Posts by: Marlene Stoppel

July 31, 2017

Rittenhouse Square Outing

If you live in Philadelphia, then I should not have to tell you how beautiful it is. Originally called Southwest Square. Rittenhouse was named in 1825 after David Rittenhouse, a descendant of the first paper-maker in Philadelphia. This square sits in the middle of some of the most desirable addresses in Philadelphia. The park hosts […]

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May 18, 2017

Picnic in Fairmount Park

The sun was shining brightly on this beautiful May morning. The Springs residents where getting ready to head over to Fairmount Park for some mid-morning fun and sun. We found the perfect spot for a picnic lunch, settling ourselves on a few benches shaded just enough so we didn’t have to worry about getting a […]

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April 4, 2017

Community Collage Students ROCK!

Each month, the students do their rotation here in The Springs. The students start to build special relationships with the residents during this time. Each group that comes to do their clinical rotation has an impact on us. We are very fortunate to have the Community College do their rotation with us monthly. At the end of their rotation, with […]

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March 28, 2017

Cumming School of Irish Dance

The Cumming’s School of Irish Dance are becoming regulars here at The Watermark. The girls are dedicated to continuing the wonderful tradition of dance in the Irish culture. What a wonderful performance! Terri, mother of one of the dancers, was more than happy to answer a few questions we had after they danced. We had questions about the different […]

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February 21, 2017

Thriving at The Watermark

Here at The Watermark we are always thinking of new and creative ways to help our residents THRIVE. We all want to feel good right? Of course we do! We try to offer activities that will inspire, and stimulate us spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. This means offering a variety of different activities that will be […]

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January 30, 2017

Thriving in The Springs

This month we wanted to recognize Steve McAurther. Steve has worked in the Housekeeping department for the past 3 years (in February). Steve is a father of 4 children and enjoys watching all sports and playing Xbox 1 in his down time. Steve is always professional and takes his job seriously. You can find him on any given […]

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January 3, 2017

Holiday Party 2016

This years holiday Christmas party was wonderfully memorable. The decorations, food, entertainment and company made for a great holiday party this year for the residents and staff. We couldn’t be happier with how well the staff pulled together to get all the residents ready for the party. Everyone looked great and we danced the night away […]

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January 3, 2017

Thriving in The Springs

Mike McMullen is The Springs Purchasing Director. He has been at The Watermark for 2 1/2 years. Mike is the type of guy you feel like you’ve known  your whole life. He is one of the calmest, mildest mannered men I have ever come across. He’s the type of man you want to know and be around. He is a dedicated […]

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November 21, 2016

Dilworth Park

We went sightseeing at Dilworth Park, I couldn’t think of a better place to people watch and get a good cup of coffee. Dilworth Park is on the West side of City Hall and has been completely renovated. What a lively centerpiece, with a lush lawn, tree groves, café, and fountain, which coverts into an ice skating […]

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November 7, 2016

Halloween Monster Bash!

The Springs had an awesome Halloween party! This is my favorite time of year. The multi-colors of the trees, the cooler air and of course, Halloween!  The dining room transformed into a haunted house. The staff and thre residents dressed as ghouls & goblins, and The Hitz Squad to entertained us with all the classic Halloween tunes. I […]

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October 21, 2016

103 & still THRIVING!

It was a beautiful day in August, and a beautiful day to celebrate Anna Thalers 103rd Birthday! When I first started at The Watermark in 2011, this woman welcomed me with open arms and she instantly became my friend. Anna was a mere 98 years of age when we met and I thought WOW I hope I […]

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October 21, 2016

Marble – Our Pet Therapy Bunny

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that positively influences the health and well-being of both. While many of us intuitively understand the benefits of positive interactions with animals in our lives, an emerging body of research is recognizing the impact the human-animal bond can have on individual and community health. […]

