November 2021

A Message From Michelle
She wraps her arms around us in her glory and dons her most beautiful jacket of red, gold, orange and yellow to cause us all to stop and gaze in wonder. Mother Nature gives us one last twirl on the dance floor before dropping her colors and leaving us all a little more thankful for having been in her presence…Such glorious moments she creates!

Being thankful is truly what November is all about for most of us. It’s a time to pause and reflect; to realize those people, those moments that we have shared together and realize we should never take them for granted.

These past weeks I’ve been fortunate to feel the hugs of family again. Having returned to my home state of Kentucky to visit my family and friends and then recently spending a week with my ‘little’ brother from Michigan fills me with memories; those we made long ago and those we continue to make today. These past 2 years have ‘reset many clocks’ and resulted in all of us reevaluating what is most important in our lives…realizing it’s the people and the relationships for which we are most grateful.

So during this beautiful season of colors…and as we all prepare to hopefully gather again around a table of Thanksgiving, may we take pause to bow our heads in silence. To thank God and those in our lives that have supported us and loved us ‘from a distance’. To remember that human touch is an absolute necessity. To hear a child’s laughter and see their joy makes us laugh too. To actually hold the hand of our mother and father and tell them we love them ‘in person’ rather than through a computer screen. To know that our world has changed but that we have persevered and are stronger for it. To vow that a mission of service to others less fortunate will make us all better people. And to realize that kindness starts with a simple smile; a helping hand and a word of support.

I am thankful for you. I am thankful for our incredible team who have worked so hard under so much pressure. I am thankful for our beautiful residents who, in spite of it all, continue to give us unending joy. I am thankful for their families who have been patient with us during the most difficult circumstances. I am thankful for a community that continues to trust and has supported us since 1963. I am thankful…

Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

Michelle Knobloch, NHA
Chief Executive Officer
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Last month Pickering Manor implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate. We have determined that requiring vaccines for all Pickering Manor staff is the best way for us to ensure safety of our employees, patients and communities.

The only exemptions / accommodations will be for documented medical history or conditions for which COVID immunization is contraindicated or religious/strongly held personal beliefs.

Pictured: Our most recent booster clinic.
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Friday, April 22, 2022


Pickering Manor
226 North Lincoln Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940

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Our Annual Sips and Suds went virtual again this year due to COVID-19. We would like to thank to our sponsors, donors, and ticket buyers for making our Sips and Suds Virtual Mystery Raffle such a success. Together, you helped us raise $15,000.00 for Pickering Manor residents! Thank you to everyone who took a chance and we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season!
"Family Fun"
Chris Nardo
"Arts & Culture"
Keyna Crawford
"Beauty & Travel"
Isabel Deoliveira
"Home & Garden"
Daniel and Theresa Murray
"Spirits & More"
Barry Fleck
"Craft Beer - Brew"
Ellen Huber
"Phillies Fan"
Janet Johnson
"Wine Lover"
Darlene Dean
"Baker's Dream"
Sharon Fletcher
"Seasonal Celebration"
Kevin Wallin
"Night Out in Newtown"
Eileen Reilly
"Carole King Musical"
Carol Hauss
Individual & Raffle Basket Donors
Adventure Aquarium
Crayola Experience
Philadelphia Phillies 
Sesame Place
Trenton Thunder
Longwood Gardens
Morris Arboretum
Weis Markets
Newtown Theatre
Marge Torongo
Geno & Amy Peruzzi
Andy & Amy Smith
Carol Hauss
 John & Karen Callaghan
David & Mary Callahan
John & Kathie Parry
 Warren & Donna Dallas
Mary Hunter
Frank & Dot Fabian
Michelle & Tom Knobloch
David & Laine Woodhead
Donna Van Schaick
Ellen Huber
Jean Torongo
Andrea Eells 
Even A little rain couldn't slow us down! We united and walked together to help bring awareness and support for those living with dementia and Alzheimer's.

Dementia Friendly Newtown is a great group of exciting and community minded friends, walking together to raise awareness and support for people with dementia in Newtown PA. These ladies can move the world with their hearts.
Thank you Newtown Fire Association for keeping us and our
community safe!
The Pickering Manor Staff continues to stay safe and diligent by attending our annual Fire Extinguisher Training with Newtown Fire Association.

Left to Right: Scott Ratzke - Firefighter, Joseph Martindell - Firefighter, Chris Rotanz, Emergency Services Director - Pickering Manor and Jonathan Chisholm - Probationary Firefighter
Happiest of birthdays to our residents celebrating a birthday this month:

November Birthdays

November 1
Priscilla R.

November 11
Lorraine B.

November 15
Jean K.

November 18
Pat W.

November 21
Beverly O. & Patricia G.

