Press Releases

Cedar Community Hosts Second-Hand Rose Luncheon and Style Show

February 23, 2017

The Cedar Closet, Cedar Community’s second-hand store, is hosting an event, Second-Hand Rose Luncheon and Style Show, on Thursday, April 27 at the Top of the Ridge Restaurant at Cedar Ridge Apartments, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive in West Bend. The style show will showcase fashions of all sizes. It will include all modern, gently used clothing for all seasons for both men and women. The clothing will be available for purchase. Stop by The Cedar Closet at Cedar Community’s main campus, 5595 County Road Z in West Bend, on Monday, May 1 to see the new spring and summer items and do a little shopping.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon followed by the style show. Lunch includes cheese and cracker platters, chicken salad, fresh fruit wedges and strawberry shortcake. The cost is $12 per person for lunch and the style show. Complimentary wine will also be available at the table. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Cedar Community resident activities. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 6 and are available at the Cedar Ridge reception desk or by calling 262.306.4218. This is event is open to the public.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on five campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Cedar Hospice Needs Caring Volunteers

February 1, 2017

January 31, 2017 – Cedar Hospice is looking for compassionate and caring individuals who are good listeners to serve as volunteers for Cedar Community’s Cedar Hospice program. Hospice volunteers receive eight hours of training and provide patients with companionship by spending time visiting with them in their private homes engaging in friendly conversation or participating in a favorite hobby such as playing cards or reading. Volunteers are an important part of the hospice team, helping provide emotional and social support for those facing a terminal illness.

Each hospice volunteer is assigned to one patient and typically visits with him or her a few hours per week for as long as they wish in the patient’s own home. Our hospice volunteers can’t say enough about their hospice volunteer experience, “Volunteering for Cedar Hospice fills my heart with joy. We not only spend time with the patient but we are there for the patient’s families as well in their time of need,” Pam Bloor.

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a hospice volunteer or other volunteer opportunities available should contact Bonnie Amerling, volunteer coordinator, at 262.306.4218.

Cedar Hospice helps provide dignity, comfort and compassion to individuals with a life-limiting illness. Cedar Hospice serves patients in their private homes, assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility in Washington, Ozaukee, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Waukesha and Sheboygan counties. For more information visit their website at cedarathome.org.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on five campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Cedar Community Welcomes Former Governor Marty Schreiber to present "Alzheimer’s: Learning, coping and surviving as a caregiver"

January 19, 2017

West Bend – Cedar Community’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team invites you to join us on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Apartments, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend for Alzheimer’s: Learning, coping and surviving as a caregiver with former Governor Marty Schreiber. Schreiber talks about Alzheimer’s disease and taking on the role of caregiver. In his book, “My Two Elaines,” Schreiber candidly counsels those taking on the caregiving role. More than an account of Schreiber’s struggles in caring for his wife, “My Two Elaines” also offers advice that respects the one with Alzheimer’s while maintaining the caregiver’s health. With patience, adaptability and even a sense of humor, Schreiber shows how love continues for his second Elaine.

We welcome:

  • Spouses and partners of those with Alzheimer's
  • Children of those with Alzheimer's
  • Extended family and friends of those with Alzheimer's
  • Extended family and friends of caregivers
  • Professional caregivers for those with Alzheimer's
  • Those who come in contact with caregivers and people with Alzheimer's including nurses, social workers, clergy, attorneys, financial advisors
  • Anyone who has an interest in the topic

 

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Books will be available for sale after the presentation and signed by Schreiber. Sign up to join Cedar Community’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s team! RSVP by calling 262.334.1680, ext. 2221. Can’t make it? Marty Schreiber will be doing a book signing at Book World in West Bend from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on five campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Cedar Community Hosts Chili Social and Used Book Sale

January 9, 2017

West Bend – January 9, 2017 – Looking for something warm and inviting to do during the dark, dismal days of January? Visit Cedar Ridge Apartments, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend, on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for their annual Chili Social and Used Book Sale. Enjoy a warm, delicious lunch, browse the book sale and take a tour of Cedar Ridge Apartments. A great lunch including a hot ham and cheese croissant, chili, fruit, cookie, coffee or hot cider prepared by Cedar Ridge’s Top of the Ridge Restaurant will be available for only $7.50. You can also purchase quarts of chili to go for $7.25. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule a personal visit, call Cathy Majkowski at 262.338.2811.

This is a great opportunity to come and see what Cedar Ridge Apartments are all about. Cedar Ridge Apartments are located on a 50-acre campus just south of Highway 33 off Scenic Drive in West Bend. With one, two-bedroom and deluxe apartments, Cedar Ridge is home base for active and independent adults age 55 and better. Cedar Ridge offers an onsite restaurant, indoor pool, whirlpool, 3,000 square-foot woodshop, ceramic studio, lapidary, recreation areas, train room, fitness center, massage therapy, beauty shop, market and café and so much more!

