We provide high quality skilled nursing, hospice, and therapy services in a family atmosphere and peaceful setting.
Continental Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

820 East Center Street

Blanchester, Ohio 45107

Tel: (937) 783-4949

Fax: (937) 783-5820


Continental Manor’s physical therapy assistant Carol Chamblin works with 101-year-old Robert Ferneding to get him back on his feet and back home.

BLANCHESTER – Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it isn’t the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years”.  This statement perfectly describes Clinton County resident Robert Ferneding who continues to live alone at home after a recent rehab stay at Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Blanchester.  Faced with a hospitalization due to a sudden onset of acute muscle weakness, 101-year-old Ferneding opted to do the inpatient rehab program in an attempt to regain his strength in order to remain safely in his home.  The daily therapy program was not easy in the beginning for Ferneding; however, his gentleman is no stranger to overcoming challenges in his life.  Born in the Victorian era of 1912, Ferneding lived through Dayton Ohio’s Great Flood of 1913 when the rescue boat he and his mother were in capsized and they were the only survivors.  He escaped the 1918 flu pandemic and lived in Xenia Ohio during the 1974 tornado, coming through that natural disaster unharmed.  His longevity has led him to witness more changes than most of us will ever encounter—great advances in medicine, technology, transportation and manufacturing.  Ferneding has lived through two World Wars and the Great Depression, has witnessed U.S. women gain their voting rights and go to work outside the home, the 1929 Stock Market crash, prohibition come and go, America’s Social Security system and income tax enactments, the Civil Rights movement, four territories enter statehood, and 17 U.S. presidents take office. 

Born at a time when a gallon of gas was 7 cents and the average annual income was $1,033, Ferneding learned the value of hard physical labor through his occupations of machine operator and farmer.  After his retirement in 1967, he kept physically fit and mentally active.   His therapy team at Continental Manor was very impressed with his physical stamina, and Robert became a shining example of perseverance and determination to the other residents, who were anywhere from 10 to 40 years younger.  He encouraged them while participating in his own therapy and was a joy to work with. 

When asked about his recent rehab experience, the very sharp-minded centurion responded with a comment that revealed the wisdom of his years, “Being at Continental Manor was a really good experience.  When you consider how much turmoil and fighting there is all over the world, it’s a good change to be in a place where everyone is so nice to you.”

Continental’s full-service rehab team offers therapy disciplines of physical, occupational, speech and respiratory seven days a week.


Blanchester—A large team of Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center associates united in a month-long effort to raise both awareness and funds to find a cure for the disease that affects too many—Alzheimer’s.  In their personal time, these ladies prepared home-baked goodies to hold bake sales and Friday luncheons at Continental Manor.  Together they raised $650 for the worthy cause. To conclude and celebrate their efforts, these enthusiastic crusaders participated in the recent Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and donated all funds raised toward local Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Photo Info : Continental Manor associates participated in various activities to raise funds and awareness to end Alzheimer’s disease.  Pictured left to right are: (kneeling) Amanda Morningstar (Dietary) and Robin Burkhart (STNA); (middle row) Annette Jenkins (STNA), Stephanie Schlake (R.N.) and Regina Feltner (LPN); (back row) Lori Evans (Assistant Director of Nursing), Lori Pringle (STNA), Darla Ogden (Employee Services), Lisa Brown (LPN) Bob Herzog (Channel 12 News), Marcia Ward (LPN), Angie Poppaw (LPN) and Cindy Wilson.  Danny Johnson is in the background.


BLANCHESTER – Continental Manor recently held a Rehab Reunion event to reconnect with its many successful rehab-to-home patients.  Fayetteville native, Joe Holden, was one of the attendees who enjoyed celebrating with the friends he made at the rehab community.  He was presented with a certificate of achievement for his hard work and dedication that resulted in his success.

Continental Manor’s therapy manager, Julie Gala, presents successful rehabber, Joe Holden, a certificate of achievement.

“We had the privilege of working with Joseph Holden in our rehab department at Continental Manor recently where he received all of our therapy disciplines--physical, occupation, speech and respiratory therapy,” stated therapy manager, Julie Gala.  “Joe was a very social guest and motivated to return to his prior level of function.  He had a history of falls at home and was afraid that he would have a serious injury. Through strengthening, training in walking safely, improving his respiratory status and increasing his safety awareness, Joe was able to leave our community and move into his own apartment at the Highland House Assisted Living where he is actively participating in all activities with an increased quality of life,” added Gala.  Holden also made a lot of friends and joined in the many activities and outings while he regained his health at Continental Manor. 

