This WDT article raises some interesting questions about the Assisted Living (AL) Corporation, which seems to be a county entity bent on solving the laudable goal of ensuring sufficient housing for the aging. The North Country region, like most, is lacking in such housing. mostly because of economics...Elderly housing is expensive.
Jefferson County operates a home for those in need and the County Legislature wants to close it, they say, because other counties have gotten out of the business....
And just what business is that ?....assisting those in need ? When you look at the size of the county's budget for welfare, it would seem that is their job.
The other agenda in play is advancing the notion that Mercy Healthcare on Stone Street is a dead man walking and the carcass is open to picking.
Mercy employs many people, houses many of the most challenging cases that no one else wants, and is a business in downtown Watertown.
As mayor, these are the reasons I pray for Mercy's solvency and survival.
Its demise is common talk in political circles and state regulators are told the "community" doesn't want it to stay. In case any of those in Albany are listening, I want Mercy to survive and be improved upon in its present location. Sorry if I am off the reservation on this one.
Ms. Madden's article in the Times suggest AL meetings were in secret and that the press was mislead. Her anecdote involving a press release on Friday seems to suggest this is true. This is disturbing.
This is a complicated issue, and I certainly don't claim presience on the solution. Most people don't know enough about the AL Corp. to assume they can make that claim as well.
Watertown Daily Times 2 nursing facilities planned in county