CARROLL Co., Ind. (WLFI) – An assisted living facility in Carroll County on the brink of closing earlier this year appears to be safe, at least for now. One organization is trying to raise awareness to help keep the Carroll Manor afloat.
Barry Hetsko’s mother, Pam, has been staying at Carroll Manor.
“She’s been in other nursing homes, but she’s gotten wonderful treatment here,” said Barry Hetsko.
He said she couldn’t be happier at the assisted living facility, located southeast of Delphi. That’s why the family was concerned when they heard the facility could close.
“It’s a shame because it’s a wonderful thing for the community. It’s a very needed thing for the community,” said Hetsko.
Carroll County Commissioner Bill Brown said talks about closing Carroll Manor began at the start of the year. He said the number of residents was down and that was taking a toll on revenue. He and the other commissioners did not want to see it close.
“We had to take some action. We did raise the rates slightly and we have been watching very closely the budget out there and I’m happy to say that the census count has come up,” said Brown.
Brown said Carroll Manor’s capacity is 36 residents. As of Wednesday, he said the count was 28. Although, that number can change on a daily basis. He said a large part of the reason the numbers are up is because of signs scattered throughout the county. Those signs are an effort of the Delphi Business Women’s Club to raise awareness about the facility.
“We see the need and if that were to go away from the community, then these people would have to go somewhere else where you’ve got a totally different type of atmosphere — probably not so homey,” said Krista Watson with the organization. “The other thing is, it’s not close by to family and friends.”
Although the signs have helped, Brown said it’s unclear how long the numbers will stay up.
“We’ve got a lot of interest in the Manor and now we have a lot more people there. While it’s not, I can’t guarantee it will solvent forever. It is right now pretty solvent,” said Brown.
But Hetsko said for his mother’s sake, he hopes it continues to stay up for a long time to come.
“She’s able to pay for being here and not putting her underwater, keeping her house going,” said Hetsko.”It’s just something that doesn’t take away stuff that she spent her whole life trying to acquire.”
The Carroll Manor signs are for sale at Delphi Hardware and Paint, JW Rentals, or Dick Kreig of Delphi. Funds raised from signs purchased, after printing costs, go towards Carroll Manor.