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Continuing Care Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Established in 1893, Barclay Friends is an affiliate of The Kendal Corporation. Our continuing care community provides residential living, personal care, long term nursing care, and post-acute rehabilitation in our state-of-the-art community in West Chester, Pennsylvania. We strive to honor the spirit, humanness, and basic rights of each older person through our many resident services.

Providing excellent care without the use of restraints is a hallmark of Barclay Friends’ philosophy.  Alzheimer’s care is also a special area of concern and expertise for Barclay Friends.  Our many years of experience in providing superior care with minimal restrictions to residents with dementia are widely recognized.

Quaker Roots
Our commitment to diversity flows from the Quaker roots of Barclay Friends and Kendal's published Values and Practices. We believe that a spirit of inclusion and a culture of diversity enrich and strengthen our communities, people, and services.

The Values and Practices publication presents the principles of the Religious Society of Friends on which The Kendal System values are based, and describes practices that reflect experience gained over many years beginning with the earliest Kendal communities.

Continuing Care Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Cultivating the Arts and Gardens
The Cultivating the Arts and Gardens Program at Barclay Friends provides activities which encourage the expression of creativity, spirituality, personal opinion, knowledge, and personal growth.  Programs and activities that residents can participate in weekly, monthly, and seasonally include exercise programs, book group, organized card games, discussions about current events, religious services, trips to nearby communities, holiday celebrations, the creative arts program, and our horticultural therapy program.  Programs are adapted to the varying physical and cognitive abilities of each resident, resulting in the stimulation of motivation.  Residents taking part in the creative arts program work in various mediums including clay, watercolor, wood, and other natural materials.  Resident artwork is displayed throughout each building in the community.

Horticultural Therapy
Barclay Friends’ horticultural therapy program is focused on creating a sense of home for residents, helping them to live productive and meaningful lives, and providing a reason for each resident to feel good about himself or herself.  The program has been designed to offer residents many ways in which they can participate, from actively gardening to enjoying the flowers from the front porch. 

Both Woolman and Cotter residents are active in the weekly flower arranging sessions year-round; these arrangements are then placed throughout the building for all to enjoy.  Barclay Friends is one of the few long-term care facilities in the region to have such a comprehensive horticultural therapy program, and has received the Award for Excellence from The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Horticultural Therapy Association in recognition of our horticultural therapy program’s many contributions to the field.

The Barclay Friends community has six outdoor gardens:

•  Worth Garden is an intergenerational garden with a sandbox, toys, and a miniature cottage where residents and visitors of all ages can enjoy time together.
•  Employee Star Garden was created to give our employees a garden of their own to plant fruits and vegetables. 
•  Helen’s Grove is for pure enjoyment and contains many “memory trees” given in honor of residents and staff. 
•  Anne’s Garden is what horticultural therapists call an “enabling garden,” specially designed to enable people with disabilities to work in and enjoy the garden.  The figure eight shape of this garden addresses the need of residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s to wander independently in a secure environment.  This aspect of the garden, along with the special plantings and a fishpond, has a calming effect on residents.  To reinforce a sense of home, many plantings in the garden were chosen to remind residents of plants and flowers they saw in their mothers’ gardens.
•  Sidney’s Garden is a cutting garden, where flowers are grown to provide materials for our flower arranging program.  This garden also provides interesting vistas from resident rooms and public areas.
•  Ruth T. Cottom Garden is a place where residents can maintain their own raised-bed gardens.  This garden contains bird feeders owned and operated by the residents of Woolman Assisted Living, as well as a Monarch butterfly garden.  The gazebo is a place for lively discussions and the entire garden lends itself to walks for meditation or exercise.

Barclay Friends has partnered with the Chester County Food Bank (CCFB) in the creation of four raised vegetable gardens within Sydney’s Garden, and Barclay Friends delivers the produce from these beds to the food bank.  In addition, students from the Chester County Family Academy and their families can volunteer their time and labor tending the gardens in exchange for some of the harvest.  Education programs are provided to Barclay Friends’ residents and to the students.

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