Room rates set to increase June 1 at Monroe center

WOODSFIELD – Effective June 1, room rates at the Monroe County Care Center will increase with rising costs given as the reason.

A motion to raise the rates was approved Monday by the Monroe County commissioners.

The current rates for a semi-private room and a private room are $136 a day, and the new rates will be $151 a day for a semi-private room and $156 a day for private room.

“While the facility has done its best to control costs, many of the cost factors are outside of our control,” noted Andrea Smith, care center administrator.

Smith also reported in the last few years, there has been a considerable increase in costs of providing care but without a corresponding increase in reimbursement.

After pointing out food costs have increased by almost 20 percent in the last year and the cost of fuel has skyrocketed, Smith went on to say, “Wages, supplies and benefits continue to increase as well. Fortunately, our daily rates are very competitive with the other area nursing homes and even after this increase, they will remain under the daily rates of our competitors in the area.”

She also noted, “We are sorry that we need to increase our room rates but feel that we have no other viable option.”

In other matters, pinwheels and blue ribbons as well as a banner on the front of the Monroe County Courthouse will draw attention this month to Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month during April.

The county commissioners approved a request Monday from Jeanette Harter, director of the Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services, for placement of the pinwheels and ribbons in the grassy area in front of the courthouse. The banner will be placed above the front door of the courthouse.

In addition, the commissioners approved a Child Abuse Neglect Prevention Month proclamation, calling upon all citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities and businesses to increase their participation in efforts to prevent child abuse, thus strengthening the communities in which they live.

The proclamation pointed out that approximately 3 million children are reported abused and neglected in this country each year, and the effects of child abuse are felt by whole communities and need to be addressed by the entire community.

“Effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among social service agencies, schools, religious and civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community,” according to the proclamation.

April 11 has been designated as “Wear Blue to Work Day” with all agencies and offices asked to participate “in this worthwhile campaign to enlighten our community to the awareness of child abuse and neglect.”

Commissioners also issued a fair housing proclamation in which they wished “to acknowledge the county’s endorsement and commitment to celebrate the Policy of Fair and Equal Access to Housing” and proclaimed the month of April as Fair Housing Month.

In the proclamation, they encouraged county residents to celebrate Fair Housing Month “by acquainting themselves with their rights that are protected under the law and join in reaffirming a commitment to Fair Housing for all regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, familial or disability status.”