July 2020

Welcome to the Weinberg Campus newsletter, dedicated to sharing news
and information with employees, residents, families and special friends.
Message From The President
One for the record books – 2020. And we are barely halfway through it. In a normal year, my July column would likely be celebrating the joys of summer in Western New York – a big part of why we like living here. And as I think about it, the bright sunny skies and warm temperatures are bringing some welcome relief during an otherwise difficult year.

Other articles in this edition of Weinberg News provide updates about COVID-19 here at Weinberg Campus, and I know our residents, family members, and staff have appreciated the weekly communications we have been sending you about the impact of the pandemic here on the campus. Nonetheless, I want to spend a little time talking about a topic that I know is on everyone’s mind: when will I be able to visit my loved ones?

This subject is close to my heart. Anyone who knows me knows how near and dear to me are my two beautiful twin granddaughters. Some of you know that a big part of my life is caring for my sister with special needs. The pandemic has severely limited my ability to be with them. So I know how heartbreaking it can be for all of you impacted by New York State’s mandate restricting visits in facilities like Weinberg Campus. While our dedicated staff members have implemented many ways for you to communicate with each other, we know nothing replaces the wonders of a face to face visit. I am as eager for those to happen as I know all of you are.

I want you to know how committed we are to open the campus to visits once we are given guidance and permission to do so. We are watching what is happening in other parts of the country and monitoring discussions that are occurring in Albany. We know whenever the mandate is lifted, there will be a variety of restrictions we will all need to adhere to. Nonetheless, we are preparing ourselves for the happy day when our residents and their family members will be able to be with each other in person again. And we’re looking forward to seeing all those smiles that all the facemasks in the world won’t be able to hide. Your eyes will tell it all.

If you have questions or comments, I encourage you to reach out to any member of our leadership team , or contact me directly at (716) 639-3311 ext. 2468 or [email protected] .

What's New
Why They Do It
In their own words, Dosberg Manor adult home and assisted living employees share what keeps them motivated and why they come to work every day.
Debbie Marshall
“I come in everyday for the residents—I enjoy seeing their smiles. I love what I do, the teamwork and the atmosphere—it’s my 2 nd (or 1 st) home.”
Arielle Hall
“Residents need a nurse with a positive attitude—the best part is being able to communicate and interact with residents.”
Cynthia Bobb
“I love the residents here and enjoy what I do. The staff all works together to get the job done.”
Debbie Schultz
“I enjoy coming to work to make a small difference for the residents. I love learning from them, hearing stories about their lives, and creating meaningful relationships.”
Jasmine White
“I love helping others, seeing the residents smile, and the positive work environment.”
Leann McCallar
“Residents need care and they need us here. Our coworkers come together, and work hard together in a positive environment.”
Liza Reinhardt
“I love each resident, they are part of my family. Plus we have supportive and understanding managers, who are easy to talk with.”
“I love my job! Interacting with the residents, helping them and creating bonds and relationships.”
Shaquana Baker
“It’s a pleasure to assist residents and keep a smile on their faces.”
Trish McDougald
“Love working with the residents, caring for them, showing passion, love to see them smile. I like making a difference in people’s lives.”
Grithly Davis
“I love taking care of the elderly and seeing their smiles. I feel at home when at work.”
COVID-19 Update
After testing all nursing home residents for COVID-19 at the end of May, the Department of Health returned to Weinberg Campus last week to test assisted living and enriched housing residents as part of New York State's testing initiative.

We are very pleased with the outcome of these tests and are proud of our employees and residents for following the strict and necessary protocols that have helped us to contain and minimize the spread of the virus throughout our communities.

Eight out of nine of our communities have zero cases in residents. We have two positive cases that resulted from testing in Dosberg Manor. Both individuals are in quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading to others, although neither of the individuals have symptoms or feel ill.

We continue to maintain the strict protocols required by the Department of Health. This includes weekly testing of our employees. We know that a resurgence of cases can occur if we let our guard down, as we have seen across certain areas of the U.S.

We've all been dealing with the impact of COVID-19 for several months now. Important topics on all of our minds include visitation, group activities, and dining room service. We continue to await Department of Health directives and are committed to keeping you informed as things evolve.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit https://www.weinbergcampus.org/Coronavirus.aspx .
Does this remind you of a scene from the movie Contagion? Weinberg Campus welcomed the Department of Health testing team onsite July 1 to complete state-wide COVID-19 testing of residents. Personal protective equipment as pictured helps prevent the spread of infection to both the testers and residents.
5 Ways To Avoid Singing The Quarantine Blues
Visitor restrictions got you down? Here are a few suggestions to stay in touch, inspired by lyrics to popular songs in a variety of genres. Can you guess the song title and artist? (See answer key below.)

1)     I just called to say I love you.
2)     My baby wrote me a letter.
3)     Brown paper packages tied up with string.
4)     Send me a picture.
5)     Waving through a window.

