Fox family takes new approach to rehab center
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.
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.
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.