2012-10-12 / Letters

Governor Should Visit

Dear Editor,

The Governor has no idea what he is about to do to the residents of adult homes. The Governor needs to spend a week in an adult home and I am sure he will be convinced that he’s been scammed by the advocates. The advocates themselves have no knowledge of what it entails to care for this population. Running an Adult Home and working with the mentally ill is the single most stressful and difficult job anyone can have.

They need 24/7 support and care. They cannot live on their own. I challenge the Governor to take a test run and spend time in adult homes and I am sure he will want to run out screaming. Not a walk through, but spend 40 hours and watch and learn the truth, not what the advocates say.

Adult homes are not secure institutions and the residents are free to go into the community and to do whatever they want. They have the same freedoms and rights as we all do. Actually they have more rights and protections than we all do. Unless you walk in our shoes, please Cuomo wake up! See how he’d like an adult home resident as a neighbor. They can function in the community because of the services adult homes offer. Take that away and you have sent them to their death.



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