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Putting senior services board back in place a good thing PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor

All of the paperwork and voting are done, placing a senior services board back in operation in Imperial. The board, which hasn’t been in operation since shortly after Rural Health Development (RHD) took over management of the Imperial Manor, Parkview Assisted Living and Imperial Heights independent living facilities, will now get back into some oversight of operations.
That’s a good thing.
The city council has been cautiously watching operations at the Imperial senior care facilities with some concerns, enough so to begin discussions several months ago of putting the board back in place.
Late last year, managers with RHD indicated there may be a need to borrow money from the city to cover a bond payment this spring. Then, the recent audit of the facilities showed a severe drop in cash reserves there. Add to that the high turnover of administrators (six since 2010). The newest administrator, Dean Dragon, came on board in December. He has a positive outlook in keeping the local facilities competitive in a competitive industry where the number of residents is dwindling in many southwest Nebraska senior care facilities.
Currently, the senior care facilities here operate without any property tax support from city residents. City officials want to keep it that way. They’re hopeful the newly-appointed board can help keep them more informed on operations there. RHD welcomes the reformation of the board. RHD works with such boards in many of the communities in which they manage facilities.
The city owns the senior care facilities here, and Mayor Dwight Coleman said recently it should be paying its own way. By having some additional oversight, he and the council can be a little more “up” on issues before they become problems. City officials are also going to give of their time, too, along with four other community residents, to help in that effort. Council member Charlesa Kline is a member of the five-person board and Mayor Coleman will serve as an ex-officio member.
The mayor and council have taken the right step in putting the senior services board back in place.

 

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