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Letter: Do the math

In response to Selden Strong’s observation that $6,000 per month is a lot to charge the elderly for a room and a place at the dinner table at the home for Christian Scientists in Concord’s South End (“Pricey,” Monitor letter, Sept. 1):

I had a similar reaction until I sat down and did the math: $6,000 per month over 30 days is $200 per day. This comes to $8.33 per hour to cover around-the-clock care from staff, their salaries, their Social Security tax, property taxes, property insurance, regular maintenance of the building, electricity, heat, water, personal care items, and food. With only three residents, I am sure that they are managing to make ends meet, and they will be more profitable once there are a few more residents.

While I can’t pretend to know what the future plans are for the center, I think that an increase in residents will allow the them to pay for activities of interest to the residents, perhaps exercise instructors, art teachers, and field trips, as well as the regular updates to the building that will inevitably be required due to constantly changing health and safety regulations. So yes, $6,000 is a lot of money. But it is not “too much” to be considered a not-for-profit.



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