There are many options for those who are in their senior years in today’s world. Whether you’re exploring help with everyday tasks or other senior living services for yourself or a family member, The American Israelite invites you to explore the following organizations which can help meet these special needs in the Cincinnati area.

AgeWell Cincinnati

Many Cincinnatians find it difficult to locate desired services to help older adults and their families. To meet the needs of those 60 and older, the Cincinnati Jewish Senior Service Coalition – a collaboration of Jewish organizations serving older adults – created AgeWell Cincinnati, a central solution that links older adults, their family members, friends, and caregivers to community resources for aging well in Jewish Cincinnati.

AgeWell Cincinnati recognizes that the needs of each older adult are unique, and that finding the right solution can be challenging. Even knowing where to start can be daunting. With access to credentialed resource experts, it delivers personalized solutions, available at no charge, to enhance independence and help people live a healthy and enjoyable life. 

AgeWell Cincinnati is made possible by the collaboration, teamwork, and unity of a wide variety of Jewish organizations both locally and regionally. 

AgeWell Cincinnati has a list of providers: Jewish Family Service and Cedar Village.

Cedar Village Retirement Community

Cedar Village’s mission is to provide a community of services and support to adults and their families through all stages of aging, guided by the Jewish values of compassion, caring and respect.

Residents often describe Cedar Village as “hamish” (Yiddish for comfortable or cozy). The people who choose Cedar Village as a place to heal after a hospital stay, or decide to make the campus their home, often say it was the warm culture that drew them.

With both an Orthodox rabbi and a reform cantor, Jewish culture is woven throughout the fabric of life at Cedar Village. Kosher dietary laws are maintained.

Cedar Village is a community that’s been built on Jewish values that anyone of any faith or denomination can appreciate, with the purpose of making every resident feel like they are right where they should be, each and every day. Values like respecting elders, making our world a better place, giving back, growing multi-generational relationships and building a strong inner life are seen and practiced every day at Cedar Village.

Life at Cedar Village is all about living it to the fullest. There is always something happening there. Its dedicated resident life team is comprised of certified specialists, including a music therapist and art therapist. They spend each day planning a wide range of activities.

Episcopal Retirement Services

Since 1951, Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) has worked to improve the lives of older adults through innovative, quality services to older adults.

ERS serves older adults through senior living communities, as well as in-home and community-based services. It offers a variety of senior living options to accommodate all levels of care including:

• Independent living;

• Assisted living;

• Assisted living with memory support;

• Long-term nursing care; and

• Short-term rehabilitation.

ERS premier communities include the Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community and Deupree House, in Hyde Park, and Episcopal Church Home, located in Louisville, Kentucky. ERS also has affordable housing options for seniors with low incomes by offering 25 communities throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

In addition to retirement communities, ERS provides services for seniors living in their own homes through Living Well Senior Solutions and Deupree Meals on Wheels. Parish Health Ministry coordinates a large network of churches to provide grassroots health-related services throughout Southern Ohio.

Evergreen Retirement Community

Evergreen Retirement Community offers living options ranging from country cottages and independent living apartments to assisted living apartments in Cincinnati to a secure memory care environment with adult day care services.

The Evergreen and Wellspring community is a choice for residents and families who are looking for a continuum of care, in which residents can access Cincinnati independent living, assisted living, a secure memory care or skilled nursing and rehabilitation. A continuum of care setting offers residents and families the peace of mind of knowing that if one’s needs change – even temporarily – there is an appropriate level of care available.

Life at Evergreen includes a dining program featuring fresh locally sourced menu options, housekeeping service, programs, on-site rehabilitation services, daily wellness checks, and more. Caregiver services are also available 24 hours a day. Staff members drive groups to local markets, restaurants, and attractions.

Offering skilled nursing and rehabilitation care in newly remodeled rooms, Wellspring Health Care Center offers a lifestyle of growth and comfort. Located on the Evergreen campus, it provides extra attention and specialized therapy programs. 

The skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities include a state-of-the-art therapy gym, where residents can fulfill their personalized therapy programs. Whether a resident needs short-term care following a hospital stay or long-term nursing supervision due to chronic health issues or disabilities, Wellspring Health Care Center has a reputation for quality care delivered consistently to our residents.

Family Bridges Home Care

Family Bridges is a Cincinnati home care agency with additional offices in Dayton and Northern Kentucky. It offers in-home elder care which allows seniors to live the way they want to. In-home assistance provides elders with a sense of independence and comfort that can’t be found outside of their home. Family Bridges allows clients to remain in a safe environment with one-on-one assistance from our experienced & compassionate caregivers.

