More than a Retirement Community

Cedar Village is taking additional steps to care for its residents and the retired community at large.

By Laura A. Hobson

“Hamish” is a word that describes Cedar Village, a retirement community in Mason, says Daniel Fagin, president and CEO. “It is a Yiddish word that means cozy, warm and comfortable,“ says Fagin.

In 1883 Glen Manor Home for the Aged opened, followed by the Orthodox Jewish Home in 1906. These two organizations merged in 1997 to create Cedar Village. The board made the commitment to be an institution that serves individuals of all faiths, but one that is guided by core Jewish values.

Some people are here for a short stay; others for many years. More than 400 team members serve a population of approximately 250 people with an average age of 85. Services include independent and assisted living apartments as well as short-term rehabilitation and long-term care.

Located at 5467 Cedar Village Drive, the Village has 162 beds and 105 apartments. Cedar Villages consists of 32.6 acres of land with one building including several wings and an on-site clinic. The Village also has an ancillary outpatient office at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center in Amberley Village.

Assisted Independence

For seniors who wish to stay active in retirement, there is a plethora of activities and amenities available. The Village offers driving assessments, a Garden Dining Room, hair and nail salon, transportation to off-campus shopping and medical appointments, a weekly happy hour, a library and computers, pastoral care, laundry room, and weekly housekeeping and linen changes.

Residents can participate in a bell choir, Bible study, bridge, visits to museums, trips to Playhouse in the Park, jewelry making, movie matinees, pet visits and water yoga.

For those who need more assistance, Cedar Village offers assisted living as an option. Assisted living care has more services available to its residents than those who live independently. These can include wellness checks, medication administration, assistance with preparing for the day or bed, blood pressure, weight and skin integrity checks, reminders of daily activities and meals, supervision of showers, personal laundry twice a week, and daily trash removal.

However, Cedar Village also works with adults who wish to remain in their home. Cedar Village provides a wide range of non-medical services. These include meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry and transportation in addition to help with bathing, dressing, medication reminders and toileting by trained home care staff.

Short-Term Rehabilitation
In addition to everyday activities, Cedar Village is able to care for those who need short-term rehabilitation. The staff formulates individual treatment plans to meet the needs of the client. It could be transitional care between the hospital and home or outpatient treatment. Cedar Village is a preferred provider for several area health systems, including Tri-Health, Mercy, UC West Chester and UC Medical Center.

David Busam, assistant director of rehabilitation and outpatient therapy, describes his department as all-encompassing, offering care and service in a state-of-the-art setting. Adults come for a short-term rehab stay or post-acute care, which may include physical and/or occupational therapy.

Busam says, “Our rehabilitation department at Cedar Village is well suited to care for a person’s ever changing needs through all stages of aging and the unpredictable events that we can all be forced to deal with.”

Before a patient is released, the Village offers home assessment modification. An occupational therapist and sometimes a physical therapist go to the patient’s home to evaluate how easy it will be for the patient to get around, according to the Village’s website.

A dementia unit and caregiver support group are other options for patients with that diagnosis.

24-Hour Care
The Village also offers long-term nursing care for round-the-clock peace of mind. Medicare and Medicaid have certified the Village’s Health Care Center skilled nursing unit and secure memory unit. In this phase of life, patients are offered 24-hour attention to their health, hands-on help with daily life tasks, art and music therapy, meal coordination and medication supervision.

A medical director, nurse practitioners, medical social workers, unit managers, registered nurses, state-tested nurse aides, a registered dietitian and a consultant pharmacist make on-site visits. Dedicated volunteers often provide companionship, activities and transportation.

Extra Steps
One unique aspect of Cedar Village is the Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, the only shelter for victims of elder abuse in the state and only the 12th in the nation. “Unfortunately, elder abuse is a hidden, but serious problem around the nation. Estimates show that one in every 10 Americans in that age group has experienced abuse or neglect,” says Fagin. “We feel it’s our duty to fight elder abuse by providing a program and a confidential shelter for those who suffer from this crime in our own community.”

Top-Notch Care
Tax-deductible contributions are accepted by the Village, which is the region’s only not-for-profit continuing care community that honors Jewish values and traditions. Residents range from those with substantial means to those without funds or family. Even when residents deplete their resources, the Village does not turn them away.

The Village received Ohio’s top marks for operating an assisting living community. For 2016 and 2017, it obtained a deficiency-free survey from the State of Ohio Department of Health. The department surveys facilities annually enabling them to remain licensed as a certified residential care organization. 

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