Siding, Dining and More

Construction

These are busy days on the construction site! Outside we have the new sewer line being connected. The vinyl siding installation continues. The roofing crew was back in this past weekend. Interior walls are mostly in. Wiring, plumbing, and mechanical work are all ongoing as is sheetrocking and fire sprinkler system installation. Windows are now all in and we are close to being 100% weather tight. Work on the entrance roadways will happen this week that will require the construction management trailer to be moved and we expect that our emergency generator will be set in its new home this week as well. Right now, the best place to take in the view of the work in progress is from across the river at Odell Park. It is going to be a big – but not an overbearing – building!

Behind the Scenes

While not nearly as glamorous as new construction, we also have several internal projects going on in anticipation of moving into the new building. Chief among them is a restructuring of our dining services department. With Mariah leaving us to pursue other career options we have partnered with Glendale Dining Services to direct our dining services. They will be starting with us in October. They have a tremendous amount of experience in retirement community dining, and they are the perfect partners to not only move us from the old building to the new – but also to introduce an entirely new dining program that is specially designed for our new memory support, assisted living and independent living members.

The Dutch Uncle

All too often I have seen people wait longer than they should have to make the decision to help a loved one move into an assisted living center. It is understandable. Your loved one doesn’t want to leave home. The caregiver spouse inevitably feels conflicted. S/he wants to do what is best, wants to do what their ill spouse wants, doesn’t want to look as though they have given up and as a result does nothing. Oftentimes two things happen: first of all, the caregiving spouse becomes exhausted and depressed – and understandably so. The second thing is something that we who work in eldercare see —but that a caregiving spouse does not. We see how much better people do after they join us as residents. This is not a reflection of the care provided by the well spouse. There is only so much that one person can do, and oftentimes it necessarily results in a degree of social isolation for both. We provide that socialization and with it a wonderful improvement in quality of life. We are not here to cure people of being old – we are here to help people smile regardless of their age or situation! We do not take the place of the Caregiving Spouse – we assist her/him in improving quality of life by adding smiles to the years!

Choosing assisted living is not about giving up, it is about opening the door to a new and exciting chapter. Please reach out to us for more information!

Wrap Up

I could not be more proud of our staff —a staff whose approach to problem-solving reminds me of the unofficial motto of the U.S. Marine Corps which is to improvise, adapt and overcome. Between construction disruption and COVID, we have had ample opportunity to improvise new solutions with the resources that we have, to adapt long-held ways of doing things in favor of what is needed today, and overcome many and different kinds of barriers. These are very different and challenging times – but our staff has been up for the challenge!

Until next time,
Howie

What Makes Peabody Place Different from the Rest?

There used to be a huge difference between not-for-profit retirement communities and private sector retirement communities. Not so much anymore. In general, both private and not-for-profits have abandoned the ‘middle’ market and have gone straight to the ‘high’ end of the market. Although we have a tremendous County system that does a great job for those at financial risk – most people – those who are in the “middle” – have been abandoned.

Not by Peabody Place! At Peabody, we have not forgotten our heritage. We were created by the community to serve the community — and that is what we continue to do both now and with our new expansion. I do not want anybody to think that just because we will have a new building that we are going to become ‘exclusive’. Not at all!

You will pay a lot more elsewhere — but you will not get more. Sometimes people assume that they cannot afford assisted living or nursing home level care and are surprised after talking with us to find that they can! Please do not be reluctant to give us a call to explore options either for some time soon or to plan for the new building. You just might be pleasantly surprised!

Construction Update

Why do we have ‘Fuzzy Steel Beams’? All of our structural steel will be fireproofed with a sprayed-on coating. That process has started and will continue until done. The installation of roof trusses continues, and the mechanical contractor continues with first-floor drain line installation in advance of pouring the floor. Today we also received a visit from the gas company and there is speculation that our existing service might need to be ‘lowered’ during construction. Later this line will be removed when the new building opens. I will let you know more as I learn more.

I hope you can get out to enjoy this weather — the weather that we all hoped we would have had for this past weekend!

Howie

There’s a lot going on here at Peabody Place!

