It was with some interest and albeit sadness that I read the advertisement in the paper for a sale of some property. The property was not specifically identified but I believe I know that location, the old nursing home lot.
For quite a while I had hoped that some of the varied Mason County interests would manage to get together and form a partnership to gather funding in order for Mason to have its own long-term care facility. A facility that could have both assisted-living as well as long-term care built on that lot. A place Mason citizens could be proud of and trust since it would be ran by local people.
I know the condition of the building was hopeless even before the freeze. It truly needs to be razed and a nicely designed, well-functioning facility built on that location. I also know to have an assisted-living area and a long-term care area in the same building can be done but with separate levels and entrances. But I don’t know how to write grants and bring together funds. I don’t know all the rules and regulations for building a facility. However, the one thing I absolutely do know is it is a complete disgrace that this great county does not have its own caring facility for the wonderful elderly people that we have living here. That instead of being close to family and friends who could run by and visit, they are 30 and 45 miles away. That those more frail elderly that live out on their family land are holding on by tooth and toenail to avoid leaving ‘home’.
I read in one of your columns several weeks ago about the way Mason county folks pull together and can always be counted on. I just hope we can pull together one more time…. this time for our dearly loved elderly.