October 2021

Welcome to the Weinberg Campus newsletter, dedicated to sharing news
and information with employees, residents, families and special friends.
Message From The President
Effective September 27, health care workers in New York State hospitals and nursing homes were required to receive at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. And on October 7 this requirement was expanded to include health care workers in other facilities overseen by the New York State Department of Health, including programs here at Weinberg Campus. 

I am pleased to report that, overall, Weinberg Campus staff members responded positively to the mandate, helping us maintain the safest possible environment for our staff, patients, and residents. While we know that some people in the population still have questions about the vaccine, we at Weinberg believe that vaccination is the best tool we have available for slowing the spread of the virus. I want to thank our dedicated employees for answering the call. It is just one more example of how they have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to provide a safe environment and engaging programs for our residents.

I’m reminded of a timely quotation from Albert Camus, the French philosopher and novelist: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” While most of our residents are in their later years – some might say the autumn of their lives – I am proud that our employees are continually focused on providing new and engaging programming for our residents, helping them experience spring-like activities that can brighten their days.

If you have questions or comments, I encourage you to reach out to any leadership team member or contact me directly at (716) 639-3311 ext. 2468 or [email protected].
What's New
Respite Care Boosts Spirits
Family members who care for a loved one at home often forget how important it is to take time to care for themselves. Studies show that both family caregivers and the individuals receiving care benefit from taking a "vacation" from one another.

"We believe it's important for caregivers to rest, relieve stress and restore energy and balance in their lives, and we are here to help," says Dana Notaro, Administrator, Dosberg Manor and Garden House.

What is respite care?
Respite care offers a short-term break to those who care for a loved one at home. Dosberg Manor and Garden House offer licensed respite care to serve elderly, chronically ill, memory impaired or disabled family members so that family caregivers can take a rest, while knowing that their loved one is safe and secure. 

Respite care at Dosberg Manor includes:

• Medication management
• Diabetes management
• Verbal reminders and cuing
• Weekly housekeeping 
• Laundry
• 24/7 staff
• Shower assistance
• Linen changes
• Dining services
• Fully furnished rooms with private bathroom and TV 
• Daily activities
• Wellness Center
• On-site hair stylist/barber
• On-campus therapy

Single rooms are available for $150 per day and there is no application fee required. The price includes meals and all the support and services listed above. There is a minimum stay of two weeks.

"Many of our respite guests enjoy their visit with us so much that they decide to move in full time," says Dana. "We make it a priority to create a welcoming environment for your family member. Whether they are with us for two weeks, or longer term, they become members of our Weinberg family."

Looking for more information? Call (716) 639-3332.

Employee Spotlight: Kristin Brown
Above left: Kristin receiving her record-breaking award at a Powerlifting competition; Middle and right photos courtesy of SABAH: Kristin on the ice instructing individuals with special needs.

Whether she’s at work, at the gym, or working with people in the community, Kristin Brown loves to challenge herself. A medical billing specialist at Weinberg Campus, Kristin – who will celebrate 10 years of employment at Weinberg this December – describes her job as “a little bit of everything.”  

“I work with insurance companies, families, and residents. I like that I’ve been given the opportunity to get involved with lots of financial aspects of the campus, which keeps me challenged and engaged,” she says.

One little-known fact about Kristin may come as a surprise to many: Her hobby is power lifting – deadlift, squats, and bench press. She’s been involved in United States Powerlifting Association competitions for three years – in fact, she holds New York State records for her age and weight class in all three categories (deadlift, squats, and bench press), which she accomplished at her second meet ever in Niagara Falls in May 2021. 

How did she feel when she broke the record? 
“It was shocking! It’s a secret fact about myself because I don’t think you can tell when you look at me that I’m a power lifter. Only a few of my coworkers know,” she explains.

Kristin’s interest in the sport began through her friendship with a trainer and a desire to find something different. 

“I never thought weightlifting was something I would do,” she recalls. “But I saw pictures of these strong, amazing women, so when I saw a Black Friday special, I decided to try it.” 

Though she’d belonged to gyms for years, she typically got bored and wouldn’t stick with it.

