Welcome to Dock Woods

Dock Woods is an upscale senior living community with endless amenities and recreation. Nestled on 108 wooded acres in Lansdale, everything you need for active living is steps from your front door.

With hundreds of residents and lots of activities on campus, neighbors quickly become friends! Senior living residents and visitors love spending time together in the campus eateries, fitness center, chapel, courtyards, and walking paths.

Tour the campus and see why more than 650 residents proudly call Dock Woods home!

Construction updates

Currently: Dock Woods is in the final phase of construction on a new Health Care (skilled nursing) community. Resident rooms are being renovated to create more private rooms. The new accommodations will be larger and provide more natural light and attractive décor. This phase will also create a sun-filled activity base with a patio overlooking the central courtyard. Follow along with our progress.

February 2024: Renovations are complete on the second phase of Dock Woods’ new Health Care neighborhood. Its 13 private rooms and one companion suite now provide ample space, natural lighting, and tasteful décor. Nurses’ stations were also transformed into new living, kitchen, and dining spaces, and residents are enjoying the new lounge area as well.

September 2023: Construction wrapped on Country Cottage, the Memory Care community for Health Care residents. This new community features 18 private rooms and large, sunny common areas with a more intuitive layout. Residents, family members, and team members are enjoying the joy and serenity Country Cottage now affords.

Dock Woods campus features

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Beautiful homes, inside and out

Quality of life meets independent living. Our senior living residences are the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. Throughout the Dock Woods community, you’ll find bright, spacious homes waiting for your creative touch.

At Dock Woods, home is not another chore – it’s a place to enjoy life. Leave the upkeep of your villa, cottage, or apartment to us. We’ll handle everything from shoveling snow to routine maintenance. Your time is better spent enjoying campus life with your new friends and neighbors!

Hearthside Bistro Is A Popular Meeting Place For Residents Of Dock Woods’ Senior Living Community
Hearthside Bistro Is A Popular Meeting Place For Residents Of Dock Woods’ Senior Living Community

Hearthside Bistro

Hearthside Bistro is the perfect place to grab a meal or enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend. The bistro’s stations serve up a variety of options, including made-to-order sandwiches, burgers, and cheesesteaks, seasonal salads, and hearth-baked pasta and pizza.

Hearthside Bistro Hours

Monday through Saturday
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.


Breakfast: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Dinner: 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Christopher’s offers an upscale prix fixe menu and monthly tasting dinners for residents of Dock Woods senior independent living community
Christopher’s Offers An Upscale Prix Fixe Menu And Monthly Tasting Dinners For Residents Of Dock Woods Senior Independent Living Community


An upmarket, full-service restaurant for a truly memorable evening! Christopher’s serves four-course prix fixe meals featuring homestyle favorites and a seasonal menu of entrées, like crab cakes and filet mignon.

Interact with our chefs as they prepare meals in full view in the kitchen, which includes a vertical rotisserie grill.

Christopher’s Hours

Tuesday through Friday
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Acorn Shop is one of two gift shops open to the public at the Dock Woods retirement community
The Acorn Shop Is One Of Two Gift Shops Open To The Public At The Dock Woods Retirement Community

The Acorn Shop

Treat yourself or a friend to a unique gift! The Acorn Shop stocks an eye-catching array of delicious goodies, simple necessities, seasonal crafts, and charming gifts.

The Acorn Shop Hours

Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Gifts and Treasures stocks grocery and thrift items at Dock Woods’ senior residential living community
Gifts And Treasures Stocks Grocery And Thrift Items At Dock Woods’ Senior Residential Living Community

Gifts and Treasures

Gifts and Treasurers offers greeting cards, grocery items, and used household items and furniture.

Gifts and Treasures Hours

Monday through Friday
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Derstine Chapel was dedicated in 2023 to David and Maxine Derstine, who helped establish the Dock Woods senior living community
The Derstine Chapel Was Dedicated In 2023 To David And Maxine Derstine, Who Helped Establish The Dock Woods Senior Living Community

Derstine Chapel

The David and Maxine Derstine Chapel offers a beautiful space to gather, worship, and reflect as a community.

Fisher Auditorium hosts numerous events and dinners for residents and guests at the Dock Woods senior living community
Fisher Auditorium Hosts Numerous Events And Dinners For Residents And Guests At The Dock Woods Senior Living Community

Fisher Auditorium

Fisher Auditorium is one of the hearts of campus life. Lectures, meetings, concerts, and events of all kinds are hosted in Fisher Auditorium, which has its own entrance and parking lot northeast of the Welcome Center.

Take a stroll along the wooded paths throughout the Dock Woods retirement community
Take A Stroll Along The Wooded Paths Throughout The Dock Woods Retirement Community

Woods, gardens, and courtyards

Dock Woods is known for its picturesque grounds, including acres of woods, charming gardens, and relaxing courtyards. As you walk through Dock Woods, you’ll notice how nature is a part of campus life, beckoning you outdoors to walk, watch birds, tend a garden, or just sit in the fresh air and sunshine.

The community garden, located near the intersection of Dock Drive and Detwiler Road, is open to all residents at Dock Woods’ senior residential living community.
The Community Garden, Located Near The Intersection Of Dock Drive And Detwiler Road, Is Open To All Residents At Dock Woods’ Senior Residential Living Community.

Community garden

What grows in the Dock Woods community garden? Whatever you like!

