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Byron Health Center Plans To Make ‘Big Move’

Byron Health Center plans to complete the big move to the new community building in one week on Tuesday, May 19th. All residents and team members will re-locate from the current location at 12101 Lima Rd to the new community at 1661 Beacon St starting at 8:30 a.m. Several trips will need to be made throughout the day to accommodate all 132 residents and their belongings.

Four trips, starting at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively, will be needed to complete the move. A police escort by the Allen County Sherriff’s Department arranged through our relationship with the Allen County Commissioners is expected for each one of the four trips. Extra assistance for the move is being provided by Three Rivers Commercial Moving & Installations and Weigand Construction. Generous family members and friends of Byron Health Center, Marita Dwight-Smith, Doug Teage and Instate Welding Service, have lent equipment to help complete the move, including vehicles and enclosed trailers.

Team members have spent the past several weeks re-locating non-essential items to the new building in anticipation of the ‘Big Move’, preparing the new community as much as possible for the arrival of residents. Family members have even helped to set up the new rooms of their loved ones in anticipation of o warm welcome to their new home.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on the ‘Big Move’, making things more complicated, but not impossible. Following Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines, visitation has not been allowed since early March on the current Byron Health Center campus, stifling assistance by family members and volunteers to pack up residents’ belongings. Team members have stepped up, assisting all residents to be prepared to move next week. Social distancing will also increase the complexity of the move, adding multiple trips to the ‘Big Move’.

Completion of the ‘Big Move’ is expected by late afternoon on Tuesday, May 19th, leaving the Lima Rd campus for the final trip around 3:00 p.m. All trip times are subject to change based on the concern for the health and safety of our residents.

Byron Health Center provides an inclusive multi-generational community fostering purpose-filled lives by focusing on the individualized strengths of our family members and will fundamentally change long-term care through compassion and innovation. Team members join each resident along their journey, as guests in their home, advocating on their behalf. Byron Health Center and Miller’s Place continue a tradition of over 160 years of serving the long-term health care needs of Indiana residents. Byron Health Center is licensed to provide intermediate and skilled nursing care while Miller’s Place provides assisted living services to individuals who are more independent and are able to live in a residential setting.