Nursing home near Hope wants to expand

A renovation and expansion of a nursing home in Hope is being planned to better meet the needs of its clients.

Miller’s Merry Manor, located south of Hope at 7440 N. County Road 825E, is planning a 4,200 square-foot renovation of its building that will also include a 2,500-square-foot addition and more parking, said Troy Clements, project manager with the company’s home office in Warsaw.

Details of the project were presented Wednesday to the Bartholomew County Plan Commission as part of a request from the company to rezone 4.7 acres from general agriculture to multi-family residential. The request received a favorable recommendation from the panel and will go before the Bartholomew County commissioners for final approval at a later date.

Clements said Miller’s Merry Manor saw a need to provide additional dining space for clients, as well as more therapy space. The facility serves about 65 to 70 residents and provides short-term rehabilitation services, in addition to long-term care services that may be needed.

Clements said the larger dining space should make it more comfortable for clients, while occupational, physical and speech therapists at the facility should also have more room to work in as a result of the expansion. The building was constructed in 1972 and most recently renovated in 2003 with a new wing for residents, he said.

Expansion of the building will also include the development of a community room and additional parking spaces, according to the company’s plan. Clements said he hopes to begin work on the project in the near future if it is approved by county commissioners.

“We’d like to get started in the next 60 to 90 days,” Clements said.

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