By: Jillian Wilson
Paul and Maxine Riley have been married for sixty seven years.
Six years ago, Maxine was diagnosed with Alzheimer, forcing Paul's wife into a nursing home.
"That's a rough decision to make, but I feel like this is her home," says Paul Riley, Husband of Nursing Home Resident.
Maxine is one of 89 residents at the Mercer County nursing home.
"The staff has been really good to make us feel at home here, but it is... it's hard to have to be separated for six years," says Riley.
The place hasn't been updated in 30 years. Something Genesis plans to change.
"We want to update the rooms, make them more modern looking. We need to replace the floors. We want to replace the ceilings and we just want to give it a more modern look, make it more aesthetically pleasing for our residents," says Myron Higgins, Administrator, Genesis Senior Living.
A makeover is just a small part of the renovations.
New technology will make it easier for staff to provide more hands on care for patients.
Also, a wireless building will open up a bunch of possibilities for residents.
"We do have a lot of residents that Skype with their family members that don't live in the area, so that's kind of neat and new," says Higgins.
Leaders in Genesis say this is just the beginning for the nursing home.
Paul says it makes him feel better leaving his sweetheart under someone else's care.
"Genesis said they will improve, so I hope they do and I have a feeling they will," says Riley.
Construction in the nursing home and hospital will start in the spring.