New Report on Medical and Housing Options For County’s Neediest Seniors

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In advance of the Tuesday, June 25, public hearing about the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners’ proposal to sell both Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living to a for-profit company, Joseph I. Berman, MD, MPH, and Cynthia A. Powell have authored and released a report titled, “Data and Information Resources Related To Medical and Housing Service Options For Frederick County’s Neediest Seniors, June 2013.”

Although the report is compact, including only six page of text, it’s packed with illuminating and relevant information that was gathered from a variety of sources (all listed in the document), a number of interviews and a review of all local assisted living/continuing care communities in the county.

From the introduction:

During this month of public discussion and debate, we believe it is vitally important that the citizens of Frederick County clearly understand the facts about current county services to those senior citizens most at risk: those seniors who need assisted living because they cannot live on their own, whose financial support puts them below the poverty line and who live at the margins of a decent life. Who are they? Where are they living? And what do we really know about their quality of life?

There is no single source of data about our neediest seniors. To learn what the BoCC should have known before they made the decision to sell Citizens/Montevue, we found several excellent data sources and consulted with medical and social service professionals to assemble a picture of just who will be affected by the BoCC decisions.

Citizens concerned about and opposed to the sale of these facilities are holding a rally an hour before the public hearing, which is scheduled for the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, at Frederick Community College.

DOWNLOAD a copy of the report here (as a modest 569kb pdf file):
Data and Information Resources Related To Medical and Housing Service Options For Frederick County’s Neediest Seniors