E-Newsletter: Summer 2021

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the first edition of our quarterly e-newsletter to keep you informed about Barclay Friends. We hope you find some useful information referenced below including helpful tips offered through our website blogs as well as updates about our gardening programs.

During these summer months, the recreation team has been delivering fun activities for residents, including weekly excursions to local places such as Highland Orchards. A recently launched program called “Drums Alive” gives residents the chance to drum along to their favorite tunes, and residents love it.

Barclay Friends recently had our annual unannounced inspections by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Both surveys went well and reported favorable returns.

Our services are in demand. New residents are joining us in Preston! We are thrilled to welcome new residents and their families to our beautiful new building.

We continue to be very thankful for the COVID-19 vaccine. It has made it possible to allow increased visitation between residents and their family and friends. We remain ever vigilant against virus variants as cases in Chester County are beginning to rise. Speaking of the vaccine, the vaccination rate among our team members is currently 87%fully vaccinated, and we are requiring all team members to be fully vaccinated by October 1.

We are very thankful to everyone who helped us through the past year. Your support has meant the world to us.


Linda Sterthous

Speaker Events & Blogs

Barclay Friends hosts speakers on a range of interesting topics. join us to learn something new each month!

We also offer many blogs on our website with helpful information on a range of topics. We invite you to read one of our most recent entries and more by visiting https://bf.kendal.org/blog/.

Design Tips to Play Up a Down Sized Space

Thinking about downsizing? We have some excellent tips brought to you by Bernardon’s senior interior designer Laura Ireson. 

Check out a recording

Wills, Powers of Attorney & Trusts

Estate attorneys Douglas Kaune and Anylise Crouthamel give a presentation focused on key estate planning topics.

Check out a recording


Barclay Friends’ gardens are in full swing yielding many delicious items for residents, staff members, and the wider community to enjoy.

These programs are being helped with philanthropic support from funders including Friends Foundation for the Aging, Willistown Friends Meeting Trust, Marshall-Reynolds Foundation and Wentworth Association Fund for Senior Housing, a fund of the Chester County Community Foundation.  

Cheryl Bjornson
Cheryl Bjornson is Barclay Friends’ full-time Horticultural Therapist

“I wanted to thank the whole staff at Barclay Friends for their over the top care of our mother!  Every staff member treated our mother with respect and dignity throughout her entire stay at Barclay and it did not go unnoticed!  From our hearts we thank you.”

-Grateful Family Member

Your Support Will Help Us Grow!

Barclay Friends is a non-profit senior living community. As such we gratefully accept gifts to support our mission. Please visit our website by clicking the “Support Us” button below to learn ways to make a meaningful gift in support of Barclay Friends. Information about planned giving options may also be found on our site.


Our hardworking dedicated team is what makes Barclay Friends special. Our team members tell us that the mission matters to them, and it shows in the way team members have come together during challenging times to make life better for residents. We are always looking for hardworking and caring individuals who want to partner with like-minded people to make the world better for residents.

Interested in Barclay Friends?

Our continuing-care community offers five different levels of service. Click the button below to learn if Barclay Friends is right for you and schedule a tour tour!