The residents of Hovlid Community Care Center moved into their new home on Wednesday greeted by a welcoming poster and balloons at the front door along with staff to get them settled.

A Special Grand Opening Open House is being hosted by Orchard Hospital at the Hovlid Community Care Center Friday, January 12 with the dedication beginning at 11 a.m.

The expansion to 82 beds means there will no longer be a waiting list and now there is an option for those who had to be moved out of town to other facilities when Gridley Healthcare and Wellness closed. The option to move back to Gridley means in some cases their family members won't have to travel out of town and can check on their loved ones more often.

Up until now, Hovlid has offered just 21 beds available to residents at the north side of the hospital with a waiting list because of the vast need for senior living with rehabilitation services with full time nursing.

As the current 21 residents get settled in their new homes, the staff is excited to add the eight new residents who will move in next week.

It is an exciting time at Orchard Hospital and the Hovlid Community Care Center with the much-needed expansion for long term care.