Ensuring the highest quality end of life care

by Cedar Village
Cedar Village Hospice celebrates the individual and recognizes their unique needs, histories and personalities. We offer services for the whole person, meeting their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs to ensure that they achieve an optimal quality of life. Cedar Village Hospice is a community, nonprofit organization. Our Hospice services are focused on quality of life for terminally ill patients, those who no longer seek treatments to cure and who are expected to live for six months or less.  These services provide comfort without aggressive treatment, focus on quality of life for patients and their families, and are administered by an interdisciplinary team of professionals. 
 
Cedar Village Hospice provides the highest quality care and case management to those with life-limiting illnesses.  Patients, families and caregivers are involved in the decision-making process and participate in their plan of care to relieving suffering and providing the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. 
 

At Cedar Village, we provide a continuum of care for the 280 individuals living on our campus. At the end of life, our hospice team including aides, nurses, social workers, clergy and volunteers ensure that all of our hospice patients’ needs are being met and going above and beyond to provide special treats to bring joy to our hospice patients’ last months and days. Ice cream is one of those special pleasures. Our hospice team works with our dining team to provide our hospice patients with their favorite flavor of ice cream with all the trimmings.   Often on a beautiful day, the ice cream “parties” take place outside so the patients can enjoy the beautiful scenery. Your donation will help purchase special treats like ice cream!

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For the individuals who are a part of the Cedar Village Hospice Program, their days are enriched at the end of their lives. 

Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers and their pets, smiles abound on the patients’ faces when a caring volunteer and her dog come to visit.  Pet visits are an important part of the comfort and care provided to the hospice patients. 

Other volunteers visit with the patients and bring beautiful flowers to brighten their rooms.  The volunteers share stories, and often become surrogate family members at the end of life. 

“I really enjoy visiting residents and providing them with comfort at this time in their life.  Many people I visit just want someone to be there with them and I am able to do that,” said a weekly volunteer for Hospice. 

Your donation will help enrich our Cedar Village Hospice patients’ lives.

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.

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Organization Information

Cedar Village

Location: Mason, Ohio - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cedarvillage.org
Project Leader:
Carol Silver Elliott
CEO/President
Mason, OH United States