April 2019

Welcome to the Weinberg Campus newsletter, dedicated to sharing news
and information with employees, residents, families and special friends.
Message From The President
One of my one-year-old twin granddaughters recently broke her leg. It was a pretty unremarkable fall while walking on the kitchen floor - one of those unfortunate incidents of landing just the right way. Or, in this case, the wrong way.

Now that she is slowed down by her bright pink, full-leg cast, her mild-mannered sister has discovered that she is now faster, and can even get away with stealing toys, snacks or anything else that catches her eye.

This shift in toddler roles got me thinking about how injuries impact family dynamics. In fact, it's something we encounter a lot with families who come to live at Weinberg Campus. The spouse of a stroke patient is suddenly thrust into the role of caretaker, an adult child assumes a decision-making role for a parent with dementia, or a self-reliant senior becomes temporarily dependent on others after a hip surgery.

While none of these situations are easy, we're here to help. We hope it's of comfort to our residents and families to know that we get it, we've experienced hardship in our own families, and it's our job to make things go as smoothly as possible for you. Please be sure to reach out when you need us and let us know how we can best support you. I can be reached any time at rmayer@weinbergcampus.org or (716) 639-3311 ext. 2468.
What's New
Why One Family Chose Garden House
For Mom's Memory Care Needs
Rochester, New York native, Gloria, has always been known for giving back to her community – from volunteering to staying active in the lives of her children and grandchildren.

“Mom has always been the glue that holds the family together,” says son, Steven Becker, M.D. “She has always been engaged in the community.”

About six years ago, shortly after his father passed away, Steven noticed his mother was exhibiting early signs of dementia. Living in Buffalo, he would trek to Rochester daily to check on her, while aides cared for her up to 10 hours a day. The traveling took a toll on Steven and his family. So the day that Gloria fell, he took her to rehab at Weinberg Campus.

“Weinberg Campus made things a lot easier for my mom,” says Steven. Weinberg offers a continuum of care, which could address her memory care needs as she progressed.

After rehab Gloria was transferred to Garden House, Weinberg’s enhanced assisted living and memory care. Garden House offers private, furnished rooms with bathrooms and kitchenettes, a secure outdoor courtyard, and 24/7 support.

Steven shared that it’s always a pleasant experience when he’s visiting Gloria. From the chef-prepared meals to the decorations throughout her living space, he says his mother is content – and gets along with everyone!

“I give the aides so much credit – they keep the residents as happy as possible,” says Steven. “I have peace of mind knowing that my mom is receiving high quality care around the clock. I no longer need to worry.”
For more information about Garden House or other assisted living options, call 716-639-3332 or email Anna Jacobi at ajacobi@weinbergcampus.org to book your personal tour.

Interested in experiencing a taste of Garden House? Be our guest for lunch in our dining room. Then stay for live entertainment beginning at 2:30 p.m. Available every Friday with a reservation. RSVP to 716-639-3332.
Update On Transition To Elderwood
As we await approvals from the Department of Health (DOH) on the remaining three Certificate of Need applications, it is “business as usual” at Weinberg Campus, says Bob Mayer, President and CEO. "We are continuing the good work of caring for our residents and clients."

Timing of the approvals remains uncertain, but Bob says it is clear from the interaction between the DOH, Elderwood and Weinberg that progress is being made. "I know that the sale process to Elderwood is taking a long time, and we thank our employees and residents for their patience."

Last week Elderwood announced the acquisition of six Brookdale Senior Living communities including two adult homes in Williamsville, plus four sites in Rochester, Binghamton and Albany. "We were aware that these additions to the Elderwood family of services were in process and they do not impact our plans with Elderwood," says Bob. "We look forward to continuing to work with Elderwood representatives as we begin planning for our transition."

Questions can be directed to Bob Mayer, rmayer@weinbergcampus.org , 716-639-3311 ext. 2468.
Congratulations To High Five Award Winners!
The following employees were nominated by a supervisor, colleague, or family member for exemplifying customer service , teamwork & collaboration , innovation , initiative or integrity . Awards are given quarterly and include a $250 bonus. Winners are listed below along with excerpts from their nomination.
Cindy Clark
Case Manager, Garden House
Cindy has exceeded expectations throughout the year. She has taken the lead in numerous situations, whether working with residents, their families or coworkers. She helps with campus events without hesitation and never complains. She has gone above and beyond to ensure a smooth transition for people moving in and out. She also has helped Dosberg with Quality Assurance audits, sharing her vast experience. She will help wherever is needed and, as the administrator, I always know I can rely on her.
Cindy (right) pictured with Dana Notaro, Administrator, Dosberg Manor and Garden House
Shawntel Parker
CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
During the last 30 years, I have worked with many professional, caring and empathetic individuals. Over the last several years there is one certified nursing assistant who stands out. She always cares for her residents in a compassionate, understanding and loving manor. She knows how to take care of them as outlined in the care plan; however, it is how she provides the care - the way the resident prefers - that makes her a mark above. Way to go, Shawntel!
Debbie Schultz
Activities Assistant, Forest Creek & Meadows
Debbie has enhanced the activity program at Forest Creek & Meadows, and across the entire Campus. Her activities are well attended by apartment residents as well as by folks from Dosberg and Rosa. She has added innovative programming, numerous special events, and goes out of her way to make sure we are doing what residents want. Also, Debbie helps residents with work orders, personal matters. She helps coach staff in customer service. Debbie is an AMAZING person. We are so grateful!

