September 17, 2020
September 17, 2020
September 17, 2020
Attend our Career Fair at Phoebe Allentown on Thursday, September 17 featuring interviews, a contactless resume drop off, and a FREE meal!
NOW HIRING: RNs, LPNs, CNAs, Dining, and Housekeeping positions at Phoebe Allentown! Interview in person SAFELY with temperature screening, wearing a mask, and social distancing. RSVP for interviews is required. Space is Limited! Contactless Resume Drop-Off is available if you are unable to reserve a spot but we hope to see you in person.
Allentown, PA- Senior residents living in the Phoebe Allentown Health Care Center now have the opportunity to share safe hugs with their loved ones during in-person visits. After several months of quarantine to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Phoebe Allentown began the stages of reopening on Monday, August 20 by offering outdoor, in-person visits, by reservation, to their health care center. Kelly Bock, director of environmental services for Phoebe Allentown, had a bigger vision. “I wanted our residents to be able to touch the people they love…even if it’s through 10-gauge plastic”, says Bock who altered a design she saw on social media.
The “hugging booth” incorporates plastic barriers ensuring safety while giving residents the experience of physical contact. The structure, built by her dedicated crew, is bigger and more adjustable than any other she found, using disposable veterinary gloves that cover both huggers’ hands and arms. “You can actually feel the warmth of the hug,” says Bock. Phoebe carefully disinfects the booth after each use. Using disposable gloves helps to streamline the experience while also offering a more personal touch. Other designs use permanent gloves that aren’t as flexible and as easily sanitized.
Loved ones of residents can visit Phoebe.org and book an in-person visit from accessing the associated link on our COVID-19 information page, where they can complete a form and choose an available appointment time from the calendar. Staff at Phoebe has been hard at work to iron out all of the logistics that go into scheduling residents for visits with their loved ones, transporting residents safely to the hugging booths, sanitizing the booth between appointment times, and even building similar hugging booths for use at all of Phoebe’s other communities.
Phoebe will continue to follow step-by-step reopening processes put in place by the PA State Dept. of Health protecting both residents and employees. All Phoebe campuses have future plans to incorporate Bock’s “hugging booth” into their reopening plans during family visits.
Allentown, PA – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, world-renowned sex therapist who pioneered discussing human sexuality on radio and television, will be the keynote speaker on March 18, 2021 at the Phoebe Institute on Aging Conference – “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Baby Boomers and Aging”.
The 92-year-old author, professor, and subject of the recent documentary – “Ask Dr. Ruth” – will present in a question-and-answer format allowing conference attendees including community health care professionals and family caregivers, the opportunity to ask about sexuality and aging.
The Phoebe Institute on Aging Conference, which will be held at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, PA, will focus on the 70 million-plus self-reliant, highly-educated “baby boomers” who strive to take a proactive role in their aging process.
For more information and updates about the Spring 2021 Conference, please visit phoebe.org/piaconference. The Phoebe Institute on Aging is prepared to change the format of the conference from an in-person event to a virtual experience if need be. Please check this web site or look for email notices as our team works to solidify the details for this conference.
About the Phoebe Institute on Aging
In 2001, Phoebe Ministries launched the Phoebe Institute on Aging, a forward-focused program aiming to provide forums for discussion and learning, including educational programs, cooperative ventures, and outreach activities designed to promote improved quality of life and care for the aging and their families. Guided by a community advisory board and supported by community-staffed committees, the Phoebe Institute on Aging works diligently to engage with the greater community and to ensure the availability of expert and cutting-edge resources to continually improve service to the aging and their families.
About Phoebe Ministries
Phoebe Ministries is a not-for-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in healthcare, housing, and support services for seniors. Founded in 1903 and affiliated with the United Church of Christ, Phoebe Ministries offers a full continuum of care — from independent living to rehabilitation, personal care, and memory support — through four continuing care retirement communities. In addition to eight managed or owned affordable housing locations, four pharmacies, and several other community based services, Phoebe offers 14 entities serving 12 Pennsylvania counties. For over a century, Phoebe’s tradition of excellence and passion for caring have made us the leader in care for senior adults and their family members. For more information about Phoebe Ministries, call toll free 800-453-8814, visit www.phoebe.org, “like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/phoebeservingseniors) or visit our YouTube page (youtube.com/phoebeservingseniors).