“It’s the longest I’ve been able to stick with any exercise,” Kristin points out. Each time I go to the gym, there’s a new challenge. It’s fun to see the numbers change as the weight I can lift increases over time.”

It’s hard to imagine that this iron-pumping powerhouse underwent back surgery 7 years ago. 

“When I first started powerlifting, I didn’t know if I could do it, but I haven’t had any issues so far,” says Kristin, who stresses the importance of learning proper form from a professional and gradually increasing weight. “I listen to my body and take a rest when needed.” 

She works with a trainer/coach, lifting four days a week at a private gym and participating in two competitions per year. Kristin can’t say enough about the benefits of her sport, and she’s pleased to see more women lifting than she expected. 

“Overall, the weightlifting community is very supportive of each other. It’s never too late to start,” she comments. “I didn’t start until I was 40. Many people are in their 50s and 60s.” 

Kristin is often asked if she follows a restrictive diet. 

“I lost 40 pounds and reshaped my body, but I eat more now than I did before!” she says, noting that she eats a high-protein diet which helps with muscle building. She believes that carbs are an important part of her diet, especially during a competition. 

A native of Syracuse, Kristin graduated from Daemen College in Buffalo, where she studied Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare. Growing up, she was an avid figure skater and she really missed being on the ice – until a coworker told her about SABAH (Spirited Athletes Bold at Heart), a community organization that connects people with special needs to sports and other activities, such as nature walks. 

Kristin initially volunteered with SABAH 2-3 days/week to help individuals learn how to skate. She was subsequently offered a job as an on-ice instructor for SABAH and now leads groups every week. 

“I’m grateful that my job at Weinberg Campus gives me the flexibility to do volunteer work with SABAH. I’ve been lucky to be able to fit these things in,” Kristin says.

Between her full-time job, weightlifting, and helping children with special needs, this energetic powerhouse still finds time to be involved in the lives of her two nephews and a niece, cheering them on at their sporting events. Kristin also enjoys being active, hiking, and exploring Western New York.

Letters of Thanks
"I just wanted to let you know how wonderful the staff has been to my mother at Dosberg Manor. She looks and sounds healthy and happy...she has had nothing but compliments about the staff. She likes her neighbors and looks forward to the activities. Thank you for making her transition easier. I applaud you and your staff for creating a healthy environment during these difficult times." -Family Member, Dosberg Manor
Resident Activities
Looking for something to do? Check out our activities calendars online. Click the links below or visit: www.weinbergcampus.org/News-Events/Activities-Calendar.aspx.

All activities are carefully planned with COVID health and safety guidelines in mind.
Photo Gallery
Pictured above: Last month we celebrated National Assisted Living Week with Dosberg Manor and Garden House residents and staff. We enjoyed treats from Paula's Donuts, as well as submarine sandwiches, nachos, ice cream, and more! We hosted a variety of musical entertainers and ended the week with a spotlight award ceremony for both communities. Thank you to our dedicated staff for making our celebration extra special!
Pictured above: Garden House residents enjoyed a trip to the Buffalo Zoo! Weinberg Campus staff showed their support for creating a world without Alzheimer's by participating in the annual Walk for Alzheimer's. Residents have been enjoying time outside while the weather is still nice, as well as our ongoing lineup of musical guests!
Pictured above: We appreciate great music performed live at Weinberg Campus, whether by our friend Marcia from "Step in Time", Janis and Jerome performing dances, or Sujeet Desai showcasing his talent on one of his many instruments! In addition, we recently had a wild spirit bird presentation, a visit from Drum4Health, and a delicious pizza party--a great week at Weinberg Campus!
Welcome Aboard New Employees
Savon Guyton, Food Service Worker, Dietary Services
Melanie Swartz, Admissions Coordinator, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Alyssa Wunderlich, Food Service Worker, Dietary Services
Recipe Corner: Caramel Apples
Looking for the perfect fall treat that's tasty and sweet?

Do you have a family recipe you'd like to share in next month's newsletter?

Submit to your community's administrator, or email [email protected].