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OFFICE ON AGING ADVISORY COUNCIL

May 11, 2006

Minutes

Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Fort Collins, Colorado† 80524

 

Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Steve Budner

Carolyn Funk

 

Beverly Hageseth

Elnora McCloughan

Janet Montera

 

Barbara Nuss

Ellen Pihlstrom

Carol Rehme

 

Mary Shultz

Lloyd Spawn

Earl Stevens

 

Stan Ulrich

Don Venneberg

Hal Wilson

 

Sharon Zamora

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent

Paul Bell

Amy Farnsworth

Gerry Hinks

 

Olivia Larry

Karen Reinhardt

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Ruth Coberly

Stacie Hougard

 

Tina Hugo

Laura Kreider

Margaret Long

 

Katy Mason

Glen Rathgeber

Linda Rumney

 

Laura Sutherlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guests Present:

Donna Brumbaugh

Dennis Shelby

Diane Stobnicke

CALL TO ORDER

Lloyd Spawn called the meeting to order.

INTRODUCTIONS

Lloyd Spawn introduced Donna Brumbaugh with American Elder Advocates, Diane Stobnicke with VOA, and Dennis Shelby with Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital.†

OPEN DISCUSSION/COMMUNITY INPUT

There was no open discussion or community input.

CONSIDERATION OF AGENDA

Request to add discussion regarding election of officers under the membership committee report.

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES OF April 13, 2006††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Minutes to stand as presented.

CHAIR REPORT

Lloyd Spawn suggested that Elnora McCloughan make an announcement regarding a warning on counterfeit money.† Elnora described an incident that occurred at the Berthoud Senior Center.† On two different occasions, a young, clean shaven male in his early 20ís requested change from a receptionist.† The first time he requested two $5ís for a $10 bill and the second time he requested four $5ís for a $20 bill.† †In both cases, the larger bills were counterfeit.† Elnora made a request that the council members warn the other senior centers.

REVIEW AND APPROVE STATE AND FEDERAL PLAN

Margaret Long stated that in preparation for the Legislative Breakfast, the financial information in the state and federal plans will be combined into a format that will be easier to understand.† Margaret stated that the Office on Aging is in good financial condition.† The Office on Aging is planning to increase Katy Masonís position to 30 hours a week and Linda Rumneyís position to 40 hours a week at the end of August.† The plan includes modest increases to contracts due to the increase in gas prices and the impact on various programs.† The Office on Aging did not receive the Rosalind Carter Caregiver Grant.† Therefore the plan includes $40,000 for the development of a volunteer respite program.† The plan also includes an additional $40,000 to supplement the decreased Federal funds for the caregiver respite stipends.† The monies will be available in July 2006.†

 

Margaret explained the current structure of the Caregiver Program, which includes a $300 stipend every 6 months.† To qualify and receive the stipend the caregiver recipient must to be over age 60 and have two or more impairments to their Activities of Daily Living (ADLís).† In addition, an application is completed and Lynette McGowan completes a formal assessment.† There are no income guidelines.†

 

Stan Ulrich motioned to approve the State and Title III funding requests.† Earl Stevens seconded the motion.† The motioned was carried.

Medicare Part D Update:†

Katy Mason reported a change in the plan to transfer Medicare Part D dual-eligible clients to the Aspen Club at the end of May.† Katy explained that there is a problem with confidentiality on the Human Services side.† Katy described that when Andrea has problems with a clientsí eligibility she needs to be able to look up their Medicaid information on the county system. †The Aspen Club does not have access to this information.† Andrea will continue to work 16 hours a week for the Office on Aging until approximately the end of June when hopefully this problem will be resolved.


Ellen Pihlstrom reported that currently the Aspen Club is dealing with panicked people that are coming in trying to enroll by the May 15th deadline.† The Aspen Club is trying to get them in a plan as quickly as possible.† Ellen stated that the Extra Help timeline has been expanded.† There is no indication from the Federal government that the May 15th deadline will change for regular Medicare recipients.

VOA RSVP PROGRAM DISCUSSION

Diane Stobnicke gave a brief history of Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).† She stated that in 1969 RSVP originated with an amendment to the Older Americans Act.† The purpose of RSVP was to keep seniors actively involved in the community.† In 1993, a federal agency, Corporation for National Service, took over the program.† This agency is accountable to the Congress.† There is a growing focus on community needs.† In order to prove that RSVP is impacting the needs of the community, reports have been created and need to be submitted.† For accountability purposes, there is a greater need to gather information on volunteer hours.† There are two benefits to reporting hours for RSVP volunteers, one is secondary insurance and the other is reimbursement for mileage.† There are approximately 800 volunteers and 70 different locations participating in the RSVP program.†

 

Diane understands that volunteers donít want to deal with the paperwork required to track hours.† Diane explained that in the grants that RSVP has been awarded, they agreed to provide verification of volunteer hours.† In addition, to fulfill the funding requirements of Congress, there must be verification that RSVP is meeting community needs.† The only way to justify expenditures and meet the accountability requirements is through verification of volunteer hours.†

 

In response, the council requested that Diane communicate up the chain that the rules are defeating the original intent of the program.† Diane suggested writing Congress and the Corporation of National Services.† Margaret Long stated that this can be an advocacy issue for the council.†

SENIOR ADVISORY REPORTS

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Marjorie McTaggart was not present.† Margaret Long stated that Marjorie is recovering from surgery and will not be able to attend for awhile.

