Letter: Hope Creek worker urges voters to help those in need


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Posted Online: April 24, 2014, 11:00 pm
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As a 17-year employee of Hope Creek nursing home, I've seen it all; the rich, the poor, families galore and some with no one. We take on the job of caring for these folks no one else wants to deal with.

I hope you can all have some empathy for our elderly, the poor of our county. I encourage you all to dig deep into your hearts and vote yes on the Nov. 4 tax referendum.

We don't ever dream of ending up in a nursing home. Of course, we would all love to stay in our homes until our day comes to meet our maker. Hope Creek residents didn't all have great jobs with great benefits to be able to set aside for an unforeseen future. Some have had to sell their homes to be where they are; to never go home again. All they had is gone except for a bed in a nursing home. Just what they envisioned their future to be, I'm sure it wasn't that way.

Now we want them to worry about if their so-called home is going to be taken away from them.

Private nursing homes have a very low percentage of public aid/Medicaid patients that they have to take in; please think about that when you maybe don't want to vote yes for the 13 cents a day increase on your tax bill.

You could be next ...

Then what?

Julie Young,
Moline


















 



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