Creighton Center and Wellness Center Repositioning

Contributed by Julia Freeman

Megan Barbour, Health Services Administrator and Director of Operations, and Peter Fielding, a resident member of the Collington Board, gave an overview of the current status of the planned repositioning of the Creighton Center and Wellness Center at a general meeting August 19. They head the Health Service Alliance, a planning group created by the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee that is leading the implementation of one key pillar of the Collington Strategic Plan – Health and Wellness. The presentations focused on the Creighton Center.

CEO Ann Gillespie opened the presentation by reading the Collington mission and vision statements. She also noted she breaks down strategic planning into four stages — and in her view, work on the Collington Strategic Plan is between Stage 2 and 3; however, the work of the Health Service Alliance, also at this stage, is moving toward later implementation stages win a few months.

Peter highlighted the input the Health Service Alliance has sought – from architects, expert in industry trends, market analysis, and features desired by residents. He emphasized that residents will continue to have a role as plans are further developed.

Megan highlighted some of the key architectural and functional goals for the revised space. The current Creighton Center space will be reconfigured to accommodate expanded capacity for assisted living, especially in the Potomac  (moderate support assisted living) and Brandywine (light assisted living) neighborhoods. The Arbor (memory support) neighborhood will be downsized by a third. Skilled nursing beds will be reduced. Megan noted that there is less demand and reduced Medicare funding for skilled nursing both locally and nationally.

Justin Reeves, CFO, reviewed the finances needed to accomplish the repositioning. The current estimate for both construction and soft costs is $25 million. He also noted that the Health and Wellness projects were just one component of an overall master plan for Collington. Multiple funding sources will be needed.

This program was recorded and can be found under Collington Publications: Recorded Auditorium Events. The slides may be found under Collington Publications: Community Meeting Presentations.  Another discussion session of the materials presented will be held in the near future. Watch the Courier!

A Display Case Full of Varied and Finely-Crafted Ceramics

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

Don’t miss the current show in the glass cases opposite The Landing!  For the coming weeks it will hold more than two dozen pieces made by our fellow resident, Martha Wilder.   Who knew that she was so very accomplished a potter?  Each pot or dish or vase or plate is so beautifully made, I thought it was a resident’s collection of pieces he/she had bought and collected over time.   But no — Martha said she made them all, taking classes after she retired.  Once again we can marvel at the hidden talent that we have in our people-rich Collington community.

 

Sen. Van Hollen and AG Frosh on Consumer Protection at MaCCRA’s Annual Meeting

Submitted by Lorrie Rogers and Lois Brown

Don’t get hooked by scams was the message U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh brought to Collington on June 17, 2019.

After the short business meeting, the US Senator and Md Attorney General spoke to a packed auditorium about the wide variety of scams arriving daily on our phones and in our in-boxes.   Most importantly they discussed measures we can take to avoid being hooked by them.  We’ve all heard the advice of “Just hang up”, and “Don’t click on links,” but the one that took most people by surprise was that we should not only freeze our own credit, but advise our children to freeze theirs and that of our grandchildren.  Scammers are ruining the credit of minor children, which often is not discovered until they become adults.
Delegate Erek Barron was also in the audience and got a shout-out from the Senator and AG.

Following the Q&A period, the staff from the Maryland Consumer Protection Division, Federal Trade Commission, Prince George’s County Area Agency on Aging, and Maryland Relay had tables of brochures and other information and were available to answer questions.

You can view most of the discussion below.