Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Cindy Gramke of Clermont Senior Services. Clermont Seniors has been caring for older adults for 47 years. They have a renewal levy on the ballot March 15.

Clermont Senior exists to provide a broad range of in-home services to keep seniors living in their own home as long as possible, delaying nursing home placement and saving taxpayers. They focus on things such as service, performance excellence and being careful, responsible stewards of taxpayer and donor dollars. Their typical customers are 75. Currently, the youngest is 60 and the oldest is 104.

73% of all revenue for services comes directly from the levy which has not increased in 15 years. Other revenue includes UW, Rent, Fundraising and Passport. In 2008 they lost about $1million in revenue and have been working to use their funds wisely, consolidating and cross-utilizing their staff wherever possible.
The following is a breakdown of funds:
  • Home care - 34.21%
  • Transportation - 18.84%
  • Case Management 13.93%
  • Adult Day Services 12.71%
  • Home-delivered meals 7.75%
  • Lifelong learning centers 3.50%
  • Volunteer resources 1.40%
  • Home repair .83%
  • Congregate meals .14%

For more information go to www.yesforclermontseniors.com

We also heard from Dan Ottke of Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. They have a levy on the ballot March 15 which will replace 2 continuing levies that were originally passed in 1979 (.4 mill) and 1980 (1 mill). Replacement will combine the continuing levies into one moving forward. Since 2010, they lost over $1.8 million annually from state and federal sources. The needs of people with disabilities are on the rise, and without this levy passage their resources will be depleted by the end of 2017. There is currently a waiting list for services.

Clermont DD has done the following to conserve funds:
Downsizing of adult services
Reduces over # of staff from 189 to 159
Reduce by one building.
In 2015 and 2016 they put a freeze on offering any new services which impacts people needing community and home services.

A unique fact about Clermont DD is that they serve clients from birth through old age.

  • Early intervention and school age services
  • Full Time residential and day supports including transportation (Mandates)
  • Drop-in supports in the home
  • Vocational and day supports
  • Respite and assistance with summer care
  • Adaptive equipment and accessibility needs
  • Supported employment
  • Emergencies (Mandates)
  • Behaviour support
  • Investigations (Mandates)

For more information go to http://www.clermontdd.org/