The Family Bridges Home Care philosophy is simple: offer the highest quality non-medical home care. It does this by focusing on the whole experience. This includes the care recipients, the families who care deeply about them, and the Family Bridges team of caregivers and office support.

Because Family Bridges knows its clients and employees have choices, it wants to ensure their clients and employees are proud of their relationship with Family Bridges Home Care.

This home care facility’s mission is to help seniors live independently. Family Bridges specializes in Alzheimer’s disease, disability, long distance, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, cardiac care (including COPD) and strokes.

Care is offered 24/7 by compassionate caregivers who are required to have extensive home care experience and verifiable references, including: previous health care employers, past clients and volunteer organizations. The company’s caregivers are screened, via a comprehensive care giving assessment tests, criminal background checks, fingerprinting and drug screening. 

Family Bridges has developed a system that helps match its client to a caregiver that will understand the unique needs and personality of the client and their loved ones.

Independent You

Independent You is Cincinnati’s first special needs clothing and accessories store. 

The store is inside the Drake Center at 151 W. Galbraith Ave.

Independent You carries an extensive line of living enhancements for seniors, people with disability, and anyone seeking to ease their lifestyle. Be it wash-and-wear or adaptive clothing, handy aids for daily tasks, or a thoughtful gift, they have it all under one roof. 

Independent You is owned and operated by two experienced, former health care social workers. It has selected clothing and accessories to provide unique, stylish, dignified choices. 

Life can be difficult for those struggling to fasten the buttons on a shirt or to pull a top over their head. The owners saw this firsthand while working with nursing home residents as health care social workers. Those with limited dexterity or mobility depended on social workers to shop for their clothes; and the choices were scarce.

Seeing the need, Independent You was born.

Some of its customers include family members purchasing for a relative; baby boomers buying for someone at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home; and professionals who work in a home or rehabilitation facility (social workers, activity staff, therapists, nurses, administrators, residents).

Jewish Hospital

Mercy Health, including Jewish Hospital, is leading Cincinnati health care through its mission and values.

The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health was founded in 1850, when a cholera epidemic sickened thousands of Cincinnatians. The Jewish community saw a need to provide care for poor Jews, and founded the first Jewish hospital in the United States. Since its early days, The Jewish Hospital has always welcomed and cared for people of every faith.

The hospital has a legacy of teaching the next generation of physicians dating back more than 100 years, and today residents in surgery, medicine, podiatry and pharmacy all train at The Jewish Hospital.

The hospital’s services include the region’s first and most comprehensive adult blood and marrow transplant center; enhanced neurosciences capabilities with a brain tumor center; a premier joint replacement center performing nearly 1,000 total joint replacements every year; the region’s most experienced mobile mammography program; the weight management center and full-spectrum cardiovascular and emergency services.

As the largest nonprofit health care system in Ohio, Mercy Health has a mission to serve the entire community, especially the poor and underserved. With five hospitals, as well as more than 180 doctor’s offices, clinics and care locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, it works to ensure that its patients have easy access to safe, effective, timely and cost-efficient care. Mercy Health does everything to help its patients be well – mind, body and spirit. 

Leona Finestone, M.D.

Despite being a relative newcomer to Cincinnati, it felt very natural to quickly make it my home. 

I met my now husband at an event thrown by Access for Young Jewish Professionals and last year I joined the board of trustees of Rockwern Academy. I have also started my career as a primary care physician in town.

Having grown up learning to be an active part of the Jewish community of Montreal, Canada, I witnessed my mother – a physician – making a huge impact on her patients.

At my office, Blue Ash Internal Medicine, I engage with patients in their own care. I treat adults with a huge spectrum of acute illnesses and manage chronic conditions. In treating the whole person, not just the disease, I can provide preventative health techniques so my patients can stay at their healthiest.

Encouraging open and honest communication, my goal is to understand what each patient want out of his or her health. With that mutual understanding, we can partner to develop customized and evidence-based treatment plans to attain the best possible quality of life.

Starpoint Home Care

Jewish Family Service is now providing personal caregiving services through the acquisition of Cedar Village Home Care. Renamed StarPoint Home Care, caregivers are available 24/7 to help older adults with daily living activities, so they feel comfortable, secure, and independent while remaining in familiar surroundings.

