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September 2014
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Improving Care for Residents, Patients & Families
Introducing Wexner Home Care

In an effort to better communicate the nature of the in-home healthcare and geriatric care management services Wexner Heritage Village provides, both of these functions will now operate as new entity, Wexner Home Care.

"We believe the new name better describes the services we provide and embraces the entire continuum of care available through Wexner Heritage Village," said Nisha Hammel, WHV's Senior Vice President of Operations. "And while our name has changed, our commitment to providing superior healthcare and services has not. In fact, the change to Wexner Home Care is an affirmation of our dedication to ensuring older adults receive the best possible care, delivered in a fashion that positively impacts their quality of life."

Erin Keller, LISW-S, CCM, has been tapped to lead Wexner Home Care as Executive Director of Care Coordination. Keller has many years of senior healthcare experience, most recently as WHV's Director of Resident and Family Services.

"WHV's in-home care and geriatric care management teams have always worked together," Hammel said. "But joining them under a singer leader will create a seamless experience for our patients and their families." Hammel said.

In Christy's Shoes Commits to Support Zusman Hospice

Benefactor In Christy's Shoes has announced plans to more than double the amount it has donated to Wexner Heritage Village's Zusman Hospice since its founding in 2009.

This year, the organization gave $15,000 to Zusman Hospice, bringing its total contributions to date to $45,000. But what is perhaps more significant, WHV president and CEO David Rosen said, is the organization's commitment to raising another $50,000 over the next five years.

"We genuinely cherish long-term relationships like the one we have with In Christy's Shoes," Rosen said. "This is an organization born out of the hospice experience, which makes this commitment that much more meaningful."

In Christy's Shoes was founded in 2009 by Katrina Levy Zidel in memory of her twin sister, Christy Levy Peters, who was a Zusman Hospice patient for six months before succumbing to brain cancer at age 34. Donations from the organization support care for patients and their families in the home and at Zusman House, the hospice's five-bed, in-patient unit on the campus of Wexner Heritage Village.

Senior Housing
Wellness Clinics Open at WHV Residences
Residents wellnessof Heritage Tower and Bexley Heritage Apartments have a new tool to help them stay out of area emergency rooms and continue to live as fully and independently as possible.


In late August, new wellness clinics opened in each of Wexner Heritage Village's residences for lower income adults. The clinics are staffed by a registered nurse and social worker who can evaluate residents' needs and reduce their reliance on emergency medical services.


"As we, as a society, move away from institutionalized care for older adults, it is incumbent upon us to put in place tools and mechanisms to ensure their health, safety and wellbeing," Wexner Heritage Village President and CEO David Rosen said. "This is the next logical step in the continuum of care WHV has spent more than 60 years building for our community and its most vulnerable citizens."

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Mark Your Calendar... Don't Miss These Upcoming Events
  • Medicare eventsCounseling  |  September 3, 10 am to noon  |  by appointment at 614-795-0927 or akuntz@whv.org 
  • Widow to Widow: Rebuilding Your Life; The Art of Journaling  | September 5, 11 am to noon  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register
  • Care for the Caregiver: 6 Tips for Handling Family Conflict  |  September 8, 6:30 to 8 pm  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register
  • Medicare Check-Up Day  |  September 10, 10 am to noon OR 6 to 8 pm  |  to register 614-795-0927 or akuntz@whv.org
  • Medicare Counseling  |  September 11, 2:30 to 4 pm  |  by appointment at 614-795-0927 or akuntz@whv.org 
  • Medicare Counseling  |  September 15, 10 am to noon  |  by appointment at 614-795-0927 or akuntz@whv.org
  • Art Therapy: Memory Stones  |  September 18, 6:30 to 8 pm  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register
Click here to view a detailed listing of all the programs offered at Wexner Heritage Village.

Health & Wellness
Facts and Recipes to Support Your Healthy applesLifestyle
An Apple A Day: 15 Health Benefits of Eating Apples

Many of us forget that sometimes, the simplest answers are the best. Better health could be as easy as reaching for the fruit bowl for some apples next time you need a snack.


What makes apples so great?

In 2004, USDA scientists investigated over 100 foods to measure their antioxidant concentration per serving size. Two apples - Red Delicious and Granny Smith - ranked 12th and 13th respectively. Antioxidants are disease-fighting compounds. Scientists believe these compounds help prevent and repair oxidation damage that happens during normal cell activity.


Apples are also full of a fiber called pectin - a medium-sized apple contains about 4 grams of fiber. Pectin is classed as a soluble, fermentable and viscous fiber, a combination that gives it a huge list of health benefits.

Get the Freshest of the Fresh When You ApplesPick Your Own Apples


There's nothing like biting into a ripe, juicy apple fresh off the tree. And lucky for Central Ohio's city dwellers, capturing that quintessential farm experience is just a short drive away.


Since the mid-1960s, Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, about 20 minutes east of Columbus, has offered a pick-your-own operation. Today, the farm offers about a dozen varieties of apples. 


Farm co-owner Andy Lynd said 2014 is shaping up to be an exceptional apple season. "Everything looks really good," Lynd said. "We had good weather through the summer, so it's going to be a record apple crop this year."


Lynd says the farm's honeycrisp variety is the most popular and all apples will work for cooking and baking. But, he recommends the jonagold variety for most recipes, including Penny's Apple Crisp.

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