In a time of transition,

she found a perfect spot

Some people search for a new home because they want more space. White Horse Village resident Dale Steffens had the opposite goal: She wanted less. 

Dale moved to White Horse Village with her husband Donald about five years ago, transplanting from Maine to be closer to her three children. They explored a number of continuing care retirement communities in the area. Being newcomers, they were especially impressed with how welcoming the atmosphere was at White Horse Village. 

Their Villa was a good size for two, but after Donald eventually transitioned to Healthcare, Dale began to think it might be time for a change. 

But she was hesitant about actually taking the plunge. 

White Horse Village offers a flexible range of housing for a variety of needs, and working with the sales team, she was able to find a one-bedroom Garden Cottage that matched what she was looking for. And now that she’s made the move, Dale is happy she did. 


Healthcare gets a major recognition

Most senior living communities pursue a high rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), but not many of them reach the 5-star mark, the highest possible rating. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce that White Horse Village’s Healthcare Center recently earned 5 stars in all three categories: health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. 

Only around 10 percent or so of Pennsylvania’s nearly 700 communities and centers reach this rating each year! 

“The five-star rating is a testament to the hard work of our dedicated team at White Horse Village, who provide compassionate and person-centered service to each resident,” says Michael Shaw, President & CEO. “Achieving a 5-star rating is a significant accomplishment, as it signifies that White Horse Village consistently meets or exceeds the highest standards in every aspect of care.”

This achievement called for a celebration of the many amazing team members whose talents and hard work made this possible. We gathered in the Paddock Grille in January to mark the occasion. 

White Horse Village offers not just independent senior living options but a full range of healthcare services, including personal care, skilled nursing, and memory support. 

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System—recognized as the gold standard in quality and safety rankings—in 2008 to help consumers, families, and caregivers compare nursing homes. 

Team member spotlight

To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, we wanted to recognize the many women here at White Horse Village whose leadership, talents, and passion help make our community a wonderful place to live. 

We highlighted just a few of them who are great examples of the team members we count on every day. 

Meet the team members

Save the dates!

Friday, April 12th | Senior Living Showcase, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Find answers to your questions about retirement planning from a range of industry experts at our Senior Living Showcase. Learn from experts about the moving process, including the ins and outs of rightsizing, selling a home, and more. This event is free and includes lunch.  

Showcase: 10 a.m. to noon

Lunch: Noon to 1:30 p.m. 

Saturday, May 18th | Open house

If you’re curious about White Horse Village, there’s no better way to learn more about it than visiting in person. Come see the campus and the different options for homes, and learn about the many activities from our Wellness Center to the art studio, woodshop, and much more. You can also chat with residents and enjoy a delicious lunch. 

Saturday, June 8th | Garden Day, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This popular annual event welcomes visitors to stroll our beautiful campus and enjoy residents’ artistic flower garden creations. It’s a great chance to get to know people in the community, ask questions about life here, and enjoy a lunch created by our award-winning culinary team.  

To register for any of these events, call 610-675-2054 or email. Please RSVP at least one week in advance. 

Campus beauty

Both those who love snow and those who grumble about the extra hassle can usually agree that it creates a captivating winter landscape. Resident Christel Krugovoy snapped this photo of backyard beauty after a January snowstorm on campus. 

One of the many benefits of life here, of course, is that hardworking crews are ready to clear the sidewalks! 

How to make a positive impact

on the environment in retirement

By residents Dale Steffens and Mary Hankins

As a younger generation earns a reputation for activism on issues like climate change, many older adults are also passionate about the environment and want to make a difference. They’ve seen wastefulness and a throw-away culture increase in their lifetimes, and are concerned about the kind of world they leave to their grandchildren and those who come after. 

The good news is even in retirement you may be able to make more of an impact than you think. 

Here are a few ways we’ve been able to get involved as residents here at White Horse Village. 

Using our voice

We have more than a dozen people on our Sustainability Committee, including management, so we can share ideas and work together. 

Some of the ideas we’ve developed include replacing older work transportation with electric vehicles, building wildlife habitat on campus, adding a community composting area, switching to plant-based cleaners, and reducing the use of disposable dishware in dining.  

Education is key, so we also share our knowledge of best environmental practices with our neighbors, one-on-one, and in planned forums. 

Thinking green

We’re lucky enough to live in a retirement community with lots of green space, and that’s really the place to start with earth-friendly policies. Lawns and gardens, carelessly run, can get heavy doses of chemicals and pesticides, and damage nearby waterways with nutrient runoff from fertilizer. 

We try to educate our neighbors on the benefits of changing their lawn practices, and have worked with management to implement these practices in our shared space.  

If you’re willing to live with a few dandelions, then cutting lawn herbicides is a great step. Also, look for ways to encourage native plants. Diverse plant life can help local animal and pollinator populations thrive! 

A rain garden can collect and filter stormwater to keep pollutants out of streams and help replenish groundwater supplies. 


Residents enjoy a new sport in Wellness

Aqua volleyball is just what it sounds like — the game of volleyball adapted to a swimming pool. It’s a great way to enjoy the water while also sharpening volleyball skills and exercising without even noticing. 

We’re always looking for opportunities to offer innovative and fun exercise, in addition to gym equipment like spinning machines and stair climbers. Aqua volleyball is a new addition that takes place every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and welcomes beginners. Remember, if you’re a Priority Club member, you’re welcome to participate in this activity and fitness classes at the Wellness Center!

Recent events

Here’s just a taste of the many happenings on campus in the past few months. For more photos and updates, be sure to like and follow our Facebook page. 

To mark New Year’s, resident volunteers did the painstaking work of preparing and setting up more than 700 paper lanterns known as luminaria. Campus was so beautiful with these glowing lights lining the roads!  

Photo by resident Duane Thurman

Veteran Broadway performer Jenny Lee Stern, a Bucks County native, performed her show “Patsy and Friends” in January. Residents enjoyed this tribute to female country stars featuring the songs of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and more. 

Photo by resident Duane Thurman

While the Chiefs returned to the Super Bowl (and won again), the Eagles were knocked out early in the playoffs. While many here root for the Birds, that didn’t stop us from throwing our annual Super Bowl party in February. 

Talented team member Sara Jane Duffey (who has a master’s degree in opera!) brings her music to Healthcare on a regular basis. She also sings in a bluegrass trio with her family, and they made a special appearance for our Spotlight music series in February. 

Photo by resident Duane Thurman

We’re offering a number of “Taste and Tour” events this year, with visitors getting the chance to visit campus, enjoy a meal, meet residents, and get a guided tour of the various amenities on campus. (One of our tours earlier this year is pictured.) If you’re interested in attending one of these events, call 610-675-2054 or email for dates and reservations. 

Author Margit Novack visited campus in early March to share her insights. Novack has worked with older adults for years, and in her memoir Squint: Re-visioning the Second Half of Life, she reflects about all the possibilities during these years. 

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