A slew of south Fulton residents pleaded with the commissioners at their Aug. 1 meeting to continue awarding a contract to Visions Care Adult Day Health in Union City as it has done in previous years.
Sarah Hilton, division manager for the Fulton County Office of Aging, said the county provides medical day care center services for seniors by contracting out the service each year to an independent facility.
Each year, the county goes through a bidding process and for the 2013 year, the best bid went to Senior Citizens Services of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc., which has its facility in central Fulton County near Northside Drive.
“Up until this point, Visions has been providing this service to the community, and so what we’re dealing with and why the response was what it was, is they were not awarded the contract,” Hilton said. “Based on the contract proposal process, they were not selected as the successful bidder.”
Rosie Jackson, director of Visions, was one of many who spoke during the public hearing portion of the commission meeting.
“The clients would have to be transported to the northside,” she said. “Seniors are being asked to pay $20 a day for transportation.”
The consensus among those who spoke during the meeting is that seniors, who are on a fixed income, cannot afford increased transportation or to pay for themselves to attend a medical adult day care center, nor should they have to spend so much time transporting between their residence and the facility.
The commissioners agreed that taking the lone medical day care facility for seniors out of south Fulton would be a mistake.
“Sometimes in this business, you must admit when you’re wrong,” said Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, who represents south Fulton. “I think we’re wrong to transport seniors.”
He said the commissioners did not have a proper discussion regarding this decision and that it needed to come back to the table before executed.
“For that, I’m truly sorry,” Williams said.
Hilton said the contract needs to be reviewed again through the purchasing and contract department, as well as the legal department.
Commission Chairman John Eaves suggested a meeting to discuss the county’s options.
A spokesperson for Fulton County said after the commission meeting that adult day health will continue to be provided by a centrally located contractor through Fulton County funding.