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November 13, 2013

Rockingham County cuts senior day care

It cost taxpayers $278K a year

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The program costs $71 a day per senior, compared to more than $300 a day to place senior citizens at the county nursing home, he said.

But Coyle and Pratt have said the program, which costs $278,000 a year to operate, is not financially viable. They said the program is losing between $50,000 and $100,000 a year.

Coyle said yesterday it was failing to attract new members and the county was unable to compete with privately run programs in the county.

“I do feel bad for the seniors,” he said.

The program’s three full-time employee were informed of the decision yesterday morning and families were being notified, Coyle said.

Administrator Steven Woods did not return calls seeking comment. Pratt also could not be reached for comment.

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