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Family owned and operated since 1958

Our History - A Legacy of Compassion

Since its founding in 1958, Zerbe Retirement Community has grown to become an extended family to the community, offering security and tender loving care to both residents and their families. The final venture of ambitious entrepreneurs, Dot and Sis Zerbe, Ann Zerbe Good and Ann's husband, Curly (Omar) Good, Zerbe Retirement Community is the lasting legacy of these long-time creative entrepreneurs.

Family involvement remains a hallmark at Zerbe Retirement Community as the next generation continues the tradition of family warmth and caring which has set the Zerbe Sisters apart from the beginning. Nancy Caffrey-Schafer, niece of the Zerbe Sisters serves as President and her son, Dan Caffrey is now the CEO and part owner and very active in the business.

Timeline:

1958 - the founders began boarding residents at their farmhouse in Bowmansville, Pennsylvania.

1960 - In 1960, Dot, Sis and Ann became Licensed Practical Nurses and began offering the quality nursing care that people remember and expect five decades later.

1961 - The Zerbe Sisters and Curly purchased the current site, a 62-acre estate with two elegant stone buildings, from the late Dr. Walter Rigg. The Carriage House, now called the Annex, was renovated to accommodate 13 residents, and the main house, known as the Mansion, housed 20 residents.

1973 - Two new nursing wings were built.

1978 - Another three nursing wings were completed. As these new wings were added, spacious lounges with beautiful brick and stone fireplaces were built for the enjoyment of the residents and their visitors.

1997 - A personal care residence, Harvest View, was added in order to respond to the changing needs and expectations of older adults. Its connection to the nursing center provides ready access to higher levels of care, while its separate entrance, dining, and activity areas provide independence and privacy for personal care residents.

Today - Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center, Harvest View Personal Care, and Woodland Heights, a campus of independent living cottages, combine to create Zerbe Retirement Community. This neighborhood offers a unique and friendly environment for people with a variety of interests and needs. At Zerbe Retirement Community everybody knows your name, and we truly care about you.

Testimonials

"My Husband and I moved here nearly 17 years ago. Everyone here is friendly and helpful as needed. The workers are willing to do what you need. I enjoy living here and expect to be here as long as the Lord allows."
Thelma Huford


"I looked at a variety of options but easily decided Zerbe was the place for me. The smaller size makes me feel like a person rather than a number. The location keeps me close to family, friends, and familiar businesses and medical practices. The cottages and surrounding area are beautiful; both the lawn and mechanical maintenance services are excellent; the activities/special events are well planned and varied. Friends who said I was too young to move to a retirement community have definitely changed their opinion after seeing what a great place this is."
Eileen Stremba


"Little things are a huge deal to a widow! On a snowy icy afternoon my car battery died. What do I do now? I called maintenance and Frank came, changed my battery and followed me home until my car was safely in the garage. I feel so safe and secure living in Woodland Heights."
Gloria Patry


"I've been enjoying life at Zerbe Retirement community for over 14 years and I highly recommend it. The community is small so you know everyone and the neighbors look out for and help each other. The services we receive from the maintenance staff and crew are wonderful. Everything is taken care of in a timely manner. Recently I had surgery and came to the nursing center for rehab. The nurses and aides are awesome. The rehab unit is excellent and the therapists are well trained in their field."
Terry Grundman


"My husband did not want to come to Woodland Heights until he saw the huge basement where he created his dream woodshop. He enjoyed 12 happy years in his home and shop. I have enjoyed the quiet location, ease of living, making good friends, the large rooms and my flower gardens."
Ruth Heimer


"One reason we moved to Zerbe's is the fact that it's a great value. We like the 75% return of the sale price whenever we leave. As a gardener, I've enjoyed starting 4 flower beds. I also enjoy growing vegetables on the rear elevated deck, away from wildlife invaders."
Mary Kilkka


"We are grateful to be living in the Zerbe Retirement Community. From the moment we moved into our beautiful and spacious home, we discovered that here is a place where it truly does feel like "home" and not an apartment or a hotel. We are blessed with friendly neighbors and many different activities with which we can be as active as we want. We don't know of any other retirement community we would rather be living in."
The Fulmers