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on five campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Cedar Home Health Recognized as Top-performer in United States

December 1, 2016

West Bend - December 1, 2016 - Cedar Home Health a division of Cedar Community was recently recognized as a top-performing home health agency in the United States. Ability Network, a leading health care information technology company, and DecisionHealth, a provider of education and tools to maximize the financial health of heath care organizations, recently announced the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners acknowledging the best of the home care profession.

HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of all Medicare-certified home health agencies throughout the United States. Agencies are identified and analyzed on performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices, implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance. Agency performance is compared against other organizations in the state and nationwide with greatest importance on quality of care.

Cedar Home Health was not only recognized in the top 25 percent of agencies but they are the only home health agency in Washington County recognized and one of 26 home health agencies in Wisconsin. “This is wonderful news for our home health division and a reflection of the dedication and compassion our team members provide for our patients and their families,” said Kathy Weston, MS MSW CAPSW C-ASWCM, ACHP-SW, Director of Home- and Community-Based Services.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on five campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


The Story of Cedar Community’s Beginnings

November 16, 2016

West Bend – The Cedar Community Readers’ Theater group consisting of Village Home and Cedar Ridge Apartment residents will be presenting “Where We Came From” on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Apartments, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend. They will relate the founding of Cedar Community through the words and insights of Rev. Louis Reisch, Cedar Community’s founding CEO.

In 1953, aging bachelor farmer William Koehl donated his property overlooking West Bend’s Big Cedar Lake to the United Church of Christ to serve the elderly. In 1956, Cedar Community opened its first nursing home there. Under the guidance of Executive Director Rev. Louis Riesch, Cedar Lake Home grew over the next 35 years to provide as many as 415 skilled care nursing home beds.

Rev. Riesch, acknowledged nationally as a pioneer in aging services, created one of the nation’s first nursing facilities dedicated solely to the unique needs of those suffering memory loss in 1976. Ten years later, Cedar Valley Retreat Center, on 100 acres in nearby Kohlsville, was opened, as well as Cedar Ridge, a 312-unit apartment complex for active and independent seniors. Riesch also oversaw the development of four independent Village Homes for active retirees over the course of his career, as well as one of the nation’s first not-for-profit rehabilitation agencies. He retired in 1991 and passed away in 2007, but his legacy lives on.

This event is open to the public and free to attend. Free-will donations are happily accepted.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on five campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Cedar Community’s Heritage House Hosts Ice Cream Social

August 18, 2016

West Bend – Visit Heritage House, Cedar Community’s restored turn-of-the-century farmhouse, located at their main campus off County Road Z, on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. for an ice cream social. Tour Heritage House, enjoy golf cart rides around the grounds and trails, visit the bake sale and enjoy ice cream sundaes for $2.

This event is open to the public and free to attend. Free-will donations are happily accepted. For more information about this special event, please call 262.306.4218.

Heritage House is the former homestead of Cedar Community’s original benefactor, William Koehl, and was built in 1865. Visitors relive history, playing an 1884 pump organ in the parlor, learning about pumping cistern water, using homemade soap to hand-wash and line-dry laundry, listen to a crank telephone and work a Victrola. Heritage House volunteers host public events such as ice cream socials, re-enactments, holiday open houses, demonstrations, tastings and speakers.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on five campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Fire on the Cedar Community Campus

August 4, 2016

West Bend – An attic fire was reported on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the Learning Center on the Cedar Lake Campus on Highway Z in West Bend. Fortunately, no one was in the building at the time, and there were no injuries.

Thankfully, there was a very fast and large response from the West Bend Fire Department, along with several other area fire departments and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. We are extremely grateful for the first responders who battled the fire along with the heat and humidity.

As with any fire, the cause remains under investigation. Unfortunately, due to the damage caused by the fire, it has been decided that the 4K education and daycare program that was to begin in September at the Learning Center, in cooperation with the Kettle Moraine YMCA and the West Bend School District, has been moved to an alternate site for the entire 2016-17 school year. We are working with the YMCA to continue to bring intergenerational programming to the students along with the help of resident volunteers, even if the program is not housed on the Cedar Community campus. Any questions regarding the 4K program can be directed to Sue Lorenz at the YMCA at 262.247.1007.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on five campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Cedar Community Welcomes Students from Japan

July 19, 2016

West Bend – Cedar Community will be welcoming students with the Wisconsin Academy of Global Education and Training (WAGET), a non-profit organization hosting a group of 20 Japanese health care students from the Makuhari Sohgoh School of Nursing Program, on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The focus of the program this year is, “Caring for the Older Adult in our Communities.”

