It is hard to put a price tag on the peace of mind that comes with knowing our elderly loved ones are cared for and supported in their choice to remain living independently in their own homes in Delaware County.

To the Editor:

It is hard to put a price tag on the peace of mind that comes with knowing our elderly loved ones are cared for and supported in their choice to remain living independently in their own homes in Delaware County.

How can we tabulate the cost of providing critical in-home care services, Meals on Wheels, transportation to medical appointments, personal care and nursing services for the frail and older members of our community? With the passage of the senior services levy May 7, the voters of Delaware County have the opportunity to ensure those services and many more to keep our rapidly growing 65-plus population living on their own and in their own homes.

No one wants to see an older family member, good friend or neighbor go into a nursing home because they don't have relatives or caregivers close by, or appropriate in-home care -- and in today's economy, nursing-home care can run as much as $5,000 per month. It is our responsibility as good stewards in our community to support the Delaware Council for Older Adults and its network of community service partners in continuing to provide the professional, caring and quality services we have come to know and expect for the rapidly growing senior population in our county.

If you are not a senior yet, you will be in the future. Let's make sure we have the resources to take care of all of us. Please vote "yes" on May 7.

Jan and Steve Garlock