Hotchkiss School Instructor Returns, #NobleStrong...

We hope you are well and enjoying this spectacular fall.  The Noble campus is awash in neon yellow, crimson red and eye-popping orange and the views beyond are breathtaking.  Thanks to the warm, sunny weather, activities continue throughout campus, including outdoor family visits.  Indoor family visits are also taking place thanks to DPH policy changes.

Many have asked how Noble Horizons has remained COVID-free and while much has to do with fastidiously established and enforced safety protocols, it is the deep personal and professional commitment made by every Noble team member that has truly made the difference.  We share below a few peeks into our COVID #NobleStrong motto and what we fondly refer to as the 'Noble Way'.   

Don't forget to join us for the Alzheimer's Association's live presentation of "Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia" on October 9 at 11 am.

Please stay well and stay in touch through our blog, Facebook and Instagram. Daily updates will keep you informed, entertained and in the know!


Administrator Bill Pond regularly reminds team members of our shared responsibility to each other and to the residents in our care, "It is of the utmost importance that all of us take heightened precautions here at Noble and in your own personal lives. Every decision and choice we make has potential ramifications. I’m asking you to dig deep, fortify yourselves and help keep yourselves and all those who pass through Noble Horizons safe!" 

Bill elaborated further when in September Noble received its third consecutive 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, "Once again we have been identified as a CMS 5-star rated Nursing Home. This is especially significant as we have been involved in providing the highest standards of care during the greatest pandemic of our time. All of you are to be commended for working each day to continuously provide great care in a safe environment. You and you alone are to thank for everything you have accomplished! Outstanding news!!! You are heroes. You are Noble Strong."

The Noble Way

The pandemic has robbed us of comforting routines and natural interactions.  "COVID has taken away what we once knew as ‘normal’", observed Administrator Bill Pond. "We cannot eat lunch together, we can’t gather with our residents like we once did, we can’t meet together like we once did as a community. Despite COVID-19, however, we still have a common thread. A thread that binds. We know it as the Noble Way. It is important to remember that there are three ways of doing things for each other, our residents and all of our stakeholders…the wrong way, the right way and the Noble Way. So few people have that third option available to them outside of Noble Horizons. Remember, continue to support each other, continue to go the extra mile and continue to be Noble Strong. That is the Noble Way."

To learn more about the Noble Way, we invite you to read tributes written by Noble Department Heads recognizing the bonds that unite us as a team and illuminate the Noble Way.

Grab a Friend and Read a Book with Hotchkiss School English Teacher Carita Gardiner

"The beauty of distance learning," observed resident Noble Richards, "is that I told my son and daughter-in-law about a Noble series and they participated in the course. They live in Washington, D.C."

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy and share Hotchkiss School instructor Carita Gardiner's series on award-winning author, Brit Bennett's best seller, The Vanishing Half. Long listed for the National Book Award, The New York Times called it a "gorgeously written novel that balances the literary demands of dynamic characterization with historical and social realities.”

Carita Gardiner holds a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an M.A. from Middlebury College.  You can find the class schedule, registration and Zoom link here.

National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month, an especially good time to take advantage of Noble's extensive therapy services.  Many of you have come to know our therapy team through our free weekly balance classes and have experienced the well-documented benefits of physical activity which include improved memory, heart health, sleep quality, muscle strength and balance as well as reduced joint pain, anxiety, and depression.

Physical therapists can help you achieve your physical activity and lifestyle goals. Noble's out-patient rehabilitation team is ready to welcome you for physical, occupational or speech therapy support; you may click here to learn more or to make an appointment.

Free Zoom Programs!

Please register to receive Zoom links

Noble Horizons weekly balance class, Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia, Alzheimer's Association, October 9, 11 am

Chair Yoga, Eleanor Miller of Yoga at Space Fridays, 11 am-noon

Preparing for Medicare Enrollment: What's New, October 29, 11 am

Private Medicare Part D Enrollment Sessions, November 12, appointments, 9 am-4 pm

World Renowned Flutist and Author, Eugenia Zuckerman: Life with Alzheimer's, November 12, 7 pm


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Happy New Year! Like you, we were thrilled to see 2020 end and it was with extra exuberance that we welcomed 2021 with a New Year's Eve parade!  Accompanied by mimosas, residents cheered as staff members scattered bubbles and commemorated the opportunity for new beginnings.  We trust that you, too, were able to usher in hope and the possibility for better times ahead.

We're vaccinated!  The holiday season brought an extra-special gift to Noble Horizons residents and staff who on December 23 received their first of two COVID vaccinations!  Well over 100 vaccines were administered and nary a side effect was reported other than a few slightly sore arms.

The region's recent snowfall has created a magical panorama across Noble's campus. Views in every direction glisten in white and the Berkshire foothills are breathtaking.

Hope and relief abound at Noble in anticipation of Wednesday's administration of the COVID vaccine.  To learn more, please tune in to Bill Pond's Friday interview on the local NPR station.

The holiday season is in full swing and we hope that you are finding ways to enjoy your favorite traditions despite the unusual circumstances.  Festive activities spreading holiday cheer throughout Noble Horizons include tree-trimming, shopping (online!), gift wrapping, decorating and lots of music.

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