Hope Creek looks at daycare option

Daycare, hospice, Alzheimer's care all options

EAST MOLINE, Ill. - The Hope Creek Care Center heard a presentation about the possibility of a daycare on premises Monday night.

"We're kind of trying to think outside of the box," said Rock Island County Board member and Chairwoman of the Governance, Health and Administration Committee Mia Mayberry. "And we are exploring a lot of different issues and ideas of what we can do in this ward that we have currently closed down."

Tammy Muerhoff, the regional superintendent of Rock Island County, presented the information on the concept. She cited previously successful programs and how beneficial they were psychologically and socially for all parties involved.

"It was very very inspiring to see the interactions," said Muerhoff. "The positive interactions and how responsive the children were as well as the older adults, how responsive they were with the children."

The idea is to form a full day preschool program, along with a daycare. It would be grant funded. 

One concern brought up by the board members was the spread of infection from children to elderly patients. 

"Our main concern right now would be to continue to give the excellent care that our residents receive at Hope Creek," said Chairman of the Hope Creek Board of Directors Jessey Hullon. 

"We felt the need to close that ward and now we're trying to find something purposeful to do with that ward," said Mayberry. "Something that's going to be the most beneficial for Hope Creek."

Another concern was finances. Although the county owned center reported good numbers in March, they are already talking about borrowing up to $1 million next month. They are down residents and staff, which resulted in the closing of the ward as well.

Board members brought up that the financial return with a daycare would not be high. They also asked how much it would cost to convert the ward into a suitable daycare center. 

The board decided to continue the conversation about the daycare center, but to advise the county board to allow Muerhoff to apply for the grant and continue research on the concept. 

"That in no way locks us into that option being the end all be all. We can always explore other things," said Mayberry. "We want to know about the pros and the cons, not just the good things that are going on but also the things that have been not so favorable so this will be our time to do our due diligence and look into all of that."

The county board will vote on whether Muerhoff will have the go-ahead to apply for the grant at their board meeting Tuesday night. 


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