Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson


Unapproved Meeting Minutes

September 9, 2004

1:30-3:30 PM

Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Room 135B

Fort Collins, Colorado  80524


Members Present:

Bill Benton

Steve Budner

Carolyn Funk


Gerry Hinks

Elnora McCloughan

Thomas Nix


Barbara Nuss

Carol Rehme

Mary Shultz


Earl Stevens

Ken Tharp

Stan Ulrich





Members Absent

Paul Bell

Johanna Inman

Reggie Kemp


Olivia Larry

Ray Martinez

Paulette Pardun


Karen Reinhardt

Lloyd Spawn

Hal Wilson





Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Donna Brumbaugh

Ruth Coberly


Tina Hugo

Margaret Long

Katy Mason





Guests Present:

Nancy Arthur

Tom Bender

Sheri Sauer



Mary Shultz called the meeting to order.



Mary recognized Sheri Sauer from RVNA and Nancy Arthur, Service Coordinator with Oakbrook II.



There was no open discussion or community input.



There were no adjustments noted.  Earl Stevens moved to accept the minutes.  Minutes were accepted as printed.



Mary Shultz reported there were 51 RSVP’s for the Legislative Breakfast. 


It was decided that instead of the committees meeting separately in September, a meeting has been set for all the committee chairs to meet at Human Services on September 17th at 9:00 a.m. to look at the allocation of funds.  The meeting will be held in room 135B.


Mary reminded the council about Bridging the Gap Networking Luncheon.  Katy Mason distributed instructions to the table hosts.  Business cards are available through Tina Hugo at the Office on Aging.


Karen Reinhardt and Mary did a presentation at Big Thompson Manor I and Big Thompson Manor II.  The presentation at Big Thompson Manor I was well received.  Bill Benton and Mary did a presentation at Silver Leaf II that was also well received. 


Mary reminded the council to read through the audit that was distributed at the last meeting. 


PROVIDER PRESENTATION – RVNA (Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurses Association)

Sheri Sauer distributed the RVNA brochure. Sheri described RVNA services for home care services which are provided throughout Larimer and Weld counties.  Their services include:  skilled home care, occupational, physical and speech therapists, nurses, social workers, home health aids including homemakers and personal care providers. 


RVNA is a Medicaid, Medicare approved agency and also accepts regular insurance.  RVNA, which was founded in 1979, is the only not for profit home health agency in both Larimer and Weld County.  RVNA feels very fortunate to receive money from the Office on Aging every year.  The program continues to grow as the needs grow. 


The majority of the money that comes from the Office on Aging goes to homemaking services.  Typically clients start out with needing homemaking services.  Then, as time goes on, they need personal and skilled care.  The Office on Aging has provided a small amount of money for skilled care.  RVNA uses this money for clients waiting for Medicaid eligibility.  RVNA has also started a medication management program with some of the money from the Office on Aging.  RVNA has also noticed that they have been picking up more clients due to the changes in HCBS.  The state has reported that 60% of RVNA’s Medicaid pending clients will not be approved.  RVNA has been working closely with Human Services and the Medicaid office in order to resolve issues.


RVNA clients do donate some of the money for the costs.  Their staff size in Larimer County is about 50.  RVNA provides approximately 300-400 visits per month.  Presently, RVNA does not have a waiting list, but can have one up to 10 to 12 people. 


Margaret Long suggested that RVNA keep client stories and start advertising the “real people” stories to government representatives in hopes that we can focus on early intervention instead of having more expensive care needed later on.   



Tom Nix, council member, gave a brief biography of himself.



Update on Statewide Needs Assessment

Margaret Long reported that the statewide needs assessment is still in process.  Margaret may get the results later this month.  The Education Committee can help to disseminate the information.


Update on State Audit

Margaret reported that the audit is driving a lot of work.  The state has agreed to do everything the auditors suggested and is on a fast-track to fix some of the audit findings.  During the next couple of months there will be a variety of policy changes reviewed and cast in stone.  The state has gone back to rewriting Volume 10 and will be taking to the State Board in October. 


The state has reacted on the nutritional supplements finding.  There has been a draft memo written which will make it significantly difficult to run the program.  Larimer County has about 20 people on supplements.  The Office on Aging will be looking at pulling this program. 


