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Lutz makes cuts

John Hart
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In a bid to reduce ongoing financial losses and keep its doors open, cuts in staffing and hours of operation were announced Wednesday for the Lutz Adult Day Care program in Grass Valley.

“We’re going to eliminate three staff positions, and there will be hourly cuts across the board for all remaining employees,” said Lutz Center executive director Bobby Swanson.

Beginning Sept. 16, hours for the county’s only licensed day health-care program for seniors and the disabled will be reduced from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



To cut costs, Swanson said, the board of directors asked the state Department of Health Services to reduce the program’s participations to 49.

That’s more than the center now serves, but because the program is licensed to serve 75 clients, Swanson said, state staffing standards require too many employees on the payroll.




“Even with extensive outreach efforts, we have not been able to increase our average daily attendance to a level that maintains our self-sufficiency,” stated a letter sent to the program’s participants informing them of the reductions.

“Reducing our hours and staff, while still maintaining state licensing requirements, should allow us to continue the program which has served you and your loved ones for more than 11 years,” the letter continued.

Wednesday’s announcement comes on the heels of last week’s decision by the center’s board and the Senior Citizens Foundation’s board of directors to sell the Lutz Center building.

The foundation is an umbrella organization which includes the Grass Valley Senior Center and the High Noon Senior Nutrition program.

To maintain its financial viability and keep other programs alive, the foundation opted to sell its major asset, the building.

But Swanson stressed Wednesday that the program will survive.

“We’re not going to do away with the program. In fact, we’re trying to make it better,” she said. “We do need a new home and are pursuing all options for getting a new facility.”

MEET TO HELP

An informational meeting for concerned caregivers and participants in the Lutz Adult Day Health Care program will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at Lutz Center in Grass Valley, 714 W. Main St.


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