March 10, 1892A small group of ladies came together to discuss a home for the aged people of Delaware, Ohio. At their first meeting they elected a president, Mrs. Elmer Hill. After this they had regular meetings and a plan began to materialize.
July 4, 1892Mr. Elmer Hill owned a rental property at 302 North Franklin Street. He offered the house to the Board rent-free for three months, with the option to lease the building to the Board for five years if things went well.
Three women moved into the new home from the Infirmary: Mrs. Beach, Mrs. Irwin and Miss Fox.
The Board received $1 per week from the Infirmary for their room and board.
A matron and housekeeper were also hired for the new home.
Spring 1901The house at 302 North Franklin Street quickly proved to be too small, so the Board began discussing a way to find a larger building. Mrs. Sarah Moore, one of the original board members, suggested that they ask her husband Sidney to lease them a rental property. Mr. Moore gave them a 99-year lease on a house on East William Street, with the option to buy at any time. His only requirement was that the property always be used as a home for the aged people of Delaware.
July 1901The ladies moved into their new home at 47 East William Street.
Mrs. Sarah Moore passed away. She left the property and $30,000 to the Home for the Aged of Delaware County to build a new home. This money was put into a building fund and continued to grow.
By 1921 the building fund had grown to $75,000, and the Board decided it was time to start the new building. They quickly rented a house for the women to live in while their new home was being built.
May 15, 1923Residents moved back into the home at 47 East William Street, which now had 32 beds. The name was also changed to “Sarah Moore Home” at this time.
The women on the Sarah Moore Home Board realized that they needed the advice of professional men in the community. After meeting with several, they decided to start a new Board.
The new Board would be called “The Board of Governors.” It would consist of nine members: five would be women from the Sarah Moore Board and four would be men from the community. The Board of Governors would be responsible for hiring administrators and overseeing all operations of the facility.
The other board, consisting of the rest of the ladies from the Sarah Moore Home Board, would be called “The Sarah Moore Service Board.” They would see to residents’ wants and needs.
Rules and regulations for nursing facilities were changing, and our two story building did not have an elevator. Plans were made and funds received to start construction on the northeast end of the building. This new end with our first elevator was completed in 1983.
Looking toward the future, the Board of Governors approved the purchase of two buildings just north of our property on East William Street.
They first purchased the Delaware Rural Electric Cooperative building, followed soon after by Anderson Electric Company. Both of these buildings were eventually torn down allow our campus to expand.
As Sarah Moore continued to grow, a new building was needed to serve as a nursing home. To accomplish this, we launched our first capital campaign to build a 25,000 square foot building at 26 North Union Street. This new construction was designed to connect to 47 East William Street by a hall and courtyard.
March 15, 1999
The new nursing home was completed and named the Sarah Moore Health Care Center. As we received our license to be a skilled nursing facility, all residents moved to the new building. This allowed us to remodel the property on East William Street we had owned since 1923.
Remodeling of the Sarah Moore Home was complete, and an open house was held to celebrate the renovations.
We also revised our admission policy to allow men to move in. George Marburger was the first man admitted to Sarah Moore, and he helped cut the ribbon
on the new addition.
As the campus continued to grow, ground was broken on a new assisted living addition October 12, 2007.
2012 to 2016
2012 to 2014
The Board of Governors recognized the need to partner with a larger not-for-profit organization whose values and mission aligned with ours. After much research, we partnered with Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) in 2014.
OPRS changed its name to Ohio Living in October 2016. As a result, our name changed from the Sarah Moore Home to Ohio Living Sarah Moore.
April 5, 2017
The Rehab Center added 19 private and semi-private rehabilitation suites with private baths and walk-in showers to our campus.
This addition gives us the ability to provide short-term rehabilitation services accompanied by chef-prepared meals and an experienced therapy team in a beautiful environment.