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Lawmakers Approve Plan for Scotia Nursing Home

Lawmakers Approve Plan for Scotia Nursing Home

Schenectady County is all set to have a new modern facility for the sick and elderly. A decision to this effect was taken by the county legislature, at its regular meeting. Construction for the 200 bed facility Glendale Home will start early next year. It is expected to be completed in two years time.

The significant decision comes after a long delay. The project was held up due to objections raised by a handful of people, who thought it to be expensive. They wanted other alternatives to the proposal.

Minority Leader Robert Farley argued that the project was ill-conceived. Democrat leader Brian Gordon objected to his views and accused him of playing partisan politics. Rebutting his charges, Gordon highlighted the efforts taken to set the ball rolling. Legislature Chairwoman Susan Savage believed that votes for Glendale meant a voice for the needy.

Democrat Philip Fields said the county will have to bear 15 percent while the rest will be borne by Department of Health pool. Much of the cost of the new home would be reimbursed by the state. He also said that the project will be bonded over 30 years. The proposal was passed with a majority of 11-4 votes going in its favour. The legislature has also approved the issue of bonds for the $50 million project.

The common man was of the view that an improved building would serve the need of the citizens better. With friends and family members coming to meet them, patients would feel close to home. Many argued, Glendale, offers hope for all those who cannot afford to spend much.

A woman, who takes care of patients afflicted with Alzheimer and dementia, tried to highlight the difficulties faced by patients in the claustrophobic rooms. She said patients often "trip over each other" due to less space. She also talked about the inadequate dining hall facilities in the home.

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