Retirement Bliss

Hanover is an ideal community for retirement; it retains a cozy, small town feel while providing its residents with easy access to a variety of dining, shopping, recreation and health service options. Hanover is also conveniently located near popular travel destinations including Gettysburg, York, Hershey, Harrisburg, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Not a bad place to retire, right? Lucky for us, Hanover has an abundance of retirement communities, assisted living options, in-home care services and senior recreation opportunities.

In-Home Care

Some seniors may prefer to live with family members or remain in their longtime homes. As a constantly growing part of the local population, seniors in Hanover have access to a variety of in-home care providers including: A Helping Hand Home Care Services, ComForCare Senior Services, Hospice & Community Care, Visiting Angels and Visiting Nurses Association of Hanover & Spring Grove.

A Helping Hand offers non-medical, in-home care for seniors as well as adults with disabilities. The company offers companion/homemaker services (meal prep, transportation, etc.), personal care assistance (bathing, feeding, etc.) and transition services for those returning home after a hospital stay.
A Helping Hand Home Care Services, LLC | 115 Conewago Dr., Hanover || 717-698-8258

Operating out of nearby York, ComForCare also serves seniors in the Hanover area. ComForCare’s specialized services can be adapted to meet individuals’ needs from errands to hygiene assistance to companionship.
ComForCare Senior Services | 266 W. Market St., York | 717-718-9595

Hospice & Community Care provides the Hanover community with palliative, supportive care and hospice services. The organization’s staff assists seniors at home, as well as in nursing homes and hospitals.
Hospice & Community Care | 224 Saint Charles Way, Ste. 200, York | 717-793-2113

Visiting Angels provides personal, companion, respite, Alzheimer’s, transitional and in-home care services. In-home care include medication reminders, shopping, social care, fall prevention, and transportation.
Visiting Angels | 104 Carlisle St., Hanover | 877-618-4748

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) has been a mainstay in the local community since its founding in 1909. Since its beginnings as one of the first non-profits in the Hanover area, the VNA has expanded to provide local seniors with in-home therapy, palliative care, bereavement services and more.
Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover & Spring Grove | 440 N. Madison St., Hanover | | 717-637-1227

Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities

Retirement communities give seniors the chance to live independent and active lives in the company of other like-minded individuals. Similarly, assisted living facilities provide seniors with valuable day-to-day help while still allowing seniors to maintain independence.

A division of the Horst Group, Columbia Cottage in Hanover promotes the independence of its residents while also providing assistance as needed in its one-level community. With its resident-centered approach, Columbia Cottage encourages individuals to take charge of their day-to-day lives and living spaces. Columbia Cottage offers three cooked meals daily as well as several living arrangements varying in size and price.
Columbia Cottage | 2288 Grandview Rd., Hanover | 717-630-9178

Located a few miles outside of Hanover, Cross Keys Village is a sprawling 250-acre community. As the eighth largest nonprofit independent retirement community in the United States and the largest in Pennsylvania, Cross Keys offers high-quality service to its community members. From apartments to cottages, the community has options for a wide range of budgets. Additionally, Cross Keys provides personal care, health care, catered care and rehab, memory care and day services.
Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community | 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford | | 717-492-6550

Located in downtown Hanover, Hanover Hall offers short-term and long-term nursing services including rehabilitation and dementia care. Its rehabilitation programs include physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy. Hanover Hall also offers an interior courtyard, activity room, dining room and wheelchair-accessible vegetable and herb gardens.
Hanover Hall Nursing and Rehab Center | 267 Frederick St., Hanover | | 717-637-8937

Opened in 1990, Homewood at Plum Creek includes 234 cottages and 67 apartments as well as personal care suites and a memory care center. Residents enjoy amenities such as a chapel, fitness center, ice cream parlor, indoor pool, library, and arts and crafts center on the 100-acre community.
Homewood at Plum Creek | 425 Westminster Ave., Hanover | 717-637-4166

With a focus on heritage, service, integrity, dignity, and stewardship, The Village at Utz Terrace has provided retirees 62 and over with a place to call their own since its founding in the mid-2000s. The Village at Utz Terrace features both cottages and apartments and is a pet-friendly community. There is even a fenced-in dog exercise area! The Village at Utz Terrace offers personal care, rehabilitation services and home care in addition to its residential community.
SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Utz Terrace | 2100 Utz Terrace, Hanover | | 717-637-0633

Senior Recreation

Looking for activities to do in the local area? Senior centers such as Windy Hill on the Campus provide a range of day-time activities and an opportunity to develop new friendships.

Located in nearby Spring Grove, Windy Hill on the Campus is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The center offers social, educational and fitness programs as well as a daily lunch at noon. Windy Hill does not have a membership fee and most events are free to attend. Additionally, Windy Hill offers home-delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) to Spring Grove and Hanover residents.
Windy Hill on the Campus | 1472 Roth’s Church Road, Ste. 103, Spring Grove | | 717- 225-0733


This article also appears in the 2018 Discover Hanover. For a digital version, please click here.