SEPTEMBER 2021

A Message From Michelle
September always makes me stop and take pause; questioning ‘how did time pass so quickly’? In the midst of all that is happening around us, the days melt into weeks and then months. Summer then fades into fall and before we know it, another season has come and gone. It is comforting to see the ‘familiar’ return; school buses bringing children back to the space where they can be together again and families gathering to celebrate the joy of a birthday, wedding, graduation or summer vacation. These are all those small moments in life that we now know we can never take for granted.

We have welcomed with open arms our ‘family’ back to Pickering Manor. We’ve witnessed the hugs, the joy and the laughter that we all missed for so long.

However, all of these places of comfort and familiarity that we have re-discovered have come at a price. We realize that in order for them to continue, we must remain vigilant. Covid-19 had impacted all of us in ways that may likely forever change the course of how we manage our homes, our businesses, our vacation travel and our lives. 

We find ourselves once more facing a challenge with the rising numbers of positive cases in our area and our nation. It challenges all of us to once more, ‘rise’ to the occasion of doing whatever we can for one another. We have returned to the 3 mantras that saw us through this past year; wearing masks, washing hands, and socially distancing. There continues the conversation of vaccines, and whether you are for or against, the evidence clearly indicates that vaccinations have paved the path for us having moved forward over the past year.

Pickering Manor is prepared to make the vaccine mandatory and this decision was made prior to the President’s mandate to do so. This mandate does not come without much thought and prayer. While expecting our staff to abide by these mandates, it follows logic that our visitors would be considerate in protecting our resident population by being vaccinated as well.

I am extremely proud to share that Pickering Manor has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Office of the Physician General as being in the ‘Top 5%’ in the State with 92% of our staff being vaccinated. The State average is currently 60%. We have responded seriously to this pandemic from the very beginning and continue to be proud of having no cases among our Skilled Nursing residents. 

And so, I end this Message once more asking for your thoughts, your prayers and your continued support. This Mission has been one of love and sacrifice for all of us but we are committed to the health and safety of our residents and one another. Always know that any of you may reach out with questions or concerns at any time; I’d welcome the conversation!
Michelle

Michelle Knobloch, NHA
Chief Executive Officer
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
We are thrilled to announce we received the final inspection and approval for the Certificate of Occupancy for the East Wing Unit on Friday, July 16. We are in the final stage of Pickering Manor's largest expansion and renovation to date, a project we broke ground on back in July of 2018. We were able to continue this work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and because of our staff and family members' dedication and diligence, we only had one positive resident case and no deaths in our resident or staff population.

We thank your ongoing patience through this long process. We couldn't have done it without our residents, families, staff, friends, donors, volunteers, and other community partners. The last phase to complete is our Memory Care Unit, which we plan to have finalized and inspected for Occupancy later this year.

If you would like information on availability, please contact our Admissions Director, Maria Stampone, at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1074 or email mstampone@pickeringmanor.org.
East Wing Skilled Nursing Unit Porch
East Wing Skilled Nursing Sitting Area
East Wing Skilled Nursing Double
East Wing Skilled Nursing Hallway

SAVE THE DATE!!

3rd Annual Sips and Suds
October 15-October 29, 2021
Virtual Mystery Raffle

Due to COVID-19, we were forced to make the 2nd Annual Sips and Suds a virtual event. We will hold the 3rd Annual Sips and Suds online again this year as a virtual mystery raffle, with plans to bring back live in November of 2022.

Like last year, we will raffle off baskets to benefit Pickering Manor.

You are entered in the drawing every day with a Grand Prize Drawing on Friday, October 29 worth over $500.00!

We will announce the baskets and the schedule closer to the event. Purchase by 3:00 pm for a chance at that day's raffle basket.

You can purchase your chances NOW below or call Jen Miller, Development Coordinator, at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1112 or email jmiller@pickeringmanor.org.

$150.00/20 chances a day
$75.00/10 chances a day
$40.00/5 chances a day
$20.00/1 chance a day

There are no exchanges, mailed tickets, and on-site sales are strongly discouraged. If you are interested in buying tickets over the phone, please contact Jen Miller at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1112. Thank you and good luck!!

FOOD DRIVE UPDATE
We can't thank our staff, donors, volunteers, and friends in the community for dropping off donations in our food box in the vestibule of the Sidney T. Yates Pavilion. Because of your generosity, we have donated three full boxes of food and toiletries over the last year to the Wrightstown Food Cupboard. We will continue to collect as long as there is a need. These donations are also distributed to other area food pantries whose shelves run low. If you or someone you know would like to schedule a time to use the Cupboard or to donate directly, please call and leave a message for Mitch at (215) 598-3661. Thank you for helping your neighbors most at risk for homelessness and food insecurity.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Happiest of birthdays to our residents celebrating a birthday this month:

September 5

Ann R.





WATER ICE & PRETZEL DAY
Many thanks to resident Mary Kildea's Family who provided our staff with water ice and soft pretzels on Friday, August 6!
HAPPY RETIREMENT JOHN SCHEETZ!!
Thursday, July 22 was a special day at Pickering Manor as we were able to celebrate and surprise John Scheetz, with a belated retirement party. COVID restrictions forced us to delay the celebration, but it was worth it to be able to truly surprise John in style, complete with a tour of the new building and renovations that had completed to the new East and West Wings during his absence. John was Pickering Manor's Maintenance Director for 15 years. From the look on his face, you can see John was truly surprised! We thank John for his many years of service to Pickering Manor and know he will stay involved, now as a volunteer and ambassador for our mission!
Please note it is not too late to be a part of our Capital Campaign. We have reached 70% of our goal of $1.5 million. 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 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.