From The Desk Of The Executive Director

I am continually warmed by the greetings that I receive at DevonHouse as – brrr! – February chills permeate the bones. Residents, families, and staff have been so welcoming as they introduce me to life at DevonHouse.

I’d like to take this space to introduce myself as an experienced personal care administrator. I have extensive experience having worked not only in personal care, but with the department of Public Welfare (now known as the Bureau of Human Services) in the Philadelphia area, and the Office of Aging in Centre County.

I am also a wife, and a mother of four grown children. I travel to DevonHouse from Bucks County, where my family lives close to Newtown.

My passion is to serve our residents and their families by providing the finest care
and offering residents the opportunity to actualize their fullest potential. DevonHouse is our resident’s home, and their place to enjoy life with dignity and respect.

Working with senior living residents over many years has provided me with an education, just from learning about their lifelong experiences. It has been an honor to get to know each and every one and their families.

Now, I look forward to sharing a new chapter with each new resident that I meet at DevonHouse!

– Renee Ackerman, Executive Director


News from Chef Jim’s Kitchen

Allentown Senior Living Food and Beverage Manager
The big news for February is our biggest theme meal of the year: the Sweetheart Dinner on Valentine’s Day! We’re going all out with the menu and decorations and I encourage our residents to go all out, too! Dress up in your February finest for this special night, and get ready for a surprise when we reveal the menu.

I’m also pleased to announce an addition to our special meal selections. Please check the menu for a monthly “Pennsylvania Dutch Night,” featuring a different authentic Pennsylvania Dutch meal each month.

All of the exciting February events kick off with the Super Bowl weekend, including the “Souper Bowl” and drinks and snacks during the big game. Please join us!

-Jim Nimas, Food and Beverage Manager


News from Activities

Allentown Senior Living Activities Director
There’s so much to enjoy in February: Groundhog Day, the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and Fastnacht Day, just to name a few.

We kick off the Super Bowl weekend on February 3rd with the “Souper Bowl,” a soup tasting social. Then, on the day of the big game, join our tailgate party from 1:00 – 3:00 for snacks and treats!

Calling all guys: every Friday after dinner is “Guys Night.” Head to the activity room for poker, beer, and laughs. There’s only one qualification to join!

There’s also just one qualification to be in our elite Centenarian Club. The 100+ Club meets four times a year for reminiscing about “the good old days” with speakers and educators from the community.

This month, we’re continuing our yearly tradition of preparing Valentine’s Day goodie bags for two second-grade classes at Salisbury Elementary School. The bags include a coloring sheet that the students send back to us for a coloring contest.
Vote for your favorite picture in the activity room!

Finally, in honor of Fasnacht Day, the theme of this month’s Ladies Tea will be donuts. You donut want to miss it!
-Melissa Bartynski, Director of Activities

P.S. You can see more about the activities our residents enjoy on our facebook page.