Barb Kasper has lived at Cedar Community for 23 years—21 years in independent living and two years in assisted living. Over the years, she has had to add extra services as she needs them. Recently, she added the hospice team to support her on her journey with congestive heart failure.

The hospice and assisted living teams support Barb in a variety of ways including—checking in regularly, providing spa baths and massages, visits from our chaplains, and art and music therapy. “The staff is always here checking on me. We have a good time, we joke. The ratio of residents to care team is very good and I feel well taken care of. As soon as I push my call button, they are here. If I have any questions or concerns, they always say, ‘I will find you an answer.’ They take as much time with you when you do need it. It’s more than just sticking their head in the door and asking what you need. It’s a personal relationship,” says Barb. 

The care Barb receives has far exceeded her expectations. “The care, compassion, and services I have received are definitely over and above.” Barb feels everyone is working together so she can live life to the fullest on this part of her journey—embracing what each day brings.

Staying active and involved is important to Barb and she attends as many activities as she can. She enjoys three meals a day in the dining room, and when she doesn’t feel well, her meals are delivered to her room. “Everything seems to work really well,” says Barb. She couldn’t ask for more.

From Cedar Community’s perspective, the patient is the most important member of the hospice team. Our award-winning hospice team members provide support not only for the patient, but for the family—ensuring comfort, dignified support, and the highest quality of care.