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Susque-View — enhancing the lives of residents

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS This photo shows where the short term rehabilitation center will be built at the left side of the building.

LOCK HAVEN — Susque-View Home Nursing and Rehabilitation Center plans to create a short term rehabilitation center in its facility this year.

Nursing Home Administrator James “Jamie” Aurand said the center would house approximately 12 people who are transitioning from the hospital back to their own homes.

“The goal will be for folks who need short term rehab – two to three week – live-in the facility,” he said.

The center will be on the second floor where Susque View initially planned to have independant living apartments.

Those in short term rehab will have the option to transition to a long term resident in the facility, Aurand said.

The center already houses about 10 to 15 short term rehab patients each month.

“Which is why we landed on 12 beds,” Aurand said.

The rehab center would be its own “self contained” area that includes therapy equipment, private restrooms in each room and its own entrance, he continued.

Renovations are estimated to cost about $1.25 million dollars which will be acquired through donations and borrowed funds, Aurand said.

As of right now they’re close to half the needed amount through donations, he said.

Although the facility is county owned, it is considered a 501c3 nonprofit which allows it to hold fundraisers.

Aurand said the facility holds two large fundraisers each years: An Enchanted Evening in the spring and 5k Run for Residents in the fall.

An Enchanted Evening will take place on April 24 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center. The money raised through sponsorship fees and ticket sales directly benefits the Residents’ Memorial Fund and the renovation project as well.

Tickets this year cost $40 for an individual and $70 per couple.

Sponsorship information can be found by contacting Teresa Fortney at tfortney@susqueviewhome.com or by calling 570-893-5941.

Those interested in donating but are unable to attend the event can also donate directly to the fund.

Aurand said checks can be filled out to Susque View home and sent to the facility at 22 Cree Drive, Lock Haven.

The memorial fund was initially created for family and friends of residents who passed to donate funds in their name. It’s grown past that now, Aurand said.

The fund is used to purchase equipment and items residents throughout the building need from items for specific group activities to clothes for a resident who may not have much, he said.

“It’s to enhance the life for residents or help an individual,” he said.

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