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May 14, 2013

What will happen when Manor is gone?

I’m writing this letter as I was unable to attend the Otsego County’s board meeting in regards to the sale of the Otsego Manor. My grandmother is 75 and resides at the Otsego Manor; she has for the last three years. The county has a lien on her home to recoup money that they have spent out in regards to Medicaid. My family does not mind this as we are thankful the staff is able to provide the care we cannot.

My questions to the Otsego County Board members are: what happens when the Manor goes away? Where will you go when your family can’t take care of you? Why is it OK for non-productive members of society to force taxpayers to pay thousands of dollars for their care while they are in the jail; and not OK for the elderly who have paid their dues. The criminals within the jail receive a library, schooling, television, medical care, telephone etc., while we argue about the care of our elderly.

The Otsego County Board members are not looking into the future. When this “private” company fails, what will happen to the building? As history has shown in other counties, the private nursing homes have failed or been shut down by the state. If this happens, my family had already discussed that we will be forced to place my grandmother hundreds of miles away or do our best to take care of her at our home. I’m very ashamed at the board members for not doing their best to keep the Manor county-owned. All health care is suffering, not just nursing homes.

Heidi Hotaling

Hartwick

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