This week, Valley Discount Pharmacy and the Allentown Parent Network donated 200 gift bags with protective masks for our residents at the Phoebe Apartments in Allentown. These gifts are greatly appreciated, and help keep our seniors safe and healthy. Thank you so much for your generous support!
For more information about making a donation to support our staff and residents email email@example.com or call 610-794-5132.
Phoebe Ministries would like to congratulate Joe Franco, Executive Director of Information Technology, on being named one of the Lehigh Valley Business 2020 Forty Under 40 awards winners! Joe has worked for Phoebe Ministries since 2003 in the information technology department. During that time, Joe has accomplished extraordinary goals, grown into a well-respected manager, and become admired as a leader within the Phoebe Ministries organization.
As the Executive Director for Information Technology (IT) Joe oversees all of the technology needs for the Phoebe Ministries entities. Joe’s responsibilities include serving four continuing care retirement communities, a new independent living community, eight affordable housing facilities, home and community-based services, and three pharmacies that serve 12 counties.
Joe has 15 years of experience in all areas of IT including systems, network, security, and telephony. He has a reputation within the community for technical excellence, consistency, reliability, and the ability to troubleshoot complex and challenging issues while remaining calm and collected. He’s received three internal Phoebe Presidential Awards that are presented by Phoebe’s leadership team.
He began his career as a young man working in the dining department on the Phoebe Berks campus in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. His thirst for knowledge, drives his willingness to take on any new task, and motivates him to teach others how to use technology in a way that influences large strategic goals and improves daily workflows.
Joe is also responsible for coordinating all aspects of the IT Department; including technical activities, projects, applications, and the day-to-day operations including the internal Phoebe help desk. He works tirelessly to achieve excellent customer service with his staff and has created an atmosphere of loyalty within his department. Joe’s contributions to modernizing Phoebe’s technology programming is invaluable to our legacy organization which has a 117-year old history in Allentown. The progress of Phoebe’s IT systems, programs, and capabilities over the years can be largely attributed to Joe’s consistent desire to stay one step ahead of the curve. Winners of Lehigh Valley Business’ Forty Under 40 awards were judged and scored by a panel of alumni members for their professional achievement, community engagement and commitment to inspiring others.
2020 is an exciting year for DesignPoint, marking its 25th anniversary as a full-service interior architecture and design firm in Bethlehem. The company had made plans to celebrate this milestone, but those plans changed with the onset of COVID-19.
In lieu of an anniversary celebration, DesignPoint Founder & President, Les McCoy and his team decided to support frontline workers at five long-term care communities they have worked with over the years, including Phoebe. All fifteen DesignPoint employees made 230 gift bags that were delivered to Phoebe’s Allentown campus for our Heroes Recognition week. The gift bags were filled with wonderful treats and were greatly appreciated by Phoebe staff.
Les McCoy commented on DesignPoint’s donation saying, “I am glad that we could do something to support Phoebe’s frontline workers. Phoebe was one of the first non-profits that our company was involved with. I like the way they do things, and appreciate the staff’s dedication to the seniors that live there. The more I get involved, the more impressed I am with Phoebe. They truly want what is best for their residents.”
Many thanks to Les and the DesignPoint team for recognizing Phoebe Heroes!
Phoebe Ministries’ four continuing care campuses are going the extra mile to make sure all residents throughout the continuum of care can stay active and in contact with their family, friends, and neighbors during this time of social distancing.
Checkout the video above to see some of the incredible ways our wonderful staff and residents are continuing to stay positive and active while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
*With the safety of attendees and staff in mind, the 15th Annual Upper Bucks Forum On Aging is postponed until the fall. Please check back to this page for updates on the status of this event.
Learn about aging services and resources in your community at this FREE educational event for individuals 55+! This year’s event will include refreshments, free medical checks and health screens, raffle and door prizes, plus exciting new topics!
The feature presentation is on “Senior Scam Prevention” and will be presented by David Shallcross Director of the Senior Protection Unit Office of Public Engagement for the Pennsylvania Attorney General.
Thank you to our sponsors Senator Bob Mensch and Representative Craig Staats for their support.
Where: Benner Hall, 1250 E Cherry Rd, Richlandtown, PA
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
No RSVP required. For questions, call 267-371-4566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.