A panel has submitted a report with a number of recommendations for keeping and improving services for elders in Johnson County.The Advertisement Hoc Senior
Services Committees proposals include: oKeeping the Iowa City/Johnson County Elder Center at its present location.oSeeking added financing from local governments and enhancing profits through rentals of meeting and celebration areas to maintain the centers variety of programs and level of service. oCommissioning a professional study to much better understand the needs of seniors.The committee
, which was produced in February and started its deal with the guide in Might, was charged by the council to evaluate the vision, objective and programs of the senior center and how the center serves the total needs of seniors in the neighborhood and the county. The committee likewise was charged to recognize any barriers that might make it tough for the city to serve location seniors.The committee kept in mind eight obstacles, including reduced financing, gaps in services for senior citizens and an absence of variety of the centers visitors.Iowa City Council member Rick Dobyns, who worked as a member of the committee, said the city has minimized funding to comparable
senior care programs such as the nonprofit Senior citizen Solutions Inc and Pathways. Dobyns stated the committee likewise examined and made recommendations to the council relating to using financial and physical resources to better serve senior citizens and visitors.The Elder Center gets a significant amount of monetaryfinancial backing from taxpayers. I was hoping the commission would make a more reasonable judgment of where the moneythe cash must have gone, Dobyns stated. The state made changes in the Legislature, and as an outcome many cities are taking a look at getting less earnings from property taxes.Dobyns stated that he disagreed with a few of the suggestions the committee made, but that he thinks the Senior Center and the programs it supplies are valuable to the city.The committee worked difficultstrove and did a really
nice job, but times are tough, and we require to take an appearance at everyone in regards to decreasing financing, Dobyns stated. There was a lot of talk, and I believe a lot of people were believing
I was believingconsidering ruining the Senior Center. I wasnt attempting to obtain rid of or move the center, I simply wantedwished to take a good appearancetake a look at all of the financing info and options.Committee chairman Joe Younker stated he believes the committees report will help the City Council with future planning.I think the guide identifies the Senior Center as a valuable resource for Iowa City, but it likewise determines that there are issues going forward and other requirements that ought to be evaluated also, Younker said. One of the recommendations the committee made was that a professional survey requires to be done to better comprehend the needs of senior citizens, and with that details the council could progress and figure out what extra steps are necessary.The committees report assessed the Senior Centers financial year 2013 budget plan, which revealed expenditures for the center in 2013 were$778,491 while the earnings were$ 209,724. Iowa Citys general fund contributed$ 568,776, or about 70 percent to 75 percent of the centers expenditure.Senior Center planner Linda Kopping said one of the biggest expenses is keeping personnel.We already have space that we rent out, and I believe that its possible we could make a bigger effort to promote the availability of those spaces, or to make them more desirablebetter for leasing, Kopping said. Im not really expecting any big changes at the moment. The final choicesdecisions will certainly be up the the City board, from
my understanding.Dobyns said the council will certainly examine the guide and might decide to act on the committees suggestions next year.Im looking forward to having these discussions with the council, Dobyns stated. The programs at the center are really pleasurable, and when the city is in the position of thinking about reallocating funding, I can comprehend why thats disturbing to people.Reach Andy Davis at 319-887-5404 or at [email protected] suggestions The Ad Hoc Elder Solutions Committee made the following funding recommendations to the Iowa City board: oThe city must continue to deal with goals to determine and use income sources.oThe city must evaluate opportunities to produce profits through rentals of conference and gathering spaces.oThe city ought to think about the needs of low-income elders as a high concern when designating federal, state and local funds to external agencies.oThe city need to seek extra funds from other cities in Johnson County and
the Board of Supervisors whose homeowners utilize the center.oThe city ought to assess opportunities to share space, financing techniques and
other resources with relevant neighborhood agencies.oThe city ought to encourage all companies that serve seniors, irrespective of whether that is their main objective, to use for any available funds that serve low-income seniors.oThe city ought to commission a professional survey to better understand the requirements of seniors.oThe city must keep the center in its
current location.oThe city should take steps to boost availability to and within the center.Obstacles and recommendations oTransportation: Transportation-related problems are troublesome for specific segments of the senior population. The city should assess the transportation-related concerns in more information oDifficulties with growth of diversity: The Senior Center Commission, the Steering Council, and the center personnel should remain to discover methods to includecontribute to the existing diversity of
participants at the center, and to make sure the diversity reflects that of the community at large.oGaps in services for seniors: The city and agencies that serve older grownups should engage
in a dialogue with suitable organizations to much better comprehend any spaces in services.
The dialogue needs to consist of the continued identification of possible locations of collaboration in between the city and different agencies.oBarriers to access the center:
Evaluate the challenges with accessing
the center(eg time allocated to cross streets at the comer of Linn and Washington streets; prompt snow and ice removal in the winter; slippery paint on crosswalks; public bus stop in front of ADA entryway on Washington Street ). oLack of community awareness of the inclusivity of The Center programs: Boost focus on the accessibility of multigenerational shows that benefits everyone in the neighborhood, not just seniors.oLack of downtown affordable housing for low-and middle-income elders: Explore ways to increase downtown budget friendly housing and universal design for low and middle-income seniors.oDecrease in funding: Avenues ought to be discovered to enhance contributions from other cities in Johnson County and from the Board of Supervisors.oLack of articulated vision for the best ways to make Iowa City age friendly: The city council must establish an exploratory committee to think aboutto think about the WHO (World Health Organization)method to age-friendly cities.