To The Daily Sun,
Speaking as residents from Belknap County Nursing Home. There a few of us that meet on Friday afternoons, we call ourselves the Pot Holes because life is full of pot holes. We have been meeting for about a year now and talk about many different things. We shared about our past experiences, how we are doing now living in a nursing home. Lately, we have been talking about the "politics" that surround us in our community.
It seems like the county commissioners and the county delegation are acting like children in the sand box. This back-and-forth has been an upsetting to some of us. Not sure if we need to pack our bags, or is the nursing home going to shut itself down. Even the changes that have happened with the administrator's position, it's just one more thing. It starts from the top and works its way down to us, the residents.
Think for a minute and put yourself in our shoes. You get older and have to give up all that you have living in the community because you need help taking care of yourself. So now you're here in a home.
Dave Pollak came in this past week to speak to us. He was so nice and understanding, he listened to our concerns and gave us hope for tomorrow. No one else has done that. We have a voice and we plan on using it when the polls open.
We do know one thing, the staff at Belknap County Nursing Home has been so amazing to us. They are kind, giving, loving and caring. The staff lets us make our own decisions about our day, and does what it can to keep us happy. This is our home. We just want people to know we care about the staff and want to make sure staff members are taken care of as well. They shouldn't have to worry about their jobs, and if they can make enough to feed their families, never mind health care costs.
We know a couple of weeks ago they all worked hard together so we wouldn't be without. The staff always reassures us that they will take care of us and what they need to do. We have been talking about this and feel they deserve a raise and insurance they can afford. We have all gone through many changes in our life time so we know how this thing works. But their dedication is so great, we just want to say, "You are appreciated in all that you do for us and we are extremely grateful ... Thank you Belknap County staff, you're wonderful."
The Pot Hole Group
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