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A Message from Michelle

As we flip the calendar from May to June, it reminds us that these two months have been set aside to honor our mothers and fathers. These designated days remind all of us to stop and show our gratitude toward our parents for all they've done.

At Pickering, we are fortunate to be a "second family" to so many. I often remind our staff that while Russell Pickering had no children, he had many who looked after him in his home - his "second family" - and that legacy is what we continue today. We are honored to join in the care of our residents and feel that we are caring for their families as well.

My message for June is about choice...... CHOOSE Pickering for your loved ones who may need care; CHOOSE Pickering should a loved one need rehab following a hospital stay; CHOOSE Pickering if you're considering moving to a retirement community to enjoy a stress-free lifestyle. Ask specifically for us when you find it necessary to make that choice and call us directly to ask about bed availability. We find that people often assume that there is not an open space.

Meanwhile, hug those who you hold dear... Happy June!

Free Alzheimer?s Panel Discussion

Tuesday, June 23

Pickering Manor will host a free panel discussion about dementia and Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday, June 23 at 7 PM at the Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State Street in Newtown.

Panelist will include Marc Duome, MD, 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.

Panelists will share their expertise and experiences with Alzheimer's disease. Time will be provided for questions and answers from the audience. No RSVP is required.

The panel discussion is a follow-up on Pickering Manor'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.

Openings in Apartments, Cottages and Personal Care

Pickering has openings in Personal Care - a recently renovated, 22-room area for residents who require minimum to moderate assistance with their daily activities. The monthly fee includes a private room, meals, trips and activities, medication management, health checks, laundry, housekeeping and more. New residents who move into Personal Care in June will receive their first month for free.

Pickering also has openings in its independent-living apartments and cottages. The apartments are a rental option with no upfront fees and a landlord/tenant arrangement throughout a resident's stay. 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.

Cub Scouts Honor Pickering Veterans

On May 18, Cub Scout Tigers from Pack 10 in Yardley paid homage to Pickering Manor's veterans. The Tigers spent a beautiful spring night planting colorful flowers along the entrance path. Afterward, the Scouts handed every veteran at Pickering Manor a red, white and blue ribbon, and gave a heartfelt "Thank You" for their service to our country.

New Stair Glides Installed at Apartments

New stair glides were recently installed in the stairwells at Pickering Manor's apartments. The stair glides are very beneficial to the residents who live on the second floors of each of the three buildings.

The apartments are one of the independent living choices that Pickering offers. The apartments are a rental option with no upfront fees and a landlord/tenant arrangement throughout a resident's stay. These stair glides enable the residents to remain independent for a longer period of time.

For more information about the apartments, contact Meri Barboni at 215-968-3878 ext. 1101 or mbarboni@pickeringmanor.org.

What People are Saying about Pickering Manor

When I was discharged from St. Mary's following my cancer surgery, the last place in the world I wanted to go was to a rehabilitation facility. At that point, returning to my home was the only thing on my mind. The doctors and my children convinced me that I was much better off in a monitored, professional environment in the near term. Yet, when I left Pickering, a short three weeks later, it was not without shedding tears. From the wonderful staff, to the camaraderie with the other patients, it sincerely felt as though I was leaving my new home, a place where I belonged.

I cannot adequately express my thanks to the level of care and concern exhibited by each and every member of your outstanding staff. Although I would rather not need to make use of St. Mary?s or Pickering in the future for obvious reasons; in the event that fate renders that a necessity, I will return to Pickering as I would to my second home.

Ellen B.

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.

Share Your Time or Talent as an Activity Volunteer

Do you play an instrument, do puzzles, sing, enjoy playing games, juggle, tell stories, make arts and crafts or have some other talent? Pickering Manor is always looking for activity volunteers to help enrich the lives of its Personal Care residents.

No minimum time commitment is required. Volunteers should be comfortable around people, have a desire to help others and be willing to share their time or talent with Pickering?s residents. For more information contact Donna VanSchaick at 215-968-3878.

Double Your Giving Impact with a Company Matching Gift

Many large corporations will match employee donations, some dollar for dollar. Increase the impact of your gift to Pickering Manor by asking your employer about their matching gift program, or call Susan DeLuca in the Pickering Development Office at 215-968-3878 for more information.

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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