What's the bottom line? Don’t lose hope. Our team of caring employees are always on hand for social visits, conversations, delivering messages and packages, and to schedule Skype video calls with friends and family. We know it's not the same, but we're here to help you stay connected while the New York State Department of Health visitor restrictions remain in place.

Answers: 1) I Just Called To Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder; 2) My Baby Wrote Me A Letter, Joe Cocker; 3) My Favorite Things, Sound of Music Soundtrack; 4) Send Me A Picture, Willie Nelson; 5) Waving Through A Window, “Dear Evan Hansen” Soundtrack
How To Schedule A Skype Video Call
1.  Download Skype  for free from any smartphone or laptop (internet/data connection needed). 
2. Create a Skype account using your email address. 
3. Search in Skype for our email address and send us a message so we can set up your appointment. (There is a messaging function within Skype.)

Skype Contacts

Forest Creek & Meadows
Contact:  Amy Hashemi  , 716-639-3311 ext. 2471
Skype info:  [email protected]
Dosberg Manor
Contact:  Dana Zientara , 716-639-3311 ext. 2505
Skype info: dosberg manor,  [email protected]
Garden House
Contact:  Cindy Clark , 716-639-3311 ext. 2448
Skype info:  [email protected]
Rosa Coplon Living Center
Contact:  Julie Smith , 716-639-3311 ext. 2128
Skype info: Rooms 101-230: Weinberg campus,  [email protected] ; Rooms 231-360: Weinberg Campus2,  [email protected]
Meet Our Nursing Home Admissions Team
Rosa Coplon Living Center is accepting new admissions at this time based on Department of Health guidance.

For those in need of medical care, personal attention and skilled services, admissions for both short term rehabilitation and long term care are now available.

Short-term rehabilitation includes hotel-style rehabilitation suites with excellent physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy programs for patients in need of rehabilitation prior to returning to their home setting. To view a virtual tour, visit weinbergcampus.org/Virtual-Tours/wc-RosaRehab-PvtRoom.html.

Long term care in our cheerful residence includes a comfortable, home-like environment with round-the-clock skilled nursing care from dedicated staff members. To view a virtual tour, visit weinbergcampus.org/Virtual-Tours/wc-RosaDining.html.

Our Admissions team is here to make the process easy.
Providers, patients and family members are welcome to contact us! We are here to help!
Nora Passuite
Admissions Coordinator
(p) 716-639-3311 ext. 2477
(f) 716-625-1511
Jeanine Shell, RN
(p) 716-462-9705
(f) 716-625-1511
Yulia Gostylo, RN
(p) 716-255-3505
(f) 716-625-1511
Summer Swimming Safety & You
Visiting Pools & Beaches During COVID-19
You can enjoy summer fun in the sun this season with a few extra safety precautions.

Current evidence shows that COVID-19 cannot spread to people through recreational water , though it is still important to limit close contact with other people when visiting  public pools, hot tubs, water playgrounds , beaches and lak es, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The virus is thought to spread person-to-person by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. The virus might also spread to hands from contaminated surfaces and then to the nose, mouth, or eyes. Infected people can spread the virus whether or not they have symptoms.

What To Do
The CDC advises you to stay home if you feel ill, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.

In addition to packing up the sunscreen and beach umbrella, here's how to reduce your risk of getting the virus at public swim areas:

  • Choose locations with precautions in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Wear a cloth face covering and bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and disinfectant wipes.

  • In and out of the water, stay at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.

  • Avoid crowded areas.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating or drinking, and when you arrive and leave the swim area. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. (Note: hand sanitizers are most effective on clean hands. Wipe sand or dirt off before applying.)

  • Avoid sharing food, toys and supplies with people who don’t live with you.

With these safety tips in mind, you can enjoy summer fun in the sun! For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/index.html

Letters of Thanks
...from a Rosa Coplon Living Center family member
Thank you for taking such good care of mom and us. Not only is Rosa Coplon and Weinberg Campus beautiful, mom felt like she was in a grand hotel! She had access to Jewish study and services and loved your care.

Some names she mentioned to us – Molly, Jeannette, Wolly ...she felt such love and quality professionalism from you. Robert in Social Work was always there to help with kindness. Terry in Facilities was an interested smiling contact who went out of his way. Jan in Activities came to know mom and what she liked to do.

You all deserve recognition and acknowledgment. We hope you enjoy this token of our appreciation and high regard for all of you.
July Activities
We're staying active with a variety of safe activities that incorporate social distancing and individual participation. Check out our activities calendars online. Click the links below or visit: www.weinbergcampus.org/News-Events/Activities-Calendar.aspx .

New Employees June 2020
Tierah Brown , PCA, Dosberg Manor
Yvonne Gibbs , LPN, Garden House
Sierra Logan , CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Latricia Peach , Receptionist
Kya Shelton , Food Service Worker
Regina Wells , PCA, Dosberg Manor
Photo Gallery
Festive 4th of July Photos
Wanted: Healthcare Heroes
Federal coronavirus relief benefits including supplemental unemployment ends July 31. Do you know someone seeking a meaningful career with benefits and flexibility? View listings at WeinbergCampusCareers.com .