The Monroe City Manor Care Center (MCMCC) is kicking off a building improvement fundraiser.

Monroe City Manor

Monroe City Manor Care Center Board of Directors plans for building improvements.

To reach the goal, the facility is asking for the public’s help with donations. The MCMCC is a five-star skilled facility that provides a caring staff and a loving atmosphere. The facility provides needs for multiple hometown residents, who were once active members of the community.

For the past 43 years, the facility has been providing skilled nursing care to community members. The residents of the community are provided with an option to have a home away from home that is close to their families.  But like any home, there are improvements and upgrades needed to keep the facility at its best.

The Board of Directors have created a vision to help provide improvements to the home. This vision includes automatic front doors, a sunroom and a chapel. Although these improvements are costly, the board knows it is not impossible to obtain them. The smallest donations add up when everyone can give a little.

The 60-bed Medicare/Medicaid approved facility, which is owned by stockholders and overseen by a board does not receive county tax to help support the facility. Throughout the years the facility has made several improvements by building on to make more space.

As guidelines change, so does the amount of space needed. To provide and meet the needs of new rules and regulations, along with the needs of the residents more space is also needed.

The facility once had a chapel, which was later turned into an office, as the need for space grew to meet the mandated requirements. The board would like to see a new chapel open for family members and residents to go. Automatic doors are also needed to improve the safety of going in and out the building.

A Special Care Unit was added in 1997 to meet the needs of Alzheimer residents and for those with special needs. It is a 12-bed locked unit that provides a quieter environment and enables more one-on-one interaction from staff.

Other improvements in the past included an expanded dayroom and offices, but with it the facility lost much of the windows for sunlight. A new sunroom would give residents a place to sit and enjoy the outside weather.

Some of the manor’s latest improvements have been the addition of a new concrete parking lot completed in 2008, which added 20 more parking spaces to the existing lot and the addition of a new roof completed in 2009.

The home, which opened in 1977, provides an opportunity for family members to keep their loved ones close by, while receiving extra assistance and peace of mind, knowing they can receive the best quality possible for their activities of daily living in the comfort of their hometown.

The facility is overseen by a Board of Directors and is owned by shareholders. The nursing home tax, which is paid for by county tax payers, does not support or received by the Monroe City Manor Care Center. The facility relies on donations, its shareholders and insurance payments to keep the facility going.

Current Board Members include President Roseanne Hays, Vice President Loree Quinn, Secretary Mindy Hays, Treasurer Nancy Voepel, Sherry Copenhaver, Marie Purol, J.C. Shoemyer, Dennis Lorenson and Mark Leake.

Anyone wanting to help the facility reach their goal can send donations to MCMCC, 1010 Business Highway 36/24, Monroe City, MO 63456 or make a deposit at the F&M Bank Monroe City location in the MCMCC Building Improvement fund account.