April 2021

A Message From Michelle
April, 2021...a full year away from the moments when life was one way; and then it wasn’t. A year from the moments when we met friends for dinner; celebrated holidays; attended weddings and hugged one another hello; and then we didn’t. A year from when families would come and go through our doors and through our lives visiting those moms and dads and grandparents they had entrusted to our care; and then they didn’t.
 
This is certainly not the first Message that has shared the same sentiment and I’m afraid it may not be the last. Each time I write these words, I think that soon we will all have ‘swam across that river’ and reached the other side. But we’re all still swimming. How very much we want this to be over and life to resume to that place, that finish line that we know is waiting somewhere out there.
 
In March, we were provided guidelines to Reopening and relaxing restrictions for visitation. We were excited; to think that we would finally be able to welcome our families back to their loved ones. The vaccines have been administered; the testing is taking place; and the screening continues. We were well on our way... until one of our staff members tested positive. This staff member was not one of the ‘unvaccinated’. This is our reality. Vaccines are absolutely the key to unlock the doors that have been closed; but we must remember that just as you might catch the flu despite getting the flu shot; the vaccines are not 100%. You’ve all seen the news reports of the variants that continue to plague the nation that are more contagious. We are also not allowed to make the vaccine ‘mandatory’; nor, are we allowed to inquire as to the vaccination status of our visitors. I’m sure you may appreciate the quandary we find ourselves after a year of extreme caution.
 
This one positive case is considered an ‘Outbreak’ and forced us to lockdown for a 14-day period and continue rounds of testing among our residents and staff. This also comes with the County Positivity Rate rising to 11%. (It had decreased to 6.5% last month). We are proud of the fact that we have had no resident cases and subsequently, no deaths.
 
Families are frustrated; we are frustrated. Some have questioned our responses and our interpretation of the regulatory guidelines. I can only say, again, that I’m held responsible whatever outcome occurs; good or bad. If these guidelines are not followed, I’ll be the person answering. And yes, I take this responsibility very personally.
 
So, in conclusion...we all must continue to pray for patience as we continue to navigate to the other side of this river. We’re all tired, but we can’t allow our eagerness to get there overshadow the strokes we must make to do it safely.
 
Please be safe; Please get the vaccine as soon as it’s available to you; and please, stay positive and patient. We will get through this...
 
Take care,

Michelle

Michelle Knobloch
Chief Executive Officer

OUR CAR RAFFLE DRAWING IS ALMOST HERE!
Sponsored by Peruzzi Automotive Group and First National Bank of Newtown, you have YOUR CHOICE of 4 different models of cars, OR $25,000 in CASH!!

WE ARE STILL CLOSED TO VISITORS SO UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, YOUR TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED OVER THE PHONE, BY MAIL OR ONLINE! WE WILL NOT ACCEPT TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR.

ORDER BY PHONE AT (215) 968-3878 EXT. 1112 OR PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Hurry, the Drawing is on Friday, April 23!

Your chance to win one of these cars offered by Peruzzi Automotive Group:

1st Prize:
2021 Mazda CX-5
2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Buick Encore GX
2021 GMC Terrain
OR $25,000 cash!

2nd Prize: $1,000 VISA Gift Card

Ticket Price $100.00
Only 800 tickets will be sold!

Drawing of Facebook Live: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 6:00 PM!
Dementia-Friendly Newtown Virtual Event: April 26 at 11:00 am
This is 60-minute session is a discussion led by a Dementia Friends Champion where you will learn what dementia is, five key messages about dementia and identify communication tips to use in the community. Download the flyer for registration link and more information here.
DONATIONS REQUESTED
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Food Drive! We continue to collect donations for the Wrightstown Food Cupboard. Items most requested include: toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, maxi pads, tampons), paper products, applesauce and fruit cups, cleaning supplies, diapers, and wipes. Donations can be dropped off in the box in the vestibule of the Yates Pavilion. Thank you for your support of your neighbors most in need during these unprecedented times!
WE NEED YOUR DOOR!
Pickering Manor has a long-standing connection with our neighbors. We are excited to announce that we will soon be opening our doors to the newest addition to Pickering Manor!
Our Memory Care Neighborhood will allow our residents to “stroll” through the streets of Newtown and YOUR front doors can become THEIR front doors. Please consider adding a photo of your front door to our new neighborhood! Click on this link for more information or contact Meri Luarasi, Memory Care Administrator, at (215) 968-3878.
GIRL SCOUT TROUP #21737 VISIT
We were so thankful to Kim Webster and her daughter Zoey and Girl Scout Troop 21737 for their donation of Girl Scout cookies for our residents and staff. What a sweet treat, just in time for Easter! Thank you for remembering Pickering!
EASTER AT PICKERING MANOR
Thank you to Sally and St. Andrew's Church for the donation of Palm Crosses for our residents!
These incredible hand-painted ornaments were created by cottage resident Jean Torongo!
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
The first phase of renovations to the "Pickering Pavilion" are almost complete! The first phase included a remodel to our West Wing and the creation of the certified Memory Care unit. We expect to move residents shortly so that the second and final renovations can begin to our East Wing.
Our new activity kitchen
Our new activity room
Please note it is not too late to be a part of our Capital Campaign. We encourage all potential and existing donors to explore doubling their gift through their employer’s Matching Gift program. You can give online or call our Development Department for more information at (215) 968-3878 ext. 1112.
NEWTOWN ROTARY GOLF OUTING
The Newtown Rotary Golf Outing to benefit Pickering Manor will take place on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Trenton Country Club. Sponsorship opportunities are now available (levels begin as low as $200.00. Golfer registration is now open! Foursomes are $1,180.00 ($295.00 per person) and includes: greens fees, 18 holes of golf, cocktails, breakfast/lunch, awards, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle.
About Pickering Manor

Located in Newtown, PA, Pickering Manor is a non-profit senior-living facility offering Independent Living consisting of 10 semi-detached cottages and 24 senior rental apartments. In 2020, Pickering Manor launched its largest expansion to date; the 26,000 square foot Sidney T. Yates Pavilion complete with a state-of-the-art rehab, 15 Short-Term Rehab rooms, and 15 Personal Care rooms are now open.

In 2021, Pickering Manor will finish renovations to the existing "Pickering Pavilion" to include a 32 -bed renovated Skilled Nursing unit and a 21-bed certified Memory Care unit.

Pickering was founded in 1963 and is the only 5-star community-owned and operated continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Pennsylvania.