Located just inside the Detwiler Road entrance to Dock Woods, the community garden is open to any resident who wants to get their hands in the soil and grow fresh produce and herbs.

Aquatics classes are offered to all members of Living Branches’ senior living communities
Aquatics Classes Are Offered To All Members Of Living Branches’ Senior Living Communities

Fitness and recreation

Live the active lifestyle you love! Dock Woods offers a wide range of fitness classes led by our trainers, or exercise independently in the fitness center or pool. Many senior living residents also take part in outdoor recreation, including walking on campus trails and the bike club.

Senior living residents regularly work on carpentry projects in the Dock Woods shop
Senior Living Residents Regularly Work On Carpentry Projects In The Dock Woods Shop

Woodworking shop

If you have a passion for carpentry, bring it to Dock Woods! The campus offers an up-to-date woodworking shop with a band saw, planer, drill press, router, miter box saw, turning lathe, a table saw with a Sawstop attachment, and various bench-mounted and portable power tools. Residents are welcome to work independently on their own projects or team up with other residents.

Patio and fire pit

Relax under the stars! Outside the Fisher Auditorium entrance is a patio with comfortable outdoor furniture and a gas fire pit – perfect for catching up with your friends or neighbors on a warm evening.

Access all Living Branches communities

When Dock Woods is your home, you also have access to the other Living Branches senior living communities. Dock Woods residents are invited to take advantage of all the amenities at Souderton Mennonite Homes and The Willows of Living Branches.

The best of senior living at Dock Woods

As a not-for-profit senior living community, Living Branches makes a lifetime commitment to residents who have been wise stewards of their money but have outlived their resources. The benevolent care ministry allows us to offer these residents financial support, so they can continue to lead lives of purpose and joy at a Living Branches community.

Residential Living

Spend more time enjoying life – we’ll take care of home maintenance. Sometimes called independent living, Residential Living offers villas, cottages, and apartments at Dock Woods. You’ll have access to all the amenities at Dock Woods, including fitness and recreation, dining, and campus activities.

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Personal Care

New friends are just a door away! Personal Care (similar to assisted living) offers all the fun and camaraderie of campus life, including activities and special events, family-style dining, and beautiful common spaces, inside and out. You’ll also receive any support needed to make life easier, from hassle-free medical care to maintenance and laundry.

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Memory Care

You want the best for your loved one with dementia – that’s what Memory Care provides. At Dock Woods, Memory Care is available at the Personal Care (assisted living) and Health Care (skilled nursing) levels. No matter your loved one’s health care needs, they can enjoy all the comforts of home in a space designed to reduce agitation and confusion. Specially trained care providers ensure their physical, mental, and emotional needs are met, transforming you from a primary caregiver into a loved one.

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Respite Care

Sometimes you just need a little extra care. Senior respite care is typically used to promote recovery after illness or surgery, or to provide a temporary stay while a primary caregiver is out of town. Respite care is offered in the Personal Care community at Dock Woods.

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Health Care

When health challenges arise, our team is here to help. Health Care – often called skilled nursing – provides short- or long-term care to folks who need round-the-clock care. In the Health Care community at Dock Woods, residents enjoy delicious food, newly constructed accommodations, and lots of fun and enriching activities.

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Affordable Housing

Dock Woods offers, affordable housing options for those whose income level meets HUD housing subsidy requirements. Dock Village offers apartments for families/individuals of any age. Dock Manor is available only to seniors.

Connect with Dock Woods

Getting Around

Fisher Auditorium
For events, park in the Fisher Auditorium lot and enter through the sliding doors. The auditorium is straight ahead.

Derstine Chapel
For events, park in the chapel parking lot located off of Woods Drive and enter through the door closest to that lot.

Welcome Center
Park at the Welcome Center lot and enter through the sliding doors. The Welcome Center doors are open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Outside of those hours, please use the intercom to enter the Welcome Center.

Hearthside Bistro
Park at the Welcome Center and enter through the sliding doors. Make a right after you pass through the lobby, and the bistro is on your left.

Park in the Welcome Center lot and enter through the lobby. Make a left and continue down the hallway. Christopher’s is on your right.

Acorn Shop
Park in the Welcome Center lot and enter through the lobby. Make a left, and the Acorn Shop is on your left.

Gifts & Treasures Shop
Park in the Dock Manor parking lot. If the entrance doors are locked, please use the phone on the right to dial # and then 100. The clerk will open the doors for you.


Menus for Christopher’s and Hearthside Bistro are available on the Resident Information page.

Campus Activities

Activity calendars for Residential Living, Personal Care, Health Care, and Memory Care are available on the Resident Information page.

Living U

Living U is the Living Branches lifelong learning institute, open to all residents and community members 62 and older. To browse and register for classes, visit the Living U page. You can also pick up a printed course brochure for the current semester in the Welcome Center.

Support Dock Woods

Living Branches Foundation

The Living Branches Foundation provides benevolent care to residents at all Living Branches campuses.

Benevolent care offers grants to senior living residents who, through no fault of their own, can no longer cover the full cost of their care. Your contribution to the Living Branches Foundation will directly support residents facing unanticipated challenges that have placed them in a position of financial need.

Fund for Creative Arts Therapy

The Fund for Creative Arts Therapy enhances the lives of residents at each campus by supporting the creative arts therapy program at Living Branches.

Through group and one-on-one sessions with creative arts therapists, residents have countless opportunities to connect, share, and grow through the power of the arts. This unique program is available to all residents at all campuses.