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A Message from Michelle

Ahhhh, summertime...... every year it conjures up memories of "forever-long" days and a school year that felt a lifetime away. Now, the days slip past so quickly that I often joke that "time is not my friend!"

As we fill our calendars with life's many obligatory duties, I suggest we take a moment and consider the truly important parts of our lives that we don't want to miss. I recall the husband of one of our residents sharing a story with me. He described to me the decisions he and his wife made together when she was diagnosed with an illness they knew would limit their time together.

He told me how they sold everything and hit the road. They were self-described "gypsies" who traveled throughout North America on a "journey to everywhere and nowhere in particular." They stopped when they felt tired and drove to all those places they had talked about for so long. They both knew that the time would come when they would have to give up their maps, their compasses, their long hours trying to find a radio station and rely on their memories of that sunset, the laughs they shared and the stories they would tell.

This man's story has stayed with me because this is what LIFE is about! Don't let your days turn into a blurry calendar of "have-to-do's." Take a vacation, share a walk with the ones you love and wallow around in the season we call summer!

Dementia Panel Discussion Draws a Crowd

An attentive and engaged crowd attended Pickering Manor's recent panel discussion about dementia and Alzheimer's disease at the Newtown Theatre. The event was a follow-up to Pickering's sold-out May screening of "I'll Be Me" - an award-winning film about legendary singer Glen Campbell and his fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Panelists at the event included Marc Duome, PsyD, a neuropsychologist; Keith Brown, Esq., an attorney with Stuckert & Yates; Julie Thomas from the Alzheimer's Association; Barbara Marte from Seniors Helping Seniors; Beverly Remsburg, a Pickering Manor family member; and Meri Barboni, Social Services Director at Pickering.

Each panelist shared his or her expertise and experiences with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Time was provided for questions and answers from the audience.

Make Pickering Manor Your Home

Pickering Manor has a living arrangement for every need. Currently, Pickering has openings in its independent-living apartments and cottages, as well as in Personal Care – a 22-room area for residents who require minimum to moderate assistance with their daily activities. The monthly Personal Care fee includes a private room, meals, trips and activities, medication management, health checks, laundry, housekeeping and more.

Pickering's apartments are a rental option with no upfront fees and a landlord/tenant arrangement throughout a resident's stay. There are several independent cottages to choose from on Pickering's campus, including several newly renovated units. Both the apartments and cottages are a short walk from the heart of Newtown Borough and all maintenance is provided by Pickering staff.

To learn more about Personal Care, the apartments or the cottages, contact Meri Barboni at 215-968-3878 ext. 1101 or mbarboni@pickeringmanor.org.

Cottage Services Make Debut

On May 1, Pickering Manor began offering its cottage residents prepared meals and housekeeping services. The meal plan includes up to 10 meals (lunches or dinners) per resident per month and one housekeeping service per month. The meals are delivered directly to residents from Pickering’s kitchen.

What People are Saying about Pickering Manor

The following story comes from Jacqui Bentivoglio, Assistant Director of Nursing at Pickering Manor:

Recently, Mrs. Carp's daughter came to the office to share two incidents that she felt warranted recognition. She came in the other night, later than usual, and her mom was not in her bed. She found her mom behind the nurse's station sitting with Lauren O'Donnell while she was doing her paperwork. Lauren explained to her that Mrs. Carp needed some extra attention, so she kept her at the station to chat for a while.

Mrs. Carp's daughter also made mention of Gentiva aide Kim Tarley, who introduced herself to the daughter at lunch, and commented that her mom was very sweet. The aide told her they had played some games earlier in the week, and Mrs. Carp told her she had been a teacher and shared some other personal info. I followed up with Kim, who said that Mrs. Carp had been in the atrium the other day, seemed a bit distressed, so she engaged her with the puzzles and chatted a while with her. Kim is not involved with Mrs. Carp, or her roommate....she just happened to be walking past.

Mrs. Carp's daughter stated that she had been unable to visit as often as usual in the last week, and was very warmed by both of these interactions, knowing she had not been able to be here herself. She was very grateful and said that it's the small things like this that give her comfort in knowing her mom is in the right place.

There is Always Something Happening at Pickering

Pickering residents enjoyed a number of events in June, including an annual picnic for the cottage, apartment and Personal Care residents hosted by the Pickering Auxiliary, and a Beatles cover band that had everyone’s toes tapping.

New Marketing Director Joins Pickering

Pickering Manor recently welcomed Paula Falkowski as the new Director of Marketing and Clinical Liaison. In this role, she is responsible for planning, developing and implementing all of the organization's marketing strategies. This includes acting as Pickering's Independent Living Resident's Advocate and as the liaison between Pickering and hospitalized patients who need rehab.

"I am thrilled to join the Pickering Manor family," says Paula. "The home's excellent reputation and 53-year history is evidence of the organization's strong leadership. I look forward to telling Pickering's story and ensuring that the great work of this community asset continues well into the future."

Paula comes to Pickering from Atrium Post-Acute Care of Lawrenceville (NJ) where she was Admissions Director. Her background includes 15 years of marketing and management experience for a variety of organizations and companies.

Save the Date(s)!

Rotary Golf Outing

The 2015 Newtown Rotary Golf Outing will take place on October 5 at Trenton Country Club. Pickering Manor is the sole beneficiary of proceeds from the outing. For more information about registering or sponsorship opportunities, contact Susan DeLuca, Director of Development at Pickering, at 215-968-3878 ext. 1112 or sdeluca@pickeringmanor.org.

Pickering Manor Gala

The 2015 Pickering Manor Gala will be held on November 7 at the Trenton County Club. Last year, nearly 200 people enjoyed a night of music, dancing, exciting raffle items, good food and good company. Stay tuned for more information about tickets and sponsorship information.

Relax with a Massage

Pickering Manor continues to offer spa services to its residents, their families, the staff and the community. Tina del Castillo is an experienced and licensed massage therapist trained in many different types of massage therapy. She is also specially trained to work with older adults and offers 30- and 60-minute massages by appointment. The Wellness Spa Room is open to both the general public and Pickering residents.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 215-968-3878, ext. 1121 or email dvanschaick@pickeringmanor.com. You may also contact Tina directly at 215-579-1514. Gift certificates are a great option for those special occasions.

Donate to Pickering When You Shop at Amazon

The next time you go to make an online purchase, consider shopping at www.Smile.Amazon.com (which is exactly the same as Amazon.com). When you do so, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of all eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

To support Pickering Manor, just choose “Community Welfare Council of Newtown” when prompted. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Pickering Manor every time you shop, at no cost to you.

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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: www.pickeringmanor.org.

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