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October 2, 2012

Countryside on track for closure


“The people here have done a good job,’’ Galley said. “I feel robbed. I feel cheated. I thought that my mother was safe and secure — that was my priority.’’

Galley said she has talked with her mother about the pending move but isn’t sure she has realized the impact.

Though when she asked her mother about the situation, Wormuth replied, “I’m not happy about it. I’m sad about it.’’

Wormuth’s roommate echoed the sentiment.

“I’m sorry it’s closing,’’ said Shirley Daly, a Countryside resident said 2010. Her son lives in Delhi, and her daughter lives in Hamden, she said, and Countryside’s Delhi location was convenient for them to visit.

Scalise and the director of nursing tried to correct problems at Countryside, some of which were long-standing, said one of the employees who requested her name not be used, and county politicians have known more than they have revealed about the facility.

Previously, Peter Bracci, Delhi town supervisor who is chairman of the county Social Services Committee, said though Countryside Care is privately owned, the residents and its 200 employees remain a concern for the town and county.

Jean Darling of Davenport said and her fiancé will meet his 90-year-old mother in the Vestal nursing home when she moves there today.

“She’s a little upset about it,’’ Darling said during an interview outside the Delhi center while her fiance had dinner with his mother. The couple would visit once or twice a week, she said, and on some warm days, visits would turn into trips to her fiancé’s home in Oneonta.

Her fiancé received no official notification about the center’s closure, she said.

Sometimes a nursing home’s financial interests overtake caring for residents, said Darling, who previously has worked at nursing homes. At Countryside, Darling said, some residents have been crying because they don’t know where they will be going.

“When they’re hurting, it hurts the employees,’’ Darling said. “It’s a shame.’’

Galley said “three or four ladies’’ left Monday for the Vestal home, and seeing familiar faces would be a plus if her mother moves there. Galley said she couldn’t hold back tears Sunday while she was attending a church service at Countryside with her mother.

“Don’t cry,’’ Galley said her mother told her. “You’re not going anywhere.’’

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