From the Desk of the Administrator

Jim Harkness

Hello everyone.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been battling COVID for a year now.  I cannot tell you how much additional work has gone into ensuring the safety of our residents through this crisis.  It has been exhausting for all our staff.  It has affected our facility and residents on every level.  First and foremost, our residents have lost independence and the ability to socially gather with family and friends.  That alone is devastating.  From a business perspective it has made our fiscal ability to function extremely difficult.  We have seen a large reduction in census over the last several months, and we hope and pray that gradually increases.  We understand that no one wants to be in a nursing facility especially during a pandemic where people cannot see their loved ones.  But with that said, I hope that those that do need nursing care are choosing their hometown facility to receive that care.  We proved excellent care and we can match anything that any other facility can provide.  We recently completed our third and final in-house vaccine clinic.  We were very pleased with the number of residents and staff who elected to be vaccinated.  Of course, the more people that become vaccinated the more others will be protected.  We continue to test our staff and follow protective guidelines in the facility.  It is my hope that by sometime this spring, we will be able to begin expanding on visitations within the facility.  Just the other day Jackson County’s positivity rate finally fell below 10%.  It has not been that low in many months.  This is a good sign and if it continues to drop, it will support our reasoning to open up on visitations.  Thank you for your support.