Learn About Our Continuing Care Retirement Community
Garvey Manor has served the elderly since 1965. The present building complex opened in 2003. Under joint sponsorship of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged & Infirm, the facility is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Inc. The designation as a Continuing Care Retirement Community was issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance in 2009.
The primary mission of the facility is residential care and services for the elderly. The Carmelite Sisters who serve in ministry together with professional and ancillary lay staff strive to make their philosophy of care a vital part of everyday life at the facility. The Mission: To promote and provide personal and professional quality of care and service in an atmosphere which reflects Christ’s compassion, love and concern for the elderly, provides the guiding vision. The words of Mother Angeline Teresa McCrory, Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters …‘to clasp the hand of an aged person and give meaning to the autumn of life’ summarize the charism behind the philosophy. Values expressed in the philosophy touch every aspect of the ministry which seeks to bring dignity to the residents in all parts of the facility and to the staff who minister in the facility:
The exterior of the complex includes the expansive building with beautifully landscaped yards and gardens with outdoor seating areas, walking paths and ample parking. The spacious, attractively decorated and furnished interior has wide hallways, comfortable common gathering spaces, a full service beauty/barber salon, café, and gift shop. The facility also has a large, multipurpose room known as Carmel Hall where special programs, entertainments, community sponsored events and many other functions take place. Residents’ accommodations in all parts of the complex include individual heat/air condition control and window treatments. At the entrance of each resident’s room, suite or apartment, individually locked curio cabinets allow residents to personal their entrance with memorabilia or seasonal decorations. These and other amenities provide an atmosphere that enhances the residential character of the facility that is dignified and home-like.
Garvey Manor is a Catholic facility. At the center of the complex, located in the main lobby, Saint Joseph’s Chapel offers a place for personal prayer and community worship. Mass is ordinarily celebrated daily and other Eucharistic devotions are held regularly. Non-Catholic Ecumenical services are scheduled. A religious atmosphere is evident throughout the facility. Persons of all faiths are welcome and each person‘s religious preference is respected.
While the physical structures are exceptionally attractive, people are the most important part of the community. Throughout the complex, mission-driven, dedicated and caring staff maintain focus knowing the residents are not living in our facility….we are providing care and service to the residents in this, the resident’s home.
As a Continuing Care Retirement Community we offer multiple levels of service. An advantage of being in a facility such as Garvey Manor is that residents have priority admission status into alternate levels of services as care needs dictate. Knowing the facility, its character, operation and staff makes it easier when transition is necessary. This adds a sense of security and peace of mind for residents and their families.
Garvey Manor Nursing Home - is a skilled nursing facility with the capacity for 132 residents, licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It is certified for Medicare and Medicaid and also participates in some health maintenance organization contracts. Residents are admitted to the facility based on the need for either short term rehabilitation or long term care. Residents’ rooms are grouped into 6 neighborhood nursing units. With the exception of three double rooms in the facility, all rooms are private and have either a private or shared bathroom. Room size is generous, allowing residents to personalize their space with personal items as they wish. The atmosphere is home-like and dignified. Meeting the residents’ physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs is an ongoing, coordinated team effort. Multi-disciplinary professional and ancillary staff participate with the resident in planning care. Dignity, hospitality and compassion are hallmark values staff strive to achieve.
The Marian Center for Dementia Care is part of the nursing facility. Two specially designed units offer a homey atmosphere while the staff, trained to care for persons with dementia, provide the needed nursing care and a comprehensive activity program to meet the special needs of persons with various types of dementia.
Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence - Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence houses both the Personal Care Home and the Residential Living Apartments. The Residence is spacious, hospitable, attractive and dignified. It offers privacy, yet socialization in a community setting.
Personal Care Home - The Personal Care Home is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for a capacity of 54 residents. It maintains a social model of service. The Personal Care Home has 44 individual units. On the upper two floors of the Residence, 32 individual suites range in size from 380 to 500 square feet each. All suites are private and include a full private bathroom, kitchenette and spacious closets in either a studio or one bedroom layout. Most suites can accommodate couples. Staff attention to personal care needs of the residents promotes each resident’s abilities to participate in their activities of daily living. The common areas include a spacious lobby, a great room complete with full kitchen, a library, game room and activity room. These gather spaces, plus the planned activities foster socialization.
The Loretto Terrace section houses 12 residents in private rooms with private half bathrooms. The more intimate design of the Terrace includes its own living room, country kitchen style dining room, common gathering area, enclosed patio and bathing spa. The Loretto Terrace staff provides assistance, supportive services and supervision to meet individual needs.
Residential Living Apartments - Two spacious apartments are located on the north end of the Residence’s 2nd floor. Each 889 sq. ft. apartments can comfortably accommodate an individual or a couple. Residents of the apartments can be totally independent or can avail themselves of the services that are offered in the community setting including meals, housekeeping, 24 hour emergency staff response, planned activities, and access to amenities of the Garvey Manor complex.
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"Never in our lives have we witnessed such acts of love, not only to our mother but to all the residents at Garvey Manor and their families. My mother's time there helped her to enjoy her last years in a gentle, dignified environment. Spending her last years within a house of God gave her great peace and comfort. She felt she was 'home' again. She felt God's presence around her because of the love she received in your care."
- Kathleen Chovit