Archive for Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Action was necessary on the county home

July 18, 2001

Leavenworth County commissioners made a tough decision last week about the county-run nursing home.

On a 2-1 vote, with Bob Adams dissenting, commissioners decided to seek an outside agency or company to operate the county home, which is in Leavenworth. County Commissioner Joe Daniels had suggested the plan.

The home has been plagued by financial troubles during the past year or so.

And earlier this year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment cited the home for several deficiencies. The deficiencies were so great that the state instituted a ban on admissions at the home.

Among those problems, the state said, was management of the home.

In the past, commissioners have said they feel their commitment to the county's elderly population was so strong that they continued to pour money into the home. In 2000 and 2001, the county has spent more than $196,000 on the home than was originally budgeted. The home continues to be a drain on the county, at a time when the county is grappling with increasing requests for services from residents.

It is understandable and commendable that commissioners have stood by the home and tried to bolster it.

However, it appears that the time has come for an outside group to take over operation. Perhaps such a group can increase the number of residents at the home to help turn the home's financial picture around.

Time will tell us whether Daniel's idea will work. But it is time to try.

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