"No one plans to become a resident of WHV but life presents many changes. My mother, who arrived in Columbus in the 1950's, spent many of her days donating a great deal of time to charitable causes including her synagogue, Hadassah and, of course, Wexner Heritage Village. In fact I still own her striped apron that she proudly wore when she visited residents there and worked on different programs.
Around 1990, Mom developed Alzheimer's disease. I was lucky to secure live-in help for her at her own home for 5 years. But things got too difficult for anyone to take care of her alone. My brother and I visited WHV many times and finally knew that was where Mom had to go.
How hard it was for me. I could not even drive her there. But when I finally arrived, there was Mom eating with other people in the dining room, being fed by wonderful aides, and laughing in her new setting...not realizing that she was no longer at her own home.
Mom lived for an additional 6 more years. I would visit her frequently, plus every Shabbat for services. All her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren came often to see her, and we joined in on her birthday celebrations and all the Jewish Holiday celebrations. My mom was a religious Jew and I knew she was in the right environment with loving care.
Even though she no longer knew what was happening on a day to day basis, I did. I was so pleased with the attention and love that was shown to her by her aides.
Many friends tell me how much they hate returning to the nursing home that their parents died at, but I do not. My family and I are so grateful for Wexner Heritage Village for being the answer to Mom in this most trying time of her life and we support Wexner Heritage Village in all their endeavors."