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Hospital authority applies for grant to fund adult day care

POSTED: June 4, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Liberty County Hospital Authority members on Wednesday discussed the next steps for a proposed adult day care that will be built next to Coastal Manor, Liberty Regional Medical Center’s long-term nursing facility in Ludowici.

The authority applied for a $600,000 grant through the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to kick off the building construction. The rest of it will be paid for by private, paying clientele, said Elise Stafford, Coastal Manor chief long term care officer. Clients also may use insurances and Medicaid to pay for the visits.

“A grant writer with the Coastal Regional Commission in Brunswick provided assistance in preparing a grant application, which was submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture in September 2009. Since that time, we have been working with a representative from the local USDA office to provide supporting documents to accompany the application,” Stafford said. “This will allow people to stay in the community for a reduced rate. It will be a great cost savings.”

Meeting attendees agreed that the center is needed and will be a good thing for LRMC and the community to have in place.

“I remember when we first started talking about it, there seemed to be a lot of excitement about it from the community about this. It certainly appears it will be an asset to the organization and the community,” Hospital Authority Chairman Jon Long said. “This is a nice progression of services there.”

The 5,000-square-foot center will staff 18 employees and will serve 50 clients at any one time. Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses also will be on site to administer medication and give baths, and rehab therapists will be on site to work with clients as well. Plans also are in the works to keep clients entertained with events like movie days, themed parties and a bird aviary, which also will be built on the new site.

“What makes the adult day care concept so special for our population is that residents in the community who are trying to reside at home will be given the option to preserve their financial resources,” Stafford said. “There are two different levels of care that will be provided at the adult day care. One is a level one; it is more or less a supervisory concept. And then the level two may include a  type of rehab — physical, speech or occupational therapy.”

While in-home care or nursing homes can cost around $5,600 monthly, the unnamed adult day health service will cost about $1,000 a month — $50 for a half day and $60 for a full day — for those who attend the center while caregivers or family members are working, Stafford said. Transportation to the center also will be provided to make for easy pickup.   

“Those would be individuals who we would care for during the day. Our market analysis indicates that there is a fairly strong market in the region for that for families who are caregivers who also work,” LRMC CEO Scott Kroell said.

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive response from the community. We see this as a continuation of the coastal manor campus and an expansion of the services there, possibly down the road something leading to assisted living opportunities. This would be the first step to that.”

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