A Message From Michelle
Living each day in 24-hour increments...this seems to be the means in which many of us are managing to cope during a moment in time that for most of us, cannot be compared to any other. At least, that’s the way that I am coping at the present time!

I’ve shared so many times before that May is my absolute favorite month of the whole twelve! It’s a symbol of rebirth; a time to get a fresh start; a time to be renewed as we watch nature morph into blooms and buds!

So, I’m choosing to be hopeful! While it seems most days that we are surrounded by new challenges in trying desperately to navigate through the ‘COVID-19 currents’; we cannot lose sight of the tiny things that are happening all around us! Just yesterday, the daughter of one of our residents who visits at least twice each day to stand outside her mother’s window to have a conversation with her discovered a bird’s nest inside the bushes with two tiny eggs. She shared the photo with me and it filled me with hope! I know, it’s just two little bird’s eggs...but it reminded me that nature and life are alive and well!

In these 24-hour increments of life, our residents continue to thrive; and it’s because of the amazing staff that we are blessed with each day. They realize that when the residents are isolated from their families, it can cause anxiety and depression; and so they try their best to entertain, and to comfort, and to try to help them make sense of it all.

We are also blessed with amazing families and an incredibly supportive Newtown community. So many of you have ‘hugged’ us from a distance; have sent in cards and flowers for our residents; have provided lunches for a staff that is leaving their families to come care for others. Many of you have donated toward the purchase of 20 iPads which will continue to be used to bring the outside world into the rooms of our residents!

And for all these reasons; I’m hopeful. We continue to be COVID-19 free in our resident population. To date, we’ve had one employee test positive. We pray every day as we all are challenged by the headlines in the news. We read those too. And we pray. And we are cautious. And we make decisions that are so hard but we know they are best for all of us.

So I ask that you be hopeful with me. Be hopeful as we celebrate this season of Spring. Be hopeful as we celebrate and honor our Mother’s on Sunday! Be hopeful that inside every 24-hours, experiences and moments are tucked away and unnoticed, but ready to be discovered and celebrated! So go find those moments! And know that we will continue to care for your moms and your dads...and one another.

Happy Mother’s Day,


Michelle Knobloch
Chief Executive Officer

New life - maybe two boys named Bob and Bill

Let Spring 2020 be a reminder, the Earth is healing itself and we will get through this together!
Construction Update
Did you happen to catch the live Facebook drawing for the car raffle from our brand new Rehab Living Room? The new building is near completion with only a few last inspections to complete. We look forward to celebrating the Dedication with all of you soon!

Keep up with all of our progress by following us on FACEBOOK

We are pleased to report that we raised over $7,000 in our special COVID-19 Fund. We were able to purchase 20 iPads and cases for our residents! Thank you to all our donors for their speedy support! We will have pictures in next month's newsletter of the iPads in action! We know it pales in comparison to being with their loved ones, but it is vital our residents stay in touch with friends, family, and their doctors. Thank you again!
Did you see the Pickering Pixies segment on FOX29?
If you missed it live on FOX29, check out the Pickering Pixies and their serenades of "You are My Sunshine" to 92-year old resident Mary Hynes and "Yankee Doodle" to our 102-year old resident Richard Scott. This clip also features our own Donna Van Schaick and resident Patricia Woodhead!
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!
Support for Dementia Caregivers During COVID-19 Quarantine

Are you struggling to find a sounding board to deal with the added stress that comes from the additional caregiving duties in this unprecedented time? Perhaps you are taking care of both elderly parents and children at home from school during the quarantine. We at Pickering Manor are here to help. Please reach out to our Memory Care Director Meri Luarasi to schedule a call. She can be reached at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 7238 or email mbarboni@pickeringmanor.org.


1st Prize:

Deborah Rachuba of Newtown who has decided to take the cash!

2nd Prize:

$1,000 VISA Gift Card

Thomas MConnell of Levittown

3rd Prize:

Anna Brochon of Feasterville

Catch the replay of the live drawing here!

Thanks to Peruzzi Automotive Group and First National Bank of Newtown for sponsoring the 7th Annual Pickering Car Raffle! Look for details in the fall for our 2021 Car Raffle!

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.