Smith Center, Sanctuary mark partnership with re-opening

SALEM – Smith Center Apartments and Sanctuary Home Health Care celebrated their continuing partnership with grand re-opening activities Thursday, aimed at telling residents about the home health services available to them.

“I’m just really excited about them coming in here – it has really helped,” Smith Center manager Cathie Miles said.

The Smith Center at 500 E. Fourth St. caters to senior citizens and people with physical handicaps and has been around since the early 1970s, named for former Salem Mayor T. Emerson Smith. Smith served from 1971 to 1974 and Miles said she’s been told by longtime residents that he was concerned with making sure seniors weren’t forgotten.

Sanctuary Home Health Care is family-owned by Jack Holland, who also owns the Smith Center in Salem and Country Club Retirement Campuses in Ashtabula, Bellaire, Dover and Mt. Vernon. Sanctuary has office locations in those five facilities plus one in Ashland, but is licensed to serve 15 counties in Ohio, including Columbiana, Mahoning, Trumbull and Stark.

The grand re-opening of the office in Salem included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, free blood pressure checks, therapy demonstrations provided by Trinity Rehab Services, raffles and giveaways and complimentary food from the Smith’s Home Cooking program.

Sanctuary already had the office in Salem, but wanted to reacquaint residents with what’s available, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, skilled nursing and home health care.

Connie Daugherty, clinical manager of community and home-based services for Sanctuary, explained that residents can receive help with medication setup, wound care, in-home therapy sessions and assistance with activities of daily living.

“I think they weren’t aware of the different services that we provide,” she said.

The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There’s a nurse-on-call available 24 hours a day by calling Sanctuary’s 24/7 phone line at 1-866-873-0323.

“We’re excited to be a part of this community of Salem and we’re looking forward to being a pillar of support for the community,” Holland Management Public Relations Manager Chelsea Harley said.

According to a written press release, the Smith Center has 73 apartments where residents can take advantage of cable TV, Wi-Fi internet, picturesque views, and daily activities such as bingo, movie nights, card games and the Red Hat Society. Sanctuary Home Health is available to not just the residents of the Smith Center, but also the residents of Salem and the surrounding communities.

“The essence of home care is to provide individuals with services that promote independence and safety. The Sanctuary team provides services to individuals so they enjoy life in the comfort of their homes,” the release said.

Accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program, Sanctuary is an approved Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care, Veterans Administration, Passport and private pay provider.

Miles said there’s a waiting list for apartments at the Smith Center, with several original residents still there and a lot of longevity with residents.

The residents will host a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 both on the grounds and inside the Smith Center to help raise funds for activities.