Muller said the administration's “formal and final position” on Cedarbrook will be made known when it releases the proposed 2015 county budget in August.
After his committee meeting, Mazziotti said he thought commissioners had requested that the administration respond to the six CHR options.
“If they don’t do it, I think our committee should do it,” he said. “Somebody should evaluate the proposals.”
Responded Muller:“The administration would have no problem with the committee coming to their own position on the six proposals from CHR.”
Cedarbrook officials told Mazziotti’s committee that they intend to eliminate 11 of the nursing homes’ nearly 60 employees in the environmental services department on Sept. 2, to save at least $500,000 a year.
Wilt said some administrative or clerical positions also might be eliminated later this year, because the work those people do manually will be done on computers.
Wilt said she agreed with CHR’s report that Cedarbrook “is a little outdated.”
She admitted other nursing homes have been renovated and upgraded, which makes it harder for Cedarbrook to compete.
“Everybody in the market has open beds today,” said Weil. “It’s not like we’re the only place to choose. They have a lot of choices amongst all of the facilities, many of which are upgraded, renovated and a little more stately than Cedarbrook.”
Ed Keys, interim administrator at Cedarbrook, said he is looking at short-term measures to improve the nursing homes so Cedarbrook “will be a facility of choice for people.”
Those short-term goals will include providing “reasonable updates to make the facility more attractive and provide greater appeal to new residents.”
He said that includes looking at “what improvements we can make in first impressions.”
Keys said he is looking at the possibility of creating a “short-term rehab unit” rather than having short-term residents “scattered throughout the facility.”
He said Cedarbrook also may shrink the size of its male dementia unit.
“There’s not the demand in the market. We have many more female applicants than male applicants.”
Commissioner David Jones asked about the cost of the renovations outlined by Keys.
“We have not had an architect come in and price out some of the ideas we have,” said the administrator. But he guessed moving the male dementia unit “would cost thousands of dollars, not hundreds of thousands of dollars.” He said the 40-bed short-term rehab unit would cost “far less” than $1 million.
Keys added: “We don’t have hard numbers for you. These are wild, ballpark guesses.”
Jones made it clear the commissioners are interested in firm estimates. And Mazziotti asked the LW officials to provide commissioners with written copies of the presentations they made to his committee.