CCRC policy team broadens into study of senior health and housing options
Almost two months after First Selectman Jeb Walker charged the Health and Human Services Commission with taking the reigns of a study to address the need for a Continuing Care Retirement Community in New Canaan, the Board of Selectmen on Monday authorized the HHSC to move forward with a revised approach.
Tentatively named the Senior House Care and Housing Policy Development Team, members of the team, which has not been finalized, will now be required to conduct the study with the oversight of the selectmen.
Selectmen Rob Mallozzi and Sally Hines, who had previously voiced opposition to Walker's conception of a policy development team focused on concluding whether or not a CCRC should be built in Waveny Park, agreed with Walker to broaden the team's objective.
"It seems to me that what the group that emerges ought to be looking at be options that are cutting edge like co-housing, in-home care services and, of course, a CCRC," Hines said.
"We've got to sever a location component from the recommendation and it has got to take into consideration things like `What's the town's responsibility in providing for senior,' and `How has the financial landscape changed.' ... We want to be as broad-minded as possible about this."
Walker described the policy team's revamped task as an exploration into the role of government in offering health and housing services to seniors.
"We're not trying to throw up road blocks, we're just trying to make sure once this ball gets rolling, it rolls smoothly and gives us timely information so we can go ahead with a decision and move on," Mallozzi said.
The board will discuss the policy team's newly defined task with already-named team Chairman Jim Lisher at the next selectmen meeting in mid-April.