Caregiver briefs - Riverview to offer community renovation updates

Press Staff Writer

        Riverview Healthcare Campus, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, will provide a Community Renovation Update in two sessions, Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m.
        The sessions, which will be held in the Riverview Multipurpose Room, will include information on Cottage Cove Short-term Rehab and Hartford on the River Assisted Living, coming late in 2019.
        Cottage Cove will include 17 private suites, each with walk-in showers; two lounges; a dining room with daily specials and a made-to-order menu and vending machine access.
        Hartford on the River will feature studio and one- and two-bedroom options. All units will have a kitchenette area and a bathroom with a walk-in shower.  There will also be two lounges, a dining room offering three meals daily with made-to-order options; a laundry room for personal use as well as available laundry service; two outdoor porches and courtyard access; a spa room with air jet tub and daily medication management.
        For more info, call Cara at 567-262-3650.
Breakfast Club
        A Breakfast Club hosted by Dylan Clement, local Edward Jones financial advisor, meets every 3rd Monday of the month from 8-9 a.m. at the Oregon Senior Center, 4350 Navarre Ave. Seating may be limited. To reserve a seat, call Jill Williams at 419-698-7688.
Celebrate Recovery
        Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step Christian-based recovery program to help anyone overcome hurt, habit or hang-up (addictions, anxiety, depression, grief, co-dependency), meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Intersection Church, formerly Heritage Christian Church, 1640 S. Coy Rd. The program is free and open to the community. Call 419-389-3299 for info.
Al-Anon Meeting
        Al-Anon Family Group, Genoa Giving and Getting, meets Monday at 8 p.m. at Genoa Christian Church, 415 Main St.
Heroin/opioid addiction support
        Bear One Another’s Burdens (B.O.A.B.), a support group for families and friends who are dealing with a loved one’s heroin/opiate addiction, meets Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Walbridge Municipal Building, 705 N. Main St. Sponsored by Mainstreet Church. For info, call 419-838-7600.
Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet
        The Wood County Committee on Aging offers durable medical equipment, available for loan. Call the Social Services Department at the Wood County Senior Center at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935 for info.
        Examples of available items include wheelchairs, standard canes, quad canes, standard walkers, wheeled walkers, commodes, shower benches, toilet seat risers, bed and toilet rails, and bathtub transfer bars. Delivery is not available, but items may be picked up as arranged at any of the senior center locations.
        To donate a new or used item to the closet, contact the Social Services Department. Financial donations are also accepted.
Hope in Loss
        The East Toledo Senior Center offers a “Hope in Loss” Divorce, Grief and Aging support group on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 10 a.m. The center is located in the Navarre Park Shelterhouse, 1001 White St., Toledo.
        The group is open to all ages. For more info, call 419-691-2254.
Bilingual Outreach
        The East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St., Toledo, recently introduced its new bilingual outreach worker, Roberto Martinez.
        Martinez brings years of experience working in the community, helping seniors and families connect to programs and services. He is available to work with all seniors ages 60 and older.
        He is also facilitating new programs at the center, including Spanish classes, which are open to everyone.
        Call 419-691-2254 for more details.
Transport services available
        The JWH Oregon Senior Center, 4350 Navarre Ave., Oregon, offers transportation to any Oregon resident 60 and older to and from anywhere in Oregon, including medical and other appointments, to and from the center, etc.
        The suggested donation is $3 roundtrip for travel to and from the center and $4 for roundtrip transport in the Oregon area. Arrangements may also be made for transport across the river.
        Services must be reserved 24 hours in advance by calling 419-698-7078.
Care with Confidence
        More and more people are caring for their sick, frail or debilitated loved ones at home. Because many feel ill-prepared to meet the challenges of providing hands-on care, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is offering a free, two-hour workshop to teach family caregivers the basics. The informative program being offered twice a month at either the Toledo or Perrysburg Hospice Center and is open to anyone in the community.
        The class schedule for upcoming months includes:
        Perrysburg Hospice Center, 30000 East River Rd., Perrysburg:
        • Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
        • Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
        • Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
        Toledo Hospice Center, 800 S. Detroit Ave., Toledo:
        Tuesday, July 30, 2-4 p.m.
        Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2-4 p.m.
        Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
        Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2-4 p.m.
        Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
        Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2-4 p.m.
        Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2-4 p.m.
        Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m.
        Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
        Enhancing skills
        Through discussion and interactive demonstrations conducted in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio skills lab, family caregivers will learn tips to enhance the way they provide various care needs, including bathing, oral care, positioning, back rubs, transfer techniques, making an occupied bed, feeding, incontinence care, hand hygiene, skin care, foot care, nail care and more.
        Workshops are open to anyone in the community. To allow active participation, class size is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Those interested should call Sheila Young-Snyder at 419-661-4001 to ask questions or to register.
Fashion Show & Garden Tea Party
        The Manor at Perrysburg is working with ProHealth Partners to host the 5th Annual Fashion Show and Garden Tea Party to help raise funds and awareness in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
        The event will be held Thursday, June 13 at 1 p.m. at Manor at Perrysburg, 250 Manor Dr. Doors open at noon.
        Fashions will be provided by Ragazza, Change of Season, V-Couture, Bowinkles, J.Jill, and the Swamp Shop.
        Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Ohio Chapter Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For more info or to purchase tickets, call Abbie George at 419-874-0306.
Parkcliffe programs
        Parkcliffe Memory Care Community is offering a number of programs in June, including a “Lunch Bunch” Lunch and Learn Wednesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee.
        The program is, “The Surprising Health Benefits of ‘Sole’ Mates.” The cost is $5. To make a reservation, please call 419-467-8440.