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October 21, 2016

Cape May Zoo

The Springs residents enjoyed a wonderful extraordinary outing to the Cape May County Zoo. We couldn’t have asked for better weather! It took some time to arrive, so we took advantage of the extra time by playing word games and reminiscing about past trips to the shore and what shore point we all liked to […]

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October 21, 2016

Linvilla Orchards

We had a fantastic time at Linvilla! We got there in plenty of time for our scheduled tour time, so we had lunch first in their beautiful grounds and enjoyed watching the kids play at the near by play land. After we ate and relaxed a bit, we got together with our tour guide for […]

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July 6, 2016

Men’s Club Outing to Philadelphia Phillies Game

Springs Community Life associate Steve Henry knows how to have a fun and memorable Men’s Club outing. Steve took a few of the fellas out to the Philadelphia Phillies ball game last night where they played the Atlanta Braves and won 5-1. Steve was so excited for this trip and the residents could hardly wait to put on their jerseys and […]

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June 30, 2016

Resident Rita Nolfi Impresses, Singing Karaoke to God Bless America

It’s so much fun to let lose and have a few laughs with your friends. Although some dread the thought of being in front of a crowd, Rita Nolfi had no problem showing us her talent singing God Bless America! Did you know that singing Karaoke has health benefits? According to a study in Japan […]

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May 25, 2016

The Springs Senior Prom 2016

Every year we look forward to this night, Prom night. It’s the biggest night of the year for us. The Springs Senior Prom is that one night we all get together and just let loose and have a great time. The day begins with hair dresser appointments, nails getting manicured and polished to match our dresses. It’s […]

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May 12, 2016

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

We had a festive and memorable Cino de Mayo celebration. We learned about why we celebrate Cino de Mayo and battle of Puebla in 1862. We ate traditional Mexican food such as the rich and tasty Guacamole Dip, Tamales and yummy Churros. Oh, and I can’t forget the margaritas ! We had a successful Cinco de Mayo […]

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May 12, 2016

Mother’s Day Tea Party

We celebrated Mother’s Day with an old fashioned tea party. We socialized while sipping tea and eating tasty treats, including dolly sandwiches cut into small slices, and a variety of baked goods. All the ladies received a flower and rose pin. We played some classical music while enjoying the company that came to visit. We […]

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April 20, 2016

Planting Flowers with the Community Collage of Philadelphia

Volunteering is a huge part of having a successful Community Life Department. Every semester the Community Collage of Philadelphia’s nursing program finishes off their clinical program with the Community Life Department here at The Watermark. The students supplied the flowers, soil and planters for the residents. They even supplied us with letters and fun crafts to personalize […]

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March 14, 2016

Philadelphia Flower Show 2016

We had a great time this year visiting The Philadelphia Flower Show. The amazing world of great gardening and design that dates back to 1829. This was special for us for so many reasons, and number one on the list is that it takes place at a time of year when we crave COLOR and […]

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February 23, 2016

Wii Bowling

Wii Bowling is fun for ALL ages. Not only is Wii Bowling a great way to get your cardiovascular workout in, it’s great for your mind, body and soul. It encourages us to get stronger and fitter and possibly saving us from a fall. Just look at Rita, she bowled 3 strikes in a row, followed by […]

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January 28, 2016

Winter White Party

The Springs had a wonderful time at our Winter White Party. Decorated like a winter wonderland, the 4th floor was transformed to mimic the snowy outdoors. Since we just had winter storm Jonas this party was quite déjà vu to us. We had a great time dancing, eating and talking. We even made new friends with other residents […]

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December 29, 2015

The Real Santa

I walked into my friends room, resident Elizabeth Castner’s room a while back and right away noticed a picture on her wall. Not just any picture, it was Santa Claus. I immediately  asked her about it. She blurted out that’s my dear old dad! I had to know the story behind the picture. She then went on to tell me […]

