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Stay informed about what’s happening in your community, Columbia Cottage Wyomissing. Check back often for updates and news about social events, important updates, and news items. We will keep the most current 3-5 posts available to view online.

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Homemaker of the Year – Kevin Snyder

July 29, 2019

Hello, my name is Kevin Snyder. I had the privilege of being selected as the 2019 Homemaker of the Year by residents and their families. I have been a Homemaker here at Columbia Cottage since 2018. I graduated from Muhlenburg High School in 2004 and decided to continue my education at Reading Area Community College persuing my Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate. I graduated in 2011, with my CNA. I started working at the Cottage in 2018, where I quickly realized my love of working in health care and with our residents. I honestly love coming to work every day, and I love that I have the chance to talk to and serve our residents. One of the best things about assisting our residents is that when I do things with and for them I know that I am doing my job right and that I am making someone’s day brighter. There is definitely an extra perk to working at the Cottage, as I have the opportunity to work with my mom Donna Snyder. When I am not at the Cottage, I enjoy spending my down time going to the beach, fishing, and spending time doing other outdoor activities.

Holiday Greetings

December 27, 2018

The Holidays generally are a time of celebration and joy, as well as one of reflection as we ponder our resolutions for the New Year. Columbia Cottage has had a great year and many reasons to celebrate! The thing that most of us are thankful for is the privilege that each resident and family provides us in caring for our residents. The residents and families bring us great joy and we appreciate your trust in us and thank you for the continued opportunity to care for our residents.

As for our residents and families, we continue to be most thankful for your support, and confidence in our care, for truly the Cottage does not exist without the residents and families who continue to believe in our philosophy and continue to sing our praises in the community. We thank you and feel blessed to have you as part of the cottage family.

Additionally, we would like to thank all of our staff for their dedication and hard work. We sincerely appreciate the love and care you provide to our residents and understand what a great job each of you do to make Columbia Cottage a Home and not just “another facility.”

We would also like to thank the Home Health Agencies, Hospice Organizations, Reading Labs, Mobile X-ray, and Eucabeth Ouma, CRNP, who bring their services to the cottage, as well as the many physicians and their staff in the local community whom work together with us to provide great care to our residents. We certainly appreciate your collaborative efforts in bringing the residents of Columbia Cottage absolutely fine care. We also wish to thank the many visitors and volunteers who add a ray of sunshine to the residents lives each time they are here visiting.

We sincerely believe we have been blessed with a great place to work, and with excellent co-workers. We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and A Happy New Year that is filled with an abundance of blessings.

Resident of the Month – Violet Sampson

December 27, 2018

Violet has been a resident of Columbia Cottage since Aug. 21, 2017. She was born and raised in Schuylkill Valley in 1931, on her great-grandfather’s farm. She has four brothers, two of which are deceased. Violet married the love of her life Stanley Sampson, in 1952. Violet and her husband traveled around the world while he was in the US Navy. Violet and her husband were stationed in London, Ireland, and Norfolk, VA. Violet’s husband tragically died two days prior to their return to the U.S. in a freak accident after a softball game. Violet and Stanley did not have any children, however Violet “found” many children to love, she was lovingly called Aunt Vi by her eight nieces and nephews. Violet spent many years as a secretary at St. Joe’s Hospital, a receptionist at an eye doctor’s office, and then the office director at a car dealership. Violet loves to read and her favorite author is Nora Roberts, currently she is enjoying the Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Columbia Cottage Welcomes Noreen Krymski

December 27, 2018

Hello, my name is Noreen Krymski, MSW, MHP. I am 45 years old and originally from Pittsburgh, PA. I have one older sister and a younger brother. I graduated high school in 1992 from Hampton High School, I enlisted in the Navy right after high school, I was an Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (I was responsible for all lifesaving gear for aircrafts and aircrew) My time in the Navy sent me to lots of places including, two different islands in Japan, Italy, Germany, London and I was deployed to Uganda, Africa in 1997, all while being stationed in Hawaii. I served 6 years and after I separated from the Navy, I moved to Whidbey Island, WA (state) where I worked as a camera sales person for a few years. I then began my journey working for one of the many Northwest Indian tribal casinos where I was a table games shift manager for 15years. During that time, I was blessed with the opportunity to complete my degree’s, my Associates in Human Services with a specialty in Chemical Dependency I continued my education with Trinity Western University and obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology, and finally completed my master’s degree from the University of Southern California. I graduated with my master’s in social work, obtaining both my MSW and MHP with specialties in Mental Health and Military and Families. I am the new Administrative Assistant and the Activities Director. In my spare time I am an Ambassador for a non-profit organization called Mission22, which works to reduce the rate of Veteran suicide and I also love my fur babies my 9-year-old Pomeranian and my 7-year-old cat PIA. I look forward to getting to know each of you!

