A few weeks ago Mr. Stoffa made the statement that was on TV and was printed in the local newspapers,"If we aren't able to sell Gracedale, Gracedale will be CLOSED or downsized significantly." The fallout from this statement has been tremendous.
With one statement , he managed to instill a great deal of fear into residents and their families.
This was very irresponsible with seemingly no regard for the residents seeing that there are 38 residents that subscribe to the
Morning Call and 22 residents to the Express -Times. These residents also share their paper with other residents throughout the day. Families as well as residents are anxious about their future and where they will go when and if Gracedale is shut down.
Not to mention the impact it has on prospective admissions, who is looking to place a loved one in a facility that will possibly be closed? It is in the hope and request of many at Gracedale that Mr. Stoffa give more thought in the future before making such a statement whether it be out of anger or frustration.
The staff at Gracedale has made every attempt since the conversation about a possible sale was initially made public to assure both families and residents that no matter what happened, they would have a place to live and they would not be made to leave.
Then Mr. Stoffa makes a statement that reverses all the reassuring we have done.
Please, Mr. Stoffa, think about the impact such a statement has on the people it affects the most.