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By: Lynn Venhaus

Encouraging interaction and enhancing residents’ lives is the mission of Cedarhurst Living.

“Whether it’s an independent living, assisted living or memory care facility, Cedarhurst promotes community, “ said Lauren Robb, marketing director. They currently have communities in Collinsville, Shiloh, Edwardsville and Sparta.

“Moving into Cedarhurst does not mean leaving an old life behind or having to start over. It means integrating aspects of life you enjoyed most, with the knowledge and personalized care of a highly-trained team of staff members in a very supportive environment,” she said.

With chef-prepared meals in a restaurant-style setting, a full calendar of activities and events, different therapies, access to multiple services, social interaction, and friendly staff, Cedarhurst focuses on intellectual, spiritual, social and mental enrichment.

“We like to focus on what people are getting, not what they are giving up. Everything is about what is best for our residents,” she said. “Our caregiving and nursing staff put residents first.”

“We enrich people’s lives with a quality lifestyle. Socializing helps lower blood pressure, and different therapies like music & memory and pet therapy lower stress levels. Being more active changes people.

The meals are fresh, seasonal and healthy and the chefs are promoting a farm to table movement. “In my opinion, the food is awesome. We encourage people to schedule a tour, come by and join us for a complimentary lunch,” Robb said.

Independent living duplexes (cottages) feature yards and patios. Assisted living includes private bathrooms, outdoor space, interior courtyards, and safeguards for people’s well-being.

“These are people who aren’t ready to move into a nursing home or lose their independence” she said. “We provide safety and peace of mind. If people need help dressing, we assist. If people are not able to drive, we schedule transportation for their doctor’s appointments, and there are many opportunities for outings. We have emergency cords if there is a problem. “

Birthday parties, intergenerational connection with school children and computer access in libraries – some techno-savvy residents have their own tablets with them all the time – make for a vibrant, healthy community” Robb said.

Residents and staff, who show new residents around, welcome them. A gift basket also helps the transition be a smooth one.

Originally Published by the Belleville News Democrat. View the full article here