With much appreciation to some great weather, our construction is back on schedule! Today they started to install the roof trusses which will transform the look of the new building from that of a box to that of the Home that it is destined to become. The second and third-level floors have been poured and as soon as the plumbers finish with their drainage lines, the first level floor will be poured as well. I will guess that by the end of next week we will have most of the roof closed in and maybe the first level floor in as well. After that, the framing for the walls begins and things will get busy as all the trades arrive to start their work. Earlier today I posted to Facebook a panoramic photo of our view from the third floor – and it is truly spectacular. Please check it out – and while you are there please ‘Like’ our Facebook Page!

A Marketing Moment

Did you know that you do not have to wait until the new building is done to be able to join us for Assisted Living? Give us a call so that we can explain how making a move sooner instead of later just might be the best thing that you can do for yourself and for your family. We only have a couple of rooms available making it more important than ever to act now instead of later.

Did you know that Peabody Place represents the best value in the Lakes and Three Rivers Region? We are a true not-for-profit that remains committed to staying affordable to as many people as possible. Call us today (934-3718) to find out more!

Dutch Uncle

That’s me, and this is where I offer unsolicited but benevolent advice based on my 40+ years of experience in retirement housing, nursing homes and assisted living centers. I have seen many people put off the move to assisted living for far too long — but I have never seen anyone regret having moved a bit too early. It is hard to leave one’s home — no question about it. But when the time comes, it is better to do so on your terms then it is to have the terms controlled by changing circumstances. I am fortunate in that over the years I have helped to welcome hundreds of people make the transition and almost all blossom shortly after arrival because of increased socialization. Let’s be candid — for many people living alone is not a bowl of cherries. It can lead to loneliness and social isolation. We old Yankee types grew up with the notion that living on our own is always what is best. It is just not true!

And there is more (I can’t resist a soapbox). Assisted Living is oftentimes the best possible insurance you can have to protect you from the need to move to a nursing home. I don’t say that because nursing homes are bad – but I do because nursing homes are a lot more expensive. For many people living in a supportive residential environment (assisted living) – is all they will ever need.

Essentially people have two choices. You can wait until you absolutely, positively have to leave your home – at which time your options could be unavailable, limited or very expensive. Or, you can choose to make the transition on your terms and control the process. I recommend the latter. We are here to help you sort out all of the various options that you have to choose from and there is absolutely no cost or obligation. Whether or not you choose to move, whether or not you choose us if you do – we are here to help. Just give us a call!

Very Special and Caring Individuals Needed!

I am sure you have seen the signs and all the ads in the paper for “Help Wanted,” and we are no exception. The good news is that with such a dedicated staff that position openings are infrequent. Our best staff come from personal referrals and with that in mind, I hope that if you know any LNAs or unlicensed caregivers, that you will suggest to them that they give us a call. We also have a full-time opening in dining services. While we would of course prefer full-time, year-round staff — we would also welcome students for summer-only work.

Covid Update

It has now been over 14 months since we closed the door to open visitation! While we cannot throw that door open wide in the way we would like – we are able to open it a little wider than we have been able to.

It is a bit of a balancing act. We need to abide by the rules/regulations/guidance of the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services and the Center for Disease Control – and we need to protect the emotional well-being of our members and their families. All visits still need to be scheduled in advance, but the frequency of vaccinated visitor visits can increase. Visitors need to plan in advance, sign-in/screen-in just as we continue to do as Staff – and just like Staff visitors will need to wear masks. And there is more, residents can (by prior arrangement) now be taken out with vaccinated family and friends and not have to quarantine upon their return. We have already notified Dairy Queen to expect a sudden rush of customers that they haven’t seen in 14 months. Prior arrangements do have to be made — and the more notice the better. This is a wonderful step in the right direction!
If you have not already done so — please consider getting vaccinated. Nobody is more vulnerable than our members and we want to do everything we can to protect them — and right now the best thing is for us to be vaccinated so that nothing will come between us and getting things back to “normal.”

Wrap Up

Last summer was one where one thing after another was canceled. There was no summer. This year is looking very different as restrictions increasingly are relaxed. Best Wishes to all for a very special Memorial Day Weekend.

Howie

Building Project Update – Topping Out Ceremony

Our steel crew completed the job of placing all those girders with a “Topping Out” ceremony.

It’s a time-honored tradition in commercial steel construction to have an official observance celebrating the completion of the building’s framing.
In a construction topping out ceremony when the last steel beam is raised in place at the highest point of the building, a small evergreen tree (known as the construction “Christmas tree”) is attached to the beam. In this country, often an American flag is also put on the opposite end of the beam.

