Staff Spotlight on Laura Smith

Mar 27, 2017

Laura Smith has joined Barclay Friends as Director of Nursing after serving for almost six years at another continuing care community, first as Charge Nurse, then as Nursing Supervisor. A Neumann University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Laura already has exhibited her ability to implement best practices at Barclay Friends. Her first effort […]

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Are You Getting a Healthy Dose?

Mar 20, 2017

Older adults should be sure that they are not getting higher doses of prescription medications than they need.  In many cases, individuals over the age of 65 are prescribed a higher dose of medication when a lower dose would work just as well.  As we get older, our bodies metabolize medications differently, as the kidneys […]

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Board Beacon – Lew Charnock

Mar 13, 2017

When he was a junior in high school, Lew Charnock was a caddy at the golf club where his uncle was a member.  “Carrying two golf bags 7,000 yards a day was not easy,” he says, no doubt recalling sore feet and blazing sun.  For the last thirteen years, however, Lew’s feet have been enjoying […]

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“The cats aren’t real, but comforts to seniors are”

Mar 12, 2017

The March 12, 2017 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer featured an article about the benefits of robotic cats in long term care composed by Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer. “It’s been a godsend for many of our residents,” says Elsabet Haile, Recreation Director at Barclay Friends.  A cat named Goldie has helped keep a resident […]

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Fond Remembrances

Mar 06, 2017

As you age, does it seem to you that you tend to have more positive memories of the past than negative recollections?  Psychologists now know that, compared to younger adults, older adults tend to recall fewer pessimistic images than upbeat ones.  The older people are, the more they display a memory bias that favors the […]

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Healthcare Outreach in Chester County

Mar 01, 2017

During an individual’s transition from a hospital to rehabilitation or nursing care, ongoing communication and coordination among hospital staff, patients, family members and Medicare-certified health care providers (like Barclay Friends) is essential. The Community Care Coalition of Chester County (C5) was created to do just that. Joan Forgue, Barclay Friends’ Assistant Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator/Nurse […]

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Won’t You Please Join In?

Feb 20, 2017

Even if you only sing in the shower, you know that singing provides a real emotional lift. This effect has actually been observed and measured by researchers who found that singing reduces levels of the stress hormone “cortisol” and reduces tension. It has also been found that people who sing in choirs and other singing […]

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Barclay Friends Staff Celebrates National Wear Red Day

Feb 14, 2017

Barclay Friends employees wore red on Feb 6 in support and celebration of National Wear Red Day, to help spread awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.  In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, staff purchased Candy Grams to give to colleagues and friends, with all proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.

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Barclay Friends Supports WCU Composting Initiative

Feb 11, 2017

Barclay Friends has teamed up with West Chester University and nine participating Borough businesses to collect compost – the project began in September 2016 and will continue through October 2017 as a pilot study. In addition to Barclay Friends and the University’s Lawrence Dining Hall, participants include Carlino’s, Chester County Hospital, The Hickman, Landmark Americana, […]

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Getting Up From Your Chair

Feb 06, 2017

Falls pose a particular risk for older adults, one in three of whom falls each year.  Most concerning is the fact that one in five of these falls results in a serious injury.  With this in mind, you might want to assess your risk of falling, especially if you have already experienced a fall or […]

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