Ensuring the highest quality end of life care

 
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When Penny K. moved to Cincinnati, Ohio thirty years ago, she knew that she wanted to volunteer in her community.  She took a class to learn about volunteer opportunities and learned about Hospice.  At that time, there were a lot of young people who were in Hospice and Penny knew that she could help make a difference.

 It was then that Penny began providing comfort to those at the end of their life.  She sat with them, listened to their stories and became a witness to their experience.  Today, Penny volunteers at Cedar Village Retirement Community in the Hospice Department and she finds the work rewarding.

“At the end of life, hospice is the only way to go.  It is so humane,” said Penny.  “Having respect for those who are dying is very important.”

Recently, Penny brought in her gardening magazines to share with some of the residents she visits.  One of the residents showed interest in the magazine and that was exciting to Penny. Penny believes that everyone is relevant and should be treated that way.

“I love working with everyone and I love the interaction here with people.”  

One resident’s request during the holidays was to go to the Cincinnati Zoo to see the Holiday Lights.  Going to the zoo during the winter months was a family tradition and she wanted to go one last time.  After the trip, she told stories about her childhood and how her family would go to the Cincinnati Zoo as a family during the holidays.  Providing meaningful personal experiences to those at the end of life is important.

Individuals who are receiving Cedar Village Hospice care will often request to do something special.  Requests have included an outing to go bowling at a local bowling alley for an afternoon, going out to a restaurant for a special meal and attending a play at a theater in town.  Our goal is to make it possible to provide meaningful experiences for our residents at all times in their lives. 

Please consider a donation to Ensuring the Highest Quality End of Life Care to help make it possible to bring our residents to special outings which bring cheer and meaning to residents.

Individuals who are receiving Cedar Village Hospice care will often request to do something special. Requests have included an outing to go bowling at a local bowling alley for an afternoon, going out to a restaurant for a special meal and attending a play at a theater in town. Our goal is to make it possible to provide meaningful experiences for our residents at all times in their lives.

“It meant so much to me that I was able to attend a concert at the Music Hall. It reminded me of trips that I made with my mother when I was little,” said one resident.

Please consider a donation to Ensuring the Highest Quality End of Life Care to help make it possible to bring our residents to special outings which bring cheer and meaning to residents.

The flower committee at Cedar Village continues to arrange flowers for our Hospice patients. They lovingly arrange the flowers to be delivered to our hospice patients to bring cheer to their rooms. Family members of hospice patients are given an opportunity to discuss favorite flowers of their loved ones and it is a real conversation starter.

“The residents are so happy to receive the flowers in their rooms. It really brightens up the rooms and it brings them joy as well,” said Sally Korkin, a Cedar Village team member. Please consider a donation to Ensuring the Highest Quality End of Life Care to help purchase beautiful flowers for bringing cheer to others.

Cedar Village volunteers participate in many activities to benefit the residents. One activity that is very meaningful is knitting beautiful blankets for our Cedar Village Hospice patients. Each blanket is unique and made with love and care to wrap our hospice patients in warmth and comfort. Attached to each blanket is a very lovely prayer to bring spiritual greetings at the end of life. The knitters use their creativity as they make each stitch with love and then have the privilege of presenting the blankets to the patients. Your donation will help purchase beautiful yarn that our knitters can use to create these very special blankets.


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Cedar Village

Mason, Ohio, United States
http://www.cedarvillage.org

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Carol Silver Elliott

CEO/President
Mason, OH United States

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