West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28

Monarch Meadows holds grand opening

Adams County Commissioner Ty Pell, center, handles the ribbon-cutting duties at Tuesday’s grand opening ceremonies for the new Monarch Meadows facility in Seaman.
Adams County Commissioner Ty Pell, center, handles the ribbon-cutting duties at Tuesday’s grand opening ceremonies for the new Monarch Meadows facility in Seaman.


Facility brings new life to senior living and medical care –

Story and photo by Patricia Beech –

Visitors turned out Tuesday for the long-awaited grand opening of Monarch Meadows next to the Adams County Regional Medical Center in Seaman. The 55,000 square foot facility is typical of a new generation of upscale retirement and nursing homes providing a range of health and senior living options said Scott Sprenger, President of Continuing  Healthcare Solutions.
Sprenger said the lack of high-quality facilities in the state of Ohio motivated his company to move toward nursing/retirement homes that are less like the “institutional tile floor, two-to-three bed wards of the  past”.
“We wanted to take this concept of state-of-the-art facilities with  private rooms and restaurant-style dining and incorporate it into our  campuses to create a homelike environment that provides skilled  nursing, assisted living, and rehabilitation services,” said Sprenger.
Monarch Meadows features 50 spacious private rooms with flat-screen TV’s, WiFi service,and handicapped accessible bathrooms.  Additionally, it offers 12 assisted living suites with 590 square feet of space housing a living room, bedroom, kitchenette, handicap-accessible bath, as well as flat-screen TV and WiFi.  Residents also have access to a theater room, a salon, a game room, a  restaurant-style dining area that seats 50, and several lounge areas with flat screen TV’s, fireplaces, and stylish home-furnishings.
“We are offering these specialized activities and all the amenities that someone who is living here or staying here for skilled nursing could want to make themselves as comfortable as possible,” said  Sprenger.
A number of assisted-living residents will be admitted following the grand opening, but the facility must wait several weeks for state certification.
“Once we have certification we’ll be able to provide services for people whose care is billed to Medicare and Medicaid,” said facility  Director Matthew Smith. “For now, we are licensed to accommodate residents in our beautiful assisted-living suites where they will have their own lounge and meal service, completely separated from the  nursing care unit.”
Following certification 21 residents from the Hillside Nursing Home in Lawshe will be moved to the new facility.
Smith said he expects the number of staff employed at the facility will increase from 50 to 75 or more following certification.
“This is a huge building and we’re going to need more help later on,” he said.
Health care providers at Hillside are preparing for the move which is expected to take place within weeks.
Neita Nicely, Activity Director at Hillside said all the staff is eager for the move to happen. “We’re  very happy with this new facility,” she said. “We only had one activity room at the old place, here we have the game room and the theater room so space will no longer be a problem.”
Adams County Commissioner Paul Worley told those attending the grand opening that  the facility represents the ability for local families to stay close.  “One of Adams County’s greatest strengths is its people, its families,  and having this service will help to keep families close during those  times when they’re dealing with sickness,” Worley said, “It’s an  incredible investment, and we’re all so appreciative.”

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