Assisted-living residents carry on despite fears about sale

Carl Fry tries to get Anieka Lewis to dance as music plays at the antique car show at Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Saturday morning. Looking on at the left are Sandra and Jim Sharrer. Staff photo by Sam Yu

To see that it's business as usual at Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living in Frederick, just look at the parking lot.

The county-owned facilities hosted an antique car party on Saturday to kick off Assisted Living Week, which runs nationwide through Sept. 14.

Shiny black vintage cars were signs of normalcy at the facility, which is hoping to keep its cool despite an ongoing legal battle and impending $30 million sale to Aurora Health Care Management that will decide the home's future.

Aurora took over as the center's management on Aug. 1 with little change to daily operations, according to Montevue administrator Diane Grove.

"We're trying to make it as seamless as possible," Grove said. "I think it can only enhance our programs."

The county commissioners' vote to privatize the home in June has residents on edge as they await a decision from the state Board of Public Works.

Selling the public facility could increase the cost of living to the point that many residents would have to seek care elsewhere, Montevue resident Ailie Boyd said.

"Maybe it'll put some people out of a home," Boyd said. "It's already hard to make ends meet. ... If they sell it and keep it the way it is, it'd be a blessing."

If sold to Aurora, the home will no longer accept subsidized residents. Grove said the county will pay $10.7 million over the next four years to keep the 58 current residents with subsidies in the home, and Aurora will cover the cost thereafter.

Citizens and Montevue provide a necessary service for the county's elderly, Boyd said.

"These people here need this building," Boyd said. "I was out on the street when they took me in ... I'm very grateful to have a place to stay."

Rebecca Fouche, another Montevue resident, said those affected should have had a say in the sale. She hopes the staff's attention to people's health doesn't change.

"Friendly isn't everything," Fouche said. "It's the service that matters and the amount of money you save."

Bill Burke, a maintenance worker at the facility for 12 years, said the staff is in limbo. It's aggravating to not know how Aurora would handle details like employee retirement or if the sale will happen at all, Burke said.

But caretakers said they still love coming to work and will keep patients in good spirits despite the uncertainty.

Marianne Walsh, Citizens Care's activities director, said Assisted Living Week is about celebrating the residents and keeping their stories alive.

"Our No. 1 thing is to focus on what we've always been known for, a high quality of care," Walsh said. "(A shadow) might be there but ... we all know it's going to be OK."

One woman had her picture taken next to a car built in 1914, the same year she was born. Other cars brought back memories of the residents' younger days.

"I remember that one," another woman said, passing by a Ford Model T. "I was naughty in this car once."

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I feel sorry for Allie Boyd and Rebecca Fouche, when Aurora bought Brittany Farms, in New Britian Connecticut, they immediately cut staff to make facility more profitable. I fear Aurora will do the same in this case and the residents suffer. And the county paying Aurora 10.7 million over 4 years, they must be laughing all the way to the bank. I'm hoping the 2 pending lawsuits prevent the sale by the county.


A one stop shop like the Department of Social Services with no parking for clients.


I quess I did not make my point clear.
IF they would not have sold the property off the relocations [ just like we built the LAW MALL next to the airport ] could have cut all these costs in half. The studie was very clear on the cost savings.
No one is saying the county should keep or dump it.
But all these other county funded tax payer departments could have been greatly reduced in overhead by putting them [ including the M.V.A of Fredeick County] in a one stop shop are.
Tragicly we had way to many local vested persons who simply do not grasp anything more than there interests.
Frederick county has, [ or had] more potential to become a major star of low cost high result culture.
Not so sure that will happen at this point.


Cellmark,it isn't really free ,tax payers have paid for years, send your donation now.How many complainers send in extra cash. NONE


The attourneys for Aurora have expressed concen about this project. The Aurora managment has also expressed concens due to the amount of back lash and details ommitted from this sale.
The fact is, The County should have kept all the property and done what was suggested YEARS ago.
It was suggested to combine all Social Services into a " One Stop Shop" type area where the Seniors, Care Givers and Case workers would not have to spend half a day running around the county to compete nessessary tasks for the cleints.
This entire thing was negated and now what a mess this has become.
The Blue Ribbon pannel set up years ago was correct, The conservative thinking at the time ruined it. And now you will all pay dearly in the way of money out of everyones pockets. Good luck. And to Aurora, Realy good luck, you need it.

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Next time they let residents outside, they won't let them back in...It's more profitable, ask Aurora or the BoCC...Me

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Workers provide the bulk of federal income. Wealthy keep their money in offshore accounts.

The individual income tax has been the largest single source of federal revenue since 1950, averaging 8 percent of GDP.

Revenue from the corporate income tax fell from between 5 and 6 percent of GDP in the early 1950s to 1.3 percent of GDP in 2010.


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Let the wealthy employer make it on his own without hiring workers. See how rich he gets.

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People who have worked get medicaid too. They were independent contractors for cab companies.


In contrast to the BoCC's previously unstated goal (that the home will no longer accept subsidized residents) the Continuing Care Agreement says, "In addition to Aurora’s continuing care obligation for the subsidized MALF residents required above, after purchasing CCRC Aurora shall
accept new assisted living residents requiring financial assistance, to the extent MALF
beds are available, provided County agrees to pay, and continue (sic) to pay, Aurora’s full private pay amount in place at the time of each admission.”

HOWEVER, the very next sentence says, "The County’s commitment to fund these additional MALF residents must be reflected in a separate written agreement between Aurora and the County and shall not be required or inferred by any provision of this Agreement.”

• 1. There is no “separate written agreement between Aurora and the County”; and
• 2. Even the Continuing Care Agreement, referred to above, has not been signed—despite the fact that the BoCC approved all “terms” of the sale at the public hearing of June 25, 2013.


Have a debilitating stroke and need home care today expect to 100k each year for reliable care.


Local elders hanging on is interfering with conservatives efforts to provide tax relief to wealthy elders.


WE pay 10.7 million ,enough to keep them here.No problem for these few.USGOV will have afund raiser to pay all. Some one must pay for services .No just a writer no help.


I'm guessing our commissioners don't have a 2 working parent family with kids in school leaving everyone busy throughout the day, or they just don't care about anything but their pockets. Hopefully it doesn't happen but could you be the one to step up to a 90 year old and tell them to pack it up you have to go now?


The jail is always available to house the indigent if they can survive the arrest.

Sluefoot Sue

When referring to the BOCC one must realize that we don't REALLY have a BOCC able to represent the constituents. We have a two piece machine. One one side we have "Blaine the Pain" and his puppets (picture "Blaine the Pain" raising his hand to vote and, as if their hands were all connected to his with a string, his little friends seated to his left, each hand is raised.) The "Good ole Boys" of Frederick tell "BTP" how to think/vote/walk". Then when a vote is called "BTP" raises his hand to vote and miraculously the hands of his little marionettes rise, as if connected by an invisible string. AMAZING; it is if they share one brain! Then you have the rest of the BOCC. They vote representing those who elected them...but what chance do they have?

Just a note, totally unrelated, if you ever need transportation, please do not feel obligated to call on something just because it is "Yellow".


If Aurora won't be accepting residents without resources where will they be sent to the newly constructed WTE?

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