Category Archives: Operating Committees

Health Services Support Groups now listed

The five support groups meeting monthly at Collington are now listed with their resident leaders on the Health Services Page – click here.

A win-win-win-win solution

Submitted by the Sustainability Committee

What does Collington do with old appliances and fixtures?

Appliances2

Collington always has items that it no longer needs.   It happened in the clear-out needed to start the Bistro.  It happens when units become empty and are refurbished for new residents.  It happened when Administration moved up a floor.   It has happened recently as try-out cottages are changed into sales units.  

Items may include outdated, but still functional stoves, dishwashers, and fridges.  It may be shelving, old picture frames, tables, filing cabinets, desks that the OO Shop doesn’t think it can sell quickly.  It may be kitchen cabinets that have life left in them.

A few items are kept in storage as emergency replacements for residents.   The rest of the still serviceable items are carefully priced to reflect their age and life expectancy.   Then, once a sufficient number have accumulated, there’s a special garage-type sale, open only to Collington staff.  

So far this year there have been three such sales, which have yielded some $4800.

That’s the first “win”.

The second “win” comes from what the money is used for:  it all goes towards the costs of the annual staff holiday party, an end-of-year, off-site bash with raffles and door prizes and food and fun.   So the staff members get to buy useful things cheaply and know that their money is going to give them future pleasure too.  

Then there’s a third “win”: whatever doesn’t sell is given away to Habitat for Humanity.  

The fourth “win” is a win for sustainability:  serviceable items end up being put to good use instead of prematurely ending up in a landfill.   

So Collington has a quadruple win solution!  

Marketing Office Invite — Come to their Christmas Event Next Week!

We residents have been invited to join a group of possible future neighbors at a Marketing Event on Tuesday, December 5 from noon to 3:00 pm.
In addition to meeting the visitors, you’ll be able to enjoy:
  • Finger food in the Clocktower
  • Carriage rides throughout the campus
  • Singing by the Chesapeake Choral in the auditorium from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
 Marketing Invitation

Leading Age Action Alert On Threat to Medical Deduction

This action alert from Leading Age may be of interest. It stands for itself:

Medical Expense Deduction and Tax-Exempt
Financing on the Chopping Block

Major tax reform legislation, H.R. 1, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and will soon come to a vote.

The bill contains 2 provisions of serious concern to aging services providers and the elders they serve:

  1. Elimination of the tax deduction for medical expenses.
  2. Elimination of tax-exempt financing for the development and preservation of affordable senior housing and life plan communities/CCRCs.

This radical legislation would disproportionately affect older adults, many of whom have higher than average medical costs and/or need affordable housing.

Congress needs to hear from you today. Tell your lawmakers to protect the medical expense deduction and tax-exempt financing for senior housing and life plan communities/CCRCs. Tell them older adults need this. Tell them protecting these tax provisions is the right thing to do.

How You Can Help

  • Call your lawmakers TODAY at 855-837-6894. We’ve set up this toll-free number to connect you directly to their offices.
  • Share this information with the residents in your community and suggest that they call as well. The proposed changes will directly impact them.
  • Forward this action alert to your network.

Steps for Making a Call

  • Dial this toll-free number 855-837-6894.
  • Feel free to use the sample script below when you talk to the staff person who answers the phone.
  • After talking with the staff person, do not hang up. The automated system will connect you to your representative and then to each of your senators.

Background

My name is _______ and I am a constituent. I urge Representative/Senator ____ to oppose provisions of H.R. 1, tax reform legislation that would eliminate the medical expense deduction.

Also, please preserve tax-exempt financing for the development and preservation of affordable senior housing and retirement communities, which would be eliminated under H.R. 1.

I hope Representative/Senator ____ will stand up for older adults and protect these crucial tax benefits for seniors and middle-income families.

Improvements on the Cemetery Trail

Woodland trail

For many months members of the Weed Warriors (previously “Lakes and Trails”) have been requesting repairs to the trail leading to the grave-sites that has become rutted over the years.  Finally, a crew from Ruppert Landscape, guided by Kyle Olson, a recent addition to the Collington Staff, has now constructed new runners and gravel leveling at critical points.  Many thanks are due to Jacob Kijne, who provided expert advise for the placement of runners to divert water runoff. Weed Warriors have since then covered particularly muddy spots with hay matting.  Hopefully the trail will remain easy to tread even after rainy days.  The final leg of the project awaits the completion of the Landing, our new restaurant, at which time tailings from the construction road will be reutilized to cover the remaining problematic areas.

Click here for a PowerPoint Guide of the complete trail, courtesy of Dorothy Yuan.