Within the nursing field, the Pendleton Manor in Franklin is a local gem.
This full-time residential facility provides elderly clients with room, board and assistance with all of life's activities. Help is provided for clients according to their needs, ranging from the simple, such as transportation to a physician's appointment, to the complex daily care needs, such as feeding and bathing.
Carolyn Simmons, who works at the home, said the staff "takes care of people as if they are family." As such, this sentiment is reflected in the actions of the staff members, the attitude of the residents and the volunteer efforts that come from people in the community.
Local support is a large part of what helps the manor function and thrive. Recently, need arose for a wheel chair washer. Over the past year, this need was met in full, through donations provided by the community. Most donations came from people in Franklin. However, Pendleton Manor also gathered some donations from people with local ties who live out of state.
The manor's chapel was remodeled in 2010 and was completed with community assistance. A local resident painted the chapel's window panes so that they resemble stained glass. In addition, a piano was donated from a local church and a sound system was purchased with funds generated though donations.
A recent addition to the manor's services includes a series of cottages, provided for independent living. Residents of the cottages are able to be autonomous, but they have immediate access to any of the staff's services.
Two years ago, single-person rooms were added in a wing adjacent to the main building. They each feature an up-to-date bathroom and kitchen area.
Beyond residential care, Pendleton Manor staff members also are on call to provide home health services. Nurses can travel to a person's home to help out after a stay in the hospital, performing duties such as bandage and dressing changes.
Furthermore, an independent physical therapy department works within the manor, providing rehabilitation to Pendleton Manor residents and those who seek outpatient care.
More information on Pendleton Manor, at 141 Maple Ave., Franklin, is available at 304-358-2322.