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COVID-19 

3/27/2020

Three hopes

Dear Friends,

I hope that you have found a few of the keys to minimizing hardship during a crisis. Such as: someone who will listen with care, an activity that brings you some uplift, time to go outdoors and hear the birds in fresh air, a momentary interesting distraction, a chance for a full-on cry, books or music that ease your mind and heart, something that makes you laugh. I believe that each of us can find a few of those keys, even if we need to search a bit, or request a loan from a friend.

The COVID pandemic is causing some worry, sadness, and fear in everyone I know. Perhaps it’s the same for you. My hope is that while each of us is feeling our pangs and ache, we can find ways to be in the pain without becoming of the pain. What do I mean? That it can be healthy to speak openly about feelings, especially in such fraught times. Whether in pairs, small groups, or large gatherings – it can be relieving to give words to our anxieties, liberating to know others are also unnerved, and reassuring to share experiences in times of isolation. That’s being “in” the pain. To be “of” the pain is to begin letting our words and behaviors be predominantly driven by panic. To experience grief and fear so thoroughly that calm and connection are hard to find. I am grateful that our Hickman community, though in pain, is channeling that into a hyper-dedication to maintain everyone’s health.

As each of us on campus participates in the life of our community, hour by hour, we are centered on the protection and safety of our residents. As the days roll on without visitation access to your loved ones in residence here, we understand the upset this causes. We know. Like you, we eagerly await the lifting of restrictions.

My third hope is that you, the residents’ family members, friends, neighbors and loved ones, feel as much a part of The Hickman Community as those of us “on campus.” To help with that, our Facebook and Instagram accounts are updated daily, including many pictures. You’ll see many photos of our seniors participating in “video chats.” Some folks use their phones and computers with ease while others are learning for the first time. We recently received several donated tablets to ensure that each resident can “see” their families during conversation – let us know if you’d like to initiate such a call.

Please be easy on yourselves and others during this tender time. We will continue doing our dedicated best to ensure safety, comfort, and joy for each and all of our residents. If you have suggestions or requests related to how we might improve, emails to jkarsten@thehickman.org are welcome. (I may not be able to respond to all, but all will be read with appreciation).

In Community, with Gratitude,

Jen Karsten
Executive Director

 

Donations Welcome

​This is a difficult time for all people, but the challenges in places like senior homes and healthcare settings are distinctive. For example, we are performing but frequently doing so “short.” Short on items that would be helpful to the nursing and housekeeping staff, short on personnel some days because we insist that staff stay home when conditions warrant it, short on time to reply to interested parties as thoughtfully as we’d like, short on cash because we cancelled our big yearly fundraiser, etc. Many people have asked what kind of help we could use most. THANK YOU for caring. If you have capacity to give financially, please do so using the donate button here (or contact Director of Advancement Charles “Ebbie” Alfree calfree@thehickman.org). If you do not have financial capacity, consider making and mailing masks, or sending friendly notes of support which we will post on our bulletin boards, if you have any extra thermometers to spare, please donate them in a cushioned and marked parcel which can be placed in one of the two big bin carts just inside our exterior doors between 10am – 3pm (please don’t go further inside, and please use the adjacent sanitizer dispenser!). Lastly, we invite you to hold our residents and direct care staff on your hearts. Thank you from everyone here.

Welcome to The Hickman

The Hickman, a personal care community for older adults, has been providing excellent care to the residents of West Chester and the surrounding area for over a century.

Located in a tree-lined neighborhood within the heart of West Chester, The Hickman is a nonprofit personal care community that combines old world charm with contemporary comfort. True to our Quaker roots and traditions, we are setting the pace for affordable senior living. Recent completion of the new Anna T. Jeanes Building adds 74 studio and one-bedroom suites, with a secure dementia care program and outdoor garden located on the first floor. Call today to schedule your personal tour: (484) 760-6300.

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COVID-19 Update

Three hopes

Dear Friends,

I hope that you have found a few of the keys to minimizing hardship during a crisis. Such as: someone who will listen with care, an activity that brings you some uplift, time to go outdoors and hear the birds in fresh air, a momentary interesting distraction, a chance for a full-on cry, books or music that ease your mind and heart, something that makes you laugh. I believe that each of us can find a few of those keys, even if we need to search a bit, or request a loan from a friend.

How One Family Gives Back To The Hickman

Volunteers are at the forefront of assisting The Hickman in achieving our mission. We depend on these wonderful men and women to serve in various ways, from overseeing the community as a volunteer Board Member to entertaining and directly serving our residents. Without our dedicated volunteers, we would be unable to offer the superior service and exceptional care that our residents deserve.

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I’m always recommending The Hickman. As long-time residents in the area, this is our community. Living here has given my Dad a sense of belonging... a feeling of home.”

The staff here really do care. I enjoy the social aspects, and the food is excellent.”

Within the first week, my Dad settled in. Not long after that, he said one day 'I'm glad it was my idea to come here.”

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