Debbie was recently promoted to Office Coordinator, Dosberg Manor. Congratulations, Debbie!
Debbie (center) pictured with Holly Steeg, Assistant Manager of Forest Creek & Meadows (left), and Amy Hashemi, Director of Residential Services (right).
Jan Treinin
Activities Director, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Family members quickly complain when they are unhappy, but you really have to go above and beyond (and consistently) to have someone take the time to write and post a complimentary letter. Jan does an outstanding job making sure Rosa Coplon residents are taken care of. The letter of thanks we received from a satisfied family member is a testament to this. Thank you, Jan!
Safety Corner: Hidden Dangers In The Office
Sitting in a chair in a climate controlled office would seem to be the last place where we would have a work-related injury, right? Well, in actuality it's quite the contrary.

Many hazards exist in an office setting. Falls are the most common source of office injuries and can be attributed to boxes, files and other items in walkways. Another visible danger is stretching electric cords across walkways or under rugs, creating a tripping hazard. File cabinets with too many fully extended drawers could tip over if the cabinet is not properly secured to the wall. And who has left a desk drawer open and bumped a knee on it?

Yet the most prevalent injuries in an office setting are related to ergonomics. Being seated at a desk all day working on a computer could result in strains and other injuries related to posture and repetitive movement. Chairs, work surfaces and monitor stands should be adjustable to accommodate for individual needs. Adjust your own work area to provide maximum comfort and don't forget to get up and stretch frequently.

Following these simple steps can reduce the risk of being hurt in the office:
  • Store boxes and files on shelves, away from walkways.
  • Make sure cords are long enough and placed thoughtfully to avoid tripping hazards.
  • Secure cabinets and shelves to walls.
  • Adjust work areas to enable good posture and comfort.
  • Seek advice from workplace safety personnel.

For more information, contact Joe Iarocci, HR Manager and Safety Officer, at jiarocci@weinbergcampus.org or (716) 639-3311 ext. 2331.
Letters of Thanks
Below is an excerpt from a family member's note about
Terry Bream, Manager, Environmental Services.
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Terry has added extra work to his daily duties by attending to both my mother’s apartment and my father’s skilled nursing needs. He has worked together with the maintenance staff and our family to give the best care possible that maintenance staff can give. Terry nailed carpet that was a hazard... he repaired it more quickly than even the COO knew it would happen. Terry improved my mother’s shower in less than 24 hours of me requesting help. Terry has checked on my father’s skilled nursing room without us asking and has reported his findings. Terry has not only followed through on everything we have asked, he goes above and beyond by allowing us to text him 24/7...His responses are always supportive, positive and uplifting. Terry is a kind, thoughtful, personable, respectable, responsible man…I have faith in Weinberg because of him.
Featured Events
Monthly Activities For Residents
Welcome New Employees
March 2019
Real Chapman , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Shania Colston , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Brendon Emmick , Resident Counselor, Greenwood
Yulia Gostylo , R.N., Intake Specialist, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Hawa James , LPN, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Justin Johnson, Jr. , Food Service Worker
Rachel Jones , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Ruth Manta , Occupational Therapy Coordinator, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Kerae McCarley , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Shacarea Miller-Allen , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Kita Nettles , LPN, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Ta'shyah Pierce , PCA, Dosberg Manor
Justin Rhineer , Food Service Worker
Jessica Robinson , Housekeeper
Tamia Samuels , Food Service Worker
Kyana Smith , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Tawnee Tabb , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Brianna Trotter , PCA, Dosberg Manor
Nicole Troutman , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Employee Referral Incentive
Earn extra money by referring friends and family to work at Weinberg Campus! The best way to recruit top talent is through you - our dedicated, caring workforce. You can receive up to $250 as a token of our thanks. Terms and conditions apply.

Stop by the Human Resources office for more information and a referral form.
Photo Gallery
Happy Birthday! It wouldn't be a party without cake, ice cream and music at our monthly celebration.
These Weinberg Warblers look serious about practicing their vocals! All are welcome to join Weinberg's very own choir. Contact Lauren Kennuth for details.
It's perfect kite weather! Dosberg Manor residents are crafting some to use for spring decorations.
An employee team building workshop was held during the All Staff Meeting on April 3.
Employees put their heads together to solve the spaghetti marshmallow challenge.
The Fiesta Open House on April 3 was a hit and sure smelled delicious!