Presbyterian Manor celebrates 40th anniversary

When Ann Caudill was hired fresh out of high school as a secretary at Presbyterian Manor, she had no plans of making a career of it.
That was 31 years ago. Today, she serves as the executive director of the retirement-living center and couldn't be happier.
"It is the staff that I work with that makes this such a great place to work," said Caudill. "They care about the residents and their families."
On April 18, Presbyterian Manor celebrated its 40th anniversary with a barbecue for all of the staff and residents as well as a tree-planting ceremony and a blood drive. Caudill said the facility opened in December 1973 and the first resident moved in January 1974.
Today, the home located off of Forum Drive has 16 cottages that serve as independent-living units, 28 rooms connected to the assisted-living program and 30 beds in the full nursing care services.
"The idea was that the residents would enter the independent living center, stay there for a few years and then move to the assisted-living units and eventually to the health care center," said Caudill. "However that has changed over the years as we have had some 90-year-olds coming in to our cottages."
Caudill added that at one point the living center had five centenarians. Currently Presbyterian Manor has one with another resident over 100 years moving in this August.
In her 20-plus years of service at Presbyterian Manor, Linda Adams has cared for numerous residents young and old. She began as a nurses aid and now works as a certified medication technician.
"This is where I am supposed to be," said Adams. "It is a lot of fun working here."
She is often called upon to put her artistic talents to work as the unofficial resident artist.
"It started with a birthday card for one of our residents and it took off from there," she explained with a smile.
For the past five years, Lyn Joelle Freeland has worked as the living center's marketing director.
She told the Daily News that a number of the programs offered by Presbyterian Manor are not just for the residents, but are open to the public.
"We will open our doors for workshops on dementia or wellness programs," she noted. "As well we host an 'Art is Ageless' contest each year for both our residents and school-age kids."
After four decades of service to area seniors, Freeland echoes the sentiment that what makes Presbyterian Manor unique is that family feel.
"In many ways, the residents have become our family," she noted. "As well, so many of our employees are not coming in just for a paycheck but they want to be here and and have those relationships with the people they serve."