Rep. Norm Major, R-Plaistow, said the matter is really in the hands of voters, to get them to convince commissioners to change their minds.
"That's the only way this could happen," he said. "It's a sad state of affairs."
If the program does close, Major said the county delegation, through the budget process, could approve money to restart it, while restricting the funds specifically for that purpose so commissioners couldn't spend them elsewhere.
Major said commissioners should be proud of a program no one criticizes.
"This is no way to treat our county elderly population," Major said.
Pratt said she doesn't expect commissioners to change their minds before the end of the year or next year in the budget process.
"Frankly, I think it's unkind to string clients and their families along, thinking somehow this situation is going to change," Pratt said.