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$68M in renovations set to come to Cedarbrook's facility

LEHIGH COUNTY, Pa. - New and exciting things are in the horizon for Cedarbrook's South Whitehall Township facility.

County commissioners have finally voted to renovate the nursing home.

"We have great nurses here. We are five stars. We want to continue to be five stars," said Joseph Shadid, administrator at Cedarbrook.

The $68 million renovation begins with the front entrance. Drawings indicate how the building will become more accessible for residents. But even more work will be done to the living quarters.

"Rooms are very small and tight. Residents don't have a lot of space," said Michelle Julian, director of nursing.

Plans call for the addition of a brand new 4-story building as well as the renovation of two existing wings. The B wing is the independent living section of the home. Currently three or four people are living in each room and they all share a common bathroom.

"We will go down to two bedded rooms with bathrooms and give our residents some more space and room to move and personalize their areas," Julian said.

"You can see that in these rooms there's one TV. We want to have a room that each resident can enjoy their own TV and have adequate space for themselves and for their families that visit them," said Jason Cumello, assistant administrator.

Big changes are also coming to the D wing, which will have more suite style rooms and bathrooms. The renovation won't change the population of the nursing home -- around 640 residents -- but according to administrators it will vastly improve the quality of life for everyone here.

The renovation plan is still very much in the beginning process and won't likely be complete until spring 2019.

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