Traditions of Hanover Independent Living is pleased to announce the community was presented with a 2017 Best of Senior Living Award for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in the past year.
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 12, 2016 – Traditions of Hanover Independent Living, in Bethlehem, Pa. is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award Winners on SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.
“We are excited to receive this award for the 4th year in a row! Our community is not only a wonderful place for our residents to live; but it is also an incredible place to work. I am so glad that families see the caring atmosphere that we strive for daily here at Traditions of Hanover. We are honored,” said Jennifer Murphy, marketing director.
SeniorAdvisor.com’s Best of 2017 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top one percent of senior care providers across the country.
“It is nice to see the culture of our community shine through the comments of our families and prospects,” said Cathy Heimsoth, executive director. “It is a daily practice of kindness to one another; staff, residents and guests.”
The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Awards tabulates over 130,000 family created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 200,000 communities currently listed on SeniorAdvisor.com, just over 1,600 were recognized with this prestigious award.
Traditions of Hanover is one of the few winners in Pennsylvania, and regularly receives highly positive reviews from their families like this one: “The staff at Traditions of Hanover is incredibly kind, helpful and welcoming. My elderly uncle has lived there for several months and his whole family has been pleased with the caring staff, friendly neighbors and top-quality care. We feel very grateful,” said Debbie W.
“Families are increasingly looking to online reviews to find out who truly delivers great care for our seniors, not just who claims to deliver great care,” said Eric Seifert, President of SeniorAdvisor.com. “Our SeniorAdvisor.com Awards program is all about celebrating the exceptional people who do just that. We're honored to spread the word about these organizations whom families can entrust with the care of their senior loved ones.”
To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on SeniorAdvisor.com.
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About Traditions of Hanover
Traditions of Hanover Independent Living is a unique, award-winning retirement community offering Independent Living residences on an affordable month-to-month lease with no buy-in fees. Resident services and apartment features include meals, housekeeping, social events, transportation, and full kitchens. For more information, please call Jennifer Murphy at 484-893-6689 or visit www.traditionsofhanover.com.
Traditions of Hanover
5300 Northgate Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Positive Consumer Ratings Led to This Industry-Leading Distinction from Caring.com
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Oct. 28, 2016 – Traditions of Hanover Independent Living is pleased to announce it has been selected as a “Caring Star of 2017” for service excellence in Independent Living. In ratings and reviews from family caregivers and cognitively healthy older adults, Traditions of Hanover earned a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score) within the last year, while also having a high volume of positive reviews and meeting other qualifying criteria for this national honor. Traditions of Hanover is the only Caring Star 2017 community in Northampton County, and it is among 390 Caring Stars across the country.
Ruthie Cautero may be 78 years old, but she doesn’t need much coaxing to get out on the dance floor, especially when the Village People are part of the equation. The resident of Traditions of Hanover in Bethlehem recalls a prom that was held at the facility recently. “My legs felt like rubber, but then they played ‘YMCA’ and I had to go back out there,” she says with a laugh.
Impeccable rhythm and hip-shaking dance moves aside, Cautero is also known for her high energy and infectious laugh. Laurie Schwab, director of resident life at Traditions of Hanover, describes her as a “positive force of nature.”
But it wasn’t so long ago that Cautero was having a very bad year. In 2013, while she was living in the Pittsburgh area, her brother, Henry—her only sibling—died suddenly at the age of 71 from a blood clot. Her husband, Tony, succumbed to end-stage diabetes two months later. That same year, she fractured her pelvis. Any one of those events alone would be enough to break a person’s spirit, but Cautero isn’t a glass-half-empty kind of woman. “I don’t like to dwell on the past,” she says. “I like to think about the future.”
Born in Punxsutawney (home of that famous groundhog, Phil) in 1938, Cautero (nee Fera) recalls a simple and happy childhood, spent in the company of friends: “We went out in the morning and didn’t come home until suppertime.” She moved with her family to Clark, NJ at the age of 15. When she was old enough to grace the bar scene, Cautero says Staten Island became a popular destination on the weekends. It was on one of those outings that she met her future husband, Tony.
“He was a singer, a tenor,” Cautero recalls. “We’d go to weddings, and people would beg him to sing. He would, and then they’d all cry.” The couple tied the knot themselves in 1961 and settled in Staten Island. They welcomed a daughter, Susan, in 1962, and another daughter, Lisa, in 1964. Cautero was a stay-at-home mom for many years, until she began working as a hospital unit secretary, first in Staten Island, and then in the Pittsburgh area, after the Cauteros moved there in 1990. She retired about a decade later, and it was around that time that you might say Ruthie got her groove back.
Although she caught the moving-and-grooving itch early (her father loved to dance, she says), Tony was never one to cut a rug. But Cautero found her creative outlet in the Clover Belles and Beaus, an entertainment troupe that was founded by a friend at the retirement community where they lived in the borough of Plum. They traveled around the region, dancing to standards like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” for crowds at nursing homes, assisted living communities and parades. “Oh, the places you had to change costumes!” she says. “Dirty supply closets, bathrooms, behind trucks. We did it all.” Eventually the group disbanded as its members advanced in age, but Cautero says she holds fond memories of the friendships she made and the laughs they shared.
Following her husband’s death in 2013, Cautero was ready for a change of scenery, and that’s what led her to her next adventure—moving to the Lehigh Valley at the age of 75, to be near her daughter Lisa, who lives in Effort. Her studio apartment at Traditions of Hanover’s independent living facility is sparsely decorated, and that’s just how she likes it. “Stuff smothers you,” she says.
Instead, Cautero invests her time and talents in the people around her. She serves as an ambassador to new residents, presenting them with a welcome basket and helping them learn the lay of the land. She also coaxes residents who might be shy or reclusive to partake in the center’s many social activities—that’s where those dance moves really come in handy. “I feel that people are missing out on so much,” she says. “I want people to enjoy what I enjoy. I don’t embarrass easily.”
Cautero also volunteers once a week at the St. Luke’s Hospice House in Bethlehem, a nod to her gratitude for the support she received when her husband was in the final stages of his life. “It was a very difficult time, but I had help from my angels,” she says. “I’m very spiritual. I have a different outlook on death than other people have. Death is just a part of life.”
It’s that attitude that drives Cautero’s philosophy about how to best spend whatever time one is afforded on this earth. “Try everything,” she advises. “Don’t sit back and be afraid. Embrace life.”