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December 8, 2015

The Lighting of The Menorah

As the tradition of Hanukkah goes on, its a wonderful time of year to celebrate freedom. Moshe Shapiro & his friend David came to help us celebrate this joyous 2nd day of Hanukkah by lighting the Menorah with us and sharing stories and singing traditional songs in English and Yiddish. Moshe & David are so […]

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November 3, 2015

Halloween Monster Bash

The Springs had a spoktacular time at our Halloween Monster Bash on October 30th! Halloween happens to be my absolute favorite time of year. I love dressing up and having the residents really get into the Halloween spirit. I have a wonderful staff. Steve and Victoria really helped me pull off a Halloween party the residents will […]

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September 21, 2015

The Golden Games 2015

Our residents have a chance to attend and participate in the Golden Games on September 16th. These games are an athletic event designed for nursing home residents. Through participation in the Golden Games, residents will have increased physical activity, increased socialization and a sense of unity and pride. The Games strive to increase community involvement […]

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September 1, 2015

Birthday in the Park

We celebrated a very special birthday for a very special lady. Yesterday was Ann Thahler’s 102nd birthday! Ann has been in The Springs since 2008 but came from Independent Living where she lived for many years. Ann still enjoys reading a good book, classical music and being outdoors. It came to NO surprise that when I asked […]

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August 19, 2015

Poker Face

The Springs held a great game of poker yesterday for the residents in The Springs. The Traveling Poker Academy came with all the supplies for a real deal poker game. Who needs AC when you have The Traveling Poker Academy? Not us, we brought the fun to us! I heard one of our residents say, […]

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August 19, 2015

Picnic at the Park

It was a beautiful day, I had a spontaneous idea. Lets get some lunches packed and head out for a picnic in the park. We headed over and found a shady spot under a few trees. A portable radio to play some old familiar tunes and a blanket was all we needed for a fine […]

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July 24, 2015

Not just roommates… they are also good friends.

“NEW FRIENDS AND OLD FRIENDS” MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD; THOSE ARE SILVER, THESE ARE GOLD. NEW-MADE FRIENDSHIPS, LIKE NEW WINE, AGE WILL MELLOW AND REFINE. FRIENDSHIPS THAT HAVE STOOD THE TEST TIME AND CHANGE ARE SURELY BEST; BROW MAY WRINKLE, HAIR GROW GRAY, FRIENDSHIP NEVER KNOWS DECAY. FOR ‘MID OLD FRIENDS TRIED […]

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July 6, 2015

A Little Bit of Love

Isn’t it a true statement? A little bit of love goes a long way. A smile, a hug, a sweet gesture. Every day here in The Springs, Steve and Marlene make it a point to be the best they can be for their residents all day, everyday. It’s who they are and it’s what they do and they wouldn’t have it any […]

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June 18, 2015

The Springs Residents – Extraordinary Day in Ocean City, NJ

The Springs had our Extraordinary Outing yesterday, we went to Ocean City NJ and WOW!  what an extraordinary time we all had. This was a very special time for the residents and myself. Being a community Life Director for The Springs (long term care unit) it is extra extraordinary for the residents and I. I have to […]

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June 11, 2015

The Springs Patio

Welcome to our patio. Peggy McBride and Mary Nelson’s little oasis. They have planted some tomato plants in hopes to make some home grown tomato salad when they are all ready for picking. Here you see Peggy watering them. Mary & Peg take great pride in their tomato plants making sure they are well taken care of every […]

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May 26, 2015

Senior Prom

The Springs had their Annual Senior Prom along with The Inn & Gardens. It was a great turn out. The residents and family members really had a great time this year. I could not have done it with out Nicole Turner the Community Life Director for The Inn & Gardens. A lot of work goes […]

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May 5, 2015

Beautiful Day for an Outing

It was the first beautiful day we have had in a while. Spring had finally arrived and we took full advantage of it. The trees in full bloom and the smell of spring was a sensory overload. Our residents really enjoyed this day and we can’t wait until the next time. Maybe we will have a […]

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