Since I have been administrator of Palace Care and Rehab I have had many occasions that have made me aware of how special this facility and community is. However, none have exemplified the true spirit more than the response that we had during the need to evacuate on Sunday because of potential flooding. The support of city and county emergency personnel was beyond what we could have expected with each person rising above what their jobs required. We cannot name them all but want each to know how much we appreciate them. Individual volunteers came by to offer assistance in any manner possible and their support was tremendously appreciated. It is the support and friendship in our time of need that reinforces our belief in the true meaning of ‘community’. Macon County General Hospital and Riverview Regional Medical Center opened their doors for our residents who needed more care than could be afforded at the armory and we appreciate their hospitality in addition to the wonderful hospitality of the National Guard.
Lastly but certainly not least is the remarkable response of The Palace staff. They came without being called, worked hard for long hours and remained steadfast through hours when many were concerned about their own homes and families. Their commitment and dedication was inspiring to say the least.
While we would have preferred not to have to make such a decision, the results have been positive. All residents were safely moved and cared for and at this time they are anxiously waiting to return to their ‘home’ at The Palace. We consider that a testimony to the care they receive on a daily basis as well as their confidence that our staff will see to their safety and comfort under extraordinary circumstances.
More than ever before, I am honored to be the administrator of Palace Care and Rehab. Again, my most sincere appreciation to every person who came during our time of need.
Rita F. Crabtree
Palace Care and Rehab