The mission of The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley is to provide meaning, richness of life and health care services for all residents. The Clarke family believes in that mission and choosing to spend their retirement years at The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley has become a bit of a family tradition. One thing that draws them to The Ridgewood is the peace of mind that comes with knowing a resident is never asked to leave if they run out of financial resources.
Sarah Clarke was 100 years old when she moved to The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley. Before moving there, she was living independently in an apartment in Hermitage, Pa. Her children knew it was time for a move when she started needing personal care services. She lived there happily for two years until she passed in January of 2018.
Sarah was a registered nurse and was originally from Bridgeville, Pa near Pittsburgh. She had two children Robert (Bob) and William (Bill). Bob moved from Bridgeville 20 years ago to Hermitage, Pa to follow his career.
Bill just recently left Bridgeville after retiring from Northwest Savings Bank and followed in his mother’s footsteps by moving to The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley.
“My mother just blossomed when she came to live at The Ridgewood,” said Bill. “She was well taken care of. The staff loved her and she loved them. They used to call her ‘Miss Sally.’”
Sarah loved to socialize and be involved in whatever was going on. She played in a bridge club for 25 years and her favorite thing to do was read. “I never worried once while she was here. It gave me peace of mind to know someone had eyes on her 24/7,” said Bob.
Bill also thought highly of The Ridgewood. So much so that after battling issues with his back and heart, he moved there himself in May 2018. “I don’t think you can get much better than this. It’s like a family living here. The residents are nice and the staff is incredible! I like the fact that I can come and go as I please,” he said.
“I like that the holidays are always decorated so beautifully and I especially enjoy the Strawberry Festival held in June every year,” said Bill. This particular event features delicious strawberry desserts, chance auctions, and live music. Just like the annual Good Samaritan Appeal, all proceeds from the Strawberry Festival support the Good Samaritan Fund and are used solely for unfunded and benevolent care.
Bill has been a supporter of the Good Samaritan Appeal ever since his mother lived here. He was a banker for 37 years and understands the importance that this fund provides. “I like to help when I can in memory of my mother. I think to myself what would I do if I was sick and older and could no longer pay for my care. It makes me feel good knowing residents have that peace of mind,” he said.
The Good Samaritan Fund ensures that a resident will never have to leave The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley even if they can no longer afford to pay the full cost of their care. It is with your support of the Good Samaritan Fund that we can continue to make that promise to our residents. Please make your gift today and help a resident in need! Thank you in advance for being such a Good Samaritan!