A Better Shingles Vaccine

May 14, 2018

“Shingles” is a particularly painful disease that causes a blistering rash, followed by serious complications such as chronic pain and damaged nerves. The best protection against this disease, which is triggered by reactivation of the same herpes zoster virus that causes chickenpox, is vaccination. While the current vaccine (Zostavax) reduces the risk of developing shingles […]

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The Big Give

Apr 20, 2018

         Yesterday, we had the honor of meeting with James, the grandson of two of our residents. He recently completed a project with his first grade class at New Eagle Elementary entitled “The Big Give.” His teacher applied for a grant that provides each child with $10 that he or she is to […]

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Renewal is Barclay Friends’ Focus

Apr 09, 2018

Renewal is Barclay Friends’ focus, as it has been since the tragic events of November 2017.  We began welcoming residents back to the Cotter skilled nursing community on Monday, April 2nd and look forward to accepting post-acute rehabilitation guests on Friday, April 13th. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to share: Was […]

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Lincoln Motor Co. Donates $1,000 to Barclay Friends Renewal

Feb 26, 2018

Fred Beans Lincoln of West Chester has donated $1,000 to Barclay Friends to aid in its renewal in the wake of the tragic Nov. 16 fire that destroyed the assisted living portion of the senior living community. Barclay Friends goal is to welcome residents back to its skilled nursing community in the spring. The donation […]

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Post Fire Chronology

Feb 09, 2018

January 29, 2018 Renewal is Barclay Friends’ focus, as it has been for more than two months since the tragic fire.  Today demolition of the Woolman personal care building began. We anticipate that the remnants of the building will be removed and that site work will be done over the coming days. Completion of this […]

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Flood of Donations Pours in to Aid Displaced Barclay Friends Residents

Nov 20, 2017

The generosity of citizens in West Chester and surrounding communities nearly overwhelmed volunteers Sunday who gathered at Good Will Fire Company. Trucks2, a volunteer group that collects and delivers items in times of need, organized the event, while Good Will provided the space. We also owe a special ‘thank-you’ to Good Will Fire Company President […]

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Family Members Invited to Pick Up Supplies for Displaced Residents

Nov 19, 2017

Nov. 19,  2017—FAMILY MEMBERS of Barclay Friends residents are invited to come to the Good Will Fire Company both TODAY until 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, to pick up clothing and other supplies needed for their loved ones. The Good Will Fire Company is located at 552 E. […]

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Tragic Fire at Barclay Friends

Nov 17, 2017

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 Dear Friends, We are so, so sad to report that last night there was a tragic fire at Barclay Friends, a Kendal Affiliate in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Despite a swift, effective, and compassionate response by first responders, along with Barclay Friends staff and so many volunteers, the physical loss is devastating […]

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Good Turn: Therapy Dog Volunteer Shares Her Experience

Nov 14, 2017

The companionship of a beloved pet can be enjoyed at any age, and while animals may not speak using words, their compassionate presence can be healing to the mind and body.  Recently, the Daily Local ran an article highlighting the benefits of therapy animals in assisted living.  Kathy Cross, a therapy dog volunteer at Barclay […]

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Flu Shot Timing

Nov 13, 2017

While some might think there is a “best time” to get a flu shot, waiting for the perfect moment may cause you to put it off and miss out on the vaccine’s benefits.  The flu season generally begins around early October and usually extends from December to March.  In the preceding two flu seasons, flu […]

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