Park Manor Bee Cave nursing center houses Harvey evacuees

Gulf Point Plaza staff member Amber Mikulik stands with an evacuee.

Gulf Point Plaza staff member Amber Mikulik stands with an evacuee.

Updated Sept. 12 at 9:56 a.m.

Published Sept. 5 at 5:28 p.m.

Park Manor Bee Cave, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, recently took in 90 skilled nursing and assisted living patients from Rockport who were evacuated due to Hurricane Harvey, Park Manor Administrator Cory Hawkins said.

The evacuees were relocated from Gulf Point Plaza skilled nursing facility and Gulf Point Village Assisted Living on Aug. 24 between 9 p.m. to midnight, Hawkins said. Many were placed in rooms, while the 18 assisted living patients were set up in Park Manor’s therapy gym, which was transformed to temporarily house the evacuees, he said.

The following day, the assisted living patients were transported to Forum Parkway Health and Rehabilitation in Bedford, according to Hawkins. As of Sept. 1, he said the remaining 72 patients all have rooms and are expected to stay between 1-4 months.

Park Manor staff is coordinating with the families of Rockport patients to determine whether to keep them at their location or to move them closer to family.

The facility is prepared to assist during natural disasters as part of 22 partnerships throughout Texas, Hawkins said, guaranteeing there is a plan in place in case Park Manor needs to evacuate or take in evacuees, as occurred during Hurricane Harvey.

“The real heartwarming thing is that the Bee Cave and Lakeway community really showed up,” Hawkins said. “They brought in dinners for the staff. They have been volunteering, doing games with the patients, keeping them engaged and just been overall very supportive.”

Correction: We incorrectly stated that Amber Mikulik was a Park Manor Bee Cave employee. Mikulik is an employee of Gulf Point Plaza.