Mother fearful of daughter's future when SORC closes

Published: November 21, 2012
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Regarding “DHS vote to close 2 centers angers families at meeting” (News, Nov. 2): My daughter has lived at Southern Oklahoma Resource Center for 32 years. She's been well taken care of and treated with dignity and respect. She loves the people who care for her and they know her every need. She's one of the most fragile and vulnerable of their clients and resides in the Turner building, which is considered a hospital. She's not mobile nor can she speak, but the staff there understands her sounds and they know when something isn't normal. She's as happy and healthy as someone in her condition can be.

I fear that no other facility can take care of her every need. The regional centers have nurses on staff 24/7 and there won't be anyplace else that they can put her. The decision to close the centers is wrong and puts our loved ones' lives at risk. I beg the DHS to reverse this decision and let our loved ones stay where they're safe and happy and can live in peace and not confusion.

Pat Booth, Eufaula