The halls at ManorCare Health Services, in Alexandria, were filled with the sounds of music and laughter last month as local community groups joined the residents for some holiday cheer. Singers from the “Unity” group of West Springfield, members of Bethlehem’s dance ministry and children from Discovery in Growth performed music and dance routines for the residents gathered in the main hall.
“It’s an annual event; we try to invite local groups — some are family members who want to do something for the residents,” said Mel Gordon, activities director. He said that they bring those who are ambulatory out to the hall; residents who are bedridden are visited and given presents.
Lynette Mitchell, admissions director, said that ManorCare has taken over the management of the facility, formerly known as Oakwood. She said that there are plans to renovate; painters and wallpapers were working on the place even during holiday activities.
ManorCare is a comprehensive health care center that specializes in skilled nursing and intensive rehabilitation as well as long term care for individuals who are no longer able to live independently.
Jessica Kutzler, admissions coordinator, said that they have capacity of 96 beds. There are two long-term units that can handle 60 patients, while they also have capacity for short-term rehabilitation.