Caregivers who vowed to keep their loved ones at home and out of a nursing home are worried that they won’t be able to keep their promise if the county’s Adult Day Health Care program is reduced.
Despite the price tag of $821,296 a year to operate the centers in Bartow, Lake Wales, Haines City and Lakeland, county commissioners are exploring options to continue providing the service. But a proposal to save $258,000 by closing centers in Bartow and Lake Wales while consolidating participants to Lakeland and Haines City where enrollment is higher, has sparked a flood of letters from constituents such as Wanda Murphy who pleaded to keep the Lake Wales center open.
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