Citizens and Montevue residents carry on despite fears about sale

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Rachel S. Karas
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Date Published: 09/09/2013

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.