Resident of the Month – Margaret “Peg” Duffy

October 30, 2018

My name is Margaret Duffy, I like to be called “Peg”. I was born in Philadelphia, PA. Around the age of 13, we moved to New York because of my father’s job. I attended and graduated from Queen of Rosary Academy in Amityville, Long Island, New York in 1954. Soon after graduating, we moved back to Philadelphia.

I met my husband Joe Tulencik while working at Frankford Arsenal of Philadelphia. We married in 1960 at St. Matthews Church of Philadelphia and honeymooned in Florida. My husband worked for the government until his retirement. We have four children: Meg, Joe (deceased), Kathy, and Michael, and two grand-children who are twins: Corey and Caela.

I worked in the healthcare industry at Horsham Clinic in Ambler, PA, as well as Lower Bucks Hospital and Warminster Hospital.

I enjoyed traveling, especially on cruises to such places as the Virgin Islands, Cuba, and Bermuda to name a few.

I enjoy living at the Cottage because of the people and the excellent care I receive.

November Cottage Star – Sarah Radatti

October 30, 2018

My name is Sarah Radatti and I have worked at the cottage in Wyomissing since 2015 as a Homemaker. I am 24 years old and I attended Exeter High School. I have a four-year-old daughter named Violet Rose. I have an older brother and sister.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and doing arts and crafts with my daughter. We enjoy going to our cabin in the Poconos. We swim at the lake, and hike for exercise.

When I am at the cottage I enjoy making the residents smile and laugh. I have always had a passion for helping people and I love working at Columbia Cottage with my co-workers and residents.

Resident Christmas Party

October 8, 2018

Our yearly Christmas party will be held on December 3rd from 5pm-7pm. Each apartment will be allowed 3 guests. Please RSVP by November 19. We will be sending the Cottage van back and forth from the back of Giant parking lot. Please call the Cottage if you need transport.

Do You Know Your Resident Wellness Director?

January 4, 2018

As part of our care for you, Columbia Cottage provides Resident Wellness Directors who are focused on ensuring you are getting the right care for your well-being. Our Resident Wellness Directors are chosen based on their skills in supervision, training, assessment and care management skills. Plus, they need to have all-around good people skills.

This month, we’re highlighting Belinda Eyrich, your second shift Resident Wellness Director. Belinda has been working at Columbia Cottage since October – you’ve probably seen her around!

Belinda has lived in Berks County her whole life. She graduated nursing school at 18 years old and started working at Community General Hospital. She then started working with seniors.

Belinda has two boys and four cats. Her mission is to make a lot of people here at the Cottage smile.

Christmas Holiday Success

December 14, 2017

We’ve had a great time celebrating the holidays here at Columbia Cottage. On 12/6/17 our staff celebrated the holidays by enjoying a lovely turkey dinner with all the trimmings. After dinner, they held a Chinese auction to win prizes made by or donated by some of our outside vendors. We are especially thankful to all who donated to our auction, including Healthcalls, Rehab 1, Caring Hospice and The Medicine Shoppe. We are also thankful to our residents who contributed to the employee fund. Our staff appreciate your generosity and your kind heart in giving.

We are also had a wonderful time celebrating with all of our residents and some of their family members at our Annual Christmas Party on November 30. We enjoyed sharing a meal of savory meats, delicious sides, and of course, a wide assortment of desserts.

We will continue to enjoy holiday-themed activities with you throughout December, including caroling, playing holiday trivia, and watching Christmas movies. Check out the activity calendar for all of the details.

Upcoming Event – Annual Christmas Party

November 5, 2017

Well, here we are again! The Holidays are fast approaching, and the weather is crisp and well on its way to freezing. Can it possibly be time to celebrate Christmas again?

YES! We will be hosting our Annual Christmas Party on November 30, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. We’re planning on a delicious spread of meats, sides, and plenty of delectable desserts.

As always, your family is welcome to attend this event, but seating (and parking) is limited. We ask that you limit your guests to 4, maximum. Parking will fill up fast, but guests can park in the back of the Giant parking lot. The Cottage van will shuttle visitors from the Giant lot between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by November 17 with your plans for attendance.

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