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October 2, 2012

Countryside on track for closure

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William Moon, Delaware County commissioner of social services, said he is working directly with 14 residents on moving and has heard from about 10 or 12 other families seeking assistance. But it is difficult to be effective with second- or third-hand information about the status of the facility, he said.

“There is a certain amount of frustration with the whole process on the part of the county board and myself,’’ Moon said. Also, no nursing homes within an hour’s driving distance of Delhi have vacancies, Moon said. That includes facilities in Oneonta, Margaretville, Roscoe and Stamford, he said.

“I feel really sad,’’ Moon said.

James Eisel, chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, said Monday afternoon that he remained optimistic about the facility’s future, though he hadn’t heard from any potential buyer.

Countryside Care is a 199-bed facility, and a county official in September said the home had about 125 residents. Occupancy has been declining recently, and Jeffrey Hammond, a state DOH official, said there were 93 residents as of Monday afternoon.

A DOH representative is at the Delhi site daily to ensure quality care of residents, officials said, and as long as residents occupy the nursing home, the facility must remain open.

Carol Galley, Wormuth’s daughter, said she received a letter dated Sept. 12 stating the facility would be closing.

“I was shocked, just in complete shock,’’ said Galley of Walton, about a 15-minute drive from the center. She is working to see if her mother can move to a facility in Pennsylvania or Vestal, she said, but either way, a visit will require a 90-minute drive. A facility in Buffalo was an option but the distance made it undesirable, she said.

The Countryside Care staff could have used extra hands on weekends, Galley said, but overall she has been happy with the care her mother received.

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