Valley View: Home for nursing, rehab

Valley View Nursing Center, nestled in the rural landscape of Lycoming County, provides a comfortable home for seniors.

The 163-bed facility includes long-term care and short-term rehabilitation services.

“We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this April,” Administrator Lou Ann Simpson said.

Some 200 Valley View employees are involved in various facets of health care, including nursing, therapy and services.

Most recently, the facility at 2140 Warrensville Road, Montoursville underwent renovations, including “a complete remodel” of the dining room and kitchen areas.

Valley View offers its residents a variety of activities and has sitting rooms and lounges and a spacious center courtyard that provide comfortable relaxing spots.

“We think it’s a beautiful location,” Simpson said.

Twenty beds comprise the rehabilitation unit for temporary residents looking to eventually rejoin the community.

“We have a lot of really good outcomes,” Simpson said. “The goal is to get them in and out.”

Among those residents is Jack Callahan, of Montoursville, who underwent knee surgery this year.

“The care is excellent from top to bottom,” he said. “You can’t beat it.”

Verna Myers, 74, of Clarkstown, who was injured in an automobile accident, is also undergoing therapy and looking to get back on her feet.

“My care is great,” she said.

The full range of rehabilitation services include occupational, speech and physical therapies.

Programs designed to fit an individual’s specific needs can work toward improving balance, body mechanics, life skills, communication, and cognitive abilities.

Valley View also has a 20-bed dementia unit.

“It’s typically full,” Simpson said.

Jillian Garman, campus admissions director, said Valley View residents are involved in the community.

Toys for Tots and other community outreach programs offer opportunities for residents to give back.

Valley View also receives its fair share of support from local businesses and organizations which make donations.

The many volunteers who lend a hand to Valley View are an integral part of its operation, according to Simpson.

They do everything from helping with bingo to accompanying the residents on shopping trips and other activities outside the facility.

Simpson noted that the nursing care industry is in the midst of change as increasing numbers of the elderly are receiving home care.

“You just don’t have the referrals you used to have,” she said. “The trend right now in the industry is to see more short-term care.”