Care center holds garden party

COUDERSPORT – Sweden Valley Manor, a managed care facility, held its annual Garden Party on Aug. 1.

Over 50 community members and officials attended the event, which highlighted the Enabling Gardens in four separate outside patios.

The Enabling Gardens were started at Sweden Valley Manor many years ago in order for the residents to maintain their interest in gardening.

The planters in the gardens are at chair height for easy access and on wheels. Because the planters are mobile, they can be taken to individual resident rooms.

Enabling Gardens allows residents to grow not only flowers but also tomatoes, mint, squash, corn, peas and zucchini.

Also during the event, a demonstration was held on the new tele-medicine program at Sweden Valley Manor. On hand were Deborah Pontzer, economic development and workforce specialist and representative for U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson; Potter County Commissioner Susan Keefover; Rep. Martin Causer; Susan Paisley; Dr. Pam Ruane; Alex Shamberg, PA Health Care Association; as well as family members and employees of Cole Memorial Hospital.

Another highlight of the afternoon was the recognition of Debbie McKee, activity coordinator at Sweden Valley Manor.

Administrator Micki Elliott announced that McKee recently was named the Volunteer Alzheimer’s Association ambassador for the 5th Congressional District. McKee will meet district legislators to create more awareness of the disease.

For more information on Sweden Valley Manor and the post-hospital rehabilitation, chronic disease management, rehabilitation to home care that the facility offers, visit