Advisory Council Meeting

May 8, 2008


Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Fort Collins, Colorado  80524

Members Present:

Steve Budner

Cassie Castleberry

Helen Davis


Rene DeMattei

Manfred Diehl

Marcy Greenslit


Elnora McCloughan

Janet Montera

Barbara Nuss


Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens


Barbara Tuttle

Stan Ulrich

Don Venneberg


Sharon Zamora







Members Absent:

Nancy Arthur

Jim Barlow






Staff Present:

Beth Allen

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo


Randy Eubanks

Margaret Long

Katy Mason


Glen Rathgeber

Linda Rumney

Laura Sutherlin





Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Sheri Sauer



Elnora McCloughan called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.


Elnora McCloughan introduced Sheri Sauer with RVNA.


Earl Stevens moved to accept minutes as presented, Steve Budner seconded motion.  Motion was carried.

OFFICE ON AGING PARNTER PRESENTATION:  Sheri Sauer, Rehabilitation Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA)

Sheri distributed packets of information on RVNA.  The packet included RVNA’s history, and the different services available.  Sheri started her presentation by stating that she has been with RVNA since she moved here from Wisconsin, 17 years ago.  Sheri is the Director of Patient Services for the Greeley and Fort Collins offices. 


Sheri stated that RVNA provides both skilled and unskilled nursing services and is certified by Medicare and Medicaid.  The unskilled services are for personal care and home care (homemaker) services.  Personal care is hygiene related and homemaker relates to house cleaning.  Most of the Office on Aging grant goes toward these services.  There is a small amount of funding from the Office on Aging that is used for skilled nursing care which provides both nursing and physical therapy care.  Another part of the Office on Aging funding is for medication management.  This service provides a nurse who will visit a client’s home and set up and maintain a medication system for the client. 


Sheri shared the following client story about a 60 year old female who is diabetic but was unable to obtain services due to limited resources and not having health insurance. This client had an intestinal flu and was admitted into Poudre Valley Hospital in a diabetic coma with a blood sugar of over 900. She was released from PVH needing home care.  RVNA used the grant funding from the Office on Aging to pay for her personal care and homemaker duties.  During their visits with this client, the staff at RVNA was able to teach the client’s daughter how to care for her mother. 


The Office on Aging was also able to provide one-time funding for RVNA to purchase an INR Ratio machine which tests Prothrombin for blood thinner medications.  Usually clients need to go to their doctor or have the nurse draw blood; the nurse goes back to the office to test the level of blood thinner, wait for the doctor to examine the results and then goes back to the client to adjust the medications. With this machine, the nurse can perform a finger stick which give the nurse the results right away. 


Sheri was asked a question regarding RVNA’s rates.  The rate is $18.75/hr for personal care & homemaker services.  RVNA also includes a trip fee for time and mileage.  RVNA can bill in ½ hour increments.  Sheri stated that currently RVNA is struggling to find employees.  They pay $7.50 – 7.55/hr and provide health insurance, sick, holiday and vacation time.  The employee’s hours can be very flexible, with most visits lasting only a couple of hours. 


Sheri finished by stating how much RVNA appreciates the Office on Aging funding.  Margaret commented that the feeling is mutual as the Office on Aging appreciates RVNA’s service.   


Elnora McCloughan gave a brief overview on a report she received from United Way 211.  United Way 211 has received 6,520 calls during the last quarter.  Elnora described the breakdown of calls with the top calls being for financial assistance.  If you are interested in receiving a copy of this report, please contact Elnora.


Margaret Long congratulated Sharon Zamora for receiving the Human Relations Commission annual award for volunteerism. 


Margaret distributed a goodbye card for Roger Bailey.  Roger and his wife have moved to San Diego.


Margaret asked the council to give Steve Johnson a big thank you for his vote on HB1108.  The Older Coloradoan’s Fund budget has been increased. Margaret stated that this new money will bring the Office on Aging an extra $150,000.  Margaret reported that there was also an increase in federal funding of approximately $33,000.  The majority of the contracts with the Office on Aging are affected by the increase cost of food and gas cost.  Due to the rising costs of food and gas, the Office on Aging has requested that providers submit figures on what it will cost them to continue to provide the same level of service to their clients. Margaret also requested that the providers include some wish list items for the expansion of services and one-time purchases. 


Margaret asked the council for forgiveness stating that she must submit an electronic copy of the one year plan to the State by June 2nd.  This deadline does not allow enough time to get advisory council approval before the report must be submitted.  Margaret reported that she has been discussing funding plans with the Planning, Funding and Partnership Development committee.  Margaret noted to the council that the plan can be changed after submission.  Margaret stated that she will present the completed plan to the council during the June meeting.   


Steve Budner gave a brief autobiography.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Stan Ulrich reported that Peggy McGough announced that the expansion committee has received their 501(c)3 standing.  Stan announced that the first fundraiser was the Ladies of Locust Grove’s Fashion Show which was held on April 15th.  The next fundraiser will be the All American Picnic on July 3rd; the cost will be $15/adult and $6/children.  


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported on the Bridging the Gap Networking Event.  This year’s event will be held on September 26th at McKee Medical Center from 10a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Earl stated that Jill Taylor has been invited to be the keynote speaker.  Earl noted that a step had been added to the registration process.  This year, the committee is asking that those who want to attend send an email confirmation. 


Earl noted that the Job Fair had 609 attendees. 


