Making the move – Traverse City Record Eagle

FRANKFORT — George Hagen quietly sat snacking on carrot sticks whereas he watched his neighbors and their households move into their rooms at the new Maples facility.

Hagen, 91, lived at the outdated nursing facility for a number of months. He and the different residents regarded out the home windows at the new constructing subsequent door in Frankfort, ready for the day they might be cleared to move. After an open home Monday and years of ready earlier than that, move-in started Tuesday.

He sat in a crimson Ohio State College sweatshirt Tuesday afternoon, admiring his new residence.

“It’s stunning,” Hagen mentioned. “I’ve solely been right here half a day, however I’ve actually been trying ahead to this. Every thing is very nice.”

It took Maples workers, volunteers and members of the family lower than three hours to move the residents, their belongings and a few beds into the new facility Tuesday morning, mentioned Maples Administrator Kathy Dube.

She dashed backwards and forwards, serving to with sufferers and going elsewhere to handle any points arising whereas the shifting course of continued in what she referred to as “organized confusion.” Seeing the excited residents helped ease her mounting stress.

“It’s superior to see the seems to be on the resident’s faces,” Dube mentioned.

County Commissioner Coury Carland witnessed the exercise and simply remembered the years-lengthy debate that lastly concluded only a few months in the past to make the move doable.

County residents offered $12 million to assemble the new constructing, accomplished in 2015. Officers quickly discovered the constructing had a defective roof due to Edmund London & Associates constructing plans had included flamable roof supplies.

The constructing subsequently obtained greater than $10,000 in hearth suppression enhancements, however officers nonetheless have been involved the constructing would want to obtain annual and non-assured Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Providers occupancy waivers to function.

CMS officers defined that residents may move in if the facility passes annual hearth security evaluations, in accordance with an e mail despatched in March. The constructing handed the evaluations in 2016, considering the new hearth gear and state hearth code modifications.

The Benzie County Division of Well being and Human Providers board voted to occupy the new constructing in March.

“It’s unlucky it took so lengthy,” Carland mentioned.

He complimented the new, extra “trendy” constructing that feels far more like a residence and residential. Many households shared tales with Carland, of members of the family who lived at the outdated facility and died earlier than the move.

“I’ve heard that fairly a bit,” he mentioned.

Thompsonville resident Kathy Howland witnessed many county arguments over whether or not to move residents into the constructing. She volunteered to assist with the move.

“I wasn’t going to overlook this for nothing,” she mentioned.

She acknowledged the significance of county officers doing their due diligence to make sure the move would have as minimal present and future affect on residents as doable, however mentioned the course of ended up taking too lengthy.

Rodney Johnson, from Clarkston, was equally pissed off with the delay, however glad to lastly move his grandmother, Georgianna Grose, into her new room Tuesday.

Hagen, who grew up in Middletown, Ohio, confirmed comparable appreciation.

“You might have the whole lot in your room that you just want,” he mentioned, listiing the bathe, rest room and different options in his room, a couple of toes from the eating desk. “It’s marvelous.”

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Making the move - Traverse City Record Eagle