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Park Village keeps residents safe and independent

Both Park Village Health Care campuses offer a continuum of services, from independent living, to assisted living, to specialty care assisted living, to skilled nursing. The facilities also offer short-term rehabilitation services.


Thomas O’Donnell remembers the chores he and his brother Robert did while growing up in their family’s Dover Nursing Center in Dover.
“I peeled a lot of potatoes working in the kitchen,” he said. “I worked in the laundry, and in the summer I mowed the grass and planted flowers. One of the things I enjoyed most was going to the residents’ rooms and hearing their stories and getting to know them. Building relationships with residents and their families always was an important part of our business.”
After 66 years the continuing care retirement facility — now known as Park Village Health Care — is still owned and operated by the O’Donnell family: Thomas, Robert and Robert’s wife Kathy. Last year the family opened a second facility on the south side of New Philadelphia.
Both campuses offer a continuum of services, from independent living, to assisted living, to specialty care assisted living, to skilled nursing. The facilities also offer short-term rehabilitation services.
“Having all of those services on a single campus gives families peace of mind,” Thomas O’Donnell said. “They know that when their loved one’s health declines — or even improves — we have every facet available to take care of their needs and they don’t have to go out looking for services somewhere else. It’s all right here.”
Most senior living facilities provide the same services, O’Donnell said. “The difference is how they provide those services. The most common comment I hear from our residents and from their families is that we have such a wonderful staff. Everybody here works very hard to provide top-quality nursing care within a clean, residential home-like environment with delicious food and engaging activities.”
That quality standard was firmly established by O’Donnell’s grandmother, registered nurse Francis Eiler Karl, who bought what was then called Torgler’s Rest Home in 1952.
“My grandmother was a widow raising three children on her own while working as a nurse at Torgler’s,” O’Donnell said. “After she bought the facility, my mother went to nursing school and went to work there as well. That’s where it all started.”
The facility provided skilled nursing until the 1990s when assisted living apartments were added. Today the Dover campus includes 115 assisted living apartments and 26 independent living apartments.
“We built the Southside New Philadelphia campus because the drive to Dover was a little far for some families in the New Philadelphia, Dennison and Uhrichsville areas,” O’Donnell said.
The New Philadelphia campus features 36 private skilled nursing suites that are modeled after the facility’s assisted living apartments.
“All of our suites are beautiful with all-tile bathrooms, 9-foot ceilings and state-of-the-art electric beds,” O’Donnell said. “Our common areas are very warm and welcoming with cozy fireplaces. We have private dining rooms that families can use to share a meal together and a theater where families can watch movies. The New Philadelphia campus has a chapel that people really appreciate .”
Independent living is a way for seniors to keep their independence without the worry of being alone or having to maintain their house or yard. Independent living units at the New Philadelphia campus are cottage style with garages and screened-in porches situated in a tranquil country setting with woods and a pond.
“There is a lot of interest in them,” O’Donnell said. “We provide a lot of services, like wellness checks from a nurse, snow and trash removal, and maintenance.”
Dover’s independent living units are large one- to two-bedroom apartments that are attached to the assisted living facility.
“Having it attached to assisted living allows us to offer services like activities, house-keeping, and 24 hour nursing. Meals and laundry are also available to independent living residents if they want those options,” O’Donnell said.
You can see the amenities of either campus by scheduling a personal tour.
“Very often my brother or I are the ones giving the tours,” O’Donnell said. “We encourage people to check all of their options and compare them to what we offer at Park Village.”
The Park Village Health Care Dover campus is located at 1525 Crater Ave. in Dover. You can call the campus at 330-364-4436. The new Southside New Philadelphia campus is located at 1019 Oldtown Valley Road SE in New Philadelphia. You can call the campus at 330-364-4437. You can learn more about both campuses by visiting ParkVillageHealthCare.com.

Published: February 9, 2018
New Article ID: 2018180209954