Steel framework is up

Good afternoon, all

The steel framework is up and the concrete floors are being poured. The Plumbers and the Electricians have arrived on site and things are busier than ever!  When the floor goes in it quickly begins to look like a home! It won’t be long before the roof trusses go on and after that, the walls will go up!

A Mother’s Day Thank You!

A very special “Thank You” is due to our wonderful Staff who worked this past Sunday — Mother’s Day. Instead of being served – they were here being of service. It is a fact of life that those working in healthcare often need to celebrate holidays on a unique schedule often putting the needs of Residents ahead of their own and of their families. Your Dedication and Sacrifice is Very Much Appreciated! Thank You!

Nurse’s Week Ends Tomorrow — But our Respect and Appreciation for all that our Nursing Staff does continues ongoing!

Our Nursing Staff might be small but Catie and her Team do an Amazing Job day in and day out. Having worked in both large and small places I can confirm that it is the small places like Peabody that are the most challenging for Nursing Staff. They have to do everything that is done in a large place – but without the levels of support enjoyed by the bigger places. I know that I can speak on the behalf of our Residents and their Families in Thanking You for your Dedication, your caring and your Professionalism! You are a truly wonderful group to work with!

Marketing Minute

Did you know that planning ahead costs you nothing? While we do have a paid Priority Wait List we also have a free Wait List that gets you connected to the information loop so that you always will know what is going on. Maybe you or a loved one doesn’t need supportive services today — but might this winter or next year. Why not get on the list today to help keep your options open. We are not here to rush you out of your home — we are here to help support you with whatever decision that you feel is best for you.

Wrap Up

My goal is to stay in better touch with you all. If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to let me know. Questions that you have might very well be the same that a number of other people have.

Howie

Construction Updates: A Sign of Spring

Construction Update

The steel framework installation continues and as it does the new building not only takes shape — but it becomes an imposing presence as well! Just a recap for those who might be new: The New Peabody Place is being built in two phases. The first phase that is now under construction will be completed by the end of this year and will contain our new Memory Care and our Assisted Living residences. When that phase is complete, we move in and the ‘old’ Peabody Home will be taken down. When that is complete Phase II will begin which will be the addition of independent apartments along with a new entrance. Depending on what can get done next winter, Phase II could take another year to complete.

If the weather holds, we are hoping for concrete as early as next week. Once the floors are in the other trades will make their arrival and things will start to get busy in a hurry.

A sure sign of spring

I forgot to take a photo —— but Today Mariah fired up the outside gas grill for the first time this year. She was concerned that the smell of grilling burgers and dogs would distract our Steel Workers. We are all looking forward to the time when we can return to old fashion BBQ’s when Members can gather round at picnic tables.

Our mask policy has not changed.

Yes, the Governor did lift the statewide mask mandate (for reasons that many of us do not agree with or understand). But that doesn’t change our long-established policy that is what is required of us by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services along with the New Hampshire Department of Public Health. The state has now gone 13 days in a row where there have been over 300 new cases each day. Hospitalizations are down – but only slightly – and at 133 are still almost twice what they were in January. New Hampshire is less than 25% vaccinated — this is not the time to be easing restrictions. We need to do the right thing – not the thing that we want to do because we are tired. We are all hoping for that day to come soon when we can just toss open the doors again!

But What About Nursing?

It has been noticed that when we talk about the new building that we only talk about Memory Support, Assisted Living and Independent Living. No mention of Nursing.
Most Important — Please know right from the start that those Members who presently reside in one of our licensed nursing home bed will be able to receive the care they require next door when they move into Assisted Living. We will be able to do this because we will have a little help from our friends at the Franklin VNA. There are advantages all around for doing things this way. First of all it will save the Members money. Much of the nursing services that will be provide by the Franklin VNA will be paid for by Medicare if provided by them (although not if it is provided by us). We also hope to start other new services such as physical and speech therapy as well.

Much like Goldilocks, we are looking for that perfect balance of how to continue to provide the best in Care and Services and still remain affordable. We have to rethink how we do things and moving away from the classic nursing home licensure is a key component. While this is a new concept to us – it is an approach that is now tried and true.

These are busy days here around Peabody! Please remember that when all is said and done, that Peabody, including the new Peabody Place, is not about the building, but about the Members and Staff inside that building. I am proud to say that I could not be working with a better group of staff!

Until next time,
Howie