June 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 I reflect back to last June, we were getting Weinberg Campus ready to host our annual summer pops series - a time when we opened our doors to the Buffalo area community to join our residents, families and staff members for an evening of outdoor entertainment from our region's top talent. We typically had about 600 people in attendance, and it was always a great time.

This June, our summer line up of activities looks drastically different than it did one year ago.

While New York State is re-opening businesses in phases, Weinberg Campus continues to follow Department of Health guidelines in our ongoing effort to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19. This means that, for now, we are required to maintain visitor restrictions along with staff and resident screenings and safety protocols.

So what does this mean for our summer fun? It means that our activities personnel have been working hard to adapt to our pandemic environment with creative activities that can be done safely in a supervised environment - gardening, virtual concerts, doorway ice cream deliveries - to name a few. While we won't be holding a public concert this season, the health and well being of our residents and employees remains our top priority.

We are not taking for granted our current success in containing COVID-19 on our Campus. I want to thank our outstanding employees for this result. I'd also like to thank our brave residents and family members. Your overwhelming support has played a key role in boosting employee morale during the fight against the coronavirus. We know that circumstances with the virus can change at any time, and we will not let our guard down. Thanks again for your support. We're all in this together.

Weinberg Campus is committed to open communications with our employees, residents, and family members. For more information about our response to COVID-19, please visit WeinbergCampus.org/Coronavirus.aspx . 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
Residents' Words Of Wisdom For New Grads
There is something to be said for life experience. And that "something" is plentiful at Weinberg Campus! Residents of Dosberg Manor adult home and assisted living residence, and Garden House enhanced and special needs assisted living, congratulate new high school and college graduates. "We are sorry that many of this spring's graduating seniors did not get the chance to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas," said a resident spokesperson. "We would like new grads to know that we're thinking of them, we're proud of them, and we hope things get better."

In addition to sharing their warm wishes, residents compiled their collective advice and mantras for success to pass along.

  • Money isn't everything.
  • Follow your path.
  • Love and help people.
  • Be kind.
  • Find a job you love.
  • Be happy.
  • Listen to your mother.
  • Think about your future.
  • Find a good job.
  • Press on. Pay attention. Stick with it!
  • Follow your dreams.
  • Enjoy your freedom.
  • Hang in there!
  • Be yourself.
  • Work hard. Be happy. Stay healthy.
  • Succeed in everything you do. Stay out of trouble.
  • Never stop learning.
  • Be patient and happy and kind.
  • Look ahead.
  • Keep your dreams alive.
  • Be honest.
  • Be aggressive.
  • Be good to people, especially family.
  • Enjoy life.
  • Look up to older people for help.
  • Make life fun.
  • Family is the most important.
  • Do what makes you happy.
  • Try your hardest.
  • Take chances.
  • Don't have any regrets.
  • Attitude. Altitude.
Board of Directors Thanks Weinberg Employees
Get To Know Our Leaders
Matt McDougall, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and
Administrator of Rosa Coplon Living Center
Following the retirement of longtime COO Randi Dressel, Matt McDougall has taken the helm as COO in addition to his role as Administrator of Rosa Coplon Living Center.

Matt joined Weinberg Campus in 2017 with 20+ years of experience working in nursing homes, including as an administrator and an occupational therapist.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with employees, serve our residents and connect with families in new ways. I am committed to helping Weinberg Campus achieve and maintain the highest standards of care, exceptional quality and outstanding service," said Matt.
Lynae Jones, Assistant Administrator,
Rosa Coplon Living Center
L ynae Jones joined Rosa Coplon Living Center as Administrator in Training in September of 2019. She now serves as the Assistant Administrator.

"I have enjoyed getting to know our residents, their families, and our dedicated team of employees. It is an honor to continue on in a new capacity as we all continue to work together to create a high quality, caring environment for people to live and work," said Lynae.

"Lynae is an asset to our team and I have every confidence in her skills as a leader," said Matt McDougall.

Prior to joining Rosa Coplon, Lynae served as Director of Social Services at Schofield Care.

She holds a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Canisius College, and studied Long-term Care Administration/Management at D'Youville College.
COVID-19 Update
We are very proud of the efforts of our outstanding staff. Their caring attitudes, compliance with infection control guidelines, and thorough disinfection practices are daily demonstrations of their commitment and dedication to others.
Our team continues to follow Department of Health guidelines and infection control practices. This includes:

  • Staff and resident screenings for symptoms.

