On behalf of the Maryland State Commission on Aging, I am writing to voice our concerns regarding the potential sale/privatization of the county-owned Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living. We are particularly concerned about the future long-term severe and life-threatening consequences for the low-income elderly of Frederick County who need the care provided by Montevue.

Therefore, in view of the severity of the impact on the rapidly growing senior population in Frederick County, the commission is asking the Board of County Commissioners the following questions:

* How does the county plan to provide care for this low-income population in the future?  

* Is the county prepared to fund 24/7 in-home care, which will certainly be more costly than Montevue?

* Is the county prepared to fund or subsidize care at the existing county private-pay assisted living facilities?   

* Where will people live who are unable or unsafe to be alone with no home or family support and who need the daily care provided by assisted living?  

Frederick County has no group (small, individual assisted living) homes as do other counties, due to Frederick County choosing not to develop group homes,  nor to participate in that state program when it was offered. The funding for that program is closed and there is no plan to offer it in the future.

* Is the county willing to force our Frederick seniors prematurely into Medicaid-funded nursing homes (if indeed they meet the criteria for nursing home care) when all they require is assisted living care? This is certainly not in anyone’s best interest and it will certainly be much more costly to taxpayers.

It is our understanding that in October 2012, the board of trustees of the Citizens-Montevue facility was to be given 18 to 24 months to show progress toward financial self-sufficiency, so we question why there is now the rush to sell when it appears that there is progress toward that goal, well within the stated timeline.  

We also question why the county is so eager to sell this CMS four-star-rated, high-quality care facility, at what appears to be a loss, to a three-star, mediocre care company. There is overwhelming countywide opposition to this sale with almost nonexistent support for it.  

For as long as the Citizens and Montevue facilities have existed, with their excellent and caring staff, they have been a testament to the concern and moral obligation that the taxpayers of Frederick County willingly assume for the care of our needy older adults.

Since clearly the older adults of Frederick County, and the current and future residents of Citizens and Montevue, will not benefit from this sale, and the Board of County Commissioners stand to lose the good will of the community — we must question who will benefit!

 

LOUISE E. LYNCH

Maryland Commission on Aging

Frederick

(43) comments

Newthinking7

Montevue and Citizens are now privatized. The "claim" was it wil never be profitable under county purvew.
WHy do we have the Animal control group. They spend far more unrecoupable funds than Citizens ever did.
As it is now in Frederick County, Animals in the county run facility have more rights and safety than Human Beings, acording to the county elected members.
Privtize Animal control, Privatize the Vehicle maintenence, Privatize the Sherrifs department. Yes you can. but you wont.

bnace42

This is really a great letter about the absurdity of it all. My late mother who was a well cared-for resident of both Montevue and Citizens and my late wife who had been president of the Montevue Auxiliary would also be quite disgusted with this quartet (excluding sensible Gray) of idiot non-caring (except about themselves and their pocket liners) commish'ers.

Impeach Blaine

Blaine - it's hard for you to respond when you're at a public hearing right now, isn't it?

You are a Disgrace. You're a public official and the county can't stand you any longer.

Coming to the FNP comments And hiding behind a user name (darththevader).

Total loser.

All the developes in the COUNTRY can give you every

watson4sherlock

Blaine could answer with his smartphone even if he was at a public hearing.

watson4sherlock

"Impeach Blaine" could still be darththevader.

watson4sherlock

At one point, a woman demanded that commissioners refrain from checking their cellphones while members of the public were speaking.

See http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/health/article_081aa110-d528-581f-b283-e04d2c052897.html

TINAE

Darth/Blaine, you should be ashame of yourself with all your lying, and playing around with poor people lives! What did the poor people of Frederick do to you? Your well off aren't you, what you want more and more and more? And you should also be ashame of keep getting on here like an inmature crybaby responding to remarks about you! My God your a Commissioner! And one other thing, Karma baby Karma!

darththevader

Who are you addressing?

watson4sherlock

Why do you ask?

darththevader

Because she's asking two people only of which has posted here.

Why do you care?

watson4sherlock

Since you obviously feel pressured to answer maybe you should take the "/" as an "or" and answer the questions instead of stalling.

What did the poor people of Frederick do to you? Your well off aren't you, what you want more and more and more?

Answer like this to avoid getting confused as someone else: Speaking for myself, Darthevader and not someone else who I do not know, I ...

watson4sherlock

You never really wanted to know who the commenter was asking it was just a quick quip to put someone down.

valerie_dale

Here is what our seniors think and have to say:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1SaXRu4BI4&feature=youtu.be

dbjanda1

Darth---The 'DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS' and you provide NONE...Not the best position to criticize...Me

darththevader

Seems to me the details have been published. The opponents to the saleoffer conjecture. Saying "Our elderly will be thrown out in streets" is hardly a fact based retort with any examples anywhere why the government should be in the nursing hime business. Show me the streets littered with senior citizens where the government doesn't own a nursing home.

watson4sherlock

By the time homeless seniors litter the streets it will be too late because the nursinghome will be sold and public assets converted to private use at a cost to the County of $6 million. This is not a money saving deal. It's a money spending deal. Why don't you want to talk about the misappropriation of public funds?

darththevader

Once again, show some examples of the tragedy in the rest of the state from a county not owning a retirement home

watson4sherlock

The Board of County Commission wasn't elected by nor do they represent "the rest of the state." Is that the best you can do?

