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.
The new Shalom Center is off to a great start. Since the kickoff meetings in January, Cedar Village has been spearheading an initiative to raise awareness about the prevalence of elder abuse and the need to keep victims safe from harm. As a result, five referrals have been received since the beginning of the year.
Cedar Village leadership is continuing to meet with local police and fire departments, Adult Protective Services, hospitals and banks to identify various needs and challenges. In addition, Carol Silver Elliott, Cedar Village CEO/President, recently met with White House Health Policy Advisors and CMS staff.
Cedar Village will continue to reach out to potential collaborative partners and funding sources to provide additional community education in the coming months. The month of June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and plans are in the works to engage the community.
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