Pleasant View Retirement Community (Full Review)

Pleasant View Retirement Community is a must-consider option if you are currently finalizing your or your loved one’s retirement plans and are residing within or close to Pennsylvania. This senior living community provides a ton of residence and healthcare options while supporting assisted living and active lifestyles. It offers deluxe apartments and cottage homes and is currently expanding in Lititz Springs and Manheim.

The Pleasant View Retirement Community is situated in Lititz Springs and Manheim, Pennsylvania. With beautiful cottages, hybrid apartments, state-of-the-art amenities, PVFit fitness center, and engaging activities and social events, the facility is perfect for retirees with an active lifestyle.

What started as a humble nursing home in 1955 has evolved into a full-scale community able to cater to different levels of care and residence styles required by the elderly. To this date, this well-known retirement community has provided almost six decades’ worth of genuine personal care and enjoyable senior living. Read on to learn how Pleasant View intends to continue doing the same for the years to come.

The Highlight of Manheim

Manheim Pennsylvania

The Pleasant View Retirement Community is an upscale multi-location senior living community nestled in Northern Lancaster County. It is just six miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making it convenient for family and friends to visit residents or for retirees to explore the rest of what the state has to offer. Pleasant View Retirement Community offers spectacular cottages and apartments, 32 luxury apartments at The Lofts, and 18 hybrid apartments at the West Lawn.

As a resident, you can choose accommodations set in the countryside or downtown districts. The centralized location of these units gives you access to shops in Lititz, top-caliber performances at historic theaters and playhouses, hospitals, and health care systems – to name a few. On-site, the community, features a variety of amenities and services, unforgettable dining experiences, a full fitness center, libraries, and recreational activities. There is also an on-campus thrift boutique, hair salon, woodworking and gardening shop, game room, and vibrant social events.

Residential Living

Residential Living at Pleasant View Retirement Community offers living accommodations that cater to a care-free lifestyle with opportunities to pursue old or current passions or interests. Plus, various on-campus comforts help maintain an active lifestyle for the elderly who are young at heart or those who want to keep fit.

Flexible financing options are available for all Residential Living accommodations, including three traditional entrance fee plans. Monthly rates include most utilities, interior, and exterior home maintenance, housekeeping, landscape, grounds care, waste disposal, snow removal, recreational programs, scheduled transportation, PVFiT membership, building insurance, and access to amenities and use of common areas.

Accommodations offering Residential Living consist of cottage and apartment residence styles. 52 cottage homes are situated in the countryside and feature expansive two-bedroom layouts. Similarly, 100 Town Square apartments provide residents independence complemented with convenient access to Pleasant View’s services and amenities. Both residence styles are perfect abodes for those maintaining hobbies, continuing to do work, or fond of having guests over.

Aged Woman in Eyeglasses Surfing the Internet on a Laptop

Cottages

The layout of cottage homes features single-floor living, two bedrooms, two comfortable bathrooms, a full kitchen, and attached garages. All units have a relaxing covered porch or enclosed Florida room, while some have an allotted area for an optional breakfast nook, garage attached to either the laundry room or kitchen entryway, or a basement. All cottage home residents have access to on-campus amenities and the walking trail around Lake Lakota. Furthermore, all of its five-floor plans offer residents the ability to customize their home according to personal preferences.

Apartments

Residence type options range from open-floor studio units to two-bedroom accommodations. All apartments come complete with fully-equipped eat-in kitchen spaces, laundry areas, walk-in closets, full or en suite bathrooms, individual temperature controls, and emergency call systems. Some even offer outdoor living space – either a balcony or patio. Among the highlights of apartment units are indoor access to dining options, the Town Square Health Club, and on-campus amenities. Customization is also made available for all four-floor plans. All in all, Pleasant View Community apartments offer the perfect balance between flexibility, comfort, and affordability.

The Lofts and West Lawn

Apart from Pleasant View cottage and apartment offerings, the community is expanding in Lititz Springs and Manheim to include The Lofts at Lititz Springs and West Lawn apartments. These senior living expansions are generally upscale versions of the apartment and cottage homes that Pleasant View Retirement Community already offers. The Lofts boast of open-floor residences, while the West Lawn features hybrid apartments – a merger of a traditional apartment and a cottage. The West Lawn apartment homes are scheduled for completion and ready for occupancy in Spring of 2022.

The Pleasant View Retirement Community Manheim PA, is approximately 12 minutes away from Lititz, set on 52 acres of stunning rolling hills on the north of Lancaster County. On the other hand, The Lofts is situated in the heart of historic Lititz and is a mere walking distance from many restaurants, boutiques, and more recreational establishments. These new additions provide prospective residents more choices on where and how they would like to live. Retirement living is made vibrant with majestic nature views and upscale amenities.

