Letters
Manor deserves our support PDF E-mail

Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter in support of the Hamilton Manor. I want to thank the people who saw a need for Hamilton Manor years ago. I’m sure there were many pros and cons at that time, as there is now.

I do not remember all the activity surrounding the issue at the time. I was probably one who said “Who needs it.” I have learned over the years, never to say never.

The Manor has been invaluable to my family and friends. My mother, two sisters, five aunts and uncles and several friends have had their last home address at 1515 5th Street.

Memorial Hospital just completed a $13 million update. I believe the board saw the need to update to keep up with the times. Several projects, such as turf on the football field and four new ballfields, have just been completed with donated funds. The new swimming pool is a $3.5 million project. These are all wonderful additions to the community, but remember they all have to be kept up. This will be done with fees, taxes or more donated private funds.

I do not have the answers but, as our population of seniors are all living longer, the need for the Hamilton Manor is as great as ever.

I want to thank in advance the Manor Board, ad hoc committee and the commissioners for their efforts to come up with a viable solution.


Larry Hansen
Hampton

 
Hamilton Manor needed in Aurora PDF E-mail

Dear Editor:

Aurora needs Hamilton Manor. They have many levels of care, from skilled nursing to Alzheimers and nursing home care. In addition, they add respite care or, as some call it, adult day care.
Ken and I have both stayed at the Manor for periods of time. We both greatly appreciated their physical therapy and restorative departments. The new rooms they have remodeled into suites offer something no other facility in the area does.
Let’s keep our residents in Aurora for their care instead of them leaving the community to get the care they need, going to Grand Island, York or Central City.

Gretchen Troester

Hampton

 
Manor board asks for local support PDF E-mail

Dear Editor:
Much discussion is taking place throughout our community regarding the Hamilton Manor. The feedback the Hamilton Manor Board consistently receives confirms a strong commitment from the people of this county to ensure the needs of our community’s elderly, disabled and indigent will be met now and in the future.
The Hamilton Manor Board feels as the community leaders in 1965 did, that a county-owned Hamilton Manor is a necessary component to insure these vitally important services remain in our community under local control. To fulfill our mission of providing exceptional care for the residents whose home it is, and to serve as a quality and respected employer for the dedicated staff, who care for our residents, the Hamilton Manor board sees an immediate and urgent need to replace the old, unreliable mechanical call light system with the installation of a new wireless emergency call system. The estimated cost is approximately $35,000.
The question now is, “How do we raise the money?” We decided to ask those of you in the community, who feel as we do that the Hamilton Manor provides important elderly, disabled and indigent services and employment in our county. So we ask for your help in the form of a tax-deductible donation. If 35 donors would gift $1,000, or 100 donors would gift $350, our goal would be met. Please know that any gift amount, regardless of the size, will be greatly appreciated. These donations would be kept separate and used solely for the purpose of purchasing and installing a new emergency call light system. Should any funds be received in excess of the amount required for the Hamilton Manor’s new emergency call light system, the funds would be used to further the development of our two-room “home” suites, the only such senior accommodations in our area.
As volunteer members of the Hamilton Manor board, we have made personal pledges to help reach our goal of $35,000 for a new wireless emergency call light system. Service clubs, churches, school clubs and other organizations, please consider designating the urgently needed Manor emergency call light system as your community improvement project.
Tax-deductible contributions may be made payable to Hamilton Manor Call System, % Hamilton Manor Office, 1515 5th St., Aurora, NE 68818. Your consideration of our request is sincerely appreciated.


Roger Bamesberger
Clarence Blase
Curt Wolff
Wendy Andersen
Becky Richter

 
Please stop the negativity PDF E-mail

Dear Editor:

As a Hamilton County taxpayer and a dedicated employee of Hamilton Manor for 10 years, I feel a need to say a few things.
If you own something, you can’t expect to not put any renovations or upgrades in it and expect in 50 years that it is going to function as it did when you first bought it.

As far as this Hamilton Manor Ad Hoc Committee, I am a little confused because the last time I checked, Hamilton County was made up of more than males and people from Aurora, but yet that was who sat on this committee.

Also, all the negativity towards the Manor lately is heartbreaking when this facility has been serving Hamilton County for years with little to no support from the county until recently, in which was the cause of poor management way before the Klaasmeyers took over.

Hamilton Manor has had many positives recently. We have gone to EMRs, renovated bath houses and suites, a manager on duty on the weekends and a tuition reimbursement program, just to name a few, all because of the Klassmeyers.

We are a skilled facility and have helped facilitate many residents in rehab to be able to once again return to their homes. Many residents call Hamilton Manor “home.” Where would they be without this facility?

How many people can honestly say I love my job and enjoy going to work every day? I can, because I work with some of the most dedicated, caring and hardworking people every day who care about the “family” that lives and works at the Manor.

I feel Hamilton Manor gives outstanding and compassionate care to its residents on a daily basis but, like every other long term facility in this state, we are not perfect.

I support the Hamilton Manor Board and the Klassmeyers in the decisions that have been made in an attempt to make Hamilton Manor a thriving nursing home again in this community. But in a community I think is know for helping, let’s show some compassion and stop all the negativity. Who knows, some day you may find a loved one or yourself that needs a place like Hamilton Manor.

Angela Rust
Aurora

 
Questions about Hamilton Manor PDF E-mail

Dear Editor:
Since Hamilton Manor was voted into being because of the work of the Aurora Women’s Club (with Eldon Higby, fire chief, helping) why were women not on the investigating committee? Over 100 women across the county worked to provide activities for the residents until the law to hire an activities director was passed.

The Manor was in good shape financially until sometime in 2008, according to your article. I believe that coincides with the series of administrators who have been hired by the home after Barry Robertshaw’s death. This tells me there has been a poor choice of administrators.

The job requires “round the clock” supervision with the administrators there 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (at least), five days a week and a charge nurse or LPN on weekends. Former county treasurer Earl Strong, my husband, even dropped in at 11 p.m. when he heard the night shift wasn’t functioning as they should. The commissioners who recruited Earl felt that the administrator must be a resident of the county who really cares about aged persons, a good budget maker, aware of bills needing to be paid and pay them, and be present among the residents to hear their concerns and needs.

As stated by one of the board members, “quality of care is what will bring people and a comfortable caring place to be.” Neither by husband, Earl, the first administrator, or his successors had any advice from any local sources except the board and commissioners.

I feel that the board can find such a person, plus a volunteer if needed. There is a state office that oversees nursing homes that might be helpful. However, let the hospital be the hospital (and it is good) and the Manor be an outstanding nursing home.

Irene Strong
Aurora

 
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