November 25
John H.
Life Lessons By a 103 Year Old -
As Told by Richard Scott
Interviewed by M. Luarasi,
Memory Care Administrator 
  1. Work your tail off; it pays off
  2. Stick through thick and thin -it makes you thankful
  3. Plant your corn in the spring so you can eat in the fall
  4. My parents didn’t like spin the bottle-it awakens love before it is time
  5. Innocence is precious: preserve it while you can
Richard Scott celebrated his 103rd birthday on October 15, 2021
Two feet move your body four feet move your soul! Bucky, the senior horse, brought many bright smiles to our Pickering Manor Residents. We were gifted the pleasure of having an extra special visit from a very extra special horse - our wonderful residents were thrilled to be comforted by this gentle horse. Some residents never touched a horse while others have very strong connections to horses - bringing back many fond memories and lots of happy emotions! Thank you Cabin Run Equestrian and Roger Sorhagen for bringing us the joy of Bucky's visit! And a special thank you to our Activities Staff for coordinating such a magical time for the residents!
Roger Sorhagen and Bucky posing for a quick photo.
Roger Sorhagen and Bucky heading to see residents.
Left to Right: Kristyne, Activities Coordinator - Barbara V., Resident
Liz, Activities Coordinator and Patricia W., Resident
Ruth L. was beyond excited to connect with Bucky. Roger Sorhagen and Joy Walter, Cabin Run Equestrian, assist.
Loreley H. enjoying a moment of serenity with Bucky.
Sara Jane D. and Donna, Personal Care Administrator, sharing a moment about how moving Bucky's visit was.
Emma couldn't get enough of Bucky! She was absolutely thrilled with his visit.
Ron K. petting Bucky. Ron authored a book about "The Assateague Ponies" in 1985.
Activities Director, Andrea, using a good old fashioned apple peeler/corer - in case Bucky wants a treat!
We had such a wonderful time together decorating pumpkins with an assortment of goodies! An enormous thank you to Milk House Farm Market who graciously donated over 3 dozen pumpkins for our residents!
Shirley B. and Ron K. enjoy decorating pumpkins with the Pickering Staff.
Pat W. decorating pumpkins after getting her "new do" in the Pickering Beauty Salon.
Priscilla R. shows off a ghoulishly decorated pumpkin.
Joan W. shows off her spider pumpkin.
Ruth L. and Activities Coordinator, Kristyne, showing off their pumpkins.
Our Skilled Nursing Neighborhood having Halloween fun with a "Ghoulish Gala!" Telling spooky jokes, dressing up and doing a little "Boo Bowling!"
Maggie, Activities at Pickering, dresses up like a witch and visits the residents!
Barbara V. & Loreley H. "Boo Bowling" and getting ready to bowl some strikes!
Liz, Activities at Pickering, and Loreley H. enjoy some Halloween tunes together!
Ruth L. having a little "Hocus Pocus" fun!
We received a special surprise visit! A sincere THANK YOU to the Baking with Babies crew (Liam, Shannon, Fionán, Julie, and Emma) for dropping off THE MOST delicious ginger cookies - even better was getting to see this little guy! Our stuff was touched by the gesture and very much enjoyed the treat. Kind people are the best kind of people - we are so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community!
Sadly, many of us know someone who has suffered from Breast Cancer. Our team gathered in our resident courtyard to express love and support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pink.
Our team "creeped" into Halloween weekend after a fun-filled month! From a Fall/Halloween decorating contest (our residents were the judges) hot apple cider…to trick or treating and more! We had a spooktacular October celebrating everything fall!
Our team in the Rehab Gym is groovy!
We caught some trick or treaters in the hall!
WINNER: Two of our resident judges, Mary K. and Shirley B. judging the Dining Staff's Halloween/Fall decor in the Skilled Nuring Neighborhood. So much fun going to each neighborhood to see all the great decorations! It was a tough decision!
Our Director of Nursing displaying both fall and Halloween decor!
Our Assistant Director of Nursing celebrating Fall/Halloween AND Disney's 50th anniversary!
BOO! Our Skilled Nursing Unit has some bootastic fun decorating!
RUNNER UP: Our Housekeeping Staff felt a little "harvesty" with their beautifully decorated door - with the cutest little owl complete with a bow!
Who wants some HOT APPLE CIDER?! As the fall chill begins to enter the air we had some hot apple cider for "Thirsty Thursday!"
This sign sums up how we feel as we make our way into November...Grateful!
Mmmm...what's that smell?? It's the "Pop Up" Popcorn Stand!
Our staff enjoying the "pop up" popcorn stand that made its way to the Rehab Neighborhood!
Kelly, Volunteer Coordinator, partaking in some freshly popped popcorn!
Rachel, Marketing Director, getting ready to head to the "neighborhoods"
We are now on Instagram!
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.
Pickering Manor offers a monthly online Dementia Support Group
The support group helps 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/sign up: Meri Luarasi, Memory Care Administrator, at (215) 968-3878 or email her here.
Monthly: Every First Tuesday @10am
Location: Virtual
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.