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that the advisory board voted to continue as a station site for the RSVP program.† Earl announced that there will be a 32-hour computer course held at Thompson Valley High at a cost of $110.† The dates are June 5-8 and June 12-16 from 8:30 to 12:30.†

 

Earl stated that the advisory board is requesting a meeting with the Loveland City Council based on the fact that the Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board meets with the Fort Collins City Council.† Affordable housing continues to be a huge issue.† Earl stated that he will be writing an article in the 55+ Marketplace on affordable housing.

 

Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that 28 people attended their computer class and 30 people are on a waiting list.† Mary stated that the foundation is looking at changing the means of funding.† The foundation may start to ask for grants from organizations.

 

Larimer County Commissioner

Karen Wagner was not present.

 

Human Relations Commission

A representative from the Larimer County Human Relations Commission was not present.†

 

Commission on Aging

In lieu of Mark Shelton, Dennis Shelby announced the Centenarian Event in Evans on May 26th at 10:00 a.m.† Dennis went on to introduce himself and talk about the Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital.† Dennis invited the council to come for a tour of the new facility.

COUCILMEMBER BIOGRAPHY:

Sharon Zamora gave a brief biography of herself.

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the committee discussed the name change of the Senior Marketplace to 55+ Marketplace.† Mary stated that Janet Montera gave an update on Older Americans Month.† Mary reported that there were 510 attendees at Job Fair.† There will be a wrap-up meeting on May 18th at noon at the Fort Collins Senior Center.† Mary stated that there was some discussion regarding the Homestead Act.† Mary contacted the County Assessors office and was told that seniors who had signed up in the past would not have to sign up again.† Mary announced that the Legislative Breakfast is set for September 8th.† Mary reported that the Bridging the Gap committee decided on the menu.† The charge will remain the same at $18 per person and will be held at McKee Medical Center.† The committee is currently looking at the invitation list and will send it to Katy Mason as soon as possible.†

 

Executive Committee

Lloyd Spawn reported that the committee discussed the RSVP recordkeeping problem, and upcoming election.†


Health Committee

Carolyn Funk reported that the committee went over their goals, discussed site visits and dental program issues.†

 

Membership Committee

Elnora McCloughan discussed the ballot of officers which includes Earl Stevens for Chairman and herself as Co-Chair.† Elnora asked for any other nominations from the floor.† None were received.† Elnora will present the ballot at the next meeting.

 

Nutrition Committee

Hal Wilson reported that things are progressing in regard to the issue of cooperation between providers.† Margaret Long announced that a caterer from Anheiser-Busch was chosen to cook the meals for VOA.† They are in the process of finalizing menus now.†

 

Housing Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the housing committee received a complaint and investigated the complaint. †There was nothing serious.† The committee continues to work on completing the mobile home park survey.

 

Transportation Committee

Elnora McCloughan reported that she asked Reggie Kemp to begin discussions in Wellington in order to implement a transportation program similar to SAINT.† Elnora stated that the committee also discussed the request by Richard Guest for an additional $11,000 for the Health and Human Services transportation contract.

 

Staff Reports

Tina Barker introduced the new ombudsman intern, Laura Kreider.† Laura is a Human Service student from University of Northern Colorado.† Tina reported that Laura will also work on the dental issue in long-term care and other senior dental issues.† Tina announced that the Office on Aging received a new laptop through a Medicare Part D grant.† The laptop came with 6 months of internet access and a printer.† The printer that came with the laptop is not a portable printer.† Margaret will be look into purchasing a portable printer.† Tina announced that there are three new small assisted living facilities opening in Larimer County.† Terry Lake Assisted Living is open now.† Columbine Center East is remodeling the old nursing facility on Parker Street to a 47 bed assisted living facility to open in 2007.†

 

Katy Mason reported on the current dental issues.† Katy stated that there no longer is a dentist available for 13 long-term care facilities because of changes in Medicaid billing.† Katy reported that on a larger scale there are long waiting lists at the Health District, Womenís Center and the Loveland Community Health Center.†

 

Laura Sutherlin introduced herself as a new Office on Aging employee.† Laura explained that Colorado has been awarded a three year Federal grant to create Aging and Disability Resource Centers.† Larimer County is the first pilot for this program in Colorado.† The purpose of the program is to streamline access to long term care services.† Colorado has decided to name the program Adult Resources for Care and Help (ARCH).† Laura is the primary staff person assigned to this program.† The ARCH program is designed to serve people over the age of 18 with disabilities including seniors who require long term care services.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Correction to announcement made about the June 8th meeting.† The Advisory Council meeting will not be held at the Northside Aztlan Community Center as stated by Tina Hugo.† The next advisory council meeting will be held at the Estes Park Senior Center.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Lloyd Spawn adjourned the meeting.

 

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