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November 2013
Village eNews

Private Medicare Counseling Available at WHV

Central Ohio seniors and their families now have a convenient new resource for information and individualized counseling to help them better manage their Medicare benefits.


On the second Thursday of each month, a trained Medicare specialist will hold open office hours at Wexner Heritage Village's east Columbus campus.


The FREE, one-on-one service is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. Program volunteer Kathy Markus, a Medicare outreach specialist for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, will staff the monthly office hours. 


Individuals who meet with Markus have the opportunity to discuss their specific situation and will be able to get information and advice about topics including:


  • Medicare enrollment options
  • Medicare prescription drug plans and their benefits
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Medicare supplemental insurance
  • Financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes
  • Long-term care insurance


For more information or to make an appointment, contact Kathy Markus at 614-645-8557 or kmarkus@coaaa.org.

New Wellness Clinic to Support Heritage Tower and Apartments

A 2014 opening is planned for a new, comprehensive wellness program and clinic specifically designed to help Heritage Tower and Bexley Heritage Apartments residents remain safely and independently in their homes, while achieving the highest possible quality of life.

The nurses and home health aides staffing the on-site program and clinic will help residents monitor their long-term health and provide educational programing on a wide variety of topics including nutrition and diet, fall prevention, exercise, chronic disease management and prevention, and smoking cessation. Regular wellness checks, including blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation levels and blood sugar checks, will be a key component of the services provided.
"This is about keeping our residents out of emergency rooms and nursing homes and keeping them in their own homes where they are happier and have better outcomes," Wexner Heritage Village President and CEO David Rosen said. "We know that lower-income seniors don't always have access to primary care. By putting a clinic right in their building, that access is greatly improved."
The project is already attracting the interest of Central Ohio's leading corporate philanthropists. Last month, American Electric Power Foundation announced a $50,000 grant in support of the program and clinic and WHV officials are currently talking with other potential sponsors.
Creekside at the Village
Meet Bradley BradleyPlantin, Director of Nursing, Independent & Assisted Living
By the time he was seven years old, Bradley Plantin, RN, knew he belonged in healthcare.


That was the year his sister had hip surgery and was off her feet for six weeks. "I remember dressing up in a robe like it was a lab coat and taking care of her," Bradley said. "I would wear my mom's identification from the bank where she worked too. We still laugh about that today."


Bradley became a Wexner Heritage Village associate in May and is now Director of Nursing for Creekside at the Village, where his goal is to elevate the already high level of care members receive by investing in continuing education and training for his staff.

Now at WHV
Programs That Enrich Lives of WHV Patients, Residents and the Community
Inter-Generational Partnership Earns WHV Recognition

Wexner Heritage Village is deeply honored to have been selected by Columbus Jewish Day School as this year's honoree for the school's annual Wisdom of the Heart fundraiser in January.


For several years, WHV and the school have collaborated on the Jewish Student/Jewish Senior LINK Program, which bring students and residents together to share educational, social and spiritual experiences throughout the school year.


"The LINK Program gives our students invaluable lessons in honoring and learning from their elders, while giving our elders the chance to share their stories, their Jewish values and their hearts with the children," CJDS Head of School Judy Miller said. "We are honored to partner with Wexner Heritage Village in this holy work."

Clergy of All Faiths Attend Appreciation Breakfast
On Thursday, Oct. 24, The Wexner Heritage Village Spiritual Care Team welcomed more than 25 of their area colleagues, representing a variety of faiths, to a breakfast and program in recognition of Pastoral Care Month.


"We have hosted this event for the past several years as a way of publicly recognizing the importance of a healthy spirit to an individual's overall well-being and health," said Rabbi Cary Kozberg, Director of the WHV Spiritual Care Team. "This holistic approach to care is woven into everything we do and has been throughout our 60-plus year history." 
This year's event featured a presentation by Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson, commander of the U.S. Army's 114th Chaplain Detachment based in Los Alamitos, Calif., and director of pastoral care for Lifebridge Health Systems in Baltimore, Md.
Mark your calendar... ySacredStoriesou won't want to miss these upcoming events


Sacred Stories: Honoring A Loved One's Memory and Spirit
Monday, November 11
 7 to 8:30 pm
Wexner Heritage Village
1151 College Ave., Columbus

Telling our stories is one of the healing ways we honor our deceased loved ones, respect their memories and keep their spirits and legacies alive.


The trained, professional staff of Zusman Hospice invites you to share your "sacred stories" in a safe and healing environment. Bring a photo or other memento, enjoy a cup of coffee and a cookie and share your stories with others who may be grieving and would love to hear them.


For more information or to register for this event, contact Dana Zager, Zusman Hospice Director of Social and Bereavement Services, at 614-255-9184 or dzager@whv.org.


Planning for Life's Crossroads: Protecting What Matters Most
Wednesday, November 20

7 to 8:30 pm

Congregation Beth Tikvah

6121 Olentangy River Rd., Worthington



Are you facing the challenges of caring for an aging parent or loved one, either now or in the future?


Join our experts as they discuss what you need to know, including the essential elements of a long-term care plan, the documents you need to make your choices known and ensur they are honored, and how a Geriatric Care Manager can help you navigate the complex an confusing healthcare system.


While this program is FREE, space is limited. For more information or for reservations, please contact Anne Kuntz at 614-496-2077 or akuntz@whv.org.


Also this month...
  • Diabetes Academy: Insulin 101  |  Monday, Nov. 4, 2 to 3 pm
  • Zusman Hospice Memorial Service  |  Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 to 8 pm
  • Grief Lecture: Holiday Grief Survival Kit  |  Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 to 8 pm 

Save The DateWexner Heritage Village 2014 Annual Meeting

 Wednesday, January 22, 2014, noon to 1 pm

 Special Guest:  Michael Feuer, Founder & CEO of Max-Wellness

Health & Wellness
Facts and recipes to sCranberriesupport your healthy lifestyle
Don't Let Winter Bog You Down: Eat Cranberries!
Legend has it that Native Americans introduced the cranberry to the early American settlers at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Mass. Since their historic beginning, ths ruby red berries have been a tasty addition to holiday meals.
Whether you love the cranberry for its holiday food flair or its numerous health benefits, you can't go wrong with inviting this berry home for the holidays.

Couscous with Cranberries, Mint and Pine Nuts

Often mistaken for a grain, couscous is actually pasta made by mixing semolina (coarsely ground durum wheat) and water and then shaping it into little "grains" of pasta. The pasta is then coated with flour to prevent it from sticking together. 
While popular around the world, couscous is a staple in many North African and other Mediterranean countries. This recipe combines fluffy couscous with fresh herbs, toasted pine nuts and tart cranberries.

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