based Sponsor, Mennonite Health Services (MHS), accomplished and poised to be able to assist the Board in the search and transition of a new CEO. It is important to confirm that this is not a resignation. It is an advanced notice of my retirement. I will remain CEO, continuing to lead the senior leadership team and to give my full cooperation to the Board and MHS, until my tenure concludes at the end of February 2021. Next year Frederick Living celebrates 125 years of faithful service to our mission. It is an incredible marker of God’s favor and an achievement for our residents, employees, donors, volunteers, families and all of those who have invested themselves, past present and future, to create a genuinely loving community. It will be a joyous celebration, an opportune time to welcome and to advance our calling with a new CEO. Continue Reading

40 Years of Service – Congratulations!!!

September 4, 2020
Mary Alice Mack – Congratulations on 40 Years of Service at Frederick Living!!!
What an awesome accomplishment!
Outside of her Frederick Living Family, Mary Alice is married with 2 children and 2 beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys the great outdoors…camping, picnics, campfires. She loves where she works and especially the people she gets to work with!
She has weathered many storms at Frederick Living…poweroutages, floods, hurricanes, snowstorms…when any of these come our way she is the first to ask for a “room at the Inn” so she can stay and help in any way.
Mary Alice is also our best referral source, everyone knows and loves her and most of all trusts her!!!
Thank you Mary Alice Mack! Here’s to 40 more ❤️ We love you!!!
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Virtual Recruitment! Wednesday, September 2nd!

August 27, 2020

Please click on the flyer below to take part of this awesome event!

Virtual Recruitment Event Flyer 1

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PS Salons – New Point of Sale and Celebrations!

August 11, 2020


Starting next week each salon will have an iPad with our POS (point of sale) system. The stylists will no longer fill out sheets. The sales will be rung up on the POS system. Residents or caretakers will sign for each sale. At the end of the day the stylists will submit their sales to PS and the sales will be available to the community after they are submitted on the community dashboard through PS.

We will also be promoting our new Celebration Accounts. This will replace our gift certificates. All the outstanding gift certificates in the salons are still valid and will be used until they are gone. The Celebration Account information is attached. It is also a rewards program where the residents will earn extra dollars every time money is added to their account plus $5 during their birthday month. I have mailers that I will bring next week to be mailed out in the monthly billing. A family member, friend or a resident can add money to the residents account. It’s great for birthday and holiday gifts. It also gives the family members another way to connect with their loved one!

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Frederick Living Cedarwood Window Visitation and Salon Opening

July 20, 2020

Frederick Living Cedarwood Window Visitation
Effective 7/20/2020

We are pleased to move to the first phase of our reopening of Cedarwood COVID-19 transition! Frederick Living takes into consideration our most fragile residents in Cedarwood. We appreciate your participation and full cooperation with these criteria. We have consulted with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), and the Frederick Living Medical Director. On 7/16/2020, Senior Leadership approved the following plan for Cedarwood window visitation (weather permitting), to begin on 7-20-2020. The following criteria are hereby outlined.
Cedarwood Window Visitation Criteria:
1. Visitors and residents should adhere to social distancing of 6 feet, wear a mask, and practice
hand hygiene by washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer.
2. Hours of visitation Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 11:30 am and 3:00pm through 4:30pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
3. Number of Guests: 2, must be over the age of 15 years
4. No Pet visitation at this time
5. Window visits will be scheduled by appointment with Life Enrichment. Please contact Lavon or Christine at 610-754-7878 ext. 203
6. No more than 2 visits per week to allow for other families to schedule visits as well.
7. Visitation time will be in ½ hour increments, by appointment.
8. Guests must be screened at the Magnolia front entrance and receive a guest tag for the specific date PRIOR to driving around to the designated parking spot at the end of the front parking lot. Signage and cones are place around designated parking spots. Follow the path in front of the parking spots to the third path on the left. This leads to the outside visitation area for Cedarwood.
9. Guests are not permitted in other areas of the campus, i.e. Personal Care, Bistro area, Gift Shop, etc.
10. Visitors are asked to promptly leave the campus after the schedule visit to allow time to prepare for the next visitors.
11. Frederick Living reserves the right to revoke visitation privileges due to noncompliance with these criteria, direction from the Pennsylvania Department of Health or an onset of COVID-19 on the campus.

