To the Valley News:
I would like to publicly praise and thank the staff of both the Keene Valley Neighborhood House and the Horace Nye Home for the care that my mother, Virginia Sheasby, received at these two institutions during the last few years of her life. She Was treated with care, compassion, decency, and respect. She deserved all of this. She Was a Woman and a good citizen of this county and country.
All people should be treated this Way. Yet I have been in assisted living and nursing homes where the comfort and dignity of the residents was not a priority with some of the staff, and where those in charge turned a blind eye when the residents were not treated with care and compassion. That is not the case in the Neighborhood House or in Horace Nye. It should never be the case anywhere, and I hope that when Horace Nye is under new management, the quality of care which exists there today will continue.
I have my doubts. When profit is the chief motive and an institution is understaffed in the interest of that profit, abuses can occur. Some say the county should not be in the nursing home business. I say the county should see that our senior citizens have an affordable and decent place to spend their final days nearby where their families can spend time with them. Yes, cost is certainly a consideration. If private institutions can make a profit, why could the county not at least break even with better fiscal management? I hope firm assurances are in place that the quality of care our citizens presently receive at Horace Nye Will continue. Our people deserve no less.
Linda Deyo, Keene