Syracuse Home completes warm, inviting addition

Syracuse Home residents moved into new living quarters Monday.

"The move was a fantastic success with precision organization," said Audrey Gibbs, director of the Syracuse Home Association Foundation and public relations. "We are deeply grateful to our volunteers, family members of our residents and staff."

After several months of construction, the newly built 80-bed skilled nursing facility opened Thursday July 24 with a dedication and reception. Guests were invited to tour the facility, which featured a warm ambience with hardwood floors, recessed lighting and a forest green, cream and brick red color scheme. Several sitting areas with fireplaces and views of the surrounding courtyards were found throughout the facility, as well as multi-purpose rooms and private dining areas for residents to invite their family members for private parties. Spacious hallways featured linen closets so the nursing staff can do away with linen carts allowing for more room to transport patients and each room had a bench style window seat for residents.

"This is state of the art," said Fred Marty, a board member. "No question about it."

At the facility's private entrance, a sitting area with fireplace provides a beautiful waiting area. There is also a view of the donor wall, a beautiful piece of artwork designed by Bonnie Cohen. Cohen said the "image represents the extraordinary foundation of the Home and honors the founders."

"It is a stunning work of art," said David Horan, board president of the Syracuse Home Association Foundation.

Another interesting feature within the facility is an exhibit detailing the history of Syracuse Home. The exhibit begins with a reflection piece using antiques from the original home on Townsend Street in Syracuse.

"It is a symbolic setting complete with period wallpaper and tin ceiling," said Dennis Connors, the curator of the exhibit and of history at the Onondaga Historical Association.

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