A Message From Michelle

January is always the month of new beginnings and fresh starts. It’s also a time to be reflective of the year past; the one that we ‘put to bed’ and labeled it “History”. Suffice it to say that 2020 will certainly be one for those history books.

Life changed for us all; not just a few. It changed in every matter of life. From the way we procured goods and services to the way our children are educated, life altered for each and every one of us. We balanced our home life with our work life in ways that we never imagined. The technology we took for granted became the connection we sought. Whether it was FaceTiming our friends and family or conducting Zoom meetings with our co-workers, there has never been a time when our computers, phones and devices became more critical to our everyday life.

We adjusted; albeit begrudgingly. It was difficult and really hard in so many ways. The physical touch that we took for granted; whether shaking hands or offering a hug to comfort has been replaced with fist-bumps and air-hugs. We have become accustomed to mask-wearing and hand-hygiene as a normal way of life.

We’re all weary.....but, for the first time in nearly a year, we must be hopeful. We have a vaccine that will be rolling out to the general public within the next 2-3 months. Pickering Manor received the first round of vaccine on 12/28 and will be receiving the second on 1/18. A third and final round will be provided on 2/8 (the second booster for those receiving their first on 1/18). We are grateful for the opportunity to be offered this vaccine to our residents and frontline workers and are encouraging all of them to be a part of this movement; this change that will lead us back to our Normal.

2021 is beginning in controversy; civil unrest and political turmoil. More questions than answers. It is our responsibility to consider our own families and those in our care as we continue making choices and decisions that impact our local, national and global communities.

And as we continue to navigate these high seas and choppy waters; we must never forget that we will reach the shore. But most importantly, we cannot forget what we learned on the journey. Let us not forget that kindness, civility and the power of the human spirit can prevail. Choosing a profession that is based in caregiving speaks daily of that power and we should never take for granted the opportunities we have to make the world a better place for ourselves and one another.

Let’s make this year better....Peace out ✌🏼,

Michelle

Michelle Knobloch
Chief Executive Officer


COVID-19 VACCINE
ARRIVES AT PICKERING MANOR

A ray of hope reached Pickering Manor on Monday, December 28, 2020 as we began inoculating residents and staff against COVID-19. Residents and staff will receive the follow-up Pfizer dose on January 18.

Our CEO Michelle Knobloch was interviewed on this historic event in Bucks Local News. To read the article, click here.
The Holidays at Pickering Manor
Santa came to Pickering Manor early to visit our residents and give gifts! We hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season! Thanks to "Santa" Alan Landis, our HR Director and our activities department for making the holiday season so special for our residents, especially during these unprecedented times.
Thanks to everyone who answered the call to make the season bright for our residents and staff. Especially grateful to Chuck Alwine of Grapevine Health and Nutrition of Newtown for the lovely donation of poinsettias and to St. John's Evangelical Church for the donation of the table top Christmas tree, and for our supporters who donated place mats and sent cards. You helped to make the holidays so much brighter for our residents and staff during these unpresented times.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

As 2021 begins, we can see that the end is in sight for the Pickering Manor addition and renovation project. Our new Yates building is completed and in active use by residents and staff. The 2nd stage of our expansion is now underway with the complete renovation of the entire Pickering building. We will renovate our existing Skilled Nursing neighborhood and transform our old Personal Care floor into a new Memory Care Neighborhood. We are gutting our resident rooms on the West Wing of the Pickering Building. The renovation will also include the addition of new offices and the expansion of our Dining Room.

In the Memory Care Neighborhood, will add a new lobby and family area, as well as renovated public gathering areas, hair salon, therapy gym, and a dining room. 
 
We are very excited and eagerly anticipating these new areas and amenities in our Pickering building. We welcome your participation in this process by making a pledge or contribution to our Capital Campaign to support this project. We hope that 2021 is a year of happiness and prosperity for all of those connected to the Pickering family.
Activity Room Demolition
Semi-Private Resident Room Renovation
Activity Room Renovation
Help us Feed the Hungry in Bucks County
Throughout the Winter of 2021, Pickering Manor will collect food for our local food pantries. We've dropped off the first donation of the season to the food pantry at Newtown Presbyterian Church and hope to help many others in the area.

Please drop off your donations of non-perishable items in the box in the vestibule of the new Yates building. Your donation will be dropped off at a local food pantry. Thank you for helping your neighbors during these difficult times!
JANUARY 2021
EAST WING SKILLED NURSING ACTIVITIES
Check out our Skilled Nursing Neighborhood January Activities Calendar here and encourage your loved one to participate!
Director of Nursing Terry Ziegler helping resident Irene Bittner connected with her family through Pickering's iPad
SAVE THE DATE
The Newtown Rotary Golf Outing to benefit Pickering Manor will take place on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Trenton Country Club. Sponsorship and golfer registration will be available shortly!
January Birthdays
January 7

Marcella B.

January 15

Joan J.

January 18

Joan W.

January 29

Stephanie K.
Sponsored by:
Individual Sponsor

Allen & Betty Fidler
Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 26, 2021


Due to COVID-19, we will hold a Designer Bag Virtual Mystery Raffle in lieu of our live event. Each weekday from Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 26, we will choose a winner. Designer bags include Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Dooney & Bourke, and more!

Tickets are $40.00 (one entry per day for each day of the drawing) OR
$100.00 (five entries per day for each day of the drawing).

Even if you win, you are still entered in each day's drawing.

Purchase your tickets here. If you have general inquiries, would like to donate a bag, sponsor the event, or to order tickets by phone, call Pickering Manor’s Development Department at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1112 or email jmiller@pickeringmanor.org.

Your email receipt is proof of purchase. NO bag exchanges or receipts given. Pickering Manor is closed to all visitors. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased over the phone, online, or by check.
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.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE

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
Only 800 tickets will be sold!

Drawing: Friday, April 23, 2021
5:30 p.m. Cocktails
6:30 p.m. Drawing
Pickering Manor
226 N. Lincoln Ave.
Newtown, PA 18940

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.
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. In 2020, Pickering Manor launched its largest expansion to date. The 26,000 square foot Sidney T. Yates Pavilion with a state-of-the-art rehab, 15 short-term rehab rooms, and 15 personal care rooms is now open.

In 2021, Pickering Manor will finish renovations to the existing "Pickering Pavilion" to include a 46-bed renovated skilled nursing unit and a 15-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.