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Contest imbues the doors with Holiday Spirit

Contest imbues the doors with Holiday Spirit

  January 1, 2014

From a smiling snowman to a cozy fire complete with stockings on the mantle, the doors of Homeland Center were transformed into beautiful seasonal postcards as part of the first annual “Holiday Door Decorating Contest.’’ More than 40 doors brightened the halls with holiday cheer as residents and their families…

Homeland’s Hummel collection

Homeland’s Hummel collection

  December 2, 2013

In the 1920 and ‘30s, a Bavarian nun named Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel drew sketches capturing the innocence and charm of the children around her. As her sketches grew popular, German porcelain maker Franz Goebel began producing them in figurines – each piece subject to Sister Maria’s approval. But while…

Knitting groups

Knitting groups

  November 24, 2013

For a small group of Homeland Center residents, their twice-weekly knitting circle isn’t just a chance to chat as they create intricate patterns. These four ladies knit with a purpose – creating slippers for homeless women and children. The effort started in the early 2000s, when a former resident taught…

Guiding a loved one with dementia toward the right kind of care

Guiding a loved one with dementia toward the right kind of care

  November 18, 2013

It’s perhaps the most insidious of all diseases. Dementia doesn’t sicken the body. It steals the mind, slowly robbing an individual’s very essence, their personality. All that makes them who they are. Up against this kind of foe, families often need help for a loved one with dementia. But how…

Talking to a loved one about transitioning to a personal care residence

Talking to a loved one about transitioning to a personal care residence

  November 11, 2013

Maybe you get scared after seeing an older loved one fall. Or your mom or dad is getting more than a little confused — not forgetting the keys but forgetting what they are for. Perhaps a former happy homemaker begins letting things go; the house is dirty, personal hygiene slips….

Entering our 146th year with commitment to top-quality service & charitable care

Entering our 146th year with commitment to top-quality service & charitable care

  November 10, 2013

Recognized as one of the area’s best places to work and a recipient of Medicare’s top rating, Homeland Center is celebrating its 146th year of providing quality care to residents of Central Pennsylvania. Chartered as the Home for the Friendless in 1867, Homeland originally sheltered destitute women and homeless children,…