Landis Communities has hired a local senior health care expert to oversee its at-home services in Lancaster County.
Michele Sipel, an occupational therapist with a background in leadership, rehabilitation and community services became the director of InHome Services at Manheim Township-based Landis Communities on Oct. 4.
Sipel came to Landis Communities from West Lampeter Township-based Willow Valley Communities, where she spent more than seven years in positions of leadership, including director of home and community-based services.
Prior to her time at Willow Valley, Sipel served as regional director of operations for Select Medical Rehab Services, based in Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County.
As director of InHome Services, Sipel will oversee a division of Landis Communities that provides at-home care for more than 200 individuals in Lancaster County, according to Evon Bergey, vice president of community initiatives at Landis Communities.
The InHome Services division provides services such as light housekeeping, companionship, transportation and nurse case management. It is part of Landis Communities, which is also the parent company to Landis Homes Retirement Community.
Sipel is replacing the former director, but Bergey declined to name that person or say how long Landis Communities was searching for a replacement.
Landis Communities chose Sipel for the position, because of her experience in developing and growing home and community-based services.
“Michele brings her passion for supporting individuals so they can remain in the home of their choice while receiving the services helping them to thrive,” Bergey said.