The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

August 19, 2010

Trucare Living opens new nursing facility

PALESTINE — Trucare Living Centers of Palestine, a new 120-bed skilled nursing facility, officially opened its doors to the public Wednesday  with an open house, ribbon-cutting and tour of the facilities at 2265 S. Sycamore St.

“We are very happy about our facility and excited to be a part of Palestine,” Trucare Living Centers Administrator Lance House said during the grand opening event.

Trucare technically opened July 5 and currently has 19 residents.

“As the community learns about our facility, we will begin to fill up,” House said.

Prior to the open house, the public was invited to a deed ceremony at the corner of East Park and Sylvan streets at the site of the former Mya Nursing Home. Trucare Living Centers’ management purchased the former facility’s skilled nursing beds before demolishing the facility. The land that the former facility rests on was donated to the non-profit organization, Historic Palestine Inc.

Trucare Living Centers’ basic services include skilled nursing care, activities, private dining room, beauty shop, full-time therapy services, meal service, flat screen television in every room with cable television; community programs and involvement.

“We offer more of a home-like environment,” House said. “Older nursing facilities suffer from a chronic lack of space with very little common area space for the residents and we have the benefit of having more common areas. We have a secure courtyard where the residents can go anytime without the fear of them wandering off.”

In fact, House said the new nursing home is similar to an assisted living facility.

“I think assisted living has turned the nursing home industry on its ears. New nursing homes are now more home-like and this facility is a reflection of that,” House said.

Currently, Trucare has 25 employees. At full capacity, House said Trucare would employ about 120 employees.

Outside activities for the residents include weekly outings to Wal-Mart, as well as birthday outings to local restaurants, and trips to the Athens Freshwater Fisheries Center and the Grapeland Safari.

“We have a full fledged activity program,” House said, “but we are looking for more church involvement.”

Trucare Living Centers has facilities in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The company originally started as a rehab therapy company and grew from there.

“Our therapy department is very good. It’s got the best equipment that I’ve seen out there,” House said. “We also have a Wii to help residents stay active.”

House is not a stranger to Palestine, serving as the secretary of the Rotary Club, involved in the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce and previously employed at Greenbriar Nursing & Rehab Center.

“I’ve lived here for three years and I feel very welcome in Palestine,” House said. “My director of nursing, Wanda Lambright, followed me here as well.”

For information about Trucare Living Centers of Palestine, call 903-723-2592 or e-mail inquiries@tlc-palestine.com

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