Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

"Making a enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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  • Is the community close enough to family and friends?
  • Are entertainment, dining and cultural venues close?
  • Is there a hospital nearby?


  • Who owns and manages the community?
  • How long has the community been in business?
  • What sort of reputation does the community have?
  • Is the community in good financial health?
  • Do residents have a say in community management through a resident council?

Campus Amenities

  • Are there accessible areas for walking?
  • Are there recreational areas, courtyards or outdoor dining areas?
  • Are there meeting rooms and/or auditoriums for resident gatherings?
  • Are there exercise/fitness facilities?
  • Are there areas devoted to art, crafts, or other hobbies that are important to you?
  • Are there areas for residents to garden?

Programs and Activities

  • Does the community offer a good variety of programs and activities?
  • Are there off-campus programs and activities?
  • What types of outdoor programs and activities are available?
  • Are worship services and Bible studies offered?
  • Do the programs and activities offered match your interests?


  • Does the dining program provide an acceptable level of menu choice and variety?
  • Are there healthy options available at each meal?
  • Are the dining schedules compatible with your personal preferences?


  • How much is the monthly service fee?
  • What services are provided with the standard monthly service fee?
  • How often will housekeeping be provided?
  • What services does maintenance provide?
  • Does the community provide scheduled transportation?

Health and Wellness

  • What healthcare services are available on campus?
  • Are residential care services available within the community?
  • Does the community offer wellness and fitness programs?

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