May 29, 2020, In Memoriam
Francine Yancy, a fifteen year resident of the Germantown Home peacefully passed away on May 15, 2020. Her family graciously provided us with her biography and gave us permission to post:
Francine was born on April 14, 1933 and grew up in North Philly as an only child. In 1951 she graduated from Gratz High School. While in attendance was a member of " Five Foot Femmes", Banquet Committee, Cheerleader and developed a love for sewing.
At the age of 19 she married her high school sweetheart, Scott Yancey. Together they raised three wonderful children, Karen (Elementary Principal), Cheryl (High School Assistant Principal), and Scott Jr. (Coast Guard Chief). As a stay at home mom she enjoyed sewing school clothes, Easter outfits and prom dresses. The day her youngest went to kindergarten, Mrs. Yancy went to work as a bookkeeper, a position that she held for 30 years until the first of her four grandchildren were born. She dedicated the remainder of her life being a grandma to Jared (Diplomat U.S. State Department), Jay (Pharmacist), Jaleesa (Pharmacy Tech.) and Aaron (High School Junior) and attending Grace Baptist Church of Germantown where her grands spent their summers at the camp.
She enjoyed listening to music, dancing, beautiful flowers and taking long walks with her best friend since high school, Birdie. After 62 years of marriage she lost her husband and although they never had much money their lives were very rich and full of love. She was a proud wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Francine spent four years attending Germantown Life Day Center until she needed more care and became a resident at Germantown Home. She received outstanding love and care and was very happy in her new home.
She was always Grateful, Thankful and Blessed.
May 15, 2020
This year Nursing Home Week ran from Sunday May 10th until Saturday May 16th. At the Germantown Home we celebrated our amazing staff by coordinating a number of activities built around the theme of “Heroes Work Here”. This is always true but even more so this year. Our staff has stepped up and completed every task, large and small, that was asked of them and have gone over the top to ensure that Germantown Home is safe for everyone who lives and works here.
On Tuesday May 12th we held one of our staff’s favorite activities of the week… our DJ Happy hour and Fish fry. Craig (pictured to the left) is helping prepare the feast and Yvette and Mia (pictured right) are stopping by in the middle of their busy day to grab some lunch.
On Wednesday, staff was a treated to a box lunch from Chef’s Market. The lunch was made up of a sandwich, fruit cup and cookies and prepped for distribution by staff. The picture on the left shows Ed getting ready to deliver the lunches throughout Germantown Home, while Zena gives Crystal her lunch.
Many staff members helped to organize the activities for the week and took part in making sure that everyone was recognized and thanked. The picture on the right shows Pam Howard, the Administrator of Germantown Home, and Zena organizing the box lunches prior to being delivered.
In addition to having DJ Happy Hours with daiquiris Tuesday through Friday, we rounded out the rest of the week with a bunch of other activities including “Color Day” in which staff were encouraged to wear a color that makes them happy, “Crazy Hat Day” and “Build your own Hot Dog Day”. All of these events are a small token of appreciation to our dynamite staff. They make Germantown Home feel like home.
May 6, 2020
“Nurses Week 2020” starts on Wednesday May 6th and runs until Tuesday May 12th, 2020. At Germantown home we love and appreciate our nurses and to help kick off the week our Administrator, Pam Howard, surprised the nurses with roses and daquiris (nonalcoholic of course) to help them celebrate.
The entire week-long celebration will be loaded with events that include a Fish Fry, DJ Happy Hours and many other surprises. These small tokens of gratitude are our way to let them know we appreciate their service and their sacrifice. Please thank the nurse in your life when you have a chance and let him or her know that you value their service and their courage.
May 4th, 2020
On April 28, 2020 Germantown Home staff and residents gathered to not only view the flyover by the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, but to also honor the frontline workers of Germantown Home. Staff and residents alike viewed the spectacle from windows or outside on our beautiful Germantown Campus. “Today was a beautiful day and this flyover was a unique way to honor staff at Germantown Home who have been working day and night to not only provide healthcare, but also a clean and safe environment for our residents and our staff” said Alison Corter, Director of Marketing and Business Development for NewCourtland, the owner of Germantown Home.
The staff at Germantown Home have been working tirelessly over the past 6 weeks to ensure the safety of our residents and their co-workers and today was a thank you to them from everyone for their constant effort. Without our front line heroes leading the way, the situation at Germantown Home and many other health care facilities would be much worse. Please take a second to thank the healthcare workers who you know and who make the sacrifice everyday for us and for each other.
April 27th, 2020
To help celebrate the beginning of spring, the arrival of Easter and to help brighten up our home, the Administrator for Germantown Home, Pam Howard, arranged for a gift to be delivered to our residents and staff. Each of the resident rooms and each of the nurse’s station were decorated with Lilies.
As has been the tradition over the past few years, staff worked with Cheryl Wilks, of Flowers on Location, to help bring some cheer to Germantown Home. Cheryl is a familiar face here as she does programming with the residents throughout the year featuring floral and seasonal arrangements.
All our residents enjoy receiving and seeing the flowers throughout Germantown Home, even more so this year. Ms. Ambrose remarked:
"It made me smile. I love fresh flowers".
“Receiving the plant was a wonderful gesture" said Mr. Shelton.
Our new Business Office Coordinator, Mia Hardy, showing off the lilies.
Ms. Maynard stated: "The flowers are so beautiful.”
A special thanks goes out to our maintenance department, Jennell Maddox (our Director of Recreation) and her staff in making sure that all residents received a welcomed spring gift!
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