Cedarwood Salon Re Opening:
Plans have been finalized to re-open the Salon on Violet Lane for our Aspen and Cedarwood residents starting the week of July 27, 2020. Your continued patience is appreciated, as we will try to get everyone seen as quickly as possible.

For questions or to report a concern, please contact: Ann Marks (610) 754- 7878 Ext. 123

Erica Moss NHA (610) 754-7878 Ext. 219

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Statement on Racial Justice

July 1, 2020

Frederick Living fully embraces the, MHS Statement on Racial Justice as attests the Chair of our Board of Directors, Warren Tyson.

“I appreciate that MHS has issued a short, clear and direct statement affirming that Black lives matter. As a Christian organization there should be no question among our Black brothers and sisters where we stand affirming this Statement. It is true that all lives matter to God, but right now when Blacks generally are being questioned regarding their value, we cannot be silent about where we stand. None of our employees, residents or other partners in service at Frederick Living should have any question whether or not we affirm and value their full presence among us. Racism cannot and will not be tolerated at Frederick Living. Silence has a way of affirming uncertainty among skeptics”.

Warren L. Tyson
Chair, Frederick Living Board of Directors


MHS Statement on Racial Justice

The link above is to a Statement recently adopted by the Mennonite Health Services (MHS) Board.
MHS is Frederick Living’s sponsor.

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“A Socially Distanced Scholarship Award.”

June 26, 2020

Frederick Living Announces Beverly Nonnemaker Awarded $1,000
LeadingAge PA Education Scholarship
Zeiglerville, Pa. June 25th, 2020– Frederick Living is thrilled to announce Beverly Nonnemaker has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from LeadingAge PA for their 2020 Education Scholarship program.

Nonnemaker serves as the scheduling coordinator for skilled nursing facility, Cedarwood, and will use her scholarship to continue studies at Montgomery County Community College where she is studying to become a Registered Nurse.

“Beverly has served Frederick Living over 15 years and demonstrates our mission each day as she supports employees and residents in senior care,” said Lauren Thomson, Director of Nursing.
LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing more than 360 nonprofit senior housing, health care, and community services across the commonwealth. The Association is dedicated to the education and workforce enhancement efforts of member communities, and commits $100,000 annually to scholarship and internship programs. LeadingAge PA awards scholarships that enhance opportunities for member staff pursuing further education, training and certification — both within and outside of the field of nursing.
Together, Frederick Living and LeadingAge PA congratulate Beverly Nonnemaker on the scholarship award and her dedication to furthering her education and professional development.

About Frederick Living
Frederick Living is a leading rehabilitation and continuing care retirement community nestled in the beautiful countryside of Montgomery County in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more than a century, our focus has been on living well in every aspect of our lives—body, mind, and spirit. Rooted in our Mennonite heritage, we honor the dignity and autonomy of each person we’re privileged to serve, regardless of their faith journey. Frederick Living is located at 2849 Big Road, Frederick, PA 19504. For more information, please call us at 610-754-7878.

About LeadingAge PA
LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing more than 360 nonprofit senior housing, health care, and community services across the commonwealth. These providers serve more than 75,000 older Pennsylvanians and employ over 50,000 dedicated caregivers on a daily basis. Services our members offer include Life Plan Communities / Continuing Care Retirement Communities, skilled nursing communities, assisted living residences, personal care homes, and affordable senior housing. LeadingAge PA advocates on behalf of our members at the state and local levels to influence positive change and affect a healthy vision for the delivery of quality, affordable, and ethical care for Pennsylvania’s seniors. For more information about LeadingAge PA and our envisioned future of senior services, visit

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A Zoom with Mom!

May 8, 2020

Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, we will be doing short Zoom meetings with families and their mother, grandmother, or just “special lady” residing in Oaktree, Cedarwood or Magnolia.

If you would like to wish someone a Happy Mother’s Day,  or perhaps you have a family member that wants to send you greetings, let us know.   We will have a team member circling the buildings to share a video or phone chat.

We’ll handle the technology…you enjoy the smiles!”

Please leave a message at (610) 754-7878,  Ext. 123

Or email 

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Opportunity to Connect with Your Loved Ones With Zoom Video!

March 31, 2020

Let us help you connect using our own computer

Frederick Living is offering an opportunity to have face to face connection with loved ones through Zoom Video. 

Below are the days and time periods the video visits will be offered.   Zoom sessions will be scheduled for 15 minutes per person/family with verbal permission from the resident.

