EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch paid a visit to The Rehab Cottage at Bethel Manor on Evansville’s northside Monday.
Lieutenant Governor Crouch is from Evansville, and when asked about the one-of-a-kind project at Bethel Manor, she said she would expect nothing less from her hometown.
The goal for the 8,000 square foot facility was not to be an institutional setting, but rather a smaller, home-like atmosphere for just 12 residents.
“This allows them to feel at home while they are recovering, which will increase their speed-up time for their rehabilitation,” says Lieutenant Governor Crouch.
Crouch praised the progressiveness and forward-thinking of this project. This was only highlighted by the fact that Bethel Manor has managed to have zero positive COVID-19 cases among their residents and fewer than five positive staff cases since the start of the pandemic, according to officials at the facility who say their staff have been incredibly diligent in following protocols.
“We have to give that credit back to our staff," says Josh Bowman, administrator with Bethel Manor. "They are doing the right things, and that’s helping protect our residents.”
Lieutenant Governor Crouch says it’s something she’s proud of, but knows it will take quite a bit of buy-in to keep this new facility COVID-19 free as well. She says being diligent is a key factor in stopping the spread of COVID-19. She says state leaders immediately provide local assistance to health departments should there be new positive cases in a long-term care facility.
“We are immediately boots on the ground to ensure that we can contain the spread of COVID," says Crouch. “We tend to get in a comfort zone, and then we kind of relax and kind of go backward. We can’t do that now. While we are moving forward and everything is progressing nicely, we can’t let up. We have to continue to wear our masks, wash our hands, socially distance, and not let our guard down.”
If you would like to see the facility for yourself, it’s as simple as booking a tour on their website, that way the staff can avoid big crowds and keep everyone safe.
The $2.8 million rehabilitation center is set to open October 1.