StarPoint Home Care is steeped in Jewish culture and traditions. Caregivers can prepare meals following kosher dietary laws, and Jewish Family Service will be providing special training to help team members serve the unique needs of Holocaust survivors.

Caregivers assist with bathing, grooming, dressing, shopping, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation and much more.

StarPoint Home Care is an example of the community working together. One goal of this partnership is to ensure current clients continue to receive necessary services without interruption.

Since 1945, the Cincinnati community has relied on Jewish Family Service to strengthen lives in time of need, including those of older adults. The agency helps Holocaust survivors live with dignity, offers

activities for vulnerable adults at its Barbash Family Vital Support Center, provides food for those experiencing financial difficulties at its Heldman Family Food Pantry, and directs senior adults to community resources through AgeWell Cincinnati.

Visiting Angels

Every day Visiting Angels provides the care elderly adults need to continue living independently in their own homes. People both young and old may find themselves in situations when assistance with daily living is required. Traditionally, this help has been provided by family members, but as lifestyles have changed, family members alone are not always able to provide this assistance in response to this need. Visiting Angels can fill that need by providing affordable, dependable and personalized in-home care.

Caregivers provide personal care, transportation, run errands, prepare meals, do light housework and assist with personal hygiene and laundry. By offering services for up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Visiting Angels provides non-medical in-home care and companionship to clients who are elderly, disabled or convalescent, allowing them to maintain independence in the privacy of their own home. The caregivers and companions possess the genuine desire to help seniors. They are subjected to the most comprehensive screening process and background checks and are bonded and fully insured.

Because Visiting Angels tailors its care to meet your needs, it listens closely to you and your family to understand what type of services you require and how best to meet those needs. Your Visiting Angel will customize your care program to ensure we are providing the care you need to live independently.

Weil-Kahn Funeral Home

For more than four generations Weil-Kahn Funeral Home has been dedicated to providing efficient and compassionate service at a time of great distress and anxiety. 

Long-time owner Bob Weil recently sold the funeral home to Bill Kahn, who has worked at Weil-Kahn Funeral Home for more than 30 years. Bill’s father Sylvan was also a long-time employee at the funeral home.

This means that, after more than 100 years of practice in Cincinnati, that Weil-Kahn Funeral Home will continue to serve the community in a caring and professional manner. Attention to all details is their proud hallmark.

Weil-Kahn Funeral Home offers services ranging from the most traditional Orthodox Jewish to a less traditional or even non-religious ceremony.

Services include the use of their chapel, which is wheelchair accessible and able to comfortably hold more than 350 people. This allows them to handle large public funerals or small private ceremonies, whichever the family desires. Also provided are all-necessary materials for Jewish practices, including all-wood orthodox caskets, burial vaults, traditional burial garments, kriah ribbons, shiva candles, acknowledgement cards, registry books, folding chairs, shiva stools, prayer books and other requested items.

Weil-Kahn Funeral Home is nothing if not accommodating. Services can be arranged at the cemetery, at Temples or Synagogues or various other locations in the area.


Many know it as the station that has brought the national touring Glenn Miller, Harry James, and Count Basie orchestras to Music Hall Ballroom in the last decade. WMKV Public Radio, 89.3FM is in its 24th year of serving seniors with nostalgia, the Great American Songbook, Big Bands, classic radio comedies and dramas, and information. For the last three years, the station has also been simulcasting on 89.3FM WLHS in Butler and Warren Counties.

WMKV is bringing the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra to the Music Hall Ballroom at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. The band will play int he same room that hosted other big bands in the 1940s and 1950s.

The station is know for  preserving and making radio history every day. WMKV is owned by Maple Knoll Communities in Springdale, Ohio. The station also has apps for smart phones and streams its audio worldwide. The station features classic radio shows including Jack Benny, Suspense, and Fibber McGee and Molly. The independent public radio station is almost totally listener-supported.

The nation’s only public radio station housed in a retirement facility and targeting older adults, WMKV-FM crackled onto the airwaves in 1995. It has garnered many honors, some national and international, including Innovation of the Year from Leading Age Ohio and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. WMKV now resides on Main Street at Maple Knoll Village and in 2013 acquired 89.9 FM to help continue their mission which is to bring good music and good information to our listeners, their families and their caregivers.

WMKV broadcasts 24 hours a day and features a small staff and a group of dedicated volunteers to bring a wide array of programs, including discussion shows from antiques to pet care to estate planning. The station prides itself on caring about seniors and having family-friendly, non-volatile radio.


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