Nursing center reaches milestone
The Eudora Nursing Center is over the hump and progressing toward the future with the admittance of its 1001st resident.
On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Adeline James was admitted to ENC from Southwinds Rehabilitation and Care Center, Lawrence. The 98-year-old said her transition has been pleasant and has found the facility to offer much for her care.
"It's so different and so much cleaner from the place I came from," James said.
James said in her first week at the facility, she has participated in church services and bird watching at the center's aviary. She also watches group exercise television programs designed for the elderly.
"I like to attend all the activities," she said. "It keeps my mind refreshed. I can do enough to make my blood circulate."
Rheva Victor, ENC administrator, said her admittance is significant for the center's 25-year anniversary. She said the center is hoping to expand due to its high capacity of residents as well as keeping up the current building. Normally the center has a waiting list of people wanting to come to ENC. There are seven on the current list.
"In the future, we hope to have room for some independent housing units," Victor said. "We'll probably do some more remodeling to keep it up to standards."
Victor said her staff works hard to provide for the many residents of ENC. With a full capacity and a shortage of health care workers, it's no easy task.
"We know there's a need," she said. "There's such a demand for staffing. There's a short amount of nursing help."
Despite ENC's full capacity, James said she has received excellent care and likes her new residence.
"The care is real good," she said. "They look after me."