Letter of the Month: Will commissioners leave home health patients behind?

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Who knows when life will throw you a curveball? My family experienced this almost two years ago. What do you do? Who do you turn to?

We turned to the wonderful people of Wilson County Home Health. They have been on our team since the incident, providing assistance with transportation and understanding of the rehab process or sometimes just letting us know it will get better. It has been such a blessing.

My family member is a lifelong hardworking Wilson County resident. As if becoming disabled isn’t hard enough, the fight to provide food and keep increasing utility bills paid on a limited income is staggering.

I’m sure the decision to sell Wilson County Home Health is best for Wilson County government, but what about the people of Wilson? Forget us not.

Note that we are the taxpayers who fuel our community. Is this what’s best, or is it turning a blind eye to avoid the issues of why the deficit is as it is, why and who is handling the funds, why we don’t have the ability to come up with another option and why grants, fundraisers and other means aren’t an option?

Taking away people’s only means of having love, companionship and health care in their homes shouldn’t be the solution. Causing 40 families to be jobless can’t be Wilson on the rise. Many home health workers have given a decade or more to their community.

We need our home health in Wilson. It will leave not only my family but many Wilson residents with no resolution and many may have to be placed in facilities or just go without getting proper health care, which can and will cause hospitalization not in a local hospital but 39 miles away from family and friends.

Forget us not, for we are the people who spend the money in the local economy here and live here. We can give tax incentives, lease discounts for downtown business development and transitional housing funding — all that money in a drug-infested environment — but can’t bail out our local health care?

Forget us not, for without the dedicated people of this town, we will have no town to call home.

Rolanda Ellis


Editor’s Note: This letter was originally published April 16 and is April’s nominee for the Elizabeth Swindell Award for local commentary. Swindell Award winners and monthly nominees are selected by the Times editorial board. A separate honor, named for Times founder John D. Gold, is awarded by public online vote.