Meet and Greet Zoom Events

We can’t wait to introduce you to the Preston team!

Barclay Friends’ new Meet and Greet events and videos will be focused on the people who are dedicated to making the Preston community great. Each event will include a focused Q&A, during which the hosts will ask the Preston team member about themselves and what their role is. Then, we’ll open the floor to the participants to ask any questions you might have.

Join us this month…

The GOING Fit Team

Barclay Friends is pleased to partner with GOING Fit to offer fitness classes to residents in Preston.  Join us for a virtual session to learn more about GOING Fit’s commitment to improve the lives of people of all ages through diverse, safe and fun group exercise classes.  The certified and trained instructors at GOING Fit are excited to work with residents in Preston to help improve their physical fitness.

When: October 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM

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Elsabet Haile, Recreation Director

Elsabet Haile is the Recreation Director and Volunteer Coordinator for Barclay Friends.  She is passionate about offering daily life enrichment programs and interventions that provide meaningful engagement opportunities. 

Elsa has led the recreation team at Barclay Friends for six years. Overall, she has 26 years of experience as a Music Therapist, Recreation Director, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Care Worker and Nurses’ Aide. 

Elsa will provide an overview of the Music & Memory® program at Barclay Friends.

Music & Memory® uses personalized music playlists to help individuals struggling from dementia and other chronic cognitive and physical impairments. Even for those with significant memory loss, music can be a key to unlocking happy memories, joy, and reminiscences.

When: October 22, 2020 at 4:00 PM

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Past Events

Diane Williams

Personal Care Administrator

Diane has over 28 years experience offering personal care. In Preston, she will be leading a dedicated team of professionals to support and meet the needs of residents. Known for a personal and compassionate approach, Diane has helped many families and residents transition to residential living and personal care at Barclay Friends.

Abby Ferris

Memory Care Coordinator

Abby brings both the experience and the educational background to provide programming for older adults in need of memory care. She holds a Master of Science in Geropsychology (expected August 2020), and she is looking forward to supporting the needs of each individual in Bartram Way, Preston’s memory care neighborhood.

Kenneth Nichols

Executive Chef

Ken joined Barclay Friends in 2019 and has over 15 years of experience as a chef in senior living. He received his training at Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College. Chef Ken oversees the culinary services at Preston, and he looks forward to providing a delicious variety of meals for residents. Chef Ken will also provide monthly Chef Demo Tables, monthly Happy Hours with appetizers and themed dinners.

Cheryl Bjornson

Horticultural Therapist

Cheryl Bjornson has led Barclay Friends’ Horticultural Therapy program for eight years. She oversees many activities to engage residents, including raised bed gardening and floral arranging. Cheryl’s passion for gardening spans over 30 years of experience providing horticulture programs, plant care management and education.