April 2020

Welcome to the Weinberg Campus newsletter, dedicated to sharing news
and information with employees, residents, families and special friends.
Message From The President
When will this all end? When will we get back to normal?

Everyone is asking these questions during the uncertain times thrust upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t have good answers.

One thing I do know, however, is that Weinberg Campus is doing everything possible to protect our residents and our faithful staff members who are caring for them. Later in this edition of Weinberg News you will find an article detailing all the steps we have taken, and will continue to take, to control the spread of the virus.

I want to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who is working together to get us through these trying times.

To our residents. Thank you for working with us with the measures we have put in place to protect you and our staff from the spread of the virus. Among other things, we know it is difficult for you to not have visitors and to engage in other social-distancing activities. Thanks, as well, for the many ideas you’ve given us about additional activities we can provide to brighten your days and in the many ways you are supporting your neighbors here on campus. We truly appreciate the cooperation and support you have provided to our staff as they work hard to maintain your health and safety.

To our family members. Thank you for your understanding and support as we have implemented guidelines designed to protect your loved ones. We know how hard it is to not be able to visit your family members. All of us are looking forward to the day when we have defeated the virus and can open our campus once again to visitors. Thank you, as well, for taking advantage of the opportunities we have put in place to allow you to communicate with your loved ones. We know their well-being is greatly enhanced by being in touch with you.

To our staff. I cannot thank you enough for your devotion to our residents and their families. I know that many of you have challenges at home as a result of the virus. I know all health care workers are worried about their own personal risks in the face of the virus. But still you show up every day, work hard, and support our residents. I truly appreciate it. And I know they do, too.

There is one more question that people are asking a lot these days: Will things ever be the same again?

That is one question I DO have a good answer for. Yes. Yes, things will be the same, at least here at Weinberg Campus. For over 100 years Weinberg has been providing services to seniors in compassionate and heart-warming ways. We are doing that now during these very difficult times. And we will continue to do so when this crisis is behind us. That is something that will never change.

Have questions or comments? Feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 716-639-3311 ext. 2468.

What's New
Virtual Visits Are In Style This Spring!
Virtual communication can help you and your loved ones feel connected. And it's a safe way to socialize while avoiding nasty germs. Consider staying "in touch" by mixing a few good ole fashion methods with some savvy techno-tools:

Tried & true ways to show you care:

  • Telephone
  • Mailing letters, cards or packages

Use technology to check in:

Dosberg Manor resident on a
Skype video call with family.
Need Help Setting Up A Video Chat?
Residents and family members may contact us to schedule appointments for Skype video calls.

Forest Creek & Meadows
C  ontact: Amy Hashemi
Skype info: [email protected]

Dosberg Manor
Skype info: dosberg manor, [email protected]

Garden House
Contact: Cindy Clark
Skype info: [email protected]

Rosa Coplon Living Center
Contact: Julie Smith
Skype info: Rooms 101-230: Weinberg campus, [email protected]; Rooms 231-360: Weinberg Campus2, [email protected]
COVID-19 Update
What We're Doing To Protect You

We are working around the clock to ensure the safety and well-being of our entire Weinberg Campus community.  

In addition to extensive cleaning & hygiene activities, Weinberg Campus continues to take the following steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in compliance with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH):

  • No outside visitors are permitted. Only employees and essential healthcare providers are allowed in the building.

  • Anyone who enters the building receives a health screening. Screening includes a temperature check and completion of a questionnaire about risk factors.

  • All employees are required to wear masks at all times.

  • All assisted living residents at a minimum are screened daily for signs and symptoms of the virus. Any resident living in our nursing home, Rosa Coplon Living Center, is screened every eight hours.

  • Staff follows CDC and NYSDOH isolation procedures for any resident who exhibits respiratory symptoms.

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

  • Stay away from groups of people, as much as possible. If you have to be with others, remain at least 6-feet apart.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or visiting a public place/common area. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.

  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places. Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.

  • Limit visitors to only those essential to maintaining your health, well-being, and safety. Social interaction is important; however, in-person social interactions are associated with increased risk of infection.

  • Practice alternative ways to interact. Replace in-person or group interactions with video or telephone calls, email and letters. 

For the latest updates, information and links to resources, v isit our COVID-19 web page at https://www.weinbergcampus.org/Coronavirus.aspx.
Managing Stress During A Global Pandemic
Everywhere we turn, there’s news about the COVID-19 outbreak. If this constant chatter is making you feel anxious and fearful, you’re not alone. Here are 5 steps to help you ease anxiety and stress during the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19:

1. Limit exposure to news and social media – Avoid being tethered to media 24/7. Set specific times of day to catch up on news.

