White Oak Manor to revitalize courtyard

Natalie Netzel Staff Writer

December 27, 2013

Natalie Netzel

Staff Writer

NEWBERRY — White Oak Manor is set to start the revitalization of their courtyard soon thanks to a federal grant from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

The grant is worth $20,600 for the courtyard area and there will be a new water fountain feature in the center, a 12 by 20 pergola, lawn furniture and plenty of greenery and foliage, according to Jim Davis, activities director for White Oak Manor in Newberry.

Davis said the process should take about a month to complete.

The nursing facility held a groundbreaking service including Mayor Foster Senn and one of its residents, Jimmy Cook, Thursday morning to signify the start of the work in progress.

“We are always looking to make residents lives more meaningful,” said Davis.

Also, he mentioned that they have events and parties for the residents and they are looking forward to using the revamped are for events.

“We’re very excited and happy for this,” said Davis about the almost year long process of writing and waiting on the grant.

Davis wrote the grant for White Oak and also contacted Laura Dukes with Allees Landscape Architecture about designing the renovations.

Davis said he is very appreciative of the work Dukes has done and is doing for the facility.

Prior to this renovation, Davis said that the area was hardly used and tended to be hot due to the fact there was no shade. However, now with the pergola there will be shade so people will want to go outside.

White Oak Manor is a skilled nursing home with about 146 beds.