Once the gravity of Sandy became known, the National Guard stepped in and helped evacuate residents of the 10-story building.
The measure proved necessary, as the building was flooded to the point where it lost electricity. Overall, the destruction was so severe that it took five months for the building to be renovated enough to welcome back residents.
Despite the hardship of moving residents from place to place during that time, Michael Schrieber of Shore View Nursing Home said the experience has a silver lining, calling it a good opportunity to refurbish the nursing home.
Schreiber said the building is now better able to make it through a storm like Sandy in the future.
The price tag associated with the renovations is in the millions, and the nursing home is in a legal battle with their insurance agency to get reimbursed. Despite the current court issues,
Schrieber said the facility was a very typical looking nursing home, but with the renovations management took the opportunity to bring a hotel feel to the nursing home.
In addition to a grand entrance and a larger space for therapy, a green roof was added that will be accessible by residents to relax and enjoy a view of the ocean.
The nursing home was built in 1969 and was last refurbished in the 1990’s.
“Those renovations were, not done in the manner of which we were happy with,” Schrieber said.
Last Thursday, over 200 residents and staff members made their way back to the building. “All of the residents who are still alive returned,” Schrieber said. “It was a good homecoming.”