Waverly Care Associates VP Elected President of PA Homecare Association Board of Directors



Waverly Care Associates VP Elected President of PA Homecare Association Board of Directors

Patricia Rodgers will serve as PHA board president for a two-year term

GLADWYNE, PA – Waverly Care Associates, a subsidiary of Waverly Heights Retirement Community, today announced that Vice President Patricia Rodgers has been elected President of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) Board of Directors. She will serve on a 19-member board representing Pennsylvania’s homecare and hospice industry.

“We look forward to improving access to and awareness of home-based care under Pattie’s leadership,” said PHA CEO Vicki Hoak. “Her passion, engagement, and dedication are second-to-none. PHA’s member agencies and homecare consumers across the state have a dynamic advocate in Pattie.”

Waverly Care Associates provides non-medical private care giving services at the retirement community and in homes in Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia and parts of Chester Counties. Rodgers has worked with Waverly Care Associates for 25 years and served as its Vice President and Director of operations since 2005. She has served in a variety of leadership roles with the PHA, including positions on the Regulations Task Force, Private Duty Cabinet and Education Committee.

“I’m honored to continue to serve as an advocate for patients and clients of PHA in this new position as board President,” said Rodgers. “I am confident that my experiences with PHA and its board of directors has prepared me for the role and I look forward to continuing to uphold the mission of the organization.”

Thomas Garvin, President and CEO of Waverly Heights, said, “Pattie is an outstanding leader within our organization. We know that she will continue in that capacity for PHA. Pattie has a passion for caring for people and is a strong advocate for the needs of those who cannot care for themselves. We are delighted and proud of the honor she has received.”


About Waverly Heights

Waverly Heights is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Main Line. Beyond the beautiful gardens and lawns, Waverly Heights offers unparalleled service to residents in an atmosphere of classic style and elegance.  For more information visit: www.waverlyheightsltd.org.


About Waverly Care Associates

Waverly Care Associates provides non-medical private care giving services in Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia Counties and parts of Chester County.  Waverly Care has grown to over 210 Direct Care Workers and has been designated as a leader in Home Care on a national level. A recent client satisfaction survey revealed that 100 percent of clients would refer Waverly Care to a friend or relative.




Waverly Heights Retirement Community Welcomes New Vice President Of Human Resourses

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Lauren Kelley of Cherry Hill, NJ joins leadership team at the Main Line retirement community

GLADWYNE, PA – Waverly Heights Retirement Community today announced the hiring of Lauren Kelley for the position of Vice President of Human Resources. Kelley, a Cherry Hill native, started in her new position in December, bringing with her over 15 years of not-for-profit Human Resources experience. Beyond the daily oversight of Human Resources operations, she will be responsible for ensuring all Human Resources policies, practices and goals support Waverly’s culture of excellence and align with the strategic vision.  “We are thrilled to have Lauren join the team at Waverly Heights,” said Thomas P. Garvin, President and CEO of Waverly Heights. “We’re confident that her extensive background in Human Resources will help her to excel here. She will be an integral part of our success.”

Prior to joining the Waverly Heights team, Kelley worked at Bancroft for 14 years in a variety of Human Resources positions before moving on to MissionOne and NorthEast Treatment Centers where she held Vice President and Director roles. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and received a Master of Science in Human Resources from Holy Family University.

“I’m delighted to join Waverly Heights. This is a great opportunity and I feel privileged to be a part of such a dedicated team of professionals,” said Kelley. “Having worked in different Human Resources capacities for over a decade now, I hope to help Waverly continue to be an employer of choice and achieve its Vision of providing the highest quality programs, services and amenities for senior living.”

About Waverly Heights

Waverly Heights is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Main Line. Beyond the beautiful gardens and lawns, Waverly Heights offers unparalleled service to residents in an atmosphere of classic style and elegance.  For more information visit: www.waverlyheightsltd.org.

Waverly Heights embarking on $20M project

In a response to the changing needs of retirement living, Waverly Heights in Gladwyne is launching a $20 million project that involves new construction as well as extensive upgrades to existing facilities.

To stay in tune with the different generations they serve, senior living communities have begun to incorporate more features typically used throughout the hospitality industry into their facilities. In some ways, it’s become a blend of resort-style living combined with lectures, classes and field trips.


A new apartment building will be constructed.

“The primary driver behind the work is to meet this new face of retirement living,” said Thomas Garvin, president and CEO at Waverly Heights. “Residents have higher expectations to be active and socially engaged.”

The bulk of the work at Waverly Heights will undertake involves renovating to its amenity space. What appealed to generations of the past is passé in some regards today.

To that end, Waverly Heights is enlarging its swimming pool to accommodate lap swimming and aquatic classes as well as adding a new aerobics and dance studio. It is incorporating a new computer lab where residents can be trained on iPads, iPhones and other technology. New dining options will be added as well to have wider appeal such as formal and informal, self-serve and alfresco options.

“Today’s residents really want a variety,” Garvin said.

A portion of the work will also involve constructing a new 10-unit apartment building, which will be the third to be constructed on the property. While Garvin said the “sweet spot” is a 1,500- to 2,000-square-foot unit, the new apartments will range from 1,795- to 2,050 square feet.

“There is pent up demand for these sized units,” he said. “As seniors’ needs and desires evolve, space is something they are looking for. The clientele we serve want that space.”

All 10 units have already been spoken for and ground won’t be broken on the project until September. Waverly Heights has a wait list with 300 names on it and quite a few want the larger-sized units, Garvin said. Waverly Heights currently has 365 residents and draws from the Main Line.

Located off Waverly Road, the community was established on a former estate and its construction completed in 1986. It has undergone several projects over the years to upgrade and expand its facilities.

Natalie Kostelni covers real estate and economic development.

Natalie Kostelni


Philadelphia Business Journal

Get In The Zone

A New Form of Meditation Comes to Waverly


Doum Doum Tik-a-tak, Doum Tik-a-tak, Doum Tik-a-tak tika; so started the demonstration in the Waverly Heights Manor House living room on March 9.  It was drumming meditation by Joseph Tayoun.


Joe, a second generation Lebanese American, is an accomplished percussionist.  He started playing at the age of eight at his family’s renowned Middle East Restaurant where live authentic music and dance from the middle-east was performed nightly for 40 years.


For his demonstration at Waverly, Joe brought along a collection of 16 drums including the Tarabuka, an Egyptian drum whose design goes back at least 4000 years into the pre-dawn of history.


Joe is a very engaging charismatic individual, whose enthusiasm for his subject is infectious.  He immediately got his audience involved, letting each person select a drum.  Instead of a lot of verbiage about percussion theory, he started right out beating a pattern on his drum, asking the audience to repeat it.


He then added a second pattern and a third.  The challenge was to put them all together in the end, a sort of kinetic trick whereby you get the rhythm organically.  Not easy and certainly requiring, at the outset, extreme concentration.  (Think of exercise for aging brain synapses!)


What has all this to do with meditation?  Joe speaks of getting in the zone – where a group of musicians and/or participants get so involved with the rhythum that they begin to act as one.  But it does take time.  According to a study by Stanford’s Center for Computer Research and Acoustics, the pattern of the drumbeat can be correlated with resulting temporary changes in brainwave frequency, but the drumming pattern must be sustained for at least 13 to 15 minutes.  That is to say, there is now data being collected to support the theory that drumming facilitates entry into altered states of consciousness.


Joe Tayoun is a gifted group leader. And he certainly gives a vigorous workout to tired brains. There seemed to be an overwhelming positive response from the participants.


(Article excerpted from The Waverly Window)