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A Valley of silence

Sometimes silence isn’t golden.

Valley View Manor, Moffat County’s only nursing home, has come under the scrutiny of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for alleged “deficiencies” that include failing to meet overall medical, nursing and psychological needs of the facility’s 50-plus residents.

Whether or not the owners of Valley View Manor, Atlanta-based Mariner Health Care, agree with the state’s allegations, they should be making a better effort to assure this community that they are making every effort to safeguard the welfare of the residents who live there, the employees who work there and the families whose loved ones reside there.

The community has a right to know whether Valley View Manor will survive this crisis. While pending litigation may play a part in Mariner Health Care’s decision in keeping quiet, certainly it could and should talk about its future in Moffat County.

The nursing home plays a critical role in the community by providing a place where seniors can live and get the care they need while allowing extended families to stay together in the same community.

If the facility shuts down, these families might have to look at other accommodations in Steamboat Springs or Meeker, alternatives that don’t afford the same opportunity for these families and by extension the community to remain intact.

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