The Hickman Friends Senior Community, a proud member of the Quaker Block in West Chester borough, is delighted to announce that Executive Director, Toni Kelly, has been selected as the 2022 Administrator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association (PALA).

Tonu Kelly PALA Certificate

This prestigious award recognizes Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living Residence administrators who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through dedication to their staff, the residents and families they serve, and the personal care and assisted living industry. Betsy Stratton, Chair, The Hickman Board of Directors said the board could not be prouder of Toni. She states: “Toni exemplifies every quality an organization could ask for in a leader: dedication, leadership, a steady hand, caring, passion, advocacy and many others.”

The founding mission of The Hickman has always been its commitment to seniors in the community who need a supportive living environment. Throughout our history, we have adapted, grown, and faced challenges with foresight and confidence. With Toni’s leadership, The Hickman is poised to grow, thrive and continue the mission of our founders Lydia Hall and Sallie Sharpless established over 130 years ago.

Toni is a deeply passionate, longtime champion of senior care. After many years as a direct caregiver for seniors, she owned and operated an adult day care center for 14 years before pursuing her calling as a personal care home administrator. Toni’s most powerful leadership tool is her enthusiasm for leading by her own personal example.

She is a daily mentor for her leadership team and front-line staff in providing exemplary care for The Hickman’s residents. The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester provides comfortable and caring accommodations for seniors in West Chester, PA. Led by Quaker traditions and principles, The Hickman is based on a rental model, which enables seniors to easily choose a safe and thriving personal care community as their home without burdensome upfront costs.

If you are interested in knowing more about what The Hickman can provide for you or a loved one, please contact us. To provide support for The Hickman in its mission, please consider a donation.

“When you’re here, you’re home.”

I’m always recommending The Hickman. As long-time residents in the area, this is our community. Living here has given my Dad a sense of belonging... a feeling of home.”

The staff here really do care. I enjoy the social aspects, and the food is excellent.”

Within the first week, my Dad settled in. Not long after that, he said one day 'I'm glad it was my idea to come here.”

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