Noble Horizons Blog

Children at Salisbury Central School have emailed charming pictures of their drawings, paintings, crafting and chalk-work that you can see here.  As Pre-K teacher Rebecca Gaschel wrote,
We'd love to send pictures to your fabulous residents thus continuing our tradition of sending projects your way.   To circumvent the actual paper could the children take pictures of projects and drawings, pass them along in a safe way and you could print them? We are anxious to do something helpful to spread cheer not germs!

As life under COVID-19 continues to evolve, the Noble team is redoubling its meticulous commitment to maintaining the safety and well-being of all members of the Noble Horizons community. Administrator Bill Pond reviews and adjusts policies daily, responding to the latest DPH and CDC guidelines, as well as proactively implementing measures to keep the virus out of Noble. 

As we move through these surreal and challenging times, we are grateful for the close bonds that nourish us, now more than ever.  We draw strength, succor and friendship from each other and hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy.

Autumn Cockroft, the Nurse Manager on Riga, has lived her whole life in the company of seniors and was destined for her role at Noble Horizons.

We're so proud and honored that stories featuring Noble's staff, volunteers and animals have been featured in Main Street Magazine, a popular monthly magazine covering the Tri-State region. Enjoy reading these colorful vignettes highlighting five wonderful members of the Noble family.

Ask Norma Baker about her early years at Noble as a young, single mom with three small children aged 8, 5 and 4, and she recalls, “My coworkers were like family in those days when I really needed the support.” Twenty years later, Norma is one of the most beloved members of the Noble family, revered for her devotion, thoughtfulness, and kindness. Reflected one resident, "Norma is always there for me; she offers help, a sympathetic ear, she anticipates my needs, and she truly cares."

 

The concept of security changes as we age. During our youth, security can mean a well-paying job or a comfortable lifestyle. As the years unfurl, security includes protecting those you love; security post-retirement, however, is more nuanced.

Expressing gratitude has proven physical and emotional health benefits. With this in mind Noble Horizons hosted Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA)’s Journal Writing for Wellness workshop with Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health’s Lara Tupper who focused the session on gratitude.

As a proud member of our community, State Representative Maria Horn has served on behalf of a variety of local causes including chairing the Board of Trustees of the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Prevention Agency and the Women’s Support Services in Sharon. Today, in addition to being a member of Connecticut’s 64th Assembly district, she chairs the Women’s Support Services Governance Committee and serves as a member of the Board of Finance in Salisbury. Here, she updates the Noble Horizons community on issues likely to be considered during the 2020 Connecticut Legislative Session.

Sometimes, even the smallest measures of kindness weave themselves into the fabric of our relationships and strengthen the neighborly bonds that become the foundations of a community. For Bob Bates, a 27-year veteran staff member at Noble Horizons, understanding the routines of the many cottagers he has come to know over the years, lending a helping hand when needed, and the simple act of being around each day has made him a beloved member of the Noble Horizons family.

Abraham Keita was born during Liberia’s second Civil War in 2000 into a world so fraught with chaos that he only recently discovered his real age of 19. “Finally realizing my true age shifted me toward a different cause. A cause driven by the need to ensure that every child has the right to a name, nationality and identity.”

Throughout their 65-year journey together, Dr. John Gallup, affectionately known as Bill to locals in the community, and his wife Jean have lived in locales throughout the world, raised a family, traveled and given tirelessly to their local communities. “We still share the same core values after all these years,” says Jean, who raised the couple's children while her husband was the community's revered-and very busy- pediatrician.

Guests of acclaimed baker and cookbook author, Jessie Sheehan enjoyed tips and treats on Saturday, February 1 when Noble Horizons hosted Jessie for a live baking demonstration.

“When we talk about memory, and the ways in which we wish to keep our overall memory strong, we are talking about brain health,” says Jennifer Labrie, Resource Coordinator for Hartford Healthcare’s Center for Healthy Aging at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, CT.

“I knew I liked Noble as soon as I arrived,” reflected Martina Sprague, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and now, thanks to Noble’s tuition assistance program, also a certified nurse. “It's a different feeling here. This place feels like a home to everyone who lives and works here. I think of it as the Taj Mahal of long-term care.”

Nutrition Counselor Roufia Payman DT, CDN, supervisor of outpatient nutrition education at Nuvance's Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, is a veritable wealth of knowledge when it comes to healthy food strategies. This should come as no surprise considering Mrs.Payman’s thirty-eight years as a nutritionist, more than twenty of which have been spent in outpatient nutrition counseling.

“This place has been the best surprise of my adult life,” shared Jean O’Connor, a recent rehab patient at Noble Horizons. Although Ms. O’Connor’s stay at Noble may not have been long, the impression Noble’s staff and the level of care provided during the course of her rehab will stay with her for years to come.

Noble Horizons’ 5-Star rating is a reflection of the commitment, expertise and deep compassion Noble team members bring to their job each and every day.  While highly trained as healthcare professionals, they also bring a multitude of talents cultivated outside the workplace.

On Saturday October 26, Noble residents, staff, and their families delighted in the festivities held in the Noble Horizons’ “Haunted” Community Room.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in adults in the United States, but guests who attended cardiologist Dr. Donald Soucier’s recent presentation at Noble Horizons are now armed with effective strategies to live a heart-healthy life.