Nursing Home Needs Major Renovations to Stay Open

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

PENDLETON COUNTY -- The Pendleton Manor has been a part of the community for nearly four decades. Now, it faces a big challenge to keep running because it is in need of major renovations.

Pendleton Manor houses 91 senior citizens.

Some of them live in the newer addition, where they get their own rooms. Richard Hoover is one of the lucky ones with a newer room.

"I like it good. It's a lot better than being in with someone. It's a lot better," said Hoover.

Along with having privacy, the new rooms have large bathrooms, complete with a private shower.

"Oh yeah they're a lot better. These are big bathrooms, real nice."

The older part of the manor is a lot different and it resembles more of a hospital. Those rooms have two people in each and a much smaller bathroom.

The need to expand those older rooms isn't even the biggest issue. David O'Boyle, the administrator of Pendleton Manor, said the building is about 38-years-old.

The exterior walls are starting to crack and O'Boyle said the older walls don't meet new building codes. Concrete is starting to separate from the bricks. He said management now has to renovate the walls within two years. That will cost about $3 million.

"We've been a part of this county both financially and caring for family members of people for quite a long time, and we plan on continuing to do that, and I think that the community will support us in that," said O'Boyle.

O'Boyle said he hopes to expand the older rooms.

"People are actually living here. This isn't like a hospital where you're coming in on Monday, going home on Thursday or something. A lot of people are going to be here the rest of their life."

O'Boyle said the manor was hit with 2-percent cuts from sequestration, but he said the manor is not closing. He said its board will find a way to make those necessary renovations.

He said the community built the manor and he has faith that people will step up and help again.


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