        In addition, an Alzheimer’s Association support group will meet June 17 at 1 p.m. at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd. The group meets the third Monday of the month.
        Virtual Dementia Tours, which simulate the overwhelming effects of the aging process when combined with dementia, are offered the third Thursday of the month at Parkcliffe in Northwood, 3075 East Plaza Boulevard. The tours offer caregivers, family members and friends of those inflicted with dementia an extraordinary opportunity to experience the realities and challenges of life for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
        For more details, visit
Alzheimer’s Support Group
        Magruder Hospital’s monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet Monday, June 10 at 9 a.m. in the hospital’s Conference Center, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
        Meeting on the second Monday of each month, the group provides helpful tips, education, encouragement and resources to family, friends and caregivers of anyone dealing with dementia and memory loss.
        For more info about this program as well as other support groups, events and screenings, visit and click on the events calendar.
        Patio Picnic diabetes event
        Magruder’s Nutrition Department will host a “Patio Picnic” Prediabetes/Diabetes Event Monday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m. outside of the Fulton Café. Cost is $5, payable at the door. RSVP by calling 419-732-4047 by Monday, July 1.
        This community event is for anyone who has prediabetes or diabetes, as well as family or caregivers. The Magruder dietitians and diabetes educators will present prepared recipes for attendees to taste, as well as the recipes to take home.
Picnic/Fundraiser slated for June 19
      The Genoa Senior Center is hosting this year’s West End Picnic & Fundraiser on Wednesday, June 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Genoa Fire Hall.
        The event is open to any senior 60 years of age and older. This year’s picnic includes Karaoke with Kari, provided by Guiding Hands Home Health, plus prize bingo, a 50/50 raffle and a picnic lunch.
        Tickets are $5 per person and are available at both West End Senior Centers (located in Elmore and Genoa) or reserve a spot by calling 419-862-3874 or 419-855-4491.
        Lunch, which will be served at 11:30 a.m., will include BBQ pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw, cinnamon apples and cookies. Lemonade, iced tea and bottled water will also be available.
        Proceeds raised at this year’s picnic will benefit Wreaths Across America.
        Sponsors for the event include Heartland Hospice, Genoa Retirement Village, Harris-Elmore Library, Marco’s Pizza, Stein Hospice Senior Resources and Walker Family Funeral Homes.
ProMedica June events
        ProMedica Cancer Institute will sponsor a program on aromatherapy Wednesday, June 19 from 1-2 p.m. at The Victory Center, 5532 W. Central Ave., Suite B, Toledo.
        The program, which is offered the first and third Wednesday of each month, addresses the ways that essential oils can be used for everyday health and wellness. Attendance is free to people with a cancer diagnosis. Call the Victory Center at 419-531-7600 for details.
        • ProMedica Dementia Education Series – ProMedica’s Goerlich Center is offering a free dementia education session Tuesday, June 11, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at ProMedica Flower Hospital Conference Center, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. The session is open to family members, caregivers, friends and community members. ProMedica experts will provide insight, strategies, techniques and care approaches for managing the course of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A Certified Dementia Practitioner will provide free adult day care supervision and recreational activities during the event. Light refreshments will be provided. This series takes place on the second Tuesday of each month. Pre-registration is requested, but not required. For more information, contact Cheyenne Abrego at 419-824-1758 or email
        • ProMedica Memorial Hospital’s monthly Alzheimer’s support group for family members, friends and patients as they navigate through the complexity of the illness will meet Wednesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. in the Chestnut Café (first floor), 715 S. Taft Ave., Fremont. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month and is free and open to the public. For more info, call 567-938-9394.
        • ProMedica Flower Hospital will host a Lymphedema Support Group Tuesday, June 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Conference Center Board Room, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. The group is free for individuals, friends and family members of anyone who is at risk or currently suffering from the effects of lymphedema/lipedema. The topic of discussion includes the function of lymphatics and how dry brushing/rebounding exercises may be beneficial.
        • A Stroke Support Group will meet Thursday, June 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Board Room at ProMedica Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania.
        This free, monthly support group is for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Scheduled speakers and topics vary each month and are related to stroke survival. For more info, call 419-291-7537 or email
Senior Life Transitions
        Great Lakes Community Action Partnership Senior Life Transitions program offers information about the many social, health, wellness, housing and other services available to local seniors.
        The Senior Life Transitions program offers a one-stop hub that provides comprehensive information about local senior services.
        The program can link seniors with programs for:
        • Socialization and senior activities;
        • Health needs including Medicare and Medicaid counseling, medication assistance, home health, behavioral health, Alzheimer’s and dementia, hospice and other medical needs;
        • Home-delivered meal options;
        • Transportation needs;
        • Living options including local senior housing, in-home assistance, long-term care, and assisted living/nursing facilities;
        • Caregiver and respite assistance
        • Family services for seniors raising grandchildren or great-grandchildren;
        • Other community senior services.
        Call 419-333-5082 or visit for more details.
Blue Star Museums
        This summer, 54 Ohio museums will open their doors to members of the military and their families as part of the 10th annual Blue Star Museums program, an initiative that offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families, from Armed Forces Day on May 18 through Labor Day on Sept. 2.
        Blue Star Museums is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense. More than 2,000 museums nationwide participate in the program each year.
        Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit
        The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military, as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card, DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
        See a list of participating museums in Ohio and throughout the country at


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