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Colonial House feels COVID crunch

The Colonial House on 23rd Street in Parkersburg says it is feeling the impact of the COVID pandemic. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — A local non-profit senior independent living facility is feeling the impact of the pandemic.

Missi Stanley, executive director of the Colonial House on 23rd Street, said occupancy has been down and she and Earl Johnson, president of the Colonial House board of directors, attribute it to the COVID-19 pandemic that started almost two years ago.

Colonial House has 16 beds from which its revenue is derived, Johnson said.

“Six are vacant right now,” he said.

Fortunately for Colonial House, those establishing the facility provided investments to help weather such storms, Johnson said. Colonial House was established in 1953.

A decrease in residency is not a unique problem to Colonial House. Nationally, independent living facilities started feeling the impact a few months after the start of the pandemic, according to data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

The decline in occupancy was more pronounced at assisted living properties than independent living facilities and Senior Housing News reported in September said senior living operators also reported increased staffing shortages along with declines in occupancy.

People considering moving to an independent living facility are now concerned with the pandemic and their health, Stanley said. Nursing care is not available at Colonial House, she said.

“We do not have nurses or aides here,” Stanley said.

The private rooms are handicap accessible, walk-in showers and all utilities are included. Residents come and go as they please.

Facilities include barber and beauty shops, laundries, security doors, activities and home-cooked meals everyday.

Information about Colonial House is available at 304-428-6570. The website is www.colonialhouseseniorliving.com and Colonial House also has a Facebook page.

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