Finally, a place designed and operated to care for aging Jehovah’s Witnesses needing assistance with aspects of daily living, no longer wishing to stay in their own homes.
Legacy Place Cottages is designed to provide a caring environment for faithful servants of Jehovah—a place where they can feel safe, loved, and appreciated. The homes allow Christian witnesses to maintain a healthy spiritual routine, engage socially with fellow witnesses, and associate with the local congregations.
The residents are accommodated in beautifully appointed households designed for their "Personal Care".
Registered as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, the homes are established on a firm scriptural basis: "Look after orphans and widows." (James 1:27) "Do not withhold good . . . if it is within your power to help." (Proverbs 3:27, 28) "Give to the one asking you, and do not turn away from one who wants to borrow from you." (Matthew 5:42) "If a brother or a sister is lacking clothing and enough food for the day . . . but you do not give them what they need for their body, of what benefit is it?" (James 2:15-17) "I became hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you received me hospitably." (Matthew 25:35)
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For almost 30 years, Jah-Jireh Charity Homes (JJCH), based in Great Britain, has been providing loving physical and spiritual care to aging brothers and sisters. These well-running homes are a testament to the blessings that come from the generosity, support, and hard work of the brotherhood. There are currently five homes in Great Britain with another under development. Similar not-for-profit homes are located in the Czech Republic, Poland, Netherlands, Canada, South Korea, and Denmark.
In recognition of the needs of older ones in the United States, the JJCH board of trustees has committed its support and assistance as care facilities are developing in the United States.
There is a growing population of older Jehovah’s Witnesses in need of help, paralleling a general demographic trend of larger percentages of those over 75 years old. While we know that the primary responsibility to care for older ones lies first with their families and second with the congregation, there are times when these arrangements do not suffice.
Many faithful servants of Jehovah are unable to find a satisfactory care facility where their religious beliefs are respected and supported. This is where Jah-Jireh homes can help.
Jah-Jireh Homes - Allentown is the non-profit entity that operates Legacy Place Cottages in Allentown Pennsylvania. A volunteer board of directors oversees all of the activities of Legacy Place Cottages. All board members are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
For more information about Jah-Jireh Charity Homes of Great Britain, please view this video.
We are not connected with or endorsed by the United States Branch Office of Jehovah's Witnesses or any legal entity used by it.
LETTER FROM OUR BOARD
Dear Family and Friends:
The name Jah-Jireh means “Jehovah provides” and is taken from the account at Genesis 22:11-14. Our brothers in Great Britain chose this name because they deeply felt a commitment to provide for older friends in need. It is overseen by a volunteer board of directors who are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Legacy Place Cottages provides an environment that provides alternatives for older ones whose families are no longer able to meet their needs and who are concerned that their loved ones’ spiritual way of life will not be honored in a facility that is not operated by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Our homes offer the unique spiritual provisions that allow Christian witnesses to maintain their spiritual routine, be with their brothers and sisters and be part of a local congregation. Our personal care and memory care residences in Allentown, Pennsylvania are operating as Legacy Place Cottages. Completed in 2015, it is already home to many wonderful brothers and sisters. We are excited to inform you that we have immediate availability.
Rather than our homes being a transitional setting, it is our goal to allow residents to “age in place” and not have to later move to a nursing home or other care facility. If needed, additional nursing care, rehabilitation, dietary, social service programs, and personnel are available.
We are excited and appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the team entrusted with fostering the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the Jah-Jireh family.
The Board of Directors
Legacy Place Cottages
Legacy Place Cottages, located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, contains personal care and memory care environments. The three households provide a loving and secure environment where fellow believers can share spiritual values, live by Bible principles, and remain independent as long as possible. We invite you to view this aerial video tour.
Like the Jah-Jireh Charity Homes of Great Britain, the main purpose of Legacy Place Cottages will always be “to provide an environment in which our brothers and sisters will feel loved, well looked after and appreciated in a theocratic home run for their benefit.”
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Most important of all is the support that is provided to ensure each resident has a robust spiritual environment. The “small house” model reflects the leading edge design and organizational structure that allows the fully staffed care partners to be completely engaged with the operation of the house as well as the lives of the residents. This model of care creates an intentional community that honors autonomy and privacy, as well as provide opportunities for developing close personal relationships between residents, their families, and staff. A spiritually qualified brother takes the lead in coordinating spiritual activities including daily text consideration, weekly Family Worship night, mid-week field service arrangements, and transportation to meetings and assemblies.
Upon admission, the staff draws up a detailed service plan which serves as the
organizing document for all personal care services provided to each resident. The
plan specifies the personal care services and medications that the resident needs.
In addition, it contains information about the resident’s background, family,
interests, hobbies, and favorite foods. Staff members use this information to get
to know the resident and to effectively engage them with their abilities. There is a cottage specifically designed to provide advanced memory care.
Each resident’s care plan is reviewed after 30 days and is regularly updated from that time on—either when the staff concludes that a resident’s needs have changed, or every six months, whichever occurs first.
Legacy Place Cottages incorporates an innovative design and an organizational structure that allow the care partners to be completely engaged with the operation of the house as well as the lives of the residents. This model of care creates an intentional community that honors autonomy and privacy as well as provide opportunities to developing close personal relationships between residents, their families and staff.
Along with a nurse, specially trained nursing assistants staff each residence and provide a wide range of support and assistance. If needed, the assistance may include personal care, activities, meal preparation and service, light housekeeping, and laundry.
Each of the three cottages are true homes, centered on a beautiful hearth that promotes a warm and inviting environment. Nearby is an open kitchen, den/library, and 10 to 12 private suites, each with its own bathroom. The small scale and single level design eliminates stairs, long hallways, and elevators. Two of the homes provide personal care; one cottage is specially designed and operated for those with severe memory impairment.