2. Create a daily routine – Social distancing, being housebound, no public outings – these are just a few of the new living realities we face until the virus is under control. Sticking to a schedule can add a sense of comfort and predictability.

3. Stay connected with others – Call or set up conference calls or video chats with friends, family, and colleagues. Offer support and share tips on what’s been helpful to you. 

4. Try stress-relieving activities –Take time for yourself. Take a walk outdoors, listen to music, write in a journal, watch a favorite TV show or movie, read a book, start a daily exercise routine. Or download one of the mindfulness and meditation apps available online – many are free of charge.

5. Seek help – If anxiety is interfering with your daily life – for example, you’re having frequent anxiety attacks, are unable to sleep at night, or are feeling increasingly upset, angry or irritable, don’t be afraid to ask your healthcare provider for help.

Weinberg Campus employees can take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for support with anxiety. Contact Human Resources for more information.
COVID-19: What Older Adults Need To Know
Jay Butler, MD, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shares tips for older adults on staying protected from infection with COVID-19. Click here for more information or visit cdc.gov/coronavirus .
Healthcare Jobs Growing Strong
While companies across the country struggle as a result of the coronavirus, many healthcare organizations and other essential businesses continue to have opportunities available.

“We are saddened to see the impact of COVID-19 on many businesses and people across the Buffalo region," says Melissa Feider, Director of Human Resources (pictured above) . "Weinberg Campus would like to spread the word to individuals throughout our community who have lost their jobs that we are still hiring for full- and part-time positions.

Current openings include:

·        Registered Nurses
·        Licensed Practical Nurses
·        Certified Nursing Aides
·        Home Health Aides
·        Personal Care Aides
·        Food Service Workers
·        Environmental Service Workers

“We are seeking compassionate, customer service focused team members who share our commitment to provide high quality care for our residents. All of our team members are working collaboratively to ensure a safe and healthy environment for both employees and the individuals we serve,” said Melissa.

For consideration, interested candidates may apply online at: https://weinbergcampus.recruitpro.com/jobs/ .  
Letter of Thanks
A Special Thank You!
Weinberg Campus employees extend a very special thanks to all of the generous folks who have provided delicious food deliveries to us. It means a lot.

Thank you for thinking of us and keeping us energized and well-nourished!
Celebrate Spring Holidays!
Sunset Wednesday, April 8 - Nightfall Thursday, April 16
It's Easter Time!
Sunday, April 12

Best wishes for a happy Easter from all of us at Weinberg Campus!
Activities For Residents
We're staying active with a variety of safe activities that incorporate social distancing and individual participation. Check out our April activities calendars online by clicking the links below or by visiting www.weinbergcampus.org/News-Events/Activities-Calendar.aspx .

It's Happy Hour Time!
Activities Coordinator Samantha makes the rounds door-to-door offering beverages and snacks for residents as a modification to traditional happy hour gatherings. All employees wear masks to protect residents from the spread of germs.
New Employees March 2020
Sean Barnes , Food Service Worker
Stephen Boyd Jr. , Food Service Worker
Natcole Daniels , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Turquoise Devost , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Brittany Echols, HHA, Garden House
Nathan Gable , Food Service Worker
Elise Giglia , Food Service Worker
Erma Hester , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Trinity Jakes , Food Service Worker
Michael Jarka , LPN, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Theresa Jones, Food Service Worker
Samantha Kelleher, LPN, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Kelsey Lash , Housekeeping 
Tatyana Moses , Food Service Worker
Tarynique Moss , Food Service Worker
Ta'Janay Porter , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Natalie Porter, Medical Records Coordinator, RCCHHA
Wilisha Reddick , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Natasha Scott , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Lisa Venesky-Margage , LPN, Dosberg Manor
Shaquenna Williams , Housekeeping 
Photo Gallery
To: Family Members
With Love From Garden House Residents
Send a virtual greeting. We will print and deliver your message to your loved one. Simply  click here  or visit: WeinbergCampus.org/Contact-Us/VirtualGreeting.aspx
Spring Is Coming!
Seder in a box delivered to residents who celebrate Passover.
Resident artists created watercolor butterflies to decorate windows.
Soaking up some spring time sunshine.
Referrals Welcome!
Information can be provided by phone, email, mail or virtual tour.

Anna Jacobi

Ask about our referral bonuses.