The populations of Matthews and Mint Hill increased by more than 100 residents recently when two new nursing homes/rehabilitation centers opened.Both are just off Interstate 485 intersections, and both are built next to high schools.The 120-bed Clear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center opened Oct. 28 near I-485 Exit 43 off N.C. 51 (Blair Road), at 10506 Clear Creek Commerce Drive in Mint Hill. Administrator Coleen Anderson said the 65,000-square-foot facility offers a home-life environment divided into four “neighborhoods.” Residents can take advantage of the in-house beauty shop, coffee shop, game room and chapel.The facility offers long-term and short-term care as well as occupational, speech and physical therapy.Anderson said the location, across the street from Rocky River High School, provides a great opportunity for forming intergenerational relationships.“My activity director is loving it,” Anderson said. “At our grand opening, their band played and their color guard performed. One of their teachers sang the national anthem. We are looking forward to incorporating student volunteers into our center.”In Matthews, the 169-bed Royal Park Rehabilitation and Health Center opened Nov. 19 near I-485 Exit 51, off U.S. 74 at 2049 Moore Road in Matthews. Patients were transferred there from Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Shamrock Drive.Royal Park is one of two facilities – the other being Pavilion Health Center in the Ballantyne area – built to replace the old Liberty location.Royal Park offers short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and physical, occupational and speech therapy for residents as well as out-patients.Kim Kilday, senior director for Sales and Marketing for Royal Park, says the 89,000-square-foot facility contains the Royal PERK coffee bar activity room, enclosed courtyard and more.In addition to traditional machines and exercise equipment, the 6,400-square-foot rehabilitation gym offers the SciFit Function C3, a specialized piece of equipment targeting knee and lower-back rehabilitation.For rehabilitation care, Kilday said, the facility offers a registration program in which a patient can meet the staff and make plans for rehabilitation ahead of time to make the post-surgery transfer from the hospital to the facility easier on the patient and staff.Royal Park is next to Butler High School; Kilday says they hope to form a relationship with that school as well.
Saturday, Feb. 08, 2014
2 new nursing homes open, in Mathews and Mint Hill
Both centers currently have openings.
• For information on Clear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, call 704-545-2377.
• For information on Royal Park Rehabilitation and Health Center, visit www.libertyhrs.com or call 704-940-8300.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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