Lehigh County most likely will decide to rebuild or renovate Cedarbrook Nursing Home by the November general election, county commissioner Vic Mazzioti told Lehigh Valley Business this morning.
The fate of the aging nursing home in South Whitehall Township has been on the county’s plate for years. The original location of the county-owned nursing homes dates to the 1840s.
With the age of the home comes outdated utility systems and a design that does not make maximum use of staff, Mazzioti said. He said the county-owned home for many years has housed four patients to a room, with no direct access to a bathroom.
Constructing a new building could lower operating costs and offset the debt service, he said. Another option is to refurbish the building, unit by unit, Mazzioti said
“When we are all done, we would have two people in a room, with direct access to a bathroom,” he said.
The 451-bed facility offers hospice, independent care, memory support, respite care, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and therapeutic recreation for hundreds of Lehigh County residents and their families every year. Cedarbrook’s second location is in Fountain Hill.
Throughout the year, commissioners have addressed other issues with Cedarbrook, including talks for management to be taken over by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, an idea that county commissioners struck down.
“We are the first group of commissioners to address this problem [to rebuild or remodel Cedarbrook],” Mazzioti said. “Give us some time to make a good decision here.”