Earl has been in contact with Lori Mitchell from the Estes Park Senior Center to try and encourage Estes Park residents to serve on this council.  To date, she has not been able to find any interest. 


Earl reported that the Loveland Senior Advisory Board is in the process of trying to reach isolated seniors by distributing a new brochure and magnet that will be delivered with Meals-on-Wheels. 


Earl commented that the computer class was successful.  The next computer class will be offered this summer at Thompson Valley High School.  The course will be 32 hours. 


Earl announced that there will be a program regarding information on strokes at the Medical Center of Rockies on Tuesday, May 21st.  See Earl for more information. 


Earl announced that there are four follow up meetings scheduled to the Regional Transportation Summit. 


Earl reported that the Loveland Senior Advisory Board has concerns about the massive dental program which will be held on July 18-19 at the Ranch.  Earl reported that there are concerns about the heat in July and about transportation.  The board is contacting COLT as a possible means to provide transportation. Bobbi Sutton is looking into the board’s concerns about the heat and whether there are plans to protect participations from the heat. 


Earl made an announcement and held up the new prescription card from the Larimer County medical prescription program. The cards are available at McKee & MCR and the Aspen Club. 


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation is working on an annual report and budget.  They are waiting for the recommendations from JVA Consulting.


Larimer County Commissioner

Randy Eubanks also reported on the prescription cards from the Larimer County medical prescription program.  Randy noted that there are 16,000 County Prescription cards available for the under insured or low income.  The cards can save people 20% on prescriptions.


Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni announced that she was happy to see Sharon Zamora recognized at the annual awards breakfast.


Commission on Aging

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the committee is catching up on business from the last meeting. 


Media & Public Relations Committee

Janet Montera reported that the committee is designing a media plan for the council to approve at the June meeting.  When the plan is approved the council members can add it to their notebooks.  Janet believes the committee has come up with a plan that is a good place to start.  Janet announced that provider presentations to the council have been scheduled through October 2008.  Janet stated that she appreciates everyone’s help. 


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Steve Budner reported that the Foundation on Aging developed a mission and vision statement, as well as a strategic plan, which will be included in the grant to JVA for technical assistance. 


Pubic Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the committee discussed Transfort Route 8 to the Azltan Center.  The committee discussed the State legislature and the committee’s disappointment that nothing was done about health care and TABOR.  Stan commented that Andrew Romanoff gave a good explanation as to why they are not doing that much this session on these items. 


Staff Reports

Katy Mason reported that the Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies hired a staff person through the Naquama Center.  This position will help family members who are raising grandkids navigate the system.  Katy will give a presentation in October to the Advisory Council.


Katy discussed the results of the pilot program of council and staff attending lunch at the Northside Aztlan Center.  The purpose of participating in the lunches is outreach and getting to know the people.  Through the efforts of staff and council members, Laura Sutherlin gained a client and Lynette McGowan gained two clients.  If any council member is interested in attending lunch at the Aztlan Center please see Katy. 


Laura Sutherlin reported that there is a renewal grant for ARCH available.  This grant process will be very competitive.  Laura explained that attached to the grant is a model program for discharge planning.  There are a total of 10 grants nationwide; the grant size is $800,000 and a possible $300,000-$500,000 additional grant.  Currently ARCH is scheduling a meeting with discharge planners to see if this would work.  The grant is due on July 23rd.   


Tina Barker reported that the ombudsman program may have up to four new volunteers which would bring the volunteer total to six.   Marcy Greenslit and Helen Davis are volunteering from the council. 


Tina stated that as part of the four year plan, they are working on outreach to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) population.  The Ombudsman together with the City of Fort Collins has compiled a needs assessment survey and will distribute it on June 7th at Pride in the Park. 


Linda Rumney shared with the council the continuing concerns about services to persons with a mental illness in Larimer County and throughout the state. Currently there is a gentleman who was living in a skilled nursing facility that has a diagnosis of mental illness, Parkinson’s, and dementia.   Due to some specific behaviors, the facility did not feel that they could meet his needs.  The resident was sent to Mountain Crest for some medication review.  Linda commented that Mountain Crest is for short term stays and the skilled nursing facility does not want the resident back citing they cannot meet his needs.  Currently, the resident remains at Mountain Crest with no where to go.  Many times the Ombudsman find that facilities cannot meet the needs of persons with a mental illness and that residents end up going to Denver or other counties other than Larimer for care.


Tina Barker commented that The School of Social Work at Colorado State University received a grant to help Assisted Living facilities learn about managing behaviors related to mental health.  The Ombudsman are also working on facilitating some meetings in the community with Options for Long Term Care, Larimer Center for Mental Health, the Behavioral Health Organization and some Alternative Care facilities in Larimer County.  The purpose of these meetings is to make a flow chart to help facility staff access resources for persons with a mental illness and to identify where the system is broken. 



Janet Montera stated that she had a great time with Earl Stevens doing the KRFC radio show with Deni LaRue.  Deni had stated that she would download a recording for Janet.


Ellen Pihlstrom noted that Health Care Policy and Finance is working with people to help them access Long Term Care insurance.  


Earl Stevens commented that King Soopers is offering an additional 10% on your gift card for customers who purchase $300 or more on gift cards. 


Margaret Long reminded the council to look for an expiration date on cards for purchasing digital converters.  Her neighbor had one which was good for a 90-day period.


Cassie Castleberry stated that she enjoyed attending the centenarian birthday in Timnath. 



Elnora adjourned the meeting at 3:13 p.m.