Japan is facing many of the same issues as the United States; an aging population and fewer resources to provide care to this growing population. The Japanese students are particularly interested in learning more about our system of caring for older adults across the spectrum. The American and Japanese students will have the opportunity to learn some conversational language skills (i.e., English/Japanese), as well as visit a variety of settings including home to end-of-life care.

“We have chosen Cedar Community as one of the health care settings to visit because of its wonderful reputation. Cedar Community is seen as a setting that incorporates best practices when it comes to caring for the older adult. We had the opportunity to visit Cedar Community two years ago with another group of Japanese students and the response from the students was overwhelmingly positive,” said Dr. Teri Kaul, nursing educational liaison for WAGET.

In addition to Cedar Community the students will be touring Wilson Senior Center in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Center for Independence - Nexday Neuro Rehab Services for Memory Loss, Aurora Sinai Geriatric Institute and Marquette University simulation lab. “We want to provide a well-rounded experience for the students so they can get a broad understanding of the care provided to older adults in Wisconsin,” said Kaul.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on six campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services, subacute and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Daniel Miller, Manitou Americas, Joins Cedar Community Board of Directors

July 14, 2016

West Bend – Daniel Miller, president and CEO of Manitou Americas, Inc. was recently elected to the Cedar Community Board of Directors. Miller joined Gehl Company as director of manufacturing operations in October 2001 and was appointed vice president, manufacturing operations in December 2005. He was appointed to the role of president and CEO of Gehl Company in April 2010. When Gehl Company changed its name to Manitou Americas, Inc. in 2011, Miller continued in his role as president and CEO, and in addition, holds the title of president of the CE Division of Manitou Group.

Prior to joining Gehl Company, Miller held a variety of management positions in manufacturing and distribution, most recently as general manager of distribution and logistics from 1999 to 2001 and operations manager of multiple facilities for Woods Equipment Company, a manufacturer of agricultural, turf and construction equipment. Miller previously held the position of president, agricultural products group for TIC United Corp. in Dallas, Texas.

Miller is Chairman of the Gehl Foundation and holds board positions with Manitou Americas, Inc. and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) CE Sector Board. He also serves on the board of the West Bend Economic Development Corporation, St. Joseph’s Community Foundation and the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It is an honor to have been elected to the board of directors at Cedar Community. This opportunity allows me to be of service to a wonderful organization that is dedicated to the care and well-being of seniors in our community. I look forward to working in partnership with the board in supporting the organization and its mission,” said Miller.

Miller will serve a three year-term on the Cedar Community Board of Directors replacing outgoing board member Dale Pauls who served a maximum term of nine years. “We are very fortunate to have Dan Miller join our corporate board. His experience in management and operations will be a great benefit to Cedar Community for continued organizational growth as we plan for future needs of those we serve. I look forward to the energy and expertise Miller brings to the board to further enhance Cedar Community’s mission,” said Lynn Olson, Cedar Community CEO.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on six campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services, subacute and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Cedar Ridge Residents Share Generosity with Food Pantry

July 5, 2016

West Bend – Marty Gressen moved into Cedar Ridge Apartments 22 years ago and has a love of volunteering. She has graciously collected donations from Cedar Ridge residents for the West Bend Full Shelf Food Pantry for the past 20 years. “I am 90 years old and I remember what it means to be hungry growing up during the Great Depression,” said Gressen. Every month Gressen posts flyers asking residents to contribute $1 on the first of the month. The amount of money she raises each month fluctuates. This year in January she raised $225; February, $312; March, $188; April, $93 and May, $374. Gressen also collects 12 to 16 bags of food each month. One time per year she conducts an apartment-wide food collection. With the help of 10 volunteers and bags donated from Piggly Wiggly they place bags on every apartment door. The food drive held this past week raised $653 and over 200 bags of food were collected.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on six campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services, subacute and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Celebrate life with Cedar Hospice Butterfly Release

May 31, 2016

West Bend – The public is invited to an uplifting celebration of life as Cedar Hospice hosts its fifth annual Butterfly Release for families to honor loved ones on Thursday, June 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Participants may purchase one of hundreds of butterflies to be released following a social and short program at approximately 6 p.m. in Cedar Community’s Dandelion Park, 5595 County Road Z in West Bend.

