Senior living in Cincinnati can be a truly rewarding experience when you’re plugged into the right community.
Here’s how residents at Deupree House are plugging into the culture of Cincinnati.
Being Patrons of the Arts
Cincinnati is home to a host of talented artists and musicians, and many Deupree House residents are already great patrons of the arts before they move into our community. So, we make sure that they have plenty of opportunities to further their cultural interests.
Visual and Performing Arts Performances
Painting, photography, opera, ballet, symphony—name your favorite form of artistic expression and you’ll find at least one resident at Deupree House who shares your interest. That’s why we offer transportation to all of the local performances and exhibitions (We were there on opening night of Latonia Moore’s commanding return to the stage as Aida, and there was no way we were going to miss the May Festival).
Not to mention all of the private community events and performances.
Just last month the Art Gallery at Deupree House open a new exhibition feature the work of the late Frank Gormen Davis—brother of Deupree House resident Pierson Davis. In testament to his adventurous spirit, the exhibition featured many of the paintings and carvings which Frank created while he was stationed on the Aleutian Islands in the Army Air Corps.
Preferred Customer Program
The Preferred Customer Program at Deupree House has been helping residents connect with distinguished restaurants and merchants since it was initiated over two years ago. More recently, the program has been putting our community in touch with the local art scene.
One of the new additions to our community partnerships is the painting studio Cheers to Art. This unique “art as entertainment” venue allows visitors to not only appreciate art, but participate in its creation—with no prior experience necessary.
Taking Advantage of Volunteer Opportunities
Our residents take pride in the senior living community they have helped create, but they also believe that community doesn’t stop at the doors of Deupree House. Seniors from Deupree House are always on the lookout for ways that they can integrate themselves into the fabric of the Cincinnati community. Sometimes that has been in patronage of the arts, but in many instances, the desire to be an active part of the Cincinnati community has coalesced in a variety of outreach programs.
The Council for Lifelong Engagement
One of the most popular volunteer programs is the Council for Lifelong Engagement (CLLE) which is dedicated to educating the youth of Cincinnati and ending ageism at the same time.
Last year, residents from Deupree House, Marjorie P. Lee, and other ERH retirement communities shared their knowledge and experience with classes from a number of local schools— Nativity School in Pleasant Ridge, St. Mary’s and Kilgour in Hyde Park, Mt. Notre Dame High School in Reading.
2012 Community Outreach
Number of residents involved in CLLE ........208
Number of students involved in CLLE ......1,122
CLLE volunteer hours ..................................753
Meals on Wheels
During the week, our retirement community residents prefer to eat most meals in their own homes, but that doesn’t mean our kitchen is idle.
For years, the Deupree House kitchen has been hub of the local Meals on Wheels program where our team of dedicated volunteers work to assemble nutritious meals right to the homes of dozens of older adults in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Every day the Deupree House kitchen cooks up more than 400 unique hot meals (you won’t find TV dinners hear) that cater to the dietary need of each and every member of the program. Members like Katherine Riley who joined the program at age 90 when her doctor noticed she was getting too much sodium in her diet.
“It has been simply wonderful,” she says. “I enjoy the visits and am thankful for what they do. I call them ‘angels on wheels’ because these are volunteers. The whole program is really great. It’s what keeps me going!”
Last year our kitchen fed more than 400 older adults from outside of the Deupree House community, and our volunteers made sure that those meals were delivered with a smile and a kind word.
2012 Meals on Wheels