Golden Living Center reconstruction underway


First Posted: 9/29/2009

Work is underway to reconstruct the Golden Living Surry Community, which will once again provide jobs in Mount Airy and another location for those in need of nursing care.
The nursing facility on Allred Mill Road is scheduled to reopen in January, a year after residents had to be evacuated due to flooding. The facility will be taking on patients and staff on a gradual basis beginning in mid-January.
Robin Leake, executive director, said the center has been certified for 120 beds. The facility employed 100 people at the time that it closed. Leake said that a few months after the facility is reopened it should be fully operational and fully staffed.
It will be comparable to what it was before, she said about the number of people to be employed.
In January, the fire sprinkler system in the building was damaged, which caused flooding. This damaged even the furniture, so the facility had to be gutted out to be reconstructed inside.
Everything will be brand new … The damage was that extensive, Leake explained.
Reconstruction of the building will include new wiring, drywall, sprinklers, furniture and more. The building will have the same rooms, but now each residents room will have a television. The center will continue to offer short-term and long-term care when it reopens, but it will now provide residents with more updated facilities. Leake said the facility hadnt been updated since the early 1980s when it was built.
Its a tremendous amount of money thats being expended, but we want to make it the most current for our residents, Leake remarked.
Golden Living is working closely with state and local authorities on the project. Leake said they received permits by the end of June. Electricians are currently working on the facilitys wiring. Leake said the repairs are slated to be completed by Dec. 31.
When residents had to be evacuated in January, they were transferred to facilities around the state. Some residents were even placed in nursing homes in Galax and Martinsville, Va. Leake said many residents have been moved by their families to locations closer to Mount Airy. She said they havent kept contact with the residents so shes not sure if any of them will come back to Golden Living.
The company laid off most of the Surry staff after it knew the facility would be closed for several months at the minimum. Administration will be accepting applications at the end of October and should be selecting some staff in November. Leake said she does not know if any of the former staff will return. They will have to complete job applications as well.
Leake said people who are interested in applying should start looking for Golden Living advertisements in the paper. She said they are not currently ready to talk to people but will advertise when positions come available.
Im so excited, Leake remarked. I cant wait to have our staff back and residents who want to come back.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or at 719-1952.

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