WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Senior and Disability Services workers find new homes for nearly all patients of the closing Lincoln City Rehab Center. 19 moved, 4 to go.

Cascades West Council of Governments Senior and Disability Services reported Wednesday that they are nearing 100% placement of the residents who can no longer live in the Lincoln City Rehabilitation Center because it’s parent corporation, Pinnacle Healthcare is closing it down. Pinnacle blamed shrinking support from Medicare and Medicaid for their problems. The facility had also been recently given poor marks by state inspectors for their level of care, but had managed to improve those levels during subsequent inspections.

Senior and Disability Services Director Scott Bond told the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners that they have been able to place 19 of 23 Medicaid clients in other facilities. Bond said 9 clients will live in other facilities in Lincoln County (Newport), 7 will be moved to facilities outside the county, and 3 will be moving out of state to live with their extended families. Where the final four will be living is not clearly established at this time, but Bond says he is confident they will be placed in appropriate facilities soon.

Bond added that once the clients are finally moved in, their care and comfort will be monitored by his office to ensure that their transition is as smooth as possible and that their new home will meet their needs.

Bond said shrinking federal budgets poses a problem but also an opportunity for those who find caring for the elderly and disabled enjoyable and meaningful work. Bond said large, older homes make ideal care centers for fragile elderly and the disabled. He said no one gets rich running such care homes but it IS a living and a satisfying one for the right people. He said if anyone might consider establishing a care-giving home in the community and would like more information about it, they should call his office at 541-336-2289.

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