Cedar Village has established itself as a caring destination for seniors, but the not-for-profit retirement community continues to improve its elderly facilities.

“Everyone in aging services is working really hard to see where the population is going,” says Carol Silver Elliott, Cedar Village president and CEO. “We’re really trying to broaden our reach to help.”

In July, Cedar Village will open a $2.4 million aquatic therapy complex at its home location in Mason. The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Aquatic Therapy Center—named after the largest donor—will have two pools for individual therapy and a large warm-water pool for aerobics classes and lap swimming. The therapy pools will also include hydraulic lifts and underwater treadmills.

The aquatic center is the second part of a two-phase $6 million expansion for Cedar Village’s rehab services. The first phase included an advanced therapy gym and 50 renovated rooms for short-term rehab patients that opened in July 2011. Cedar Village also opened a satellite rehab location at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center in Amberly Village, where comprehensive rehab services for every age segment are offered.

“We’ve helped everyone from age 22 to 100,” says Elliott.

Cedar Village has also expanded its care outside of the facility’s doors. The VillageCare Geriatric Assessment Program helps detect health issues in older adults to keep them independent as long as possible. A team of experts, including a geriatrician, a registered nurse, an occupational therapist and a physical therapist conduct the assessments. If problems and conditions go untreated, a senior’s living arrangements could become limited and independent living may no longer serve as a viable option. With a geriatrician’s evaluation and broad assessment, families can make the best decision with the most accurate information.

“This is really going to broaden the services we offer to the community,” says Elliott. “It’s a much more detailed look at a patient’s health.”

While Cedar Village cares for the elderly, they are also celebrating their accomplishments and contributions to the community. The retirement facility will celebrate its sixth annual Eight over Eighty awards May 29. The celebration recognizes eight octogenarians who’ve demonstrated a lifetime dedication to the value of “Tikkun Olam,” a Hebrew phrase meaning “repairing the world.”

“This is for the unsung heroes who may not have received the recognition they should have,” says Elliott. “We’ll have a big dinner and friends and family can listen as these people tell their fascinating stories.”