West Bend – Marty Gressen moved into Cedar Ridge Apartments 22 years ago and has a love of volunteering. She has graciously collected donations from Cedar Ridge residents for the West Bend Full Shelf Food Pantry for the past 20 years. “I am 90 years old and I remember what it means to be hungry growing up during the Great Depression,” said Gressen. Every month Gressen posts flyers asking residents to contribute $1 on the first of the month. The amount of money she raises each month fluctuates. This year in January she raised $225; February, $312; March, $188; April, $93 and May, $374. Gressen also collects 12 to 16 bags of food each month. One time per year she conducts an apartment-wide food collection. With the help of 10 volunteers and bags donated from Piggly Wiggly they place bags on every apartment door. The food drive held this past week raised $653 and over 200 bags of food were collected. Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on six campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services, subacute and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Cedar Ridge Apartments Hosts Spring Fair

April 28, 2016

West Bend – Cedar Ridge Apartments, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend, is hosting a Spring Fair on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Granny’s Attic, the Ridge’s year-‘round rummage, will be open with furniture, home décor and more. Also available for sale are crafts, woodshop and ceramic items and a bake sale including homemade cream puffs and shortcakes. This year’s event will include a wellness fair featuring booths from Cedar Community’s spectrum of care providing free screenings and giveaways, including blood pressures, falls risk, grip strength, walker and wheelchair tuneups, advance directive and power of attorney forms and assistance, job booth with applications and immediate interviews, 50/50 raffle, Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return program signups and free File of Life “Fridge Packs.”

Lunch is available for purchase from the Top of the Ridge Restaurant from noon to 2 p.m. and musician Gary Cross will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Stop by the Conservatory and join in an exercise class with Luanne Salmon, visit the Train Room or take a tour of Cedar Ridge Apartments. The event is free and open to the public.

 

If you can’t make the event but would like a private tour or more information on Cedar Ridge Apartments or Cedar Community, contact Nicole Pretre, 262.338.2811.

 

“The Spring Fair is a great opportunity to come and see what Cedar Ridge Apartments are all about,” said Pretre. “It’s our chance to showcase all we have to offer, in one afternoon, for everyone of all ages to enjoy.” Cedar Ridge Apartments are located on a 50-acre campus just south of Highway 33 off Scenic Drive in West Bend. With one, two-bedroom and deluxe apartments, Cedar Ridge is home base for active and independent adults age 55 and better. Cedar Ridge offers an onsite restaurant, indoor pool, whirlpool, 3,000 square-foot woodshop, ceramic studio, lapidary, recreation areas, train room, fitness center, massage therapy, beauty shop, market and café and so much more!

 

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on six campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services, subacute and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.

 

Cedar Community Hosts Second-Hand Rose Luncheon and Style Show

March 4, 2016

West Bend – The Cedar Closet, Cedar Community’s second-hand store, is hosting an event, Second-Hand Rose Luncheon and Style Show, on Thursday, April 21 at the Top of the Ridge Restaurant at Cedar Ridge Apartments, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive in West Bend. The style show will showcase fashions of all sizes. It will include all modern, gently used clothing for all seasons for both men and women. The clothing will be available for purchase. Stop by The Cedar Closet at Cedar Community’s main campus, 5595 County Road Z in West Bend, on Monday, April 25 to see the new spring and summer items and do a little shopping.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon followed by the style show. Lunch includes cheese and cracker platters, chicken salad, fresh fruit wedges and chocolate raspberry mousse torte. The cost is $12 per person for lunch and the style show. Select spirits will be available for purchase. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Cedar Community resident activities. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 7 and are available at the Cedar Ridge reception desk or by calling 262.306.4218. This is event is open to the public.

Cedar Community is a not-for-profit, church-affiliated leader in creating relationships, services and environments to enhance the well-being of seniors and their families. Its facilities are located on six campuses in Washington and Sheboygan counties. Cedar Community is proud to provide a continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, memory loss services, subacute and home care. For more information visit their website at cedarcommunity.org.


Paint, Sip, Repeat at Cedar Valley

February 25, 2016

West Bend – Join Camille Walters for this unique paint and wine studio class at Cedar Valley, 5349 County Road D in West Bend, on Thursday, March 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Have a glass of wine or soda and enjoy being with friends and getting creative. Walters offers step-by-step instruction anyone can do. She demonstrates the painting so even if you can’t draw a straight line you can do this!

Camille Walters is owner/artist of the West Bend Art Center in West Bend. She loves teaching adults and children alike. She regularly does commissioned portraits, landscapes and mural work for clients.

The cost is $30 which includes instruction, all supplies and a drink coupon. Additional wine is available for purchase. Registration and pre-payment is required. Space is limited so please sign up as soon as possible to reserve your space.

Overnight accommodations and spa services are also available if scheduled in advance for an additional fee. For more information or to register for the class, visit cedar-valley.org, call 262.629.9202 or email cvcinfo@cedarcommunity.org

Cedar Valley, a division of Cedar Community, is nestled in the Kettle Moraine on 100 acres and features 24 overnight guest rooms and conference rooms with spa services, a country-styled dining room and homemade meals. Cedar Valley Center is a great getaway location for personal use, business and religious retreats and family reunions. For more information, visit their website at cedar-valley.org.