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Remodeling project nears completion at Cuero nursing home

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Oct. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.

Cindy Strait

Cindy Strait

Cuero Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is on the grow.

The 120-bed facility is undergoing a $1.2 million expansion and remodeling project that is expected to be completed by early November.

"We've added more space for our families who visit and more space for our residents to do activities and therapy," said administrator Gabriel Pallanez, who has been at the helm of the 20-year-old facility for about six months.

The project that began in March includes about 4,000 square feet in remodeling and includes painting of all resident rooms, flooring improvements, expansion of the dining area and landscaping.

The therapy gym, that has been completed, is almost triple the size of the previous one.

Cindy Strait, director of nursing since the day the facility opened, is excited about the expansion.

"It's wonderful," she said. "Our company (Regency) is trying to give back to the community and improve the quality of life for our residents and their families."

Strait emphasized the importance of residents' families.

"This gives them more room to visit, socialize and have activities that maybe we didn't have room for before," she said.

The expanded family area could also serve a dual purpose in the future, said Scott Bradfield, assistant administrator.

"We'd like to have regular senior citizen events, since Cuero no longer has a senior citizens center," he said. "We have the space. We've already had Club 65 events, with a meal and a guest speaker. I can see opening it up to the community in the future."

Another improvement is the portico, the facility's entrance, that now has a roof high enough to accommodate an ambulance or fire truck.

Strait said those who have seen the remodeling coming together share her enthusiasm for the project.

"Our families and physicians that have come through have been very positive about it," she said. "Now that it's close to the end you can start to see the results."



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