United Church Homes rebrands four senior living communities

Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton offers full range of living and healthcare options

Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton
DAYTON, Ohio – United Church Homes today unveiled Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton, announcing its four senior living communities in the Miami Valley will operate under the Trinity name as it works to evolve services for tomorrow’s older adults. The Marion, Ohio-based senior living provider operates two communities in Beavercreek, one in Miami Township and one in Fairborn. Together, they offer a full range of senior living and healthcare options for adults age 55 and older.

UCH also renamed Patriot Ridge Community as Trinity Community at Fairborn.

UCH has served older adults in greater Dayton for over 45 years at Trinity Community at Beavercreek and at the former Patriot Ridge Community since 2001. Trinity Community at Beavercreek is in the final construction phase for 30 two-bedroom independent living cottages. It also offers independent and assisted living apartments, short-term rehab, memory care and long-term skilled care. Trinity Community at Fairborn provides assisted living, short-term rehab and long-term skilled care along with memory care. It is home to many veterans and has strong ties with veteran’s volunteer groups in the Dayton area.

The nonprofit senior living provider also added two independent senior living communities to its greater Dayton network in the past three years—Trinity Community at Miami Township, a former Brookdale property, and Trinity Community at Fairwood, also in Beavercreek.

Senior living options are evolving rapidly to meet older adults’ changing needs. Many people are remaining at home longer and those who do opt for a retirement community usually are seeking an easier lifestyle and the fellowship of others.

Making a move is a big decision, and people generally don’t want to move more than once.

“Our Dayton communities offer flexible living options and levels of care combined with an enriching community life,” said Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO. “We aim to meet people wherever they are on life’s journey and that requires expanding our menu of services for a growing population of older adults who want more choices.”

UCH is also an open and affirming senior living provider. The communities welcome individuals and couples from all backgrounds and are SAGECare certified to understand the unique needs of LGBT older adults.

This can be comforting to LGBT older adults who often fear seeking help as they age.

Residents in independent living can choose from a list of personal care and concierge services, such as pet walking and grocery pick-up, that help them remain independent longer. If needs change, they may be able to receive assisted living services without moving. Short-term rehab services are available within the same or a nearby Trinity community.

Laura Farrell, senior executive director of senior living services for Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton, is excited about the changes.

“We understand that every person has unique needs, and that means our approach to serving them is highly personalized,” she said. “We’re able to coordinate care needs across our four communities, which gives residents and families options and peace of mind.”

UCH has also formed a strategic alliance, Ohio’s Hospice at United Homes, Inc., which provides residents with palliative medicine and end-of-life services in their own familiar senior living community. It’s believed to be the first partnership of its kind between a nonprofit, multi-site senior living organization and a regional hospice provider.

Combining all four Trinity communities under one banner is expected to lead to additional collaborations that will benefit older adults in the Miami Valley.

United Church Homes is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living and healthcare services for older adults, with 75 senior living communities in 14 states and two Native American nations.

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Trinity Community at Miami Township Celebrates Resident’s 102nd Birthday

MIAMI TOWNSHIP – It has been a celebratory few weeks for Ken Snavely, a resident of Trinity Community at Miami Township, a United Church Homes community located near Centerville. The community designated July 24 as Ken Snavely Day in recognition of his 102nd birthday.

“At Trinity Community at Miami Township, we celebrate all kinds of life milestones for residents,” Executive Director Charlie Thompson said. “One way we provide a rich lifestyle in our community is by offering residents opportunities to stay active. On any given day, you’ll see activities such as water aerobics in our outdoor, heated pool, computer classes, movie nights and a myriad of other activities to keep residents engaged.”

Born in 1917, Snavely grew up as a single child in Middletown, Pennsylvania, a small town near Harrisburg, with a population of around 6,500 people. During the Great Depression, the only work that was available in the town was at Harrisburg Air National Guard Base. Many women, including Snavely’s mother, worked in a clothing factory. Snavely’s father worked on the railroad as a “track man” and was also an amateur baseball player.

Snavely graduated high school in 1933 and had trouble finding work amid the Great Depression. His first job was working for a bakery as a delivery boy for regular customers, delivering fresh baked products. In 1938, he began working as a civilian employee at the Harrisburg Air National Guard Base. In 1941, he moved to Rome, New York, to help open an air base there. In 1943, Snavely joined the Army Air Force, serving in England and Germany until 1946. His final rank was staff sergeant. Snavely returned to Rome after the war, continuing to work as a civilian employee for the Air Force. In 1965, he transferred to Air Force Logistics Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

Snavely and his late wife, Lovina, married in Rome, New York, in 1952 and raised their son and daughter there and later nearby Kettering. He also lived in West Carrollton from 1978 – 2014, when he moved into the independent living community in Miami Township. His son lives in Florida and his daughter lives in the Dayton area. The family rented a large house during his birthday week so they could accommodate 15 family members, including three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who came to celebrate.

Today, Snavely is active in Post 2246 of the Veterans of Foreign Affairs in Centerville, attending meetings twice per month. In recent years, membership has been declining, but Snavely is happy to see that new younger members have been joining.

“I’d like to see membership continue to grow,” Snavely said.

Snavely says he enjoys socializing with other residents of Trinity Community at Miami Township. He is glad to not have to do home maintenance and lawn care.

“Everything you need is here. I don’t even have to go to the grocery store anymore,” Snavely said, adding he has made many new friends at Trinity.

Asked what his secret is to long life, Snavely replied, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Trinity staff said he truly lives by that advice.

“I don’t feel like I’m 102,” Snavely said.

Snavely stays active by volunteering at Cox Arboretum in Dayton. In his younger days, he visited the park regularly and eventually inquired about volunteering. Snavely became friends with the director. Ornamental grasses were his specialty. In 2015, he received a plaque in appreciation for his 35 years of service, presented to Ken Snavely, “The Grass Man.”

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Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, (740) 382-4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org