June 15, 2013 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Education about elder abuse is vital. It is important to learn the red flags of physical, emotional, and financial abuse.
Cedar Village provides a safe haven at its Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention which offers crisis stabilization stays with a full range of medical, nursing, therapy, social work and legal services to help victims recover and regain control of their lives. These services and necessary amenities are provided at no charge, part of Cedar Village’s faith-based mission to serve our community.
It's through generous donations and warm hearts that Cedar Village is able to provide not only a safe haven, but the additional amenities so many of these people need.
As the only elder abuse shelter in the Midwest, Cedar Village continues to spearhead the initiative to raise awareness about the prevalence of elder abuse and the need to keep victims safe from harm.
Recently, Cedar Village was able to provide a newly arriving victim with clothing as she came into the building with nothing but the clothes on her back. Never before had she been simply given something for free. Never had she been treated with the kindness and respect she so rightfully deserved!
With ongoing therapy, counseling and loving support, we have already seen a drastic improvement in her health and wellbeing.
It’s that time of year when the Holidays descend upon Cedar Village to grant special wishes to the residents living in healthcare of our retirement community. This year, we have increased the amount of gifts given through our annual festivities to include those who are here for other circumstances such as elder abuse.
Whether it’s a cherished CD of jazz music or an electric toothbrush, each gift is meticulously sought after. It’s an amazing feeling to see the expression on these residents’ faces as they unwrap their special something.
It’s because of the generosity of donors like you that Cedar Village is able to provide these extra added acts of kindness to our residents. It is our goal to fulfill the lives of our residents while granting wishes. And for Mitzvah Day, this annual tradition is it!
At the Shalom Center at Cedar Village, we strive to create hope and dignity for our residents suffering from elder abuse. From the moment they arrive for respite, we have nurtured and began to restore the quality of life they deserve. From providing unconditional love and support, we have added the necessary therapeutic rehabilitation for them to get back on their feet. In addition, through wonderful donations, we have been able to purchase new clothing and other items to make them feel special and renewed.
As one resident stated, “I have never been treated so well. You did not have to do this. I am so grateful.” And another family member said, “I have never seen my father look so good!”
As the only elder abuse shelter in the Midwest, Cedar Village continues to spearhead the initiative to raise awareness about the prevalence of elder abuse and the need to keep victims safe from harm. On June 14, more than 100 people attended the Cedar Village symposium on Elder Abuse entitled from the Sounds of Silence to the Sanctity of Shelter. The audience of professionals, including social workers, law enforcement, county and private agencies, healthcare professionals and more, listened to the Director of the Ohio Department of Aging, Bonnie Kantor-Burman discuss the issue of elder abuse. Her presentation was followed by a panel presentation featuring experts from law enforcement, banking, pharmacy, the ombudsman's office, social services and our shelter.
The Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention opened at Cedar Village in January 2012. To date, we have had numerous referrals and two admissions.
Thank you for your support. Your help is making a difference one person at a time.
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