Monday, July 21, 2014

Senior Day Care OK’d for EDH

From page A1 | July 01, 2013 |

One element of Tuesday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting featured a rather unusual occurrence. No one opposed agenda item 67. Recommended by District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco, the board voted unanimously to establish a Senior Day Care program at the former El Dorado Hills fire station at 990 Lassen Way.

The effort to get the county to approve and fund a satellite day care center has been characterized by fits and starts for years. Longtime Mountain Democrat columnist and El Dorado Hills resident Ramona ‘Moni’ Gilmore included a trust in her will to benefit senior citizens of the county and especially those in the El Dorado Hills area. That fund with an estimated value of $700,000 to $800,000 can be used to pay some up-front costs of completing a remodel and retrofit of the building. Supervisors also approved an increase to the 2013-2014 General Fund budget of $265,000 for “necessary equipment, supplies and additional staffing costs to prepare for 24 clients,” agenda documents state.

District 1 Commissioner to the Area Agency on Aging Hal Erpenbeck described the underfunded and uncompleted project as “our own Bridge to Nowhere” and urged it to be built out, staffed and funded.

Placerville’s Senior Day Care facility on Spring Street has been operating at “over capacity,” Mikulaco said in his introductory remarks. “There are more and more people who need these services, and the number keeps increasing.”  He said it was “a pleasure and an honor” to bring the proposal to the board.

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager Brent Dennis said, “We’d be privileged to share our facility” with the center, and a number of people spoke about the beneficial effects a day care program can have on those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Former Placerville City Council member Kathi Lishman spoke personally about the value of having a safe place for an elderly parent with dementia to spend a few hours and give the care provider a break from an otherwise 24/7 job.

Drawing on the concept of “It takes a village to raise a child,” Lishman said, “It takes a community to care for our seniors, so I strongly support this.”

Carol Louis and Patti Chelseth weighed in, describing their experiences caring for parents at home. Both are regular contributors at supervisors meetings and often take the board to task, especially regarding land use and government “overreach.”

Chelseth said she does not approve of many government programs or expenditures, but “I do approve having my tax money spent for this.”

A Johns Hopkins University study was cited by John Raslear describing the financial, physical and emotional toll on caregivers who, in many cases, have to quit jobs or reduce their employment in order to provide care for a parent or spouse. Raslear is general manager of the Four seasons Retirement Community in El Dorado Hills.

“The study shows that people with dementia actually show improvement under the care of professionals (in day care programs),” Raslear told the board.

District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp was credited for his efforts to save and restore the fire station during his tenure as chief of the El Dorado Hills Fire District. He also confirmed that having worked with Moni Gilmore for many years, he could “testify in court that her trust fund was intended for El Dorado Hills seniors, and it gives me great pleasure to move this item forward.”

Veerkamp deflected kudos for his involvement in the project, and later Mikulaco praised Raslear and Erpenbeck along with Michelle Elliston (Mikulaco’s part-time assistant), and Veerkamp’s assistant Kathy Witherow for their efforts on behalf of the center.

Local senior programs are under the jurisdiction of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services agency. Acting Assistant Director Don Ashton provided the fiscal details of the project noting that after the first year, the budget amount would drop from $265,000 to about $217,000 and later would likely be approximately mid-range of $190,000 to $200,000. Part of the anticipated decrease is based on projections that clients and client families will pay about $80,000 per year in program fees. Those fees currently are $40 to $50 per day.

“Are you very comfortable with those figures you brought?” Chairman Ron Briggs asked Ashton, who responded, “Yes, they’re all very conservative.”

The board’s vote included direction to the Chief Administrative Office and HHSA to have the necessary budgetary and personnel allocations ready for the Adopted Budget in September.

Contact Chris Daley at 530-344-5063 or Follow @CDaleyMtDemo.





Heard over the back fence: Public swim times announced

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

IRS unveils Taxpayer Bill of Rights

By News Release | From Page: B1

Highway 50 collision fatal

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

Stay connected through sheriff

By El Dorado County Sheriff's Office | From Page: B1

EDH community unites to patch up historic barn

By Mike Roberts | From Page: A1 | Gallery

P’ville hires Camino superintendent

By News Release | From Page: B1

Bird tests positive for West Nile

By Ross Branch | From Page: A1

County gets partial refund on promotional event

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

Jeepers expo Wednesday in Georgetown

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

Help SWR with squirrel babies

By Sierra Wildlife Rescue | From Page: A9



The rural life: Save the day: Neuter and spay

By Jennifer Forsberg Meyer | From Page: A4

Different place, different priorities

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

California rambling: Giving cities a pass

By John Poimiroo | From Page: A4 | Gallery



A thank you note

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Prada belongs in Berkeley

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Ready for Hillary?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments


By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

100+ years and thanks

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5



Valley View Sports Park

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Under the Scoreboard: July 20, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Schedule: July 21-26

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Becker slips by in wild KWS finish

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A6

Sports Scene: July 20, 2014

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6

Roundup: July 20, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Season over for Post 119

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Sophia Barden wins strut title

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A7



How to safely help a horse

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Railroad Museum offers a fun ‘History Happy Hour’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B4

As we were: Money for home repairs

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Volunteer kitchen help needed in EDH

By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: B10

Marshall Medical Center to host day of fitness and fun

By Marshall Medical | From Page: B10

Kids parade for free admission to the fair

By Amador County Fair | From Page: B10



Crime Log: July 6-8

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2



Kathryn Noreen Nolan

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Betty Ellene Hock

By Contributor | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Douglas J. Beam

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Arthur J. Funston

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jerry Grant Young Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2


Real Estate




By Contributor | From Page: A8

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Monday, July 21, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8