One week and one day ago I sat in the office of Sue Nelson at Parkview Home in Belview and watched she and others as a huge weight seemed to be lifted from their shoulders.
Just a couple of weeks earlier, I?had spoken with Nelson, Jenny Parker and Jim Broich at the Belview nursing home facility, and at that time Feb. 1 was still a day in the distance.
There was still so much that had to be done, all of them wondered if it could be completed in time – especially as they were at the mercy of inspectors.
Yet, when Feb. 1 came around, the finishing touches of the facility were made, and the staff of the facility which had been closed since this past July were ready to get back to work.
Even though I?know everyone had hoped the process of repairing the facility hit by a tornado July 1 would have been completed much sooner, I?think those who are going to benefit from the facility certainly are going to agree it was worth the wait. I?walked into the facility soon after the storm and saw a facility that needed a lot of work just to keep the water out.
Water was inches deep in what was the facility’s chapel and a thin, blue tarp was all that separated the interior from the outdoor elements.
Furniture was stored in whatever space was available, rooms were in need of major work, and in the meantime residents who called the facility home were sleeping in unfamiliar beds. Members of the staff were without jobs, and a community wondered just how it was all going to come together.
I thought the same thing.
Yet, I also knew the people at Parkview Home would be up to the challenge, and the people of Belview would do what they could to help in whatever ways they could.
Although I?am a Redwood Falls-Morton graduate and love Redwood Falls, I?have a special place in my heart for Belview.
As a kid I?spent many an hour in town hanging out with friends I?knew from church. (Many of my growing up years were spent at Grace?Lutheran Church, of which I?am a confirmed member.)
My Grandpa Krause spent many of his last days at the Belview facility, and because I knew so many of the staff members, I was always confident they were doing what was best for him. Don’t get me wrong, I?am very confident with any and every nursing home I?have ever stepped foot in across this region, but when I?walk into Parkview and am greeted by just about everyone on the staff by my first name I?always felt that connection. So, when the first resident, a lady named Doris, was wheeled into the newly renovated facility I?witnessed the emotion of those who celebrated what was a long road, and I?felt some of that emotion myself.
You can actually watch a 49 second video of the first resident entering the building on our Web site.
The new facility is very impressive and does have that home-like feel to it.
The whole thing has a community feel about it, as people stepped up however they could to make sure Feb. 1 could happen. Congratulations, Parkview.