dbjanda1

Darth---Blaine doesn't want to be like Montgomery, Baltimore or Prince Georges counties...FACT !!!...Then are Frederick co. citizens wrong in what they hear or is Blaine a hypocrite ???...Me

NASCARLOVER

Excellent letter Louise, I believe you struck a nerve or two with darth.[smile]

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

Moe/Darth...What say you about the allegations that you “vandalized” your own business? We all know that you like publicity as much as you like whores, dirty money and your hair, so it seems entirely plausible. Will the offense of making a false police report bring you down before the authorities track down your personal, illegal (i.e., kickback) deal to sell Citizens and Montevue?

darththevader

I don't have a business so I would say the allegations are false

watson4sherlock

Did Blaine sell the taxi business?

stuckon270

Wow Mr. Stooge - Anyone can say anything here, but your acusations are pretty risky, without anything to back them up. However Darths response is curious, and gives me pause, either flat out deny it or stay silent, but denying accusations on a technicality could make one wonder.

darththevader

Still owns it based on the FNP vandalism story

watson4sherlock

Primary owner according to the State of Maryland:

WOOD TRANSPORTATION, LLC
801 HIGHLAND AVE
FREDERICK, MD 21701 - 5755

CERTIFICATE OF RENEWAL filed 06/27/2012

See http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/UCC-Charter/DisplayEntity_b.aspx?EntityID=T00270039&EntityName=YELLOW+CAB+OF+FREDERICK&TabNum=1

watson4sherlock

A resident agent doesn't have to own a corporation. Perhaps he never did own it.

WOOD TRANSPORTATION LLC

Resident Agent (Current):
BLAINE R. YOUNG
801 HIGHLAND ST
FREDERICK, MD 21701

See http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/UCC-Charter/DisplayEntity_b.aspx?EntityID=W10067411&EntityName=WOOD+TRANSPORTATION+LLC&TabNum=1

darththevader

An entire LTE based on what ifs. The county is going to do what every other county does. Show some facts that what they are doing doesn't work and you'll have a real point to make

watson4sherlock

Everything every other county does? I mean I could compile a list for the BOCC or they could get their paid staff to do it.

darththevader

No other county owns a nursing home. I wonder why

watson4sherlock

One other county in Maryland owns a nursing home. In the United States there are almost 1000 government owned nursing homes. Is the BOCC going to restore funding for rent assistance since other counties provide this program?

watson4sherlock

Harford County Maryland

RENTAL ALLOWANCE PROGRAM: The Rental Allowance Program provides a rent subsidy to low-income residents who are either homeless or in need of temporary emergency housing and are not eligible for any other housing assistance program, but are capable of returning to self-sufficiency. One year is the maximum period for the subsidy. Limited funding available.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING SERVICES: Housing counselors offer clients guidance in areas of education and employment, provide referrals to other helpful agencies, and assist them in their efforts to regain entry into mainstream society.

HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILIES WITH DISABILITIES (HAFD): Provides tenant-based rental assistance and supportive services to income-eligible families with HIV/AIDS. Supportive services are provided by the Harford County Health Department to assist with short-term rent, utilities, security deposit, and moving expense.

See http://www.harfordhousing.org/index.cfm?ID=152

darththevader

None of that has to do with nursing homes

watson4sherlock

Charles County Maryland

The Rental Allowance Program is designed to assist homeless persons who have the ability to become self-sufficient with assistance but are currently residing at a local homeless shelter. Eligible participants must be referred by the shelter case manager and show proof of homelessness. The goal of the program is to aid in the continuance of self-sufficiency. Approved applicants are considered to be most in need because they are homeless and lack sufficient resources to secure permanent housing. Assistance is available for a 12 month period.

See http://www.charlescountymd.gov/cs/housing/rental-allowance-program

darththevader

None of that has to do with nursing homes

watson4sherlock

Montgomery County Maryland

Rental Assistance Program (RAP) and Handicapped Rental Assistance
Program (HRAP): These programs provides limited financial assistance with
rent to the seniors, persons with disabilities and families who qualify. Income,
household size and rental costs determine eligibility.

Supportive Housing Rental Assistance Program (SHRAP) is county
funded and administered program, which is designed to provide housing and
service coordination to 75 special need families/individuals.

See http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/hhs/SpecialNeedsHousing/Brochures/snhprog-svcsoverview.pdf

darththevader

Once again, nothing to do with anything. Montevue/Citizens aren't homeless shelters

watson4sherlock

But Frederick County must have every other service other counties have.

president8444

Of course they appose , they are the commission for the elderly,what else can they do, change their name.

watson4sherlock

Is Blaine dictating your comments today?

watson4sherlock

Coincidence?

darththevader posted at 7:49 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

An entire LTE based on what ifs. The county is going to do what every other county does. Show some facts that what they are doing doesn't work and you'll have a real point to make

NASCARLOVER

I have to wonder just who is dictating who's comments.[wink]

LucyLucy

Well there is now a FB page called---Shame the Blaine Campaign, where new and emerging news will be posted about Blaine and the Three Stooges.

Seems like the FNP is only telling one side of the story when it comes to Blaine and the BoCC and the REAL story will be told on the Shame the Blaine Campaign FB page.

Pleased like the page if you dare, Shame the Blaine Campaign....

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shame-the-Blaine-Campaign/489681077776883?fref=ts

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