Jennifer Turner Receives 2020 All-Star Staff Award from the Empire State Association of Assisted Living

Honored during National Assisted Living Week

Jennifer Turner (left), Assistant Administrator/Case Manager, McPeak’s Assisted Living, poses with the 2020 All-Star Staff Award that she received from the Empire State Association of Assisted Living. She is joined by James McPeak (right), Administrator, McPeak’s.

Patchogue, NY— McPeak’s Assisted Living has announced that Jennifer Turner, Assistant Administrator/Case Manager, received the 2020 All-Star Staff Award from the Empire State Association of Assisted Living. The award is given to those heroes in the assisted living community who often accomplish the seemingly impossible or are always there when they are needed the most.

Ms. Turner consistently communicated with McPeak’s staff members every step of the way during the COVID-19 pandemic. She alerted the staff of the latest guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and made sure McPeak’s followed the mandated protocols and new procedures in order to safeguard the health of the staff and its residents.

Ms. Turner joined McPeak’s in 2003 as a Receptionist. In 2006, she met the qualifications required by the New York State Health Department to become a Case Manager. A resident of Bay Shore, she earned her Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Briarcliffe College and her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Empire State College.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Ms. Turner said. “It is nice to be recognized for the hard work that has been put in to make sure the McPeak’s continues to make the health and safety of its residents and staff its top priority.”

“We congratulate Jennifer upon receiving this award,” Mr. McPeak said. “Because of her constant communication with the staff on the latest safety protocols, McPeak’s has been COVID-free since June. Her obsession with disease prevention benefits the residents and the staff every day.”

The awards were presented in conjunction with National Assisted Living Week. Established by the National Center for Assisted Living® (NCAL) in 1995, National Assisted Living Week recognizes the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. This weeklong celebration inspires assisted living communities around the country to offer various events and activities to celebrate the residents they serve, as well as educate the public about assisted living,

For more information on McPeak’s Assisted Living, call (631) 475-0445 or visit www.mcpeaks.com.

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About McPeak’s Assisted Living

Founded in 1956 by James and Katherine McPeak, both Registered Nurses, McPeak’s is an assisted living facility that provides outstanding service, at reasonable cost, to adults and the elderly based on the philosophy that it is a community responsibility to preserve the health, safety, comfort and general welfare of our elderly and infirm residents.  Residents live in a comfortable home-like setting in a former mansion first built in 1924 that has been updated to include numerous safety features and modern amenities.  Smoke and fire protection systems and a new elevator provide a safe alternative to living alone.  Supervision is handled by a trained staff for 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  Activities, specialized diets and medication management are also provided.

McPeak’s Celebrates National Grandparents Day

[Patchogue, New York]McPeak’s Assisted Living is urging families to make this Grandparents Day special by visiting their loved ones living in assisted living facilities. The recent state Health Department rules are now allowing visitation at assisted living facilities once again, meaning residents will be able to see their families.

Grandparents Day, which takes place on September 13, honors the families’ elders and celebrates the familial bonds between the young and old. The holiday’s beginnings can be traced back to 1956 — the same year that McPeak’s was founded. Marian McQuade, a West Virginia resident, was helping put together a celebration for seniors over the age of 80 when she noticed that the local nursing home residents were alone and had no one to visit them. From there, she sought to establish a holiday for all grandparents and those seniors who may have been forgotten by their families.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic saw assisted living facilities prohibiting families from visiting their loved ones. Many residents experienced loneliness, isolation and depression as a result. But on July 15, 2020, the New York State Health Department allowed visitors inside and outside the facility, but with strict guidelines. Among them, facilities cannot have any new coronavirus cases within a 28-day period and must complete and pass inspections of their infection control practices. Meanwhile, visitors must provide their contact information upon checking in, undergo a temperature check, wear a mask and practice social distancing. Residents will be allowed no more than two visitors at a time, and at least one of the visitors must be 18 years of age or older.

“We urge everyone to spend time with their grandparents on this special day, but stay safe while doing so,” says James McPeak, Owner, McPeak’s Assisted Living. “Grandparents Day has more of a special meaning this year.”

For more information about McPeak’s Assisted Living, call (631) 475-0445 or visit www.mcpeaks.com.

 

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About McPeak’s Assisted Living

Founded in 1956 by James and Katherine McPeak, both Registered Nurses, McPeak’s is an assisted living facility that provides outstanding service, at reasonable cost, to adults and the elderly based on the philosophy that it is our community responsibility to preserve the health, safety, comfort and general welfare of our elderly and infirm residents. Residents live in a comfortable homelike setting in a former mansion first built in 1924 that has been updated to include numerous safety features and modern amenities. Smoke and fire protection systems and a new elevator provide a safe alternative to living alone. A trained staff handles supervision for 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Activities, specialized diets and medication management are also provided.

McPeak’s Residents Named as Finalists of the Foundation for Quality Care’s “Art from the Heart” Painting Contest

McPeak’s residents Catherine Graffelner (left) and Edith Sabella (right) display the certificates they received for being named finalists of the Foundation for Quality Care’s 15th annual “Art From the Heart” painting contest. Not pictured: Caroline Mott, a McPeak’s resident and contest finalist.
[Patchogue, New York] — Three residents at McPeak’s Assisted Living — Catherine Graffelner, Edith Sabella and Caroline Mott — were named finalists in this year’s “Art from the Heart” painting contest, which is run by the Foundation for Quality Care.

The residents submitted their artwork in June, and their submissions were reviewed by an independent panel of judges. From there, the panel chose 13 different paintings to be used in the 2020 calendar. A copy of each calendar will be distributed to the artists, their families, New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) member facilities, state lawmakers, and government officials.

Last year, Patrick Thomas was one of the residents whose artwork was chosen for the 2019 calendar. Fellow resident Dorothy Alloy was runner-up in the contest.

“McPeak’s Assisted Living offers residents a variety of activities to let them express their creative side,” says James McPeak, Owner of McPeak’s Assisted Living. “We’re excited to have our residents honored in such a special way.”

For more information about McPeak’s Assisted Living, call (631) 475-0445 or visit www.mcpeaks.com.