A Message From Michelle
As I write this message to you, it is with wonder that we are now moving into almost half of this year being behind us. I believe that we can all agree, 2020 will certainly be one for the history books.
This monthly message is my means of sharing with you the happenings in Pickering Manor, but also my thoughts on various topics and how they relate to us. First and foremost, we have all become weary with the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in our lives. Whether it’s the inconvenience of not being able to find cleaning supplies or paper products in our local supermarket; the discomfort of being masked when in public, or the lack of social interaction that has resulted from the concern of spreading the virus; all of us have been affected. I know that some have lost parents, spouses and lifelong friends...and to you, I am deeply sorry that you had to be separated from them throughout that time.

What all this has meant to our residents is one of seclusion and isolation from their families. We try really hard to make sure that we connect through FaceTime, phone calls and scheduled “Porch Visits” with their families, where the residents remain on the porch and the families can visit with them while standing on the lawn. Thank goodness Mr. Pickering made the incredible decision to have that beautiful wrap-around porch; I believe he would be proud it is being used so often!

We are proud that we are 3 1/2 months into all this and remain COVID-19-free. We realize this status could change at any time, but we continue to be vigilant and responsive. We are also preparing to utilize a universal test-based strategy that will continue as we move into a reopening phase. We received word this week that PA will extend restrictions on Nursing Homes for at least 28 days past the time the county enters into a green phase; once more, emphasizing the impact that we care for the most vulnerable.

And lastly, the events that have plagued us of late have become one more heavy burden that we all must address. I am deeply disturbed and want you all to know that as the leader of Pickering Manor, I am invested to listening to the needs of others and welcome the conversations of diversity and inclusion. As a country, we must do better....and it begins in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities with one conversation, and then another.
With peace and humility,


Michelle

Michelle Knobloch
Chief Executive Officer

Construction Update
We can't wait for all our Personal Care residents to enjoy the full use of our brand new media room, complete with reclining chairs, cup holders, and a giant screen television. We look forward to movie nights complete with popcorn and soda for many years to come!

Keep up with all of our progress by following us on FACEBOOK
Thank you to Susan Harris and Woodside Presbyterian Church in Yardley for the delicious lunch they provided for our staff!

Thank you to Kindred Hospice for providing "Taco Tuesday" lunch for our staff!
Thanks to Sephora!!
A big thanks goes to Jason Landis, son of our very own Alan Landis, who generously donated 100 Sephora care packages to our hard-working, caring, and dedicated staff who have continued to provide quality care for our residents during these unprecedented times.

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More COVID-19 Wishes and Encouragement
Thank you to Emery, Sierra, and Ashton Miller, grandchildren of our own Cindy Short, for creating these wonderful signs which our Activities Department laminated and put outside to share with our neighbors and staff!

Dementia Support Group
Pickering Manor is offering a monthly online Dementia Support Group to help caregivers in Newtown and our surrounding communities stay social and supported during these unprecedented times. 

The group discusses the emotional and mental well-being of caregivers, preventing burn out, enhancing the understanding of the disease process, and creating a supportive network with other caregivers in the community.

For more information and to sign up, contact Meri Luarasi, Memory Care Administrator, at (215) 968-3878 x 7238 or email her here .
Think Summer!

Join us in August at Trenton Country Club for the Newtown Rotary's 31st Annual Golf Outing to benefit Pickering Manor now rescheduled for Monday, August 10, 2020 ! Click here for more details!
For more information on the campaign and how to donate, click   here.
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.