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January 16, 2014

Rockingham County Adult Medical Day Care Program

Rockingham County Adult Medical Day Care Program

The Rockingham County Commissioners would have the public believe that closing the Adult Medical Day Care is the responsible thing to do from a financial and business perspective and that advocating its continued operation is a politically motivated position.

So New Hampshire State Representatives who believe that keeping our elderly medically compromised neighbors out of the County nursing home have political agendas? Those of us who believe that a continuum of care is important, and that that spending $71/day to enable family members to stay in their home is better than the $350/day institutional care of the nursing home, are politically motivated? Really?

The Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center website says this about its provision of services: “Because different levels of care are needed to serve the community, we support and operate a stepping stone approach…these services offer a safe, caring and sound system of care that allows families to choose the level of care that fits their needs and allows increased services when necessary.” The callous and irresponsible closure of the Adult Medical Day Care has removed an important and appropriate stepping-stone. The County Commissioners assert that this is okay because they have not heard from the “general public.” They may not have but we certainly have heard from many past and present family members. They have contacted us by snail mail, email, phone calls and in person. As one Brentwood resident, who sees to the needs of her elderly in-laws next door, said upon hearing of the closure, “I was depending on this program to keep my in-laws in their home. I don’t know what we will do, it was part of our plan for them.” That there are 12 or 20 or 40 participates says little about how important this care is to those individuals and families served by the program.

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