Grand Island Veterans' Home residents get ready to move to Kearney


    Grand Island Veterans' Home residents get ready to move to Kearney. (NTV News)

    With the 'transition day' only four short days away, the Grand Island Veterans' Home is putting the finishing touches on packing belongings for the 92 residents, who will be moving to the new Central Nebraska Veterans' Home in Kearney.

    Grand Island Veterans' Home resident Trina Sanders received help from her moving buddy volunteer on Sunday, as they get ready to move this Wednesday.

    Packing started last Wednesday with help from staff, residents and their family members.

    The veterans' home says these volunteers were added to help make the transition as easy as possible.

    "Some families were able to come and some weren't, and we were able to step in and help and we feel good about that," said one moving buddy Jane Moody.'

    Veterans' home staff members say the team effort of packing and staging everyone's belonging to be transferred was quite the process.

    They say although it was a long process, it was very important to do it that way.

    "For them to not have to worry about any of that and to know that all of their room will be unpacked and ready for them when they get there. They can help direct the final unpacking of their items where they want things placed. I think that will help tremendously with reducing their anxiety and increasing their comfort level at the new facility," said the activity manager for the veterans' home Nancy Klimek.

    The veterans' home says everything will be loaded, transferred and unpacked by transition day on Jan. 16.

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