Margaret reported that the AAA’s are trying to create a better relationship with the state through APAC, a policy advisory committee, in hopes that the state will bring information to the AAA’s before they become policy.


Report on State On-site Visit

Margaret reported that the Office on Aging is still waiting for the state’s on-visit evaluation. 


Update on Budget and Funds Available for Contract Services

Glen Rathgeber reported that the County is in the middle of the budget process and will meet at the end of September.  The County must have a balanced budget to the commissioners by October 15th.  Public input can be received after October 15th. 



Education Committee

Steve Budner reminded the Advisory Council that the Legislative Breakfast is tomorrow. 


The Bridging the Gap Networking Luncheon is on September 24th at the Ranch.  Booth setup is around 10:00 a.m.  Lunch will be provided starting at 12:00 p.m.  Dr. Wacker is the guest speaker.  Judy Jones said she has received 180 reservations so far. 


The Speakers Bureau PowerPoint Presentations are set for Kiwanis on September 22nd which will be presented by Bill Benton and Olivia Larry.  Karen Reinhardt will finalize the dates for the Wellington Senior Center.   If there are any organizations that would be interested in seeing this presentation, pass the information to Karen and she will contact them to set a date.


The Education Committee will be working on the Older Adult Job Fair next. 


Executive Committee

The committee discussed the Legislative Breakfast final arrangements.  Margaret discussed the state audit.


Health Committee

There was no meeting last month. 


Membership Committee

There has been no change in membership.  Stan will contact the new members regarding their attendance at the Advisory Council meetings.


Nutrition Committee

Hal Wilson was not present to report. 


Margaret Long discussed some changes that are happening at VOA.  Leighanna Grupp is transferring to the Denver VOA office.  The RVSP and Handyman programs person has resigned.  VOA is looking at combining management for nutrition program along with the RVSP and Handyman programs.  Diane Stobnicke was hired to be Leighanna’s replacement and will start on October 4th.  Diane has a lot of experience running programs and will be moving to the Fort Collins community. 


Senior Attainable Housing Committee

Steve Budner reported that the Continuing Care Campus at Oakridge plan has passed the zoning board.  They will be building during the next couple of years between Wheaton Drive and McMurray.  He reported that there were at least two votes swayed because of the number of people who came in support of this project.  Peggy Haller spoke well for the housing committee.


Steve mentioned that the VOA Sanctuary Apartments is having an open house on September 15th at 4:30 p.m. with a presentation at 5:00 p.m. at their location between Shields and Horsetooth. 


Transportation Committee

Elnora McCloughan reported that the committee discussed the debacle of the Medicaid transportation situation.  The committee also discussed the results of their onsite-visits. 


Staff Reports

Donna Brumbaugh reported that the NCCNHR Residents Rights Week is October 3rd – October 9th.  The Ombudsmen will be sending out press releases and will be encouraging nursing homes and assisted living facilities to do something special during that week.  The Ombudsmen will be attending a national conference for National Citizen Coalition for Nursing Home Reform in Washington D.C. at the end of October for six days.  They will be bridging this conference with the National Eldercare Law conference.


Katy Mason reported that the Senior Yellow Pages have been updated and will be ready for Bridging the Gap Networking Luncheon.  The Senior Housing List will also be available.


Katy mentioned that the Office on Aging staff is continuing to run analysis for the Medicare prescription drug card and $600 credit program.  The Office on Aging has lost their Title V worker, Genevieve.  She was hired full-time to another division within Human Services department.  If you know someone who needs the analysis done, please let Stacy and/or Katy know.


Katy reported that the Caring Conversations Conference will be held on October 30th at the Chilson Senior Center.  This conference deals with end of life decision making issues.  Katy will provide registration forms at the next meeting.  It is a free event, including a continental breakfast.  The conference is expecting approximately 250 people to attend. 



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board

C. Dean Miller was not in attendance to give a report.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

There was no formal meeting held this month. 


Earl Stevens reminded the council that the Harvest Bazaar is Friday, September 10th, starting at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Foundation on Aging

Mary reported that the committee met on September 9th and is looking at where to go from here.  No decisions have been made.



There were no announcements made.



Mary adjourned the meeting.



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