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
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
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
Need is great for foster parents
Dear Editor: Teens in our community urgently and immediately need your help. They need families willing to open their hearts to provide a safe and nurturing place they can call home. May is National Foster Care Month, which recognizes foster parents while also asking loving families to embrace a child who cannot be with their caretaker at this time.
You know the importance of children venturing into the world backed by caring parents who will support and steer them down a positive path. Can you imagine how children, who lose that system of support, will face the world? When law enforcement or the courts remove abused, neglected or delinquent children and teens from their homes, they lose the only home they have ever known. No matter the circumstances in that home, removal is traumatic.
When children enter the protective custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, family members are sought out for placement. But, when a family member cannot be found they are placed in foster care. Research shows that children and teens living in a safe and nurturing home feel good about themselves and are better prepared for the future. The challenge for our community is to find citizens willing to step up and mentor and care for a child.
Foster parents are necessary to nurture and support the educational and mental health needs of teens, provide normalcy to life and serve as a role model so they learn the skills to live independently.
In our profession, it is not unusual to hear someone say, “I thought about becoming a foster parent once.” Unfortunately, too many never follow up to learn more about foster parenting. During the observance of National Foster Care Month, now is the time to find out what it takes to become a foster parent. Call Jennifer Buss at 888-537-9727. You may discover that you will gain as much from the experience as you give a child. You have the power to make a difference and change the life of a child or teen forever. Please give this serious consideration. A child’s future may depend on your decision.
Michael G. Puls, administrator DHHS Northern Service Area Division of Children and Family Services
Farr’s vision for Aurora evident
Dear Editor: We would like to thank the Farr Foundation for the financial assistance on our recent storefront renovation. The vision of the late Alice Farr is manifesting itself in beautiful downtown Aurora. The magnificent courtyard, the hanging flower baskets and all the effort and investment put forth by our downtown merchants in beautifying their storefronts is great!
We would also like to thank all of our friends and neighbors for helping us in various ways make this become a reality for downtown. Without the unselfish assistance and support of our many friends who lent a hand in this effort, we wouldn’t have got it done.
Most importantly, thank you to all of our loyal customers who have been supporting our business through the past 12 years. We are grateful for your relationships and look forward to continuing to be of service.