Fox family takes new approach to rehab center

Members of the Fox family cut the ribbon Thursday on their latest venture, The Orchards Rehab Suites in East Liverpool. Shown are (from left) Alice Fox, Hannah Kelly, David Fox, Jim Fox, Janet Fox, Elwood Fox, Scott Fox, Amy Fox, Kaelin Fox and Haley Fox. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

EAST LIVERPOOL — Those who need short-term rehabilitation following an illness or injury will now have that option at The Orchards Rehab Suites on Armstrong Lane, which was unveiled to the public Thursday.

A ribbon cutting was held by members of the Fox family, long known in the area for its care facilities, to officially open the facility which is housed in the former Adkins Convalescent Center.

According to officials, the only thing the same as the old facility is the shell, with a bright, updated design and state-of-the-art equipment for clients.

“We saw it as an opportunity to do something incredibly different as the way we did senior care in the past,” according to CEO and President Scott Fox, whose wife was the designer, who worked with a color specialist.

The facility offers 12 private suites that include refrigerators, microwaves, dining tables and chairs, custom beds that turn into chairs, and even voice-activated music systems.

A color specialist was consulted to design the living spaces at The Orchards Rehab Suites in East Liverpool, which will offer short-term stays for patients.

Clients will be able to eat with a guest in their rooms or enjoy the company of others in the community dining room as well as visiting in a cozy living room.

The facility will specialize in short-term rehabilitation with a return-to-home program which aims for a much shorter time away from home.

The plan is to offer 12- to 14-day stays that involve intense rehabilitation with physical, occupational and speech therapists as needed, with a gym that includes a kitchen for those who need assistance re-learning how to use appliances in relation to their injury or ailment.

Administrator Matt Murray said, “We’ve taken a family style approach at renewing and revitalizing the local community.”

The facility is expected to open in March with 15 new employees including nursing, housekeeping, laundry and maintenance positions.

The dining room at The Orchards, a new rehabilitation center in East Liverpool, offers patients comfortable surroundings in which to dine.

Joining the Fox family for the ribbon cutting Thursday were Mayor Ryan Stovall, members of the Southern Columbiana County Regional Chamber of Commerce, St. Clair Township Trustees and residents from the community.

Only the shell of the former Adkins Convalescent Center remains and even it looks much different now that it has been transformed into The Orchards Rehab Suites in East Liverpool. (Photos by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)