Agreeable weather conditions, lots of food, music, entertainment, and many people in attendance pretty much describes the scene at the ribbon cutting ceremony that took place at Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Aug. 29.

Among those many attendees the feeling was mutual that the new therapy, and memory care units at the center will be a great benefit to the community.

According to marketing director, Debbie Fankhauser, the facility's new addition has passed all the recent state inspections, and is now officially open.

Fankhauser stated "The state inspectors were very impressed (with the new addition). We welcome people to come in and tour the facility. We want to get the word out that we are open, and ready to help them meet their therapy needs. If they have a loved one that is requiring memory care, we can help with that, as well."

She added "It (the facility) is just beautiful. We know others will be impressed as well. The facility has all the comforts of home, and a lot more."

The 6,000 square foot new addition features a state of the art therapy unit. They will provide physical, occupational, and speech therapies. They will have options of in patient, or outpatient services. There are 28 private suites for inpatient stays.

Riverside's Board President, Dr. Terry Overholser stated, "This has really been work in progress for the past 31 years, but it is now officially ready to go."

Overholser said that he, as well as the other five board members were very pleased, and excited about the new unit.

Riverside Manor has been a vital part of the community for 31 years. They have already received numerous awards over the years, and are well known to offer outstanding therapy services. They also receive many patrons from other areas of the state who have been referred to the facility for care. Since 1978, the facility has evolved from a 100 bed nursing facility into a mini campus for skilled nursing, rehabilitation, memory care, and senior residential services.