Wednesday September 27, 2017 12:01 AM
There is so much love out at Berks Heim. My wife was a recent patient there, and I was a frequent visitor. Every day I went there I saw men sitting on a bench with a wife in a wheelchair. The woman may or may not have known where she was. It didn't matter. The same was true with women and their spouses.
At the Heim Fest, I saw a family with two disabled sons. They were helping them enjoy a hamburger and soda. I saw a man in his 60s sit his mom at a table. He got a bottle of nail polish out of his pocket and applied it to her fingernails. More love. I said hello to her, and she smiled at me.
There was a food line maybe 100 feet long. Every other person was in a wheelchair. There was no pushing or shoving. Everyone was having a good time.
The staff there is wonderful. My wife was on A-3. What a neat bunch of ladies they have there. They always asked me if they could help me. A lot of the ladies there cannot feed themselves, and the staff carefully feeds all of them. What a job, but they do it with a smile.
I dread to think what may happen to Berks Heim if it is sold to a private concern. I urge the Berks County commissioners not to sell it.
County should retain ownership of Heim