Friends Home in Kennett was founded in 1898 by members of the Religious Society of Friends in response to the need for a home for elderly Friends and operated as a boarding home for many years. The Home began offering personal care services in the 1970s and skilled nursing care in 1980 to better serve the community’s needs. Today, Friends Home in Kennett continues to be guided by Quaker values and serves older adults regardless of their religious affiliations.
Independent Living: Residents who are able to live independently but prefer the security of being in a supportive community find our Independent Living program to be a good fit for their needs. A private room and bathroom, meals, housekeeping and laundry service are included, and staff members are on duty 24 hours a day to help IL residents in emergency situations. Most IL residents live in the same building with Personal Care residents, sharing in meals and activities, forming friendships and supportive bonds. We also have two apartment houses with seven IL apartments for single residents or married couples.
Personal Care: Some enter the Home as Independent Living residents and transition to Personal Care while others enter needing some care. Independent Living and Personal Care residents are served by the same compassionate, experienced a staff that is supervised by a registered nurse, who coordinates resident care. Levels of care are based on each resident’s unique needs and include assistance with medications, bathing, dressing, making appointments, reminders and escorts to activities and meals. Each care level has an associated fee that can be added to a monthly base room and board fee. The Home is licensed as a Personal Care Home by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Skilled Nursing: Linden Hall is our 20-bed skilled nursing home that offers residents a higher level of care, often needed because of advancing medical conditions. Some residents stay briefly in Skilled Nursing while recovering from surgeries or illnesses, returning eventually to their Personal Care rooms, and others are admitted directly to and remain in skilled care. Each person receives high quality care in a reassuring atmosphere where our compassionate staff of nurses and certified nursing assistants maintains a familiar, comforting routine. Family members are encouraged to be involved in planning for the care of their loved ones. Linden Hall is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Respite Program: Short-term respite stays are available in each of our programs. For older adults who live with their children, who need some care in their own homes, or choose to not stay alone, short-term stays can help support independence. Children or caregivers may need to take care of their own medical needs, to take a vacation, or to rest after providing around-the-clock care. Respite stays may last a few days to a few weeks, and sometimes result in residents moving here permanently.
Activities Program: The Activities Program helps to keep residents as mentally aware, socially engaged and physically active as possible. Activities are planned by our certified Activities Directors specifically for the capabilities of the residents under their care, focusing on encouraging independence, socialization, entertainment and simply having fun with each other. Included in the monthly schedule of activities are exercise, craft projects, entertainment, games and outings to local attractions and restaurants.