A Message From Michelle 
"Behind all your stories is always your mother's story.  Because hers is where yours began" -  Mitch Albom, For One More Day
 
How could I possibly choose any other topic for the month of May?  Mother's Day was actually founded and officially observed in 1908 by Anna Jarvis during a time of "rising feminist activism".  John Wanamaker, of Philadelphia retail notoriety was an early supporter.  One might say that Mother's Day is a 'Hallmark holiday' or that 'every day is Mother's Day', but I feel that with our busy lives, it's a day that causes all of us to pause and honor those women in our lives we call "mom".
 
We recently celebrated 3 of our female residents reaching a 100-year milestone.  One of their daughters said, "My mother came to Pickering Manor a year ago and in that time she blossomed.  The activities, attention to detail from the nurses and caregivers, and excellent food has kept her happy and healthy.  She receives love as well.  This is the most important ingredient."
 
Our responsibility at Pickering is of paramount importance; it is taking care of your moms (and dads) and recognizing that we share the same path.  We truly count on the sons, daughters and extended family to share the stories of their youth; and with the Music & Memory program that has been so successful, we have asked that you share the music that may have been part of their lives and your childhood. We will care for them; as they cared for you.  We will love them; but never the way that you do.  We will treasure and remember them; always. 

Michelle Knobloch
Executive Director
  
Pickering Residents Dance the Night Away at 
the "Senior Prom" 

The fourth annual Senior Citizen Prom was held at Neshaminy High School in Middletown on April 15th.
 
The senior prom had almost all the festivities associated with the high school version, including a prom king and queen.
 
Carly Gallagher, vice president of the student council who organized the event, said 150 seniors showed up to the Senior Citizens Ball.

Watch the footage below and you will catch a few of our residents having a ball!



And the Winner Is...
On a warm and balmy Friday night, Emily Citron's name was drawn as the winner of the 2016 Pickering Manor Mercedes Benz Car Raffle.
 
Emily, of Levittown, is a Hospice CNA with Compassionate Care Hospice.  She frequently visits residents in her care here at Pickering Manor and every time she signed in at the desk, she would say, "I really want that car! I'm going to buy a ticket as soon as I have the money!"  As the weeks went by, Emily mentioned the raffle to some of her residents.  One said "Don't waste your money.  You're not going to win." But another resident told her, "Buy the ticket.  I will pray for you to win."  Thankfully, she listened to the latter, and on the last day of the raffle, she came into Pickering Manor in person to purchase that winning ticket.
 
She could not attend the cocktail party, but when she was called with the good news, she came right over with three of her four children to celebrate.  Her kids, of course, loved the shiny red car, but Emily took practical advice from her trusted advisors and took the cash!
 
Congratulations Emily!!
 
The second prize winner of the $1,000 VISA gift card is Dan Peterson of Newtown.
 
Thank you everyone for your support of Pickering Manor!


 
Pickering Manor Auxiliary Luncheon Held April 14th
The Pickering Manor Auxiliary hosted their annual luncheon at Washington's Crossing Inn on April 14th. Over 100 people attended and enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by a vintage jewelry fashion show. For information on joining the auxiliary, please call Sue Hayes 215-968-4848 or email suehayes53@gmail.com.



Rotary Golf Outing
Come join the fun! Newtown Rotary's Annual Golf Outing to benefit Pickering Manor will be held on Monday, June 20th at Trenton Country Club. If you are interested in golfing, being a sponsor or donating a door prize, contact Susan DeLuca, Director of Development at 215-968-3978 or sdeluca@pickeringmanor.org.

 

Pickering Manor Hosts Annual Volunteer Brunch

We can't do what we do without the help of our Amazing VOLUNTEERS! As a small token of our very deep appreciation for their dedication to Pickering Manor and our Residents, our Volunteers enjoyed brunch in the Personal Care Unit this past month. Thank you! 
 


 

Free "Veterans Benefits" Seminar
Join us on May 19th at 2 p.m. to hear Scott Mitchell, Planning Counselor for Life Celebration Benefits Group, speak about the following topics:
  • Document DD214
  • Health Benefits Through the VA
  • Aid and Attendance Pension
  • National Cemetery Benefits
 
Space is limited!  Call Paula at 215-968-3878 ext. 1074 to reserve your seat!


 

Pickering Manor Hosts Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
Meetings will be held once per month on the first Tuesday from 10am-12 noon in the Living room.  Open to all caregivers. Call Meri Barboni at 215-968-3878 for more information.


 

Music and Memory

If you would like to donate an iPod shuffle, iTunes gift card, or make a monetary donation, you can drop it off at Pickering Manor's front desk or contact Susan DeLuca, Director of Development at 215-968-3878, or sdeluca@pickeringmanor.org

 




About Pickering Manor
Located in Newtown, PA, Pickering Manor is a non-profit senior-living facility offering 10 semi-detached cottages, 24 apartments, 22 private personal care rooms and 47 licensed skilled nursing beds. Pickering was founded in 1963 and is the only community-owned and operated senior residence in Pennsylvania. For more information about Pickering Manor visit: