Hilltop Campus residents speak for themselves.
Hilltop Campus, Independent Living
Retired from Sears credit department and the U.S. Postal Service
Resident since 2011
I’d heard through the grapevine that Hilltop was the best place in Broome County. Keeping up with home repair and maintenance on a 60-acre farm was getting too much for me. After my wife passed away, I had heart surgery and Hilltop was really the place to reside. Everything is taken care of – meals, cleaning, maintenance, activities planned for us…it’s carefree. The friendliness of the staff, from the housekeepers on up, is incredible. The atmosphere here is excellent. I can maintain my independence but have the physical and mental security of knowing that I’ll be taken care of down the line if my needs change. It’s emotional to move from the home you’ve lived in for many years to an apartment, but you adjust. I feel like the other residents are now my family.
Early in his career as collection manager with the Sears credit department, Ernie was called upon to repossess a burro in Kingston, Pennsylvania (yes, at one time you could order a burro through the Sears catalog!)
James G. Johnston Memorial Nursing Home
Retired General Electric inspector
Resident since 2007
My daughter chose Hilltop — she heard it was one of the best. I came here because it’s a good place to live. I’m well taken care of. It’s clean, the food is good, the service is good, they get me out of bed and dress me. There’s lots of activities to participate in. I like everything here.
Hilltop Campus, Adult Care
Retired Endicott-Johnson Shoes accountant
Resident since 2003
I was a United Methodist Homes Board member, so when my wife and I were ready for a senior living setting, we moved to the Highlands. In 2008, we moved to the main campus, still in the independent level. My wife died a year later, and I stayed in the same apartment until early 2013, when I fell and hit my head. I moved over to adult care on the Westside, where I get help managing my medications. It’s a good thing — I get help with the things I need done. They take good care of you here, no matter where you live on campus. The continuum of care has been helpful for me — it’s seamless.
Retired physical therapist
Resident since 2006
My husband Loye and I came here from Endwell in 2007. My mother lived at Hilltop years ago, and we remembered it from then – we didn’t even look anywhere else. Loye was able to stay with me in the Highlands for about six months, and then he moved up to the dementia unit at Hilltop. The biggest advantage for us is the continuum of care: I can stay independent, Loye gets the care he needs, and it only takes me two minutes to get to Hilltop to see him. Our children live all over the country, so if at some point my needs change, our kids don’t have to step in. I love that I don’t have to do yardwork or heavy cleaning – it’s like luxury living! I was surprised by the staff here – I have never met so many people who greet you with a big smile and a hello, even people I don’t see very often. My minister, who visits residents at senior living locations throughout the area, raves about United Methodist Homes when she comes to see me. She goes to other places and knows how good it is here.
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