Residents have autonomy, choice, privacy, and opportunities for close relationships between the residents and staff.
Nursing professionals provide clinical support around the clock in a discrete way, allowing residents to live life according to their own terms and schedules. The 32-room home is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania and can accommodate up to 40 residents in a fully staffed environment designed to allow “aging in place.”
The activities at Legacy Place Cottages are diverse and plentiful. The normal
routine for Jehovah’s Witnesses of regular field service, family worship, and
congregation meeting attendance are encouraged and supported. Various classes and instruction
are offered, such as how to use a computer and making effective use of the
jw.org Web site and Watchtower Library.
Legacy Place Cottages staff will make every effort to meet the needs of each individual as well as all in the home as a group. A schedule of weekly and monthly activities is posted in an area that is accessible to all residents and is provided for each resident to post in their suite for easy reference. Private time for study, self-reflection, and meditation will also be encouraged and supported. Volunteers and family members are always welcome to join us for activities and outings.
Food is important and sharing a meal is an opportunity to develop close personal relationships with others. Breakfast is served your way—tell us what you want and when you want it. Lunch and dinner are served in the dining room—the natural gathering place in any home. Healthy meals using fresh ingredients are prepared right in the open kitchen. Residents are encouraged to bring their favorite recipes. You are also welcome to invite guests to a meal.
All Personal Care Suites are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, and small sink. Snacks are available in the house kitchen for the residents anytime day or night.
Legacy Place Cottages offer a unique alternative for those who can no longer live at home due to memory impairment. Our care model encourages residents to participate with daily tasks in the household to help them maintain a sense of purpose, contentment, and a normal daily rhythm. The Memory Care Cottage contains 12 private rooms, is staffed by specially trained care partners and offers a secure and loving environment for those special needs.
Each Legacy Place Cottages is designed like a private residence. Suites range in size from 345 to 575 square feet and include a private bathroom, walk-in shower, and small kitchenette. There are rooms designed for double occupancy if a resident has a spouse or would prefer having a roommate living with them. Each suite has a beautiful view of the well maintained grounds and gardens. The homes have spacious front porches, patios, and gardens! Each home is single level and easily accessible. No long hallways, stairs, or elevators to slow you down.
Specially trained nursing assistants staff each residence and provide a wide range of assistance—including personal care, social and spiritual activities, meal preparation and service, light housekeeping and laundry. The team is coordinated and supported by nurses and a clinical support team that includes social workers, activities experts, therapists, and nutritionists.
Legacy Place is operated by a Professional Management Company which works under the direction of the board of directors. All residences are regulated by the appropriate governmental authorities and offer the highest level of personal care and assistance, combined with the unique spiritual provisions that allow a Christian witness to maintain a healthy spiritual routine and meaningful life.
Currently, Legacy Place Cottages is looking for caring people that are qualified CNAs. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, please contact us.
Aside from our trained staff, there are plenty of opportunities for brothers and sisters to volunteer their time and resources. Those that wish to volunteer their time to work with the residents must be dedicated, baptized Witnesses of Jehovah, who are in good standing in the congregation, and who have a sincere concern for elderly faithful ones.
How much does it cost to live at Legacy Place Cottages?
Three types of suites are available in the Personal Care Home: there are single studios; large double studios and two-room suites with a bedroom and sitting room. All have private baths and kitchenettes.
Single Occupancy Studio is $3,600 monthly;
Large Studio is $4,000 monthly; shared accommodation is $3,050 per person;
The two-room suites are $5,150 monthly; shared accommodation $3,550 per person.
Two types of rooms are offered in the Memory Care Home: large single studios and double occupancy studios, all having private baths.
Single occupancy is $4,900 monthly; shared accommodation $3,900 per person.
What’s included in the monthly cost?
These monthly rates include:
• three nourishing meals per day
• clean and comfortable living quarters
• housekeeping services
• access to social and spiritual activities
• laundry services
• supervised care
• personal hygiene and grooming
• medication management and medical consultation and treatment,
• assisting with tasks of daily living
• assistance with financial management
• arrangements for medical appointmets
Will Medicare or Medicaid cover my monthly residence cost?
Unfortunately, at this time, Medicaid in the State of Pennsylvania does not apply to Personal Care or Assisted Living Homes. Efforts are being made to consider expanding coverage beyond Skilled Nursing Facilities. However, at present there is no known timeframe for such a provision.
Do you accept long-term care health insurance?
Yes, we will accept payments from your long-term care insurance company.
Can you help me with social services?
We will meet with you and your family members to direct you to local resources that may be available to you.
How do you handle Veteran’s benefits for long-term care?
We will help you determine whether or not you qualify for Veteran’s long-term care benefits. Many who are Veterans or their surviving spouses are eligible to receive monthly supplements. We will accept payments from the Veterans Administration if you qualify.
If you believe you are eligible for these benefits, we can assist and support you in contacting a local Veteran’s benefits counselor.
Are Rooms Available?
Please call to schedule time for a tour. Our staff and residents would love to meet you and show you around!
Are there any other projects in development in the United States?
There has been a great deal of interest in providing long-term care for our dear elderly ones in other parts of the country. Many are looking into the possibility of establishing more homes in the near future.
Thank you for your interest in Legacy Place Cottages. While we have tried to convey what Legacy Place has to offer on this Web site, our strong desire is to meet with you and discuss your family’s needs on a personal level. We are happy to schedule a discussion to answer any additional questions that may help you to determine if Legacy Place in Allentown is a good fit for your family.
For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact us by phone or e-mail.