I took a road trip – albeit a short one – to the Pocopson Home today. After all, it was a beautiful spring afternoon, perfect to be outside of the office. Blue skies, sunshine, no wind to speak of.
I met with a bunch of residents there. They were all excited to see the editor of the newspaper come for a visit and heck, how often are news people welcomed by crowds? I can tell you not very often. (Keep checking dailylocal.com for the video…)
They were all assembled in a bright room where there were plenty of available snacks. I had no lunch by the way, but I resisted the giant box of Swedish Fish.
I talked to them briefly about their plight, about the potential changes from Pocopson being a county-run facility to, well, something else. You see there is no Plan B in writing for sure, at least not yet.
And obviously it’s an audience that loves where they live. But isn’t that what this is about? That is, the opinions of the residents, of those who live there? It seems that way to me.
Each and every one of them stated their case to me – and in no uncertain terms. None of them wants to see a change in its operation and their personal stories of love for the facility, the workers, and each other drove at least one employee to tears.
That is something that as of this minute I’m not sure the government leaders have seen. I’m not sure that they get that feeling, that emotion, that devotion of staff to the residents there at the Pocopson Home.
And that comfort level, that feeling of security and happiness is not something they could fake. No one could. Their feelings were genuine.
And as a caregiver myself for quite a long time, there’s no better feeling than knowing when you leave a place like a Pocopson Home that you can return to your own home knowing that everything is OK. And that has no price tag.
Speaking of the Pocopson Home and the county government, I did find it ironic that the cost per county resident for the Pocopson Home is a mere 16 cents more per citizen than the cost associated with the county commissioners operations.
There will be more meetings on this issue. Of that we have been assured. But that is all that has been promised. But we’ll keep watching and we’ll keep commenting and asking for your opinions.
— Andy Hachadorian