Willow Brook News
A couple thousand people braved the heat and threatening storms to cool off in the Philips Glen of Ohio Wesleyan University on the 4th of July to hear the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Independence Day concert. Intermission was cut short by threatening weather, and the after-concert fireworks started a little early, enabling everyone to make to to their cars, if not out of the parking lots, before the storm hit with full force. Willow Brook was a proud sponsor of the symphony concert.
Nursing homes in Ohio took another hit in Medicaid funding last month. The governor vetoed $30 million in supplemental funding to support nursing home residents whose funds have run out. The Ohio House and Senate approved the appropriation for nursing homes that meet certain quality standards. Not every facility would have benefited – only those that are striving to implement the state’s quality measures. Both of Willow Brook’s skilled nursing facilities easily would have qualified. It is difficult to calculate how much has been denied us, but I am guessing it is in the neighborhood of $50,000 in total for both facilities.
These dollars would have offset a small portion of the $350,000 annual cut we are suffering from a Medicaid reduction instituted last year. We still would have been losing our shirt on charitable care, but that $50,000 sure would have helped.
The $30 million supplemental funding proposal received bipartisan support from state legislators who saw the need to step up Medicaid funding for Ohio’s nursing homes. With a swipe of a pen, the governor snatched it away.
I remain seriously concerned with the state of funding for long-term care services in Ohio. I fully support the state’s push to develop home-based services for older citizens who don’t need 24-hour care. That is a smart move. But the truth is, not all frail elderly can survive at home – even with extensive support. Nursing homes are very much needed to serve the growing population of older adults. Through the years, Willow Brook has maintained a strong commitment to serve those of our number who are unable to pay, but there is a limit to how much we can write off. I can only hope that this message will be heard in the chambers of the statehouse.
With love to all,
Central Ohio firefighters helped make a birthday wish come true on Friday.
Willow Brook Christian Home resident Letha Montgomery, 98, always wanted to ride on a fire truck, and for her 98th birthday she finally did. Liberty Township firefighters helped Montgomery fulfill the item on her bucket list and even let her ride in the truck's bucket.
"I admire them so much anyway," Montgomery's daughter, Wendy Estes, said. "And then for them to take time out of their schedules to make a lady's bucket list come true, that's pretty awesome."
"Here I am, in Powell, Ohio, riding on the most beautiful truck," Montgomery said. "I wish I could take it home with me."
Montgomery's nurses from HomeReach Hospice helped make the ride happen, 10TV's Kristyn Hartman reported.
Our buttons are bursting! The assisted living and memory care centers at Willow Brook Christian Village just received perfect scores from the State of Ohio in its unannounced annual inspection. This means that every assisted living/memory care/independent apartment on every Willow Brook campus has received a perfect score in its most recent inspection – outstanding and possibly a statewide first – we’ll find out.
Residents of Willow Brook at Delaware Run were honored for their volunteer service to the staff and children of Schultz Elementary School at last night’s Delaware Board of Education meeting. Accepting the certificate and congratulations from superintendent Paul A. Craft were Jim Roesch, George Ankney, Lynn Ankney, Belvadell Sindlinger, and Dottie Knight, representing the volunteers who have tutored at the school every Tuesday morning all school year. Dottie said “It’s so much fun to watch the children as their brains pick up what you’re teaching them. You can see it in their eyes and in their expressions!”