Here is a video by Pleasant View Communities showcasing The Lofts at Lititz Springs:

For reference, here’s a full list of features and amenities you will find in both Lititz Springs and Manheim properties:

Features:

  • Three standard and three designer-finish packages for your customization needs
  • 9-foot cathedral ceilings and large windows with abundant window treatments
  • Quality hardwood cabinetry with soft-close drawers
  • Hardwood floors, porcelain tile flooring, chic carpet selections, and space-saving pocket doors
  • Large master room with a walk-in closet and en suite master bath
  • Guest bedroom with walk-in closet (may or may not come with en suite full bath, depending on unit)
  • Covered terrace or balcony with French doors
  • Separate laundry with full-sized washer & dryer
  • Utility sinks and storage space
  • Standard granite or quartz countertops with backsplash and trim options
  • Kitchen island with pendant lighting and GE® appliance package
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Individually controlled heating and air conditioning
  • Inclusion of water, sewer, and electricity in the monthly rate
  • Landscaping, snow removal, and refuse collection services
  • Smoke detectors and sprinklers, 24/7 emergency maintenance and security
  • Underground parking for one car (parking behind the building for a second car plus smart car parking available)
  • Preferred access to assisted living, skilled nursing care, memory care, and rehabilitation services
  • Smart technology – in-home controls offering convenience and safety (at an extra cost)

Amenities:

  • Manheim on-campus library, beauty salon, lounges, activity rooms, greenhouse, game/card room, creative arts studio, woodworking to gardening workshops, and a thrift store and model train room
  • Chapel, multi-denominational services, Bible studies, pastoral services and visitations, fellowship opportunities, and support groups
  • Fitness centers with wellness programs, exercise classes, lectures, therapeutic activities, and classes
  • The Full Swing Golf TM simulator (can accommodate up to four golfers)
  • Year-round use of cedar sauna (view on Amazon), indoor heated saltwater pool, and jetted hot tub (available for aquatic classes and open and lap swimming)
  • A poolside lounge area, outdoor courtyard, and other gathering spaces
  • Hearth & Harrow Restaurant, coffee bar & bistro (residents enjoy 20% discount)
  • Transportation to off-campus destinations
  • Trails for walking with your dog or riding a bike (view on Amazon)
Indoor Swimming Pool

Rates at Pleasant View Communities

Unfortunately, Pleasant View Retirement Community costs are unspecified on the community’s website. Those with further inquiries will have to either email or call the facility for an appointment. While this may be a letdown, I have gone ahead and consolidated all of Pleasant View’s residential offerings. (TIP: The website also provides PDFs of floor plans for each residential unit):

Cottages

Inclusions: Most utilities, one- or two-car garage attached with entry into the laundry room or kitchen, dressing room and walk-in closet, study den, dining room, covered front/side porch entry, two bedrooms, two full baths, ample living and kitchen space, (for some units) an optional breakfast, a foyer, and basement areas.

Apartment NameApartment Type & Floor Area
The Aspen2-bedroom units w/ 2 full baths and a 2-car garage; 1,750-1,850 ft2
The Juniper2-bedroom units w/ 2 full baths and a 2-car garage; 1,600 ft2
The Sycamore2-bedroom units w/ 2 full baths and a 1-car garage; 1,204-2,441 ft2
The Linden2-bedroom units w/ 2 full baths and a 1-car garage; 1,214-1,358 ft2
The Larch2-bedroom units w/ 2 full baths and a 1-car garage; 1,199 ft2

Apartments

Inclusions: Most utilities, ample living space, full bathrooms, individually-controlled heating and air conditioning, laundry facilities, fully-equipped kitchen, a patio or balcony, (for some units) a den with a powder room, and a master bedroom with en suite bath.

Apartment NameApartment Type & Floor Area
Two-Bedroom2-bedroom units w/ 2 bathrooms; 895-1,798 ft2
One-Bedroom w/ Den1-bedroom units w/ en suite bath, den w/ powder room; 901-1,075 ft2
One-Bedroom1-bedroom units w/ en suite bath; 665-960 ft2
Studioopen-floor units w/ 1 bedroom and a full bathroom; 445-703 ft2

The Lofts at Lititz Springs

Inclusions: Most utilities, luxurious one- and two-bedroom units, 9-foot vaulted ceilings, quality finishes, walk-in closets with lighting, great room with multiple windows, full kitchen with island, separate laundry room, beam-and-brick interior detailing, den with sliding door, mechanical closet with hallway access, terrace with French door access, and preferred access to assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, and comprehensive rehabilitation services.

Apartment NameApartment Type & Floor Area
Coleman2-bedroom units w/ den, 2.5 full baths; 1,564 ft2 plus terrace
Rosehill2-bedroom units w/ den, 2.5 full baths; 1,531 ft2 plus terrace
Millport2-bedroom units w/ den, 2 full baths; 1,445 ft2 plus terrace
Carter2-bedroom units w/ den, 2 full baths; 1,229 ft2 plus terrace
Penry2-bedroom units w/ den, 2 full baths; 1,169 ft2 plus terrace
Pierson1-bedroom units w/ den, 1 full bath; 1,027 ft2 plus terrace

West Lawn

Inclusions: Most utilities, two-bedroom units, 9-foot ceilings, quality finishes, walk-in closets with lighting, spacious living-cum-dining room, full kitchen with island, laundry area, den with sliding door, foyer, balcony with splendid countryside views, ample storage, indoor parking space on the lower level of the building, 24/7 security, and preferred access to assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, and comprehensive rehabilitation services.