Oaktree Apartment Residents

Tuesdays and Thursdays   7:00-8:30 p.m.

Cottage/Villa Residents

Wednesdays and Fridays 7:00-8:30 pm.


If you are interested, in signing up for a Zoom session please contact Director of Residential Living Services Emily Messner at or call 610-754-8919 ext. 206 btw. 1:00- 3:00 pm and leave a message requesting to be scheduled for a Zoom Call.   We promise to adhere to social distancing.  All we need is the email of your family member or friend.  If they have a web cam or camera on their computer they will be able to visit with you.


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Do you sew? How to make a face mask

March 26, 2020

How to Make a Face Mask


Front: 100% unused cotton fabric – no metallic fabrics

Back: 100% unused cotton or cotton flannel

Attachment: 1/8”, 1/4”, or 3/8” flat elastic (white is preferred, black is OK)


Two 54” x 1/4” inch bias-tape style ties (no raw edges, white/light preferred, black/dark OK)       or Four 15” lengths of bias-tape

Floral wire if adding a nose form

Video instructions for making the masks can be found at these two websites:

How to make a surgical mask with 1/4” elastic:

How to make a surgical mask with bias tape (and nose form if you have appropriate material such as floral wire to do that)

If you do not have access to the internet, the instructions are detailed below:

(Note: The instructions list three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. We would recommend making Small- and Medium-sized masks primarily. If possible, making a few Large masks would be helpful as well. See instructions for cutting sizes.)

1) Cut two rectangles of fabric, one for the inside, one for the outside.

  1. Small: 7.5 x 5 inches
  2. Medium: 9 x 6 inches
  3. Large: 10 x 7 inches

2) Cut elastic or ties. Elastic should be cut as follows. You will need 2 pieces for each mask.

  1. Small: 6.5 inches
  2. Medium: 7 inches
  3. Large: 7.5 inches

For bias-tape ties either cut two 54” lengths or four 15” lengths (one for each corner) of the mask. If using four corner-ties, you will insert them into the corners as you sew around the mask. If using the longer ties, you will encase the mask in the traditional bias-tape fashion – this method will also allow you to insert wire on one edge to make a more form-fitted mask.

To sew using elastic or 4 bias-tape corner-ties:

3) Put right sides of cotton mask fabric together.

4) Starting at the center of bottom (long) edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew a piece of elastic or a fabric tie into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.

5) Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of that same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back. If you are using fabric ties, add a new tie.

6) Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put a 7” length of elastic in the corner (or a new tie)

7) Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic (or a new tie).

8) Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread.

9) Turn mask right-side out.

10) Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are in the same direction. There must be 3 tucks to ensure a tight fit on the face.

11) Sew around the edge of the mask twice to hold the tucks in place and close the opening.

To sew the mask using 54” long bias-tape ties:

3) Put rights sides of cotton mask fabric together.

4) Sew along the two long edges of the fabric with a 3/8” seam allowance. Turn right side out and press.

5) Open the bias-tape and place one strip along each of the open edges of the mask. Stich along the crease.

6) Stitch the raw edges of the bias-tape closed on the ends. Fold the bias-tape over, encasing the raw edge and pin in place. If you are adding wire, cut a 5” piece and place it in the bias-tape on one of the sides, pushing it toward the fold. Stitch the bias-tape closed along the whole length of the tie. Stitch vertical “casing” lines on either side of the wire to hold it in place.

7) Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are in the same direction. There must be 3 tucks to ensure a tight fit on the face.

8) Sew around the edge of the mask twice to hold the tucks in place and close the opening.

When you have finished your masks, please use a Sharpie marker to mark a 1” tall S, M, or L on the lower left corner of the inside of each mask to indicate the size. If you do not have a Sharpie, please somehow designate size for the masks before you drop them off.

Note: Do not wash the masks. They will be laundered and sanitized here after we receive them. If you have “ultra light regular non-fusable interfacing (pellon)” that can be added in between layers if desired but the fusable pellon is not recommended due to possible allergies to the adhesive. Interfacing is optional.

You can deliver your finished masks to the Frederick Living lobby. Place them in a box or bag and include your Name, address and phone/email. If you prefer to mail them, use the address below:

Questions?   Contact Trina Brady at Frederick Living for assistance at  tbrady      Phone: (610) 754-7878 ext. 353


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