Continental’s full-service rehab team is led by manager Gala (who is also a licensed speech therapist) and provides therapy services seven days a week. 


Blanchester Mayor Chad Hollon presented a proclamation to residents and staff at Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to kick off National Nursing Home Week, May 12-18.  To show appreciation for his visit and remembrance of this special week in their lives, residents gave Mayor Hollon a sweet gift of gourmet jelly beans.  Pictured above with the Mayor are (left to right) Tami Linville (Activities Director), Kim Chapman (Business Office Manager), Cathy Pattan (Director of Nursing), Angie Byrom (Social Services Director) and Angie Valentine (MDS Coordinator).

Resident mothers were also treated to a live performance, Shades of Elvis Mother’s Day Celebration, as part of this special week.  Pictured above is resident council president Edna Schneider with stars in her eyes as Elvis impersonator Bob Lovelace sings only to her.

This year’s National Nursing Home Week theme is “Celebrating 30 Years of Caring”, honoring Continental Manor’s 30th anniversary.  A full week of events is being held to honor both residents and staff.  Additional activities include live performances by the Blanchester High School marching band, Full Gospel Christian Assembly and David Wayne; an outdoor picnic, and planting flower and vegetable gardens in the courtyard area.  All activities are sponsored by Continental Manor and implemented by its care team staff.  “Nursing home residents have contributed immeasurably to Blanchester’s heritage and are themselves living history; and we hold them in respect and affection and are grateful they enrich many lives as an incomparable source of wisdom and experience from which we can all learn,” stated Mayor Hollon. The public is invited to be a part of this special celebration and remember these special citizens by visiting the community or sending cards.

Inpatient Rehab Provides a New Start on Life

WWII Veteran Regains Interest in Hobbies Following Continental Manor Stay

Arnold (or “Arnie” as known to his friends) Van Skaik recently graduated from Continental Manor’s Rehab Program ready to once again pursue his hobbies of antiquing and wood carving.  Arnie came to Continental Manor unable to walk with goals of walking once again and returning home.  He also had difficulties with his voice and swallowing.  Arnie worked hard for up to three hours of rehab a day, seven days a week, to improve his tolerance for activity, increase his vocal intensity and tolerate foods with strategies that allowed him to swallow safely.  He achieved this with the assistance of Continental’s therapy team:  speech, physical, occupational and respiratory.  By the time Arnie was ready to return to his home, he was able to walk, talk and swallow just the way he could before he was hospitalized.

“Our ultimate goal is to rehab our residents to their previous lifestyles, and a very high percentage of them are able to return home,” stated Julie Gala, Director of Rehab.  As part of Arnie’s occupational therapy treatment, he baked favorite treats for his care team.  But in addition to baking, it was discovered that Arnie has many talents; and on the last day of his stay, he displayed some of his woodcarving creations and a large, completely hand-sewn quilt that took him 12 years to complete!  There was almost a continuous flow of residents, staff and visitors visiting Arnie’s room that day to view these unique items.  

Due to his hard work, determination and positive attitude, along with the expertise and guidance of Continental’s rehab and nursing teams, Arnie was able to return home and to his antique business with plans to continue woodcarving in his spare time.  Sometimes a rehab stay positively touches, not just a few, but many people with an unforgettable experience.  Arnie’s story is a great example of this.  His stay at Continental Manor made a huge difference not only in his life, but also in the lives of those he befriended and inspired during his short time at Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Continental Manor is an 82-bed, rehab and skilled nursing community located in Blanchester, owned and operated by Deaconess Long Term Care, a not-for-profit, Christian-based organization.  Partners in care include Select Medical Rehabilitation Services and Respiratory Health Services.  On March 4, Continental Manor launched a full-scale, respiratory therapy program with therapists onsite seven days a week to provide specialty care to those who have breathing difficulties related to diseases like COPD, emphysema, pneumonia, congestive heart failure and sleep apnea.    For more information, contact Mary Davis at 937.783.4949, ext. 101.

Rehab resident Arnie Van Skaik (middle) shows off his various artistic creations to Continental Manor’s Executive Director Lois Butt (front left) and some of his therapy team members Julie Gala (front right), Cheryl Oaks (back left) and Dan Charlebois (back right).

Arnie’s handmade quilt was a 50th anniversary present to his wife, Marian, in 1993.