Apartment NameApartment Type & Floor Area
The Birch2-bedroom units w/ den, 2 full baths; 1,700 ft2
The Cypress2-bedroom units w/ den, 2 full baths; 1,700 ft2
The Walnut2-bedroom units w/ den, 2 full baths; 1,500 ft2
The Hawthorne1-bedroom units w/ den, a full bathroom; 1,275 ft2

On- and Off-Campus Activities

As the Pleasant View Communities support the active lifestyle of its residents, you can find tons of things to do within the facility and its neighboring communities. Among the fun and exciting ways to stay active is to challenge your friends or family to a game of billiards, explore cultural and art events, or participate in volunteer work on-site.

Bibliophiles will find the lovely lounge areas perfect for immersing themselves in a good book or reading the newspaper. Rooftop terraces complete with gas fire pits and grills offer stunning vistas of the bustling downtown districts of historic Lititz and make for wonderful family gatherings. Residents with fur babies will be glad to know that pets are welcome in residential apartments and cottages.

Aged Person Reading a Book

The Lofts of Lititz Springs, in particular, are perfect for residents who want to feed their wanderlust. This community specifically offers plenty of gathering and entertainment spots, such as local art galleries, stylish antique shops and boutiques, cafes, bed and breakfasts, brewpubs, and various eateries and restaurants. Residents and their guests can experience farm-to-table dining at the newly-renovated Hearth & Harrow.

Add in a library, business center, computer room with Wi-Fi access, community meeting room, and PVFiT fitness center – all within a half-mile distance from the residential units. You will also find a grocery and hardware store, a bank, and a pharmacy within two miles from the property.

Life Plan Community

This term is used in the Pleasant View Retirement Community. It replaces the category currently called Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC, which pertains to a private community that offers attractive residential living options, services, and amenities together with a lifelong continuum of healthcare services.

These communities focus on active lifestyles, fostering social responsibility and giving back to the local communities, and healthcare availability. Best of all, it meets these criteria without compromising on the residents’ freedom and comfortability.

Retirement communities falling under this classification offers more than one level of care on a single campus. So, whether you want to avail of independent living, personal care living, memory support services, skilled nursing, or rehabilitative services (post-surgery or illness), Pleasant View can provide a correspondingly suitable residence style and package. Furthermore, residents use their physician, medical services, and treatments covered by their insurance plans.

However, they have the option to engage the services of Pleasant View Retirement Community’s Medical Director should they require a higher level of care.

Home Care Services

Pleasant View Retirement Community offers many services for residents who may need help with light housekeeping, personal hygiene, and medication management. These supported living services are equivalent to assisted living provided in senior living communities throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. Here is a complete list of home care services that residents can avail:

Companion Care Services:

  • Assistance with laundry, shopping, and errands
  • Food preparation and light housekeeping
  • Companionship and conversation
  • Medication Delivery
  • Transportation
  • Pet Care

Personal Services:

  • Bathing, grooming, and dressing
  • Medication and incontinence management
  • Ambulation and mobility
  • Appointment reminders
  • Respite care

Dementia Services:

  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care
  • Engagement in meaningful activity

Transitional Care Services:

  • Post-hospital rehabilitation support
  • Hospital support and end-of-life comfort care

You can take advantage of these licensed services that offer flexible schedules such as 24/7, full-time, part-time, or occasional care. You may call or email Pleasantview Retirement Community for a free in-home consultation or an explanation of rates.

How to Get in Touch

For more information on rates or healthcare options, you can reach out to Pleasant View Retirement Community through their website.

About Pleasant View Communities

Edna Hoffer, Grace Barto, and Esther Henry founded Pleasant View Rest Home in 1954 and opened it to residents on June 6, 1955. The concept behind the retirement community started with their own families – when the founders were faced with caring for their aged parents. From being a nursing home, the property eventually became a non-profit organization in 1972 and continued expanding the community ten years after.

Personal and Dementia care, apartments, cottages, and special units for residents were added in 1990, resulting in the nursing home attaining the status of a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC. Since then, additional services were offered to residents, such as non-medical home care, skilled nursing care, memory care, and rehabilitation services. The retirement community only acquired its name Pleasant View Communities in 2018 and, at present, continues to provide superb senior living accommodations.

Conclusion – Pleasant View Retirement Community Review

At Pleasant View Communities, you or your loved ones get to enjoy the beauty of nature and the countryside in a tranquil, country-like setting in Manheim or the bustle of the downtown districts in Lititz. Either way, both are great senior living options guaranteed to bring you peace of mind, joy, and comfort. The many accommodations that this retirement community has to offer ensure that you continue the pleasures of travel, self-improvement, meaningful relationships with family and friends, and hassle-free home life. I highly recommend considering Pleasant View as a possibility if you are looking for something similar.

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