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Seniors make nursing home wishes known

More than 150 people, many of them residents, gathered at the Glendale Nursing Home in Glenville Thursday, Feb. 12, to make a case for what they feel are essential updates to the facility.

Resident Council President Barbara Botsford, 75, said that it is difficult enough for a person to make the transition into a nursing home, and dealing with the maintenance problems and lack of privacy at the facility does not make it any easier.

I am so grateful for the years I have had here, but the time is here for a new home with more single rooms. We are adults and many of us have lived on our own, said Botsford. "Moving in with a complete stranger is not always easy or what we want to do."

The New York State Department of Health has provided Schenectady County with the funding to build a brand-new $51 million, 200-bed facility, but the plans must be in place before the Nov. 2 deadline. The county must also adhere to certain conditions set by the health department, including a bond note, a debt amortization schedule and a plan suitable for 200 beds.

Most of the residents who spoke on Thursday agreed that single rooms would help seniors maintain their privacy and dignity. The families said that many times when visiting their loved ones, they want privacy.

The sister of resident Earl Corino read a letter explaining that when the family visits, Corino's room is often cold, the shower is sometimes not warm enough and there are no outdoor community spaces.

Corino's sister also wrote about the heavy traffic on Hetcheltown Road, where the Glendale Home is located, although many residents said they are happy with the facility's location.

County officials said they are looking to keep the facility in the current location.

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