A Publication of Wexner Heritage Village
May 2015
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Memory Care Assisted Living
Work to Expand The Cottage to be Complete by Early Autumn
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In April, construction crews started work to convert unused space at Wexner Heritage Village into an expansion of The Cottage, WHV's memory care assisted living residence, to a total of 18 suites.


The Cottage originally opened in 2011 with space for 10 older adults living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It was fully occupied, with a waiting list, within months of opening.


"We knew this type and quality of care was lacking in our community," said WHV President and CEO David Rosen. "But the persistence of a waiting list and the calls we receive every week from worried families has really driven home the immediacy of the need."


Construction is expected to continue through the summer months. It involves the total renovation of space that, at one time, was used for patient rooms and was later occupied for a time by Jewish Family Services administrative offices. The remodeled space is scheduled to be ready for occupancy by early autumn.

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24-Hour Online Giving Event is Back and Bigger Than Ever
Celebrate The Spirit of Columbus and help Wexner Heritage Village claim our share of the bigger-than-ever, $1.3 bonus pool by making an online gift during The Columbus Foundation's 24-hour online giving rally.

To make your gift, scan the QR code below, or go to WHV's profile on The Columbus Foundation Power Philanthropy page, and click the "Give Now" button. For more information or assistance with your gift, contact WHV Director of Development Debbie Melser at  donorservices@whv.org or 614-559-0331.

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Introducing New WHV Medical Director Dr. Jonathan Hollister

Gerontologist Dr. Jonathan Hollister has joined Wexner Heritage Village as the new Medical Director for central Ohio's oldest and most comprehensive provider of senior healthcare and housing.


He joins current WHV doctors John Tychonievich, Nutan Ruegsegger, physiatrist Dr. Theresa Calimlim and wound specialist Dr. Anita Rao. Dr. Jennifer Hirsh will continue as Medical Director for WHV's Zusman Hospice.


"Dr. Hollister is an experienced medical director and brings a great deal of knowledge about older adults and rehabilitation patients to the table," said Tom Widney, Executive Director of Wexner Rehabilitation and Wexner Heritage House, WHV's long-term care unit. "He rounds out our team and has a skill set that will really enhance the excellent care our patients and residents already receive."

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Mark Your Calendar... Don't Miss These Upcoming Events

Just for Kids: Creating Dream Catchers


Thursday, May 21

6:30 to 8 pm

Wexner Heritage Village

1151 College Ave., Columbus



This program is designed with the school-age child in mind. We will provide a casual and comfortable setting where young people can express their feelings of grief and loss through their creativity. Dream catchers are a functional art form from the Native American culture. They serve to let good hopes and dreams pass through while trapping the bad dreams and worries.

Materials and a light snack will be provided.


To register for this event, call Zusman Hospice at 614-559-0350, email zh@whv.org or register online.

Zusman Hospice Memorial Service

Thursday, May 28

7 to 8 pm

Wexner Heritage Village

1151 College Ave., Columbus



The families, friends caregivers and loved ones of Zusman Hospice patients are invited to a meaningful service that remembers and honors those the Zusman Hospice staff was honored to accompany through their end-of-life journey.


The service is led by the Zusman Hospice spiritual care team and the bereavement support team. Guests are encouraged to participate at a level that is comfortable for them.


For more information or to RSVP for this event, call Zusman Hospice at 614-559-0350 or email zh@whv.org.

Also this month...
  • Support for Widows and Widowers  |  May 1, 11 am to 12 pm  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register.
  • Medicare Counseling  |  May 6, 10 am to noon  |  by appointment at 614-559-5502 or mmayer@whv.org.
  • Bagel Bunch: Expressing Emotions, Stages of Loss and Taking Care of Yourself  |  May 6, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Creekside at the Village  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register.
  • Medicare Counseling  |  May 14, 2:30 to 4 pm  |  by appointment at 614-559-5502 or mmayer@whv.org.
  • Medicare Counseling  |  May 18, 10 am to noon  |  by appointment at 614-559-5502 or mmayer@whv.org.
  • Coffee Talk  |  May 26, 11 am to 12 pm  |  614-559-0243 or dlefton@whv.org to register.
  • Talking Over Tea  |  May 27, 11:30 am to 12:30 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 & HealthandWellnessWellness
Facts and Recipes to Support Your Healthy Lifestyle
The 8 Most Common Foodborne Illnesses and What They Do

April was a scary month for Central Ohioans. The news was filled with stories about a botulism outbreak in Lancaster linked to a church potluck and home canned food, as well as a voluntary recall by local ice cream company Jeni's in response to a potential listeria contamination.


But the reality is that botulism and listeria are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to foodborne illnesses. There are dozens of contaminants in our food supply that can cause symptoms from mild diarrhea and vomiting to severe dehydration and death. Knowing what they are, how to avoid them and what they do is the key to staying healthy.
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Food Handling Guidelines for Perfectly Safe Picnics

No ants, no bees, no food poisoning! What better way to celebrate a beautiful summer day than with a picnic outside at the park, at the beach or even in your own backyard. Here are some tips to keep your picnic perfectly safe:


Plan ahead so you don't forget essential items such as a food thermometer, cooler chest with ice, plenty of clean utensils, storage containers for leftovers, paper towels and trash bags. Find out ahead of time if you'll have running water, grills, picnic tables and trash receptacles at the site. 

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