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Mary Ann Manor’s new owners strive for home-like environment

NEW OWNERS — Robert and Janine Yelenovsky are the new owners of Mary Ann Manor, a 32-year-old assisted living home at 2525 Eldersville Road in Follansbee

FOLLANSBEE — The new owners of Mary Ann Manor, an assisted living home at 2525 Eldersville Road, said they both have family members who struggled to care for elderly loved ones so they know how difficult that can be.

“It’s not a sign of weakness to say I can’t do this,” said Janine Yelenovsky, who owns and runs the home with her husband, Robert.

She said their goal is to provide the day-to-day care their seniors need so their family members can focus on spending quality time with them.

Robert said while they provide three home-cooked meals, housekeeping and laundry service to their residents, not all require assistance with daily living.

He said some welcome simpler living space with the companionship of Mary Ann Manor’s staff and other residents.

The pair said one resident has called it “a home away from home,” and that’s the feeling they strive for.

Janine noted with its wood floors, pastel walls and suburban neighborhood location with spacious grounds, Mary Ann Manor has the feel of a bed and breakfast.

Robert noted there are no beeping machines and added their staff is encouraged to perform their tasks efficiently but calmly to avoid the hustle and bustle that can stress residents.

He said some residents have filled their rooms with their own furniture and pictures, making it even more homelike for them.

The pair said Mary Ann Manor also is available for respite care, providing a break to caregivers of seniors for days, weeks or months.

Natives of the Pittsburgh area, the Yelenovskys said they sought a departure from the bustle of city life and an opportunity to help families meet the needs of their aging loved ones.

Janine was a manager at an Allegheny County crime lab and with that background, said she appreciates the need for rules and regulations in any professional setting.

Robert became familiar with the Weirton area while developing retirement plans for a company that served Ohio Valley businesses. In addition to operating Mary Ann Manor, he runs a private financial practice and hopes to establish an endowment to help subsidize residents in financial need.

The two said they’ve applied their love of remodeling to fixing up the home in various ways, including upgrading thet fire alarm and sprinkler system and installing a whole-house generator.

They noted not long before they arrived, the home had been expanded to 14 beds and its front porch enclosed to create a visiting area and semi-private room with several windows.

The Yelenovskys also have hired a full-time director of nursing: Rebecca Lund, a registered nurse whose 15 years in the field included working for a Wheeling assisted living home.

They said three nurse’s aides currently prepare the meals but they hope to add a full-time cook to the home’s staff of 16.

The pair noted Mary Ann Manor was opened in 1987 by the late Mary Ann Hanlon Wagner, a registered nurse who created it from her home and spoke of treating each resident as she would a family member.

“Literally everybody we talk to about Mary Ann has nothing but the best to say about her and that’s the bar we want to reach,” Robert said.

For information about Mary Ann Manor, call (304) 527-0940.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)

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