Town Officials Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting at Meridian Manor’s New Short-Term Solarium Wing & Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility

For Immediate Release: October 2, 2015

Photography available upon request.

Press Contact:
Jim DeMicco
Office: (203) 879-2258

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Left to Right: David Krechevsky, Wolcott Mayor Thomas Dunn, Brian Cleary, Sheila Smith, James Cleary, Marilyn Cleary Richardson, Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, Meghan Cleary

Waterbury, CT – Local and state officials, members of the community and staff celebrated the official ribbon cutting of Meridian Manor’s new short-term solarium wing and outpatient rehabilitation facility on October 2.

Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary expressed his congratulations for the opening of the new wing which will provide both inpatient and outpatient services including IV therapy, dialysis, respiratory therapy and standard long-term and short-term care.

“It’s a beautiful facility, and with the way that healthcare is going, it fits perfectly. People can get short term and longer term care without having to travel. We can keep our families close,” said Mayor O’Leary. “After 50 years, the Cleary family has a great institution here. They are supportive of patients, families and employees. Meridian Manor takes care of residents in Waterbury and Wolcott… the patients who need it the most,” he added.

Wolcott Mayor Thomas Dunn also spoke, “There is nothing better than coming to a place where we know the faces. We know the people taking care of our family. And if you hurt your hip… it’s just as good as home.”

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Left to Right: Kenneth Thomas III, Kenneth Thomas II, Sheila Smith, Judge James Lawlor, Marilyn Cleary Richardson, Wolcott Mayor Thomas Dunn, James Cleary, Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, Brian Cleary, State Senator Joan Hartley, Peg Lawlor, Jack Barlow, Meghan Cleary

Additional speakers included David Krechevsky, Public Policy and Economic Development Director for the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce and Patricia Thomas, President of the Meridian Manor Family Association. Both expressed their excitement and support of the new programs that are being unveiled.

Brian Cleary, Meridian Manor’s Director of Operations, discussed some of the new programs, therapies, treatments and highlights of the facility. “We want our patients to feel comfortable, happy and inspired to get started on their healing journey here,” he said.

There are 34 new beds of which 12 are private. All of the rooms will have flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and their own private bathrooms. There is a private dining room which may be reserved for special occasions by patients’ families. The entire wing is connected by a bright, cheerful hallway with natural light that floods in from five oversized skylights.

After the ribbon cutting with James Cleary, the CEO of Meridian Manor who opened the doors to the facility 50 years ago, groups toured the new wing.

About the New Wing
The 2,400 square foot outpatient rehabilitation facility was added to the rear of the building. Meridian Manor also built an additional parking lot with a separate entrance for outpatients. The occupational therapy (OT) suite includes a mock apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, bed and laundry so that patients can work on daily activities. Physical therapy (PT) services will utilize new universal exercise equipment that is wheelchair accessible for both arms and legs, a bariatric matt and parallel bars, standard parallel bars, exercise bikes, weights, exercise balls, etc. A Chattanooga machine will be available for e-stim, neurostimulation, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and patterned electrical neuromuscular stimulation (PENS).

Muscle strength training programs for geriatrics help patients (55 years-old and over) to improve their strength and balance for a safer and more positive at-home lifestyle. Meridian Manor also offers therapeutic programs such as dementia management strategy and techniques, and both inpatient and outpatient speech therapy services.

Meridian Manor will be conducting personal tours of the new facilities on October 13, 14, 15 & 16. Those interested in a tour may register online at or by calling (203) 879-2258.

About Meridian Manor
Meridian Manor, founded in 1966, is a nursing home with 94 beds based at 1132 Meriden Road in Waterbury, CT. Meridian Manor is conveniently located minutes from 1-84 and is directly on the local bus line.  Meridian Manor accepts Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.

Meridian Manor provides care for the following conditions: any joint replacement (such as hips and knees), surgery recovery (including back and shoulder), deconditioning related to hospitalization, congestive heart failure, strokes, neuro complications, pneumonia, fractures, amputations, complications from diabetic care, wound care, orthotics and end of life hospice care (with a special area for families.) Meridian Manor has an in-house, highly-trained professional staff of RNs, LPNs, CNAs, PTs, OTs, a certified speech therapist and a social worker (BSW) to assist with discharge needs, placements, filling out forms, etc.

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