  • Comprehensive cleaning and disinfection, and the use of pulsed UV technology proven to eliminate pathogens such as coronavirus from surfaces in seconds.

  • Wearing face masks and other personal protective equipment. 

  • Practicing social distancing by staying a minimum of 6 feet away from others.

  • Reporting confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases to families, staff members and the Department of Health.

  • Continuing visitor restrictions.
In addition to the measures above, we implemented Governor Cuomo’s executive order of twice weekly COVID-19 testing of our staff. Due to the overall decline in cases across the state, on June 10 th Governor Cuomo amended the executive order to allow nursing home and adult care communities to reduce testing of staff to once a week for regions that have entered into Phase 2 of reopening plans. This includes Buffalo and all other areas of New York State except for New York City.
“The continued weekly testing mandate will continue to protect our nursing home residents and the front line workers who support them,” Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D., New York State Commissioner of Health, wrote in a statement.
For more information about our response to COVID-19, visit https://www.weinbergcampus.org/Coronavirus.aspx .
Letters of Thanks
...from a Meadows Enriched Housing family member
Dear Amy and all Caregivers,

Please accept our heartfelt thanks to all of you! We and our loved ones who are at Weinberg are so grateful for all your professional effort and dedication that you have devoted to our families in your care during this LONG pandemic. Team Weinberg - You are the Champions! We are so reassured to know that [our loved one] could not be in a better place! 
...from the son of a Forest Creek resident

I just wanted to send you a note thanking you and your entire staff for the job you are all doing in these troubling times. [My mom] raves about you and all your people about what a terrific job you are all doing. I’m sure you go home exhausted every night and I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you and all the staff. We made a great decision when we decided to go to Weinberg. Hopefully better times coming.
...from a Rosa Coplon Living Center family member

I contacted you at the beginning of the COVID outbreak asking for better information concerning patient safety, specifically at Rosa Coplon where my mother-in-law lives. You immediately addressed my concerns. Your daily reporting has been so reassuring and the latest numbers show what a great job you and your staff have done during this crazy, unprecedented time. There was no playbook for any of us but you stepped up. We especially appreciate the opportunity to Skype with [our family member], and Rob, the social worker, continues to do a great job with that.

I know this is long from being over but I wanted to take the time to thank you and the Rosa Coplon staff for everything they have done. I’m sure they were under a great amount of pressure and fear for themselves and their families but bless them as they took care of our family throughout. Please share our thanks with them.
...from a Dosberg Manor family member
Dear Mary Beth, Dana, nurses, and aides,

Thank you for all you do to take care of mom. We really appreciate it!
June Celebrations
It's A Grand Ole Flag
Flag Day - Sunday, June 14

Don your red white an blue as we honor our stars and stripes, along with our heritage in the U.S.A.
Happy Father's Day!
Sunday, June 21 

There's no better day to honor the remarkable men in our lives. We're serving a special meal to celebrate dads. Don't forget: we're here to help you deliver good wishes and stay connected!
Activities For Residents
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 May 2020
Jessy Bonner, PCA, Dosberg Manor
Taylor Buonocore, Activities Assistant, Garden House
Sarah Singletary, LPN, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Meet Taylor Buonocore
We are pleased to introduce Taylor Buonocore, who will lead activities programming for Garden House enhanced and special needs assisted living residents. She is excited to learn more about the residents and tailor activities to their specific interests.
Taylor is a Certified Nursing Assistant and a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She plans to get a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and continue to work with seniors. 
Photo Gallery
How Are Residents Spending Their Time?
Click the above link or use this private link to view a musical interlude:
We're Smiling Under Our Masks!
Residents enjoy patio time outdoors as part of activities programming while practicing safe, social distancing with activities personnel.
Snack Time Snapshots
Residents celebrated national donut day with - you guessed it - donuts! Healthy fresh fruit cups are also a favorite summer treat. And did someone say, snack cart? What could be better than snack shopping from our popular door-to-door snack cart on wheels?
Send A Virtual Greeting
Say hello to a friend or family member. We'll print and deliver your message. Simply  click here  or visit: WeinbergCampus.org/Contact-Us/VirtualGreeting.aspx
Wanted: Healthcare Heroes
We have a variety of career opportunities available now with flexible hours and shifts, competitive pay and great benefits. Join our family-like atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Join us! For current listings, view WeinbergCampusCareers.com .