Rallying the Reds

Continental Manor residents kicked off opening day of the Cincinnati Reds baseball season with a “Rallying the Reds” party provided by Crossroads Hospice.  Each resident received souvenir Game Day towels, hats and bumper stickers courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds.   Pre-game ice cream sundaes were enjoyed by all with the game playing on the big screen in the family room.   Pictured above is Reds fan and resident Terry Cooper along with Chelcy Hall of Crossroads Hospice. 

The festive event was planned and implemented by Continental Manor’s Activities staff and volunteers.  This is just one of over 100 activities and outings that are offered to residents during April.


Blanchester—The Easter Bunny was recently spotted in Blanchester at Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Hopping to each resident’s room and giving lots of hugs and jelly beans, the Easter Bunny brought smiles of joy to the faces of many residents.  This annual visit is coordinated by the activities department at the center and is a favorite of both residents and staff.  Pictured above: Continental Manor’s administrator Lois Butt (left) and resident Charlotte Day share a laugh with the Easter Bunny.

Irish Eyes Were Smilling at Continental Manor

While St. Patrick’s Day parades were happening all over the world, residents at Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center also paraded into their party-themed dining room and “got their Irish on” at the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  Resident James Ante, above left, won one of several prizes awarded.   Also pictured is volunteer Elvie Wood (center) and resident Marion Sparks.

The festive event was planned and implemented by Continental Manor’s Activities staff and volunteers.  This is just one of many activities that are offered to residents during the month of March.  Contact Tami Linville, Activities Director, (937.783.4949 or tlinville@deaconessltc.org) for more information on activities offerings or to learn how you can become a Continental Manor volunteer.


Blanchester residents Margie Schmitz and James Ante were crowned Queen and King of Hearts at a Valentine’s Day party at Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.   This prestigious honor is determined by votes cast by the center’s staff, residents and visitors.  Upon presentation of the awards, activities director Danielle Henson announced that Queen Margie was chosen for her fun-loving spirit and kindness to others and King James for his million-dollar smile and comical personality.     The retiring 2012 Queen Shirley DeBoard and 2011 King Terry Cooper were present to pass the scepters to the new royalty. 

The Activities Department at Continental Manor hosts this popular resident event annually which is attended by many residents, family members and staff.   Both Schmitz and Ante actively participate in a variety of resident activities at Continental Manor.


Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s dining and family rooms were filled to capacity with residents and their family members for the annual Family Christmas Dinner event.  Diners enjoyed a delicious meal, served by Continental staff, with a choice of desserts.  Seasonal musical entertainment was provided by Mike Pendell (pictured above) of Songs for Seniors.  The festive evening concluded with family members gathering around their loved one for a special Holiday photo.  Continental Manor hosts these special occasions several times a year as a way of honoring the importance of bringing families together to continue making special memories.

DLTC's Steve Casper Speaks at Blanchester High School

DLTC’s Steve Casper was the key note speaker at Blanchester High School’s Veteran’s Day recognition program last Friday.   His emotional words of gratitude to the veterans who served before him, particularly those from the WWII era, brought tears to the eyes of many listening and generated a standing ovation at the conclusion. 

Over 50 area veterans, including Steve, were honored for their service during the 3½-hour luncheon and student assembly.  Principal Rick Hosler stated that this annual assembly of students is a very important program at BHS, second only to graduation services.  He thanked the special guests for their attendance and expressed how honored and proud the school’s administration, staff and students were to have the veterans present to allow them to honor the sacrifices each made through their service.  The special day concluded with an introduction of each veteran, starting with Steve and ending with the WWII vets in attendance.       

Continental Manor is very proud and honored to know Major Steve Casper.  Thank you, Sir, for your service!    

Treats are Better than Tricks!

Continental Manor Residents Treat 850 Area Trick-or-Treaters.

The residents of Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center experienced no tricks from the 850 trick-or-treaters who visited the center on October 30 during Clinton County’s annual Beggars’ Night.  This grand community event is the biggest resident activity of the year at Continental Manor, and this year’s attendance far exceeded previous years.  Sponsored by the Center’s Activities and Marketing departments, residents and staff worked in advance to prepare the resident treat bags, allowing every child to leave the facility on that special evening with lots of edible goodies.  With assistance from staff, family members and community seniors, most of Continental’s residents enjoyed donning costumes and participating in the two-hour festivities.

The Activities staff received a handwritten thank you note from one of Continental’s long-term residents.  Her words of thanks for “making it a special Halloween for